Police Squad: The Complete Series - Jim Abrahams [DVD]
Frank Drebbin (Leslie Nielsen) leads his bungling detective squad in the comedy series that inspired the 'Naked Gun' films. This comedy classic mercilessly spoofed every detective show convention known and was the blueprint for the irreverent, 'anything might happen' formula that later made Nielsen a big movie name. Full of ridiculous moments such as when the weekly special guest star is introduced during the opening title sequence - and killed as soon as their name is read, never to be seen in the episode again. William Shatner, for example, dodged several bullets - before sitting down to a glass of poisoned wine. Even the title sequence itself was not straightforward; the title of the episode would come up on screen while a voiceover would say something entirely different. Thus does every episode have two titles; 'A Substantial Gift' (The Broken Promise),' 'Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment),' 'Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood), 'Revenge and Remorse' (The Guilty Alibi),' 'The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)' and 'Testimony of Evil' (Dead Men Don't Laugh).