The Best Episodes of Police Squad!

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

From the creators of Airplane!, the Hot Shots! movies, and Top Secret!, Police Squad! began as the brain-child of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. The series would later spawn three follow-up movies under the new Naked Gun titles. The series was set up to spoof the Quinn Martin Productions' police dramas of the 1960s and 1970s, hence the use of "In Color" by the narrator. The show's main staple of entertainment came from sight gags (such as a tow truck being a truck in the shape of a big toe) and misunderstandings in dialogue, mostly from people taking things extremely literally. Several great routines came from these misunderstandings that left characters in the scene very confused, but left the audience with loads of humor. Though critically acclaimed, it never did well in the ratings.

A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)

#1 - A Substantial Gift (The Broken Promise)

Season 1 - Episode 1

Sally, a bank teller deeply in debt, robs her own bank and plants evidence that implicates a fairly commonplace man who was present during the crime. Police Squad, a special unit of the police force, is called to investigate a double shooting that happened during the robbery. However, the stories just don't add up. The evidence builds and points in Sally's direction, but it's up to Frank to find the clues that will put her away.

star 8.29
322 votes
Writers: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker
Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)

#2 - Ring of Fear (A Dangerous Assignment)

Season 1 - Episode 2

Frank investigates a veteran boxer who lately has been throwing his fights. He takes the boxer under his wing in order to expose the boxer's corrupt manager. Unfortunately, the manger has kidnapped the boxer's girlfriend and put the boxer's title fight in jeopardy. Frank now tries to save the boxer's girlfriend in the hopes that the boxer won't have to throw the match so he can have a shot at rejuvenating his career in the ring.

star 8.09
190 votes
Writers: Tino Insana, Robert Wuhl
Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)

#3 - Rendezvous at Big Gulch (Terror in the Neighborhood)

Season 1 - Episode 5

The mob sets up an "insurance" scam that threatens several businesses and residents. Frank and Nordberg go to investigate. After a dance instructor is beaten up, they set up their own shop - a key-making and locksmith store - and go undercover. When the mob stops by to offer them "insurance", Frank dismisses their threats and the mob strikes their store. Frank ends up having the key to stopping the crime wave, largely because of the key-making and locksmith shop he and Nordberg set up.

star 8.05
141 votes
Writers: Nancy Steen, Neil Thompson
Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)

#4 - Testimony of Evil (Dead Men Don't Laugh)

Season 1 - Episode 6

A struggling comedian owes money to the owner of a nightclub. When his body is discovered at the bottom of a cliff in a car crash, all the clues point to suicide. It is later discovered that the comedian was also a police informant on a drug ring he infiltrated at his nightclub. Frank steps in and takes the place of the deceased at the nightclub in order to gather more clues.

star 8.03
122 votes
Directors: Joe Dante
Writers: Tino Insana, Robert Wuhl
Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)

#5 - Revenge and Remorse (The Guilty Alibi)

Season 1 - Episode 4

Frank investigates a district judge's courtroom after it is booby-trapped with a powerful explosive. The main suspect is a recently paroled ex-convict with a history of similar bombings. Upon questioning the bomber's ex-wife, Frank and Ed find she's more interested in getting charity than the fact that her ex-husband may be up to his old tricks. Frank and Ed discover the bomber has a showgirl girlfriend on the side. She has the perfect alibi for her boyfriend, but Frank and Ed wonder if she's really just covering for him.

star 8.00
150 votes
Directors: Paul Krasny
Writers: Nancy Steen, Neil Thompson
The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)

#6 - The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)

Season 1 - Episode 3

The daughter of a wealthy business man is kidnapped on her 18th birthday and Police Squad swings into action. The main suspect of their investigation is the girl's boyfriend. When Frank and Ed listen to a recording of the kidnapper's demands, they hear the distinct sound of a tuba in the background, though it could also be a ship's horn. They search for a tuba store. When they do track down and find the kidnapper, the criminal fights back.

star 7.94
160 votes
Writers: Pat Proft