‘Police Squad’ Coming to Blu-ray April 14

Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS Home Entertainment will release Police Squad: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Disc April 14.

The comedy series was created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, the makers of the 1980 spoof film Airplane. A parody of police procedurals, “Police Squad” ran for six episodes on ABC in 1982, but went on to inspire the three “Naked Gun” films.

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The show stars Leslie Nielsen as Det. Frank Drebin, a role he would reprise in 1988’s The Naked Gun and its sequels. The cast also included Alan North as Capt. Hocken and Peter Lupus as Norberg (replaced by George Kennedy and O.J. Simpson, respectively, in the films), plus Ed Williams as the police forensic scientist, and William Duell as Johnny the Snitch. Guest stars included William Shatner, Tommy Lasorda and Florence Henderson.

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L.A. Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda asks Johnny the Snitch (William Duell) how to improve his pitching staff in a cameo on “Police Squad.”