It’s not uncommon for television shows to be cancelled. It is, however, rare for a comedy show to be cancelled because it is too funny. That was the unfortunate fate of Police Squad!

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Too Smart For Television? – Police Squad! (1982)

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  • Dakota Church 4 years ago

    I hate to be that guy, even though I really don't, but if you're gonna drink on camera can you at least refrain from smacking your lips and making that awful "Ahhh" sound? It's obnoxious and gross.

  • dannytheman1313 4 years ago

    Unfortunately thats nothing new, studio executives are constantly canceling shows for stupid reason, Freaks and Geeks was canned because the network didnt want a show about a bunch of nerds even though that was the point of the series, Firefly was canceled because the executive didn't bother to put the episodes in order and the fans were clearly confused, Young Justice got the axe because the majority of viewers were female and the thought process was that girls wouldn't buy the toys. Theres dozens of other examples but one thing is for sure studio executives are freaking useless.

  • Tcrumpen 4 years ago

    If ABC was worried that the show might have been β€œtoo smart” lets thank god they didnt produce Blackadder

  • Seetiyan 4 years ago

    Rapid-fire jokes, beloved by fans, cancelled despite high ratings? It must have been reincarnated years later as Arrested Development to live out a somewhat better, but similar life.

  • CrazyKZ 4 years ago

    you should do a video on one of leslie nielsen's good friends , mel brooks he directed dracula dead and loving it

  • Merriden 4 years ago

    Executives thinking people are stupid is such a pervasive belief that they have often made entertainment dumber!

  • Brian O'Connell 4 years ago

    So the excuse from ABC run through the bullshit to English filter is, "Our execs couldn't get the jokes, they felt stupid, and cancelled the show. Meanwhile, here's Manimal!".

  • Colt Lange 4 years ago

    time to rewatch airplane

  • The Sandwitch 4 years ago

    The executives feared people weren't getting the jokes because they themselves weren't getting it. The average exec is a fucking idiot who thinks they're smarter than they are while assuming everyone else is also at their level or lower.

  • The Sandwitch 4 years ago

    Why the hell would add beer to water?? Especially when you were already drinking a Bud Light to begin with

  • Dowald The Ducc 4 years ago

    Anyone else see the soap opera on the pinned comments thread because one princess was so bothered by a habit of no consequence that they felt entitled to make everyone else respect their personal tiny preferences? Cause while it goes on forever, it is a VERY entertaining read.

  • Skellitor301 4 years ago

    My favorite nickname for the "Those actors" you're referring to here is "Snap actors" why snap actors? snap that one snap actor that snap * was in *snap that one snap movie

  • Mr. Blah Blah 4 years ago

    Brooklyn 999 is no way shape or form Police Squad. More like Angie Tribeca

  • Uma Chan 4 years ago

    Police Squad was ahead of it's time. No laugh track, funny writing and Leslie Neilsen before he got overused.

  • Sarblade 4 years ago

    Why the fuck are you drinking from a jar, what's your problem

  • Ralsei Prince of the dark 4 years ago

    My favorite YouTube channel!
    (Because this is hilarious)

  • BrollydictCumberbatch Montour 4 years ago

    ok spoiler alert by 42 years! I will have to come back and watch this after viewing these 6 episodes before watching as i had no idea this existed. be back later dudes! I've only seen the Naked Gun movies, airplane, and the one where he's Dracula.

  • eskimofireman 4 years ago

    ohhh, only fools and horses? honestly thought he said "only falls on arses"

  • Jeff C 4 years ago

    There is a way more direct comparison – Angie Tribeca.

  • RusDaddy 4 years ago

    Before watching: clearly its mde world peace
    After: oh ofc not but still neat