Looking for a satirical cop series? Just watch Decades this weekend, June 5-7, when the entire runs of Police Squad! and Sledge Hammer! will air starting Saturday at noon ET.
Blink and you might miss Police Squad!, cancelled by ABC after just six episodes in 1982. But the series lived on when Leslie Nielsen reprised his role of Detective Frank Debrin in three theatrical movies from 1988 to 1992: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult.
Police Squad! Itself resulted from serious actor Nielsen playing straight man in the 1980 film comedy Airplane!
Decades’ Police Squad! mini-marathon will run from noon to three on Saturday, with Sledge Hammer! filling out the rest of the schedule until 7 am ET on Monday, June 7.
Sledge Hammer! also ran on ABC, for two seasons and 41 episodes from 1986-1987, with David Rasche starring as Inspector Sledge Hammer.
Since the Decades Binge weekend has 43 hours to fill, many Sledge Hammer! episodes will be shown twice. For the complete schedule, visit decades.com/schedule. You can find your local Decades channel number – either free over-the-air via antenna, or on cable — on the network’s Where to Watch page.
Neither Sledge Hammer! nor Police Squad! are streaming, but you can find the three Naked Gun movies online:
Netflix subscribers can watch The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is also available free to anyone, with ads, on PopcornFlix.
For good measure, Starz subscribers can take in Airplane!
All of the above movies are also available from numerous online providers for $2.99.
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