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Lamb to Slaughter?

There should be a designation for shows that pulled the plug too soon.

And my first nominee: "Police Squad!" OMG that show was a stitch. But you had to PAY ATTENTION, which is, I think, what killed it. Of course, it went on to movies, so it wasn't a total loss. But I remember ROLLING during that show.

"Frank, there's a problem down at the hospital..."
"What is it?"
"It's a large building with patients inside."

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"Cigarette?"
"Why yes. Yes it is."

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"This is a whole new problem altogether."
<<multiple voices in unison>>: "This is a whole new problem."

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And of course:

"Surely you're joking."
"No. I'm serious. And don't call me Shirley."
 

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I was never a fan of Police Squad. But shows I like seem to be canceled quickly. (Gee, I wonder why that is?) Two in particular come to mind:

Arrested Development--pure genius, now available on Hulu.

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Michael: "Gob [pronounced "Job," as in the Bible], I'm going to need you to sneak Mom out of rehab."
Gob: "Well, gee, I never thought the woman I'd be checking out at spring break would be Mom."
Buster: "She's better looking than the whores you date."
Gob: "Don't call my escorts 'whores.'"
Buster: "Mom's still got it!"
Gob: "I DON'T DATE WHORES!"
Lindsay: "Stop it, stop it! This objectification of women has to stop!"
Michael: "It’s just Mom and whores."
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Tobias: "I'm afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so I'm afraid I have something of a mess on my hands."
Michael: "There are so many poorly chosen words in that sentence."
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I also loved "The Comeback"--cringeworthy in the best possible sense, only lasted one season

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Valerie (Lisa Kudrow): You see puppies, I see Korean barbecue!
 

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Was Police Squad before or after Airplane! (on my list of favorite movies.) Altogether and don't call me, Shirley are lines straight from Airplane!
 

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I'm pretty sure that Police Squad came after Airplane! and was written by the same people.

Two of my friends at work are huge fans of the quickly canceled "Freaks and Geeks" and "Mr. Show," and they've been trying to convince me to watch them. But I've never seen either.
 

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Although they clearly ran out of plots, I absolutely ADORED St. Elsewhere and wish that they were able to maintain its first-run quality for another season or two.....

Airplane did preceed Police Squad!

I loved the interstitials, too: Act II, Richard III or Act II, Brute.....
 
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