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Lt. Chris Piombo

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:22 am, Mon Mar 28, 2011.

It's spring, so it's time for Cop Show Quiz III. (I like using Roman numerals, sort of like the Super Bowl.)

1. Name at least three cop/private investigator shows that took place in Hawaii. (Most people get the first two right off the bat. The other ones are much harder to find.)

2. This former UCLA quarterback (1972-1973) is the star of a current top-rated cop series on CBS. Name the actor and the series. (Hint: Everyone calls him "Boss" on the show.)

3. At least four private eye/detective shows from the '70s had the main character's name in the title. Three of the titles were simply the character's last name. The actors were Telly Savalas, Mike Connors, William Conrad and Buddy Ebsen. Name the four shows, in order.

4. This scruffy beanie-wearing undercover detective would occasionally eat the driver's license of a suspect who displeased him in this early '80s cop show on NBC. Each episode began with a shift briefing where the sergeant always reminded the officers to "Be careful out there." What was the detective's name, and what was the name of the show?

5. This Greenwich Village, New York detective bureau included Chano, Fish, Wojo and Yemana. Who was their boss, and what was the name of the show which ran on ABC from 1975-1982?

6. This detective committed the fashion misdemeanor of wearing a short-sleeve dress shirt with a tie in this popular cop series that ran on ABC from 1993-2005. What was the detective's name, and what was the title of the show filmed on location?

7. Believe it or not, comedian Dana Carvey of "Saturday Night Live" fame actually co-starred in a police action series in 1984. He portrayed pilot Clinton "JAFO" Wonderlove, but the main character was a prototype police helicopter. Name the series, which was based on the Roy Scheider movie of the same name.

8. Longtime actor Leslie Nielsen starred as Lieutenant Drebin in an amusing 1982 series that spoofed serious cop shows. Nielsen also co-starred with Hari Rhodes in a made-for-TV movie filmed at the Hotel Stockton in 1968. My family was watching them film a scene behind the hotel when Nielsen called my mom and three-year-old sister, Ann, over to where he was sitting. He spoke with Ann for a few minutes as she sat on his lap. It was kind of neat. He was a Hollywood star, and he took time out to meet one of his fans. Now I've lost my train of thought. Anyway, name Nielsen's comedy series, which, by the way, was the basis for the "Naked Gun" movies. If you're really good, name the movie Nielsen was filming in Stockton. It might take some looking, but you'll find it.

9. Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto were partners who careened around Los Angeles County in Rescue 51, saving people dangling from electrical wires or buried in a trench. I realize they were paramedics, but name this Jack Webb show on NBC anyway.

10. My good friend, award-winning actor Damien Lewis, starred as Detective Charlie Crews in the NBC crime drama "Life" a few years ago. The show was produced by my good friend, Hollywood writer/producer Far Shariat. Lewis also portrayed the commander of a group of paratroopers in a critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series in 2001. The 10-part series was produced and directed by my good friends Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Name Lewis' character and the mini-series.

1. "Hawaii Five-0," "Magnum P.I.," "Hawaiian Eye" and "Jake and the Fat Man." I might accept "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

2. Mark Harmon stars as Gibbs on "NCIS."

3. Kojak, Mannix, Cannon and Barnaby Jones.

4. Detective Mick Belker, "Hill Street Blues."

5. Trick questions: "Barney Miller" is the answer for both.

6. Detective Andy Sipowicz, "NYPD Blue."

7. "Blue Thunder."

8. The six-episode TV series was called "Police Squad!" The movie filmed in Stockton was "Deadlock."

9. "Emergency!"

10. Major Dick Winters in "Band of Brothers."

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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:40 am on Mon, Mar 28, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Lt. Chris Piombo: As I started reading this column, I was hoping that the answers weren't posted at the end (I truly did not scroll down to check before trying to answer them in my mind). It would have been interesting to see how things would have evolved here on this forum. Oh well - maybe next time you might consider giving us a few days to argue amongst ourselves? Although the Internet would quickly reveal the answers for those who didn't want to play the game.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:36 am on Mon, Mar 28, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Regarding Hill Street Blues - I was stationed at Bitburg Air Base, Germany with the Air Force from 1982 through 1985. I'm not sure what was going on over here during that time-frame (technology-wise that is), but it was that one show that had the sale of VCR machines practically spin out of control because it was so popular (and so were the VCR machines at over $600 at that time). While we had relatively old reruns of the program on AFN (Armed Forces Network), the "rental" of home-made recordings of it and other popular shows received from friends and relations state-side created at least one investigation into the propriety of such a money-making scheme. No JA office could find it a violation of the UCMJ.

    I wonder what it's like now what with the advent of satellite transmission of entertainment to these bases and posts that have our military members probably viewing live programming on their iPhones. We felt very isolated in the early 80s over there; I'm sure it's not that way any longer.

    Oh, and for those of us who did have tapes shipped to us for nearly up-to-date viewing, we insisted that the commercials remain intact. After a couple of years of not knowing what was going on over here, we actually wanted to have all the commercials we could get – and then passed them around to other members who actually paid a small fee to watch them.


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