From The TV IV
The Mod Squad is a crime drama that aired on ABC.
The Mod Squad was a police drama that featured three young, hip crime fighters. One White, One Black, One Blonde, was the promotional hype-line. The casting was intended to appeal to a youthful, counterculture audience. The basic premise was that the youthful investigators were offered work fighting crime as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves. The show's primary premise centered on the three cops using their youthful, hippie personas as a guise to get close to the criminals they investigated. The show was moderately popular during its initial run of five seasons. The show portrayed a multicultural society and dealt with issues of racial politics, drug culture, and counterculture.
The show was loosely based on Bud Ruskin's experiences in the late 1950s as a squad leader for undercover narcotics cops, though it took almost 10 years after he wrote a script for the idea to be given the greenlight by ABC television studios.
| Season || Premiere || Finale || #
| Season One || September 24, 1968 || April 15, 1969 || 26
| Season Two || September 23, 1969 || April 7, 1970 || 26
| Season Three || September 22, 1970 || March 23, 1971 || 24
| Season Four || September 14, 1971 || March 7, 1972 || 24
| Season Five || September 14, 1972 || March 1, 1973 || 24