The Mod Squad

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The Mod Squad
The Mod Squad-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 24, 1968
Finale March 1, 1973
Creator created by:
Buddy Ruskin
developed for TV by:
Tony Barrett
Harve Bennett
Sammy Hess
Network ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Thomas/Spelling Productions
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (1973–1999)
Paramount Domestic Television (1999–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007– )
Seasons 5
Episodes 124 + 1 TV movie
Origin USA

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.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Michael Cole Pete Cochran 1 2 3 4 5
Clarence Williams III Linc Hayes 1 2 3 4 5
Peggy Lipton Julie Barnes 1 2 3 4 5
Tige Andrews Capt. Adam Greer 1 2 3 4 5

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
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

Telefilms

Title Network Airdate
Return of the Mod Squad ABC May 18, 1979

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Collection November 12, 2013 40

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Season Sets
The Complete Season 1 March 25, 2014 8

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The Complete Season 2 April 15, 2014 7

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The Complete Season 3 May 13, 2014 8

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The Complete Season 4 October 7, 2014 8

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The Complete Season 5 August 5, 2014 8

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