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The Mod Squad is a television series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 until August 23, 1973. This series starred Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton, Clarence Williams III and Tige Andrews. The executive producers of the series were Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas.

Plot

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 gimmick 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 and 123 episodes. Tige Andrews (Captain Adam Greer), Michael Cole (Pete Cochran), Peggy Lipton (Julie Barnes), and Clarence Williams III (Linc Hayes) starred. 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.

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Highlights
Harve Bennett on the elements that made The Mod Squad a groundbreaking show
Rita Lakin on being story editor for The Mod Squad, and on her duties on that show
Aaron Spelling on executive producing The Mod Squad
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mod Squad
Composer Earl Hagen on creating the music for The Mod Squad
Ruth Engelhardt on packaging The Mod Squad produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas
Who talked about this show

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mod Squad

Larry Auerbach

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Larry Auerbach on his business relationship with Aaron Spelling

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett on the genesis of The Mod Squad
Harve Bennett on the elements that made The Mod Squad a groundbreaking show
Harve Bennett on working with Aaron Spelling on The Mod Squad
Harve Bennett on the cast of The Mod Squad
Harve Bennett on writing The Mod Squad
Harve Bennett on The Mod Squad's effect on popular culture

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging The Mod Squad produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on his working relationship with Aaron Spelling on The Mod Squad

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on the success of Aaron Spelling's Mod Squad

Earle Hagen

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Composer Earl Hagen on creating the music for The Mod Squad

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on being story editor for The Mod Squad, and on her duties on that show
Rita Lakin on learning about production while working on The Mod Squad

Nolan Miller

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Costume designer Nolan Miller on working on The Mod Squad

Della Reese

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Della Reese on guest-starring on The Mod Squad, and on making the transition from singing to acting

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on writing for a The Mod Squad episode guest-starring Louis Gossett, Jr.

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on executive producing The Mod Squad

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