Picks and Pans Review: Police Academy: the Series

updated 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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On the other hand, what are a few misdemeanors compared with the felonious stupidity of this "action-comedy" series? Inspired by the Police Academy movies (of which, incredibly, there were seven), it takes place in a municipality with an apparently official policy of recruiting more nitwits into law enforcement. This may be all you need to know about the level of humor here. The academy's drill sergeant (Rod Crawford), who can't keep his toupee from falling off, says things like "Back off, butt breath!" Shot in Vancouver, the premiere (airing the week of Sept. 22) includes a hockey match between police cadets and a biker gang. Were the producers padding to fill the hour, or does this scene constitute legally required Canadian content?

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