The Mod Squad - Season 1, Volume 1
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The Mod Squad bridged the generation gap. Kids dug that the Squad walked the walk and talked the talk ("Solid"), didn't carry heat, and didn't bust their own. Adults dug Capt. Greer, who played "Mr. Tough Cop," but was more like a father figure, and was anything but square. "What do I have to do to win your trust?" he thunders in the episode "The Guru," "wear beads?" He does let his guard down in the memorable episode "The Price of Terror," in which he is being stalked. The Mod Squad got further cred from a roster of veteran character actors, many cast against type in villainous roles, including J. Pat O'Malley (the voice of Colonel Hathi in Disney's The Jungle Book) in "Bad Man on Campus." It's also fun to spot future stars, such as future Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr. as a falsely accused Vietnam vet in "When Smitty Comes Marching Home." And that uniformed cop who gets the drop on Pete in the pilot episode? An unbilled Harrison Ford!
There is no cast commentary, but this four-disc set contains new interviews with Cole and a still ravishing Lipton that put the show in pop-culture context. A warning: If you love The Mod Squad's classic theme song: It is used ad nauseum in one of the featurettes to punch up some 1968 factoids. But that's the only bummer in this otherwise far-out release. --Donald Liebenson
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Season 1 Set 1 will include the first 13 episodes and is expected to include interviews with the cast.
Premiering Sept. 24, 1968, during the height of the Viet Nam War and Civil Rights Movement, Mod Squad lasted for five action packed seasons with episodes that dealt as much with social issues as it did crime in the streets.
Set in Los Angeles, the premiss was simple enough: Three young people in trouble with the law are given the opportunity of avoiding jail sentences by infiltrating the counter-culture as undercover cops and exposing criminal who prey on youth. The idea is for them to bridge the generation gap between the youth and the "fuzz."
The three "delinquents" were Pete Cochran, portrayed by Michael Cole, who was arrested for car theft; Julie Barnes, portrayed by Peggy Lipton, who ran away from her prostitute mother in San Francisco; and Lincoln Hayes, portrayed by Clarence Williams III, who was arrested during the Watts riots. Tough talking Capt. Adam Greer, portrayed by Tige Andrews, was in charge of the special squad and eventually became a father-figure to them. (Lipton, who later played Norma the waitress in another cult classic - Twin Peaks - was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Julie, and won a Golden Globe in 1970 for her portrayal of the character.)
In the series, Cochran drove an old green "woody" side-paneled stationwagon that became a lasting symbol of the show, along with cooooool bell-bottomed pants!Read more ›
The second reason is that The Mod Squad was the beginning of the legendary producing legacy of Aaron Spelling, and his many years of providing viewer-friendly programs to both ABC and Fox. Although he had worked as an actor and writer, and had already produced Johnny Ringo and Burke's Law, The Mod Squad began an incredible and unprecedented almost forty year run of producing television shows that captured fans with either high-octane action sequences, or opulent comedies or soap-operatic dramas. The partial list includes The Rookies, SWAT, Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Vegas, Hotel, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, and Charmed.
But still at the heart of this show was the rapport and relationship between the three street kids who were rounded up and rehabilitated into undercover cops - rich kid Pete Cochran (Michael Cole), runaway Julie Barnes (Peggy Lipton), and taciturn revolutionary Lincoln Hayes (Clarence Williams III. Pete, Julie, and Linc had immediate street cred with the mostly young felons they ran across, and even though it could be testy or frosty, their relationship with their mentor and rehabilitator, Captain Adam Greer (played by Tige Andrews)was solid, and they grew to have much mutual love and respect and affection.
The shows could stretch credulity almost to the breaking point, but the shows dealt with relevant issues, were very entertaining, and well written and well acted.
It is a great treat to watch these episodes again, and we can look forward to the release of the other seasons' episodes with great anticipation.
The first 13 of the season one 26 episodes are all here in chronological order. Interview segments with Peggy Lipton, Michael Cole & former guest stars are featured on 'FORMING THE SQUAD' and 'FRIENDS OF THE MOD SQUAD'; also remembered is 'Inside the "TEETH OF THE BARRACUDA:" 1968' the first episode which also served as series pilot for THE MOD SQUAD.
'FORMING THE MOD SQUAD' is a look back at the times that were in '68 via some of the events that were happening and recollections by Julie & Pete, as well how they came to win the leads in tv's 'hippest' series - groovy!Thoughts too the Mod Squad about mode of transporation-the famous (or is it infamous?)'51 Mercury Woodie and why/how it met its demise is another topic discussed.
Among the four guests are Lesley Ann Warren, Lou Gosset Jr, Ed Asner and Tyne Daly, each reminiscing about an that episode each particular was in, this on the segment 'FRIENDS OF THE MOD SQUAD'.
It's simple really: if you loved the Mod Squad as much as I still do, you need to buy this and you will. If you're like me, consider it a date with Julie - with big brother Pete serving as the chaperone - and Linc as ever close enough to jump in when needed; Greer is here too, and all the rest.
Having already had the entire series on DVD via bootlegs, I yet purchased the official version specifically to see any interview & current video of Julie, Pete & Linc.
Julie? She's still the 'canary' with broken wing, and that same set brown eyes that launched thousands of adolescent boys ships into manhood. At 61 (no way) she's as attractive as ever.
Pete? Michael Cole at age 67 is still Cochran as ever - the 'conscience' of the Squad to this day.Read more ›
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Bought all the seasons and enjoying and catching up with series. Good price and fast delivery. Thank you.Published 1 month ago by Rock A. Cantu
Decent quality dvd, easy playback, no problems. I did not remember the show being so slow.Published 16 months ago by Granny GP
The best! Takes me back to the good old days of the 60's and 70's. What a time it was!Published 17 months ago by Barbara Powasnik
The Mod Squad's premier season is here with only 13 or half of the first season. The three young adults played perfectly by Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, and Peggy Lipton... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sylviastel
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