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Mod Squad

For the film, see The Mod Squad (film). For the tag team, see The MOD Squad (professional wrestling).
The Mod Squad
Title Screen
Format Police Drama
Created by Bud Ruskin
Starring Michael Cole
Clarence Williams III
Peggy Lipton
Tige Andrews
Theme music composer Earle Hagen
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 123 (List of episodes)
Running time 60 min
Original channel ABC
Original run September 24, 1968 – August 23, 1973

The Mod Squad is the enormously successful groundbreaking "hippie" undercover cop show that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968, until August 23, 1973.[1] It starred Michael Cole as Pete Cochren, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes, and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer. The executive producers of the series were Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas.[2][3]

The iconic counter-culture police series earned six Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations plus one win for Peggy Lipton, one Directors Guild of America award, and four Logies.[4] In 1997 the episode "Mother of Sorrow" was ranked #95 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[5]


They were The Mod Squad ("One black, one white, one blond"), the hippest and first young undercover cops on TV.[6] Each of these characters represented mainstream culture's principal fears regarding youth in the era:[7] Long-haired rebel Pete Cochran was kicked out of his parents' Beverly Hills home, then arrested and put on probation after he stole a car; African American Linc Hayes was from a family of 13 children and was arrested in the Watts riots, one of the longest and most violent actual riots in Los Angeles history; beautiful flower child Julie Barnes, the "canary with a broken wing",[8] was arrested for vagrancy after running away from her prostitute mother's San Francisco home; and Captain Adam Greer was a tough but sympathetic mentor and father figure who convinced them to form the squad.[9][10][11]

The concept was to take three rebellious, disaffected young social outcasts and convince them to work as unarmed undercover detectives as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves. Their youthful, hippie personas would enable them to get close to the criminals they investigated. "The times are changing," said Captain Greer. "They can get into places we can't." Examples include infiltrating a high school to solve a teacher's murder, an underground newspaper to find a bomber, and an acting class to look for a strangler that preys on blonde actresses.[10][11]

More than a year before the release of the film Easy Rider, the Mod Squad was one of the earliest attempts to deal with the counterculture. Groundbreaking in the realm of socially relevant drama,[12] it dealt with issues such as abortion, spousal abuse, college protest, child neglect, illiteracy, slum lords, the anti-war movement, soldiers returning from war, racial issues, and drug use.[13] Spelling intended the show to be about the characters' relationships and promised that the Squad "would never arrest kids... or carry a gun or use one.[14]:63

The show was loosely based on creator Bud Ruskin's experiences in the late 1950s as a squad leader for young 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.[9]


The shows Star Trek (1966–69), I Spy (1965–68), The Bill Cosby Show (1969–71), Julia (1968–71), The Flip Wilson Show (1970–74), and The Mod Squad (1968–73) were among the first programs to feature African Americans as stars since the stereotyped roles of Amos ’n’ Andy and Beulah (ABC, 1950–53).[15] The Mod Squad presented an African-American character (Linc) as being equal to the Caucasian characters (Barnes and Cochran). In one Mod Squad episode the script called for Linc to give Barnes a "friendly kiss." Since the first African-American interracial kiss on a television show was in 1968 (on Star Trek, episode "Plato's Stepchildren"), this was still fairly new territory.[16] The studio was frightened of a negative reaction, so they asked Spelling to cut it:[14]:67–68

"You can't do that," I was told, "You can't have a black man kissing a white girl." I won and ABC agreed to let it in, but they warned me I'd receive thousands of complaint letters. I didn't get one.

Linc's famous "solid" and "keep the faith" were among the current-day slang used on the show, which included "pad," “dig it” and "groovy."[9][17]

The "kids" traveled in Pete's famous "Woody," an old green 1950 Mercury Woody station wagon that was burned up by an arsonist during the second season.[10]

The show boasted many famous guest stars including Vincent Price, Ed Asner, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Griffith, Richard Pryor, Lee Grant, Richard Dreyfuss, Tom Bosley, Danny Thomas, Tyne Daly, Martin Sheen, Louis Gosset, Jr., and Sugar Ray Robinson.[18]


Main article: List of The Mod Squad episodes

Nielsen Ratings

NOTE: The highest average rating for the series is in bold text.

Season Rank Rating
1968–1969 #28 20.5 (Tied with The Lawrence Welk Show)
1969–1970 #23 20.8
1970–1971 #11 22.7
1971–1972 #21 21.5
1972–1973 Not in the Top 30

Pilot Film, Television movie and 1999 film

A pilot film was shot in 1968, running time 74 minutes, but it was never aired in its entirety. The film was edited and aired as the series first episode.

A TV reunion movie, The Return of Mod Squad, aired on ABC May 18, 1979, featuring the entire original cast.

In 1999, the series was adapted into a film of the same name by MGM starring Giovanni Ribisi, Omar Epps, Claire Danes, and Dennis Farina.

DVD releases

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the first two seasons of The Mod Squad on DVD in Region 1.

On August 20, 2013, it was announced that Visual Entertainment had acquired the rights to the series (under license from Paramount) and will be releasing season 3 on DVD on September 24, 2013. Season 4 will be released on October 1, 2013.[19] In Canada, season 3 was released on DVD a week earlier, on September 17, 2013, and season 4 was released on October 8, 2013. Season 5 will be released in Canada on February 11, 2014, but the US release date has not yet been announced. A complete series set will be released in the Canada and the US on November 12, 2013.[20]

DVD name Ep # Release date
Season 1, Volume 1 13 December 18, 2007 (US & Canada)
Season 1, Volume 2 13 March 11, 2008 (US & Canada)
Season 2, Volume 1 13 November 25, 2008 (US & Canada)
Season 2, Volume 2 13 May 26, 2009 (US & Canada)
Season 3, Volume 1 12 September 24, 2013 (US)
September 17, 2013 (Canada)
Season 3, Volume 2 12 September 24, 2013 (US)
September 17, 2013 (Canada)
Season 4, Volume 1 12 October 1, 2013 (US)
October 8, 2013 (Canada)
Season 4, Volume 2 12 October 1, 2013 (US)
October 8, 2013 (Canada)
Season 5, Volume 1 12 February 11, 2014 (Canada)
Season 5, Volume 2 12 February 11, 2014 (Canada)
Complete Series 124 November 12, 2013 (US & Canada)


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