was a short-lived 1995
series which satirised
U.S. police television dramas, such
as The Mod Squad
half-hour episodes were produced, which were broadcast on the
Real television commercials from the 1970s
were shown during the program's "commercial breaks".
The show featured four "funky" undercover detectives: undetectable
as police, given their "hipness". The conclusion of each episode
was deliberately designed to be incredibly predictable: usually the
perpetrator of the crime under investigation could be identified
within the first few minutes of the episode.
Before the television series, Funky Squad
as a series of episodes on radio station Triple
. Rob Sitch
, who played Grant, was
replaced by Tim Ferguson
series went to television.
In a metafictional setting, the characters were played by "actors"
whose "names" were displayed in the opening credits of the program.
These "real names" were also satirical, poking fun at the names of
actors who appeared US 70's cop shows.
"Stix": Joey Alvarez
"Grant": Blair Steele
- Played by Tim Ferguson
- The leader of the group; the cool guy.
"Poncho": Harvey Zdalka Jr
- Played by Tom Gleisner
- Mute, as a bullet had hit his tongue. The joke was that this
was a ridiculous plot device to get around having accidentally
hired an actor with poor English.
"Cassie": Verity Svensön-Hart
- Played by Jane Kennedy
(with blonde wig to look Scandinavian)
- The token female; the typical '70s feminist.
The Chief: Baldwin Scott
The program was created and written by Australian comedians
, Jane Kennedy
, Tom Gleisner
, and Rob
fame. Cilauro, Kennedy and Gleisner also co-directed
the series. Sitch was originally to star but was replaced by
Ferguson due to study commitments overseas.
was given a meagre production budget of $1,000 AUD per episode, so many of the costumes were acquired
by wardrobe director Kitty Stuckey
(best-known for her work on Kath
& Kim) at local Melburnian Salvation Army
Video and DVD release
video containing three episodes of the
series ("A Degree in Death", "Wrong Side of the Tracks" and "The
Carnival is Over") was released in 1996. A DVD set of all seven
episodes of the series was released in Australia
on November 7
. The DVDs were marked as Region 4
, but appear to be
- Tim Ferguson: Case File (Fan site) "...$1000
budget for each episode... Stuckey would scavenge around in all of
Melbourne's second hand stores. The Salvation Army was a big help
- Review: Funky Squad, DVD Times