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Somebody Dial 911 Trivia Quiz


How well do you know your cop shows? Here are ten questions that sample fifty years of crime drama. Have fun!

A multiple-choice quiz by reedy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
reedy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
349,908
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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1122
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. The world was still in black and white when these four police dramas aired. Three of the four were set in Los Angeles; which one took place in New York City? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which show featured 'Ponch' and Jon as two motorcycle California Highway Patrolmen? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In its six-year run on NBC, this police drama garnered 98 Emmy Award nominations. What show followed the Metro Police of an unnamed city, under Captain Frank Furillo? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which of these 'buddy' cop shows featured two women police officers? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Originally a 1965 novel by John Ball, then a 1967 film starring Sidney Poiter and Rod Steiger, what is the name of the police show that ran from 1988 until 1995 with actors Howard Rollins and Carroll O'Connor?

Answer: (6 Words)
Question 6 of 10
6. "Law & Order" hit the airwaves in 1990 and stuck around for twenty years before ending its run. Which of these shows is *not* a spinoff? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In the year 2000, The Who's "Who Are You" blasted out as the theme to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". While additional shows were added that were set in Miami (2002) and New York (2004), where did the original take place? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The premise for this gritty police show was based on the Rampart Division police scandal in Los Angeles in the late 1990s. What show, featuring actor Michael Chiklis, followed 'The Strike Team' and their questionable methods of policing? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the crime-fighting team in this series, which featured an FBI agent and his genius mathematician brother. Which show? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Female cop is paired with an author who is using her as a template for a character in his books. What series follows this premise? Hint



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1. The world was still in black and white when these four police dramas aired. Three of the four were set in Los Angeles; which one took place in New York City?

Answer: Naked City

The one New York-based show from this list is "Naked City", which aired four seasons between 1958 and 1963. It originally starred James Franciscus and John McIntire as Detective Jimmy Halloran and Lt. Dan Muldoon, and centered around the 65th Precinct. McIntire left the show to move to Montana, however, and they killed his character (Muldoon) off in a car crash. He was replaced by Horace McMahon in the role of Lt. Mike Parker. The show was a followup to the 1948 film of the same name.

"Arrest and Trial" lasted for one season from 1963 to 1964 and starred Ben Gazzara and Roger Perry as two LAPD detectives, as well as Chuck Connors and John Larch as lawyers. The show format was 90 minutes split in two - the police portion in the first half, then the followup courtroom drama in the second half.

"Burke's Law" ran for three seasons from 1963 to 1965, featuring Gene Barry as a millionaire police captain in LAPD's homicide division who went around in his Rolls Royce solving crimes.

The original television run of "Dragnet" lasted eight seasons (1951-59), starring Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday. Webb created the show and also starred in the radio drama that preceded the TV show.
2. Which show featured 'Ponch' and Jon as two motorcycle California Highway Patrolmen?

Answer: CHiPs

"CHiPs" starred Erik Estrada as Francis 'Ponch' Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as Jonathan 'Jon' Baker. Wilcox played the straight-shooter to Estrada's comparatively wilder character. The show lasted six seasons, from 1977 to 1983.

While normally, motorcycle policemen rarely work in pairs, the show presented the premise that 'Ponch' was under probation, with Baker assigned to be his supervising officer. Eventually, 'Ponch' completed his probation, but they still stayed together.
3. In its six-year run on NBC, this police drama garnered 98 Emmy Award nominations. What show followed the Metro Police of an unnamed city, under Captain Frank Furillo?

Answer: Hill Street Blues

The seven seasons of "Hill Street Blues" ran from 1981 to 1987, and while it took place in a fictional city, it had the feeling of an inner city akin to Chicago or Detroit. The police cars were painted in the same pattern as the Chicago police department, with the word 'Metro' in place of 'Chicago'.

The show often had multiple story lines running, some which would be resolved in a single episode, while others were developed over numerous episodes.
4. Which of these 'buddy' cop shows featured two women police officers?

Answer: Cagney & Lacey

"Cagney & Lacey" ran for seven seasons between 1982 and 1988. Based off of the 1981 movie of the same name, it starred Sharon Gless as Christine Cagney and Tyne Daly as Mary Beth Lacey. Set in a fictional version of Manhattan's 14th Precinct, the pair were opposites - one a career-driven single woman (Cagney) while the other (Lacey) was married with two boys.
5. Originally a 1965 novel by John Ball, then a 1967 film starring Sidney Poiter and Rod Steiger, what is the name of the police show that ran from 1988 until 1995 with actors Howard Rollins and Carroll O'Connor?

Answer: In the Heat of the Night

"In the Heat of the Night" was set in the racially tense fictional town of Sparta, Mississippi. Carroll O'Connor (well-known for his role as Archie Bunker) played white police chief William Gillespie, the role played by Rod Steiger in the 1967 movie. Howard Rollins reprized Sidney Poitier's role of Virgil Tibbs, a black detective from Philadelphia who, coming to 'Sparta' for his mother's funeral, is convinced to stay on with the local police department to help improve their image of being a racist police force.
6. "Law & Order" hit the airwaves in 1990 and stuck around for twenty years before ending its run. Which of these shows is *not* a spinoff?

Answer: Law & Order: Miami

Set in New York City, the original "Law & Order" show followed a two-part format, beginning with the police investigating a crime and apprehending a suspect, followed by the courtroom prosecution by the District Attorney. The series lasted twenty seasons from 1990 until 2010.

Spinoffs related to the original show are "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (began in 1999), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001-2011), "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005-2006), and "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (2010-2011). There have also been foreign versions of the show in the UK, France and Russia.
7. In the year 2000, The Who's "Who Are You" blasted out as the theme to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". While additional shows were added that were set in Miami (2002) and New York (2004), where did the original take place?

Answer: Las Vegas

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" followed a group of criminalists who work within the Las Vegas Police Department. (In reality, the profession is crime scene ANALYSTS working within the Las Vegas METROPOLITAN Police Department). The popular series showed how the analysis of crime scenes and the detailed investigation into all the minutiae (ballistics, residues, etc.) solves crimes.
8. The premise for this gritty police show was based on the Rampart Division police scandal in Los Angeles in the late 1990s. What show, featuring actor Michael Chiklis, followed 'The Strike Team' and their questionable methods of policing?

Answer: The Shield

"The Shield" ran for seven seasons between 2002 and 2008. 'The Strike Team', led by Chiklis' character Detective Vic Mackey, often used illegal methods to bring their version of justice to the streets. The question was whether or not Vic Mackey was a good cop who did bad things, or a bad cop that did good things.
9. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the crime-fighting team in this series, which featured an FBI agent and his genius mathematician brother. Which show?

Answer: Numb3rs

"Numb3rs" ran for six seasons between 2005 and 2010 and was set in Los Angeles. The main characters were FBI Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow) and his mathematician brother Charlie (David Krumholtz). While much of the show of course revolved around the solving of crimes, a large part of it centered around the relationship between the two brothers and their father, played by Judd Hirsch.
10. Female cop is paired with an author who is using her as a template for a character in his books. What series follows this premise?

Answer: Castle

Author Richard Castle (Nathon Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) are an interesting duo as their attempt to solve crimes is accentuated with outlandish theories by Castle and under-the-surface romantic tension. The show premiered in 2009, and is set in New York City.
Source: Author reedy

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