Mod Squad (1968–1973)
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Students with high IQs commit crimes just for kicks.

Director:

Don McDougall

Writers:

Theodore J. Flicker, Buddy Ruskin (created by) (as Bud Ruskin) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Michael Cole ... Pete Cochran
Clarence Williams III ... Linc Hayes
Peggy Lipton ... Julie Barnes
Tige Andrews ... Capt. Adam Greer
Robert Lipton ... Jason Robbey
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Carol Bridgewater (as Pamela Shoop)
Hilly Hicks ... Dunwoodie
Mark Slade ... Barry
Joe Renteria ... Emiliano Diaz
Nancy Stephens ... Marion Briggs
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Boxer (as Geoff Binney)
Gordon Rigsby Gordon Rigsby ... Professor
Peter Hobbs ... Dr. Kerr
Sarah Fankboner Sarah Fankboner ... Sally
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Students with high IQs commit crimes just for kicks.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Julie's (Peggy Lipton) piano teacher Jason (Robert Lipton) is in real life her brother. See more »

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Could the writers have been any more obvious?
26 May 2015 | by rbecker28See all my reviews

Not a particularly great episode (and Mod Squad is usually much better than this despite the reputation for trendiness it has acquired today), but made even worse by the obviousness of the affirmative-action thinking, which must have went something like this: "This is an episode about college students with high IQs who are committing crimes. Well, we've got to have at least one token black and one token Hispanic in the group, because if we don't, we'll be seen as implying that blacks and Hispanics aren't smart. Also better have at least one female member of the gang, or we'll be seen as implying that women aren't as smart as men. But, of course, the leader of the group will be a white male. Yes, I know, in real life criminals are not very particular about being racially or sexually inclusive in their choice of comrades (anything but), but this is television, and we've got to try to break stereotypes, even if it strains credulity...". On top of this, this group of students embraces vulgarized Nietzschean philosophy of the "superman" and "superior people". Highly improbable that the white leader of the group would simultaneously embrace affirmative action, and just as highly improbable that any racial or ethnic minority students (or even women) would join such a group as it is well known that this philosophy goes hand in hand with racism and sexism. One of the most laughably obvious excesses of "cultural sensitivity" writing. Also, you see no real evidence that any of these kids are really of excess intelligence. Stories about people with high IQs should only be written by writers with high IQs, and obviously this one was not. Very typical of the worst of the early '70s.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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