1 9 8 6 (USA)
8 x 60 minute episodes
Batman‘s Adam West played Captain Rick Wright, in charge of a police precinct made up of goofball and malcontent cops.
The 56th Precinct – known as The Last Precinct – was a dumping ground of sorts for the LAPD and was staffed by officers who really didn’t seem cut out for a career in law enforcement.
The officers included Sgt Price Pascall (Jonathan Perpich) a handsome police officer who was the only officer with any kind of detective skills; William “Raid” Raider (Rick Ducommun) an overweight and bumbling motorcycle cop; Mel Brubaker (Randi Brooks) who used to be a man; King (Pete Willcox) an Elvis impersonator; and over-the-hill cops Butch (Keenan Wynn) and Sundance (Hank Rolike).
The Last Precinct was West’s first series in 20 years but was aired against Dallas and only ran in April and May 1986. It was viewed by many as merely a way for TV to cash in on the popularity of the Police Academy movies of the big screen.
Plenty of slapstick, situational humour and bawdiness buffered the general lack of substance in the storylines, while a plethora of crazy characters maintained the momentum in spite of the shaky narrative.
Captain Rick Wright
Sergeant Price Pascall
Officer Mel Brubaker
Officer ‘Raid’ Raider
Officer Rina Starland
Lucy Lee Flippin
Sergeant Martha Hagerty
Dee Giffin Scott