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Trivia Quiz - Cop & Detective Shows of the 1980s


In the 1980s, you couldn't change channels without finding either a cop show or a detective show. These questions are about the police and private investigator shows of that decade. Some are easy; others very difficult. Good luck!

Quiz Number: 2433
Date Submitted: April 18, 2008
Quiz Categories: American TV Dramas
Quiz Type: General Quiz
Author: Samurai Sam
Average Score: 42.6 percent
Times Taken: 154 times
Taken by Registered Users: 16

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1. Which 1987 cop show was one of the first shows ever broadcast on the fledgling Fox network?
  A.   COPS
  B.   21 Jump Street
  C.   America's Most Wanted
  D.   The Last Precinct

2. This 1987 NBC detective show co-starred Josh Brolin and featured a theme song by Joe Jackson. Still, it bombed after only a few episodes. Can you name the show?
  A.   Crime Story
  B.   Chicago Story
  C.   Private Investigator
  D.   Private Eye

3. Whom of the following did NOT guest star on "Miami Vice"?
  A.   Phil Collins
  B.   Jimmy Buffett
  C.   Miles Davis
  D.   James Brown

4. What was the nickname of Sergeant Dee Dee McCall in the 1984-1991 NBC police series "Hunter"?
  A.   The Iron Maiden
  B.   The Brass Cupcake
  C.   The Steel Magnolia
  D.   The Stone Fox

5. Which of the following police shows was NOT a comedy?
  A.   Police Squad!
  B.   The Last Precinct
  C.   Sledge Hammer!
  D.   Wiseguy

6. Actor Ted Levine, who played the role of psychotic killer Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb in the 1991 movie "Silence of the Lambs" got his start as small time hood Frank Holman in what 1986-88 NBC cop show?
  A.   Sidekicks
  B.   Private Eye
  C.   Miami Vice
  D.   Crime Story

7. Peter Boyle starred in what ABC police comedy-drama in 1986?
  A.   Joe Bash
  B.   Officer John Bates
  C.   The Blue Gladiator
  D.   The Centurion

8. An episode of the 1980s ABC detective series "Moonlighting" called "Atomic Shakespeare" which was a parody of which of the Bard's works?
  A.   A Merchant of Venice
  B.   Hamlet
  C.   Taming of the Shrew
  D.   Macbeth

9. The 1989 ABC series "A Man Called Hawk" was a spinoff of what 1985-88 ABC detective show?
  A.   Sledge Hammer!
  B.   Vega$
  C.   Our Family Honor
  D.   Spenser: For Hire

10. "Hooperman", which aired on ABC from 1987-89, starred the late John Ritter as a detective in what city's police force?
  A.   Chicago
  B.   San Francisco
  C.   Los Angeles
  D.   Seattle


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