The Mod Squad - The police drama THE
MOD SQUAD followed the exploits of three teenagers ("One white, one black, one
blond") who worked undercover for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Mod Squad consisted of:
- Michael Cole as Pete Cochran
- Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes
- Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes
- Tige Andrews as Capt. Adam Greer, the
Before joining the Mod Squad, each of the teenagers got in trouble with the
law. Pete Cochran (the serious white guy) stole a car (this made his wealthy
Beverly Hills parents very sad). Linc Hayes (the cool black guy) was
arrested during the Watts riots (Linc was one of 13 kids raised in the ghetto).
And Julie Barnes (the pretty blonde) was a runaway arrested for vagrancy (her
mom was a San Francisco prostitute).
As a form of sentencing, the three were offered a deal to work for the
police in a special undercover youth squad as Hippie cops during their probation
period. As Captain Adam Greer told his superior "they can get into a thousand
places that we can't" And so began...The Mod Squad.
The Mod Squad drove around in a 1960 station wagon dubbed "Woody," until it
was driven off a cliff in the second season.
TRIVIA NOTE: The Return of Mod Squad (a made-for-TV reunion movie) aired on ABC May
18, 1979. The plot involved a killer who targeted Captain Adam Greer as a
ruse to draw out the original members of The Mod Squad.
In 1999, the series was made into a theatrical film starring Claire Danes as
Julie Barnes; Giovanni Ribisi as Peter Cochran and and Omar Epps as Lincoln
Hayes. It told the story of three delinquents who were recruited by LAPD Captain
Adam Greer (Dennis Farina) to go undercover and bust a drug ring run by crooked
In later years,
Peggy Lipton appeared as Norma Jennings, the owner of the Double-R
Diner that served damned good pie and coffee in the 1990 quirky drama
TWIN PEAKS, and
Clarence Williams III starred on the Hallmark Channel 2003 MYSTERY WOMAN
series as Philby, a retired spy working in a bookstore.
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