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The daughter of a California governorial candidate is caught with drugs and is blackmailed.

The main cast in 1971, from left: Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole.

The Mod Squad is a television series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968, until August 23, 1973. This series starred Michael ColePeggy LiptonClarence Williams III, and Tige Andrews. The executive producers of the series were Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas.

In 1997, the episode “Mother of Sorrow” was ranked #95 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.


The Mod Squad was a police drama that featured three young, hip crime fighters. One White, One Black, One Blonde, was the promotional hype-line. The casting was intended to appeal to a youthful, counterculture audience. The basic premise was that the youthful investigators were offered work fighting crime as an alternative to being incarcerated themselves. The show’s primary premise centered on the three cops using their youthful, hippie personas as a guise to get close to the criminals they investigated. The show was moderately popular during its initial run of five seasons and 123 episodes. Tige Andrews(Captain Adam Greer), Michael Cole (Peter Cochran), Peggy Lipton (Julie Barnes), andClarence Williams III (Lincoln “Linc” Hayes) starred. The show portrayed a multicultural society and dealt with issues of racial politics, drug culture, and counterculture.

The show was loosely based on Bud Ruskin’s experiences in the late 1950s as a squad leader for undercover narcotics cops, though it took almost 10 years after he wrote a script for the idea to be given the greenlight by ABC television studios.

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