Fans of vintage cop series will recognize many of the targets of “Danger Theatre.” The show, an homage to the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker school of satire, is closer to TV’s leaden “Sledge Hammer!” than to zesty “Police Squad,” but it still may win a few points as counterprogramming to “60 Minutes.”
Each half-hour show includes complete episodes of “The Searcher” and “Tropical Punch.” Robert Vaughn, hosting from behind an impressive desk, hails “Danger Theatre” as “the show that dares to take a bite out of the butt of crime.”
“The Searcher” stars Diedrich Bader as a tight-lipped, soft-spoken, Harley-riding loner; “Tropical Punch,” a parody of “Hawaii Five-0,” stars tight-lipped, soft-spoken Adam West as head of a special Hawaiian police unit.
Series, in for seven episodes, is nowhere as hip or funny as “The Ben Stiller Show,” which FBC canceled in wake of nowhere ratings, but has its moments.
Overall look of the show, under directors Penelope Spheeris and Greg Beeman, is crisp, clean and bright. Producers also gain points for making do without a laugh track.