Funky Squad

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

In an attempt to crack down on crime, the Police Department has created an elite new team, a team that speaks the language of the streets. Young, hip, in touch with the Now Generation...Funky Squad.


Funky Squad was a hit show set in The Seventies. What? You mean you missed it? Completely? Well, here's the deal...

In reality, it was an Australian comedy series created in 1995 as a parody of shows like The Mod Squad where the cops hire a group (in this case, four) of hip undercover cops. Who, in this case, are all wearing bad wigs and hopelessly 1970s fashions.

Compare Danger 5, another Australian parody of '60's spy shows, as well as Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, a British show with a similar premise about '80s supernatural dramas.

The characters were:

  • Joey Alvarez (Santo Cilauro) as "Stix", the cool one of the bunch. Wears a Funny Afro.
  • Blair Steele (Tim Ferguson) as "Grant", the leader.
  • Verity Svenson-Hart (Jane Kennedy) as "Cassie", a typical 70's feminist
  • and Harvey Zdalka, Jr (Tom Gleisner) as "Poncho", who was mute as he'd "taken a bullet to the tongue" (the joke was that the "actor" spoke little English)
Tropes used in Funky Squad include: