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Pete (MICHAEL COLE), Linc (CLARENCE WILLIAMS III) and Julie (PEGGY LIPTON) were the coolest of the cool when "The Mod Squad" premiered in 1968. They were three young people who had brushes with the law, and were given the chance to avoid jail by going undercover and getting the goods on bad guys who preyed on kids.
"Nobody else had a black guy, a white guy and a blonde girl as pretty as Peggy is that were that close," replies Cole, when asked what made the show so successful. "It was about caring. The cop shows before were about the initial crime that had taken place, all the chases and stuff like that, all the fight scenes and then they go to jail. We never arrested anybody. TIGE ANDREWS [who played their contact in the police department] and the cops did, but the people we were involved with -- we were on their side, because they were young and lost, and we cared about them."
Cole is hoping a new generation will pick up the DVD set and watch the show, since he sees parallels between what was going on in the world back then -- the Viet Nam war -- with what is happening today -- the war in Iraq.
He also points out that the show dealt with some groundbreaking issues for television at that time, including racial storylines, abortion, child abuse and anti-Semistism.
"I hope the young people learn from this," he adds. "People say, 'When I watched "The Mod Squad," I learned a lot.' The timing and the music are off, but a lot of the music still holds up. I hope they watch it and sense the caring."
"The Mod Squad -- The 1st Season, Volume 1" includes 13 episodes on a four-disc set, and will be in stores on Tuesday, Dec. 18.