Saturday, May 10, 2014


From 1984 to 1989, Marian Ramsay was best known for playing Laverne Hooks in the "Police Academy" movie franchise.  
  • "Police Academy" 
  • "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment" 
  • "Police Academy 3: Back in Training" 
  • "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" 
  • "Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach" 
These movies get pulled into the TV Universe thanks to the 1997 spin-off TV series by the same name, even though many TV shows would make reference to the movie series.  (O'Bviously the exploits and antics of that original class of cops were deemed worthy of a film treatment.)

By the third movie, Laverne Hooks had become a sergeant on the force.

Hooks wasn't seen in the TV series (nor in the "Mission To Moscow" movie sequel in 1994), but Toobworld Central is ready to claim that she still made plenty of appearances in Earth Prime-Time to qualify (at least this year!) for the Television Crossover Hall Of Fame.

"Harry's Will"
Cop #1

"John Virgo: Playing for Laughs"
Officer Hooks

'Daddy Dearest'
Cop #2
"American We"

'The Nanny'
Woman in Audience
"The Strike"

"Recipe for Disaster" 
Motorcycle Cop

Her first big appearance as Laverne Hooks - or at least as a cop who had to be Laverne Hooks - was in the "all-star" 'MacGyver' episode "Harry's Will".

The Toobworld Dynamic will absorb videos as well as movies and online content into the TV Universe, and so Marian Ramsay's appearance as Officer Hooks in John Virgo's 1993 snookers video "Playing For Laughs" counts toward her resume.  Later that year, she got involved with Al and Steven Mitchell in the "American We" episode of 'Daddy Dearest'.  

(She was only billed as Cop #2 though, but we're going to stick to the claim that she was Laverne Hooks.  Especially since Cop #1 was played by Bubba Smith, who HAD to be Moses Hightower in this episode.)

In 1994, Laverne must have gone to New York City on vacation, which is why we saw her in the theater audience for the musical version of "Norma Rae" during a hotel strike.

Nearly a decade later, Hooks was working as a motorcycle cop who was somehow involved with some missing kids during the grand opening of the family's gourmet restaurant.

And finally, over in the stop-motion world of the Toob, her "Claymation" avatar appeared in an episode of 'Robot Chicken'.

This is the fifteenth anniversary of the TVXOHOF, which is why I can get away with inducting Laverne Hooks into the Hall - I'm celebrating!  And what I say, goes!

Welcome aboard, Sgt. Hooks!


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