Captain Freedom

Wannabe urban superhero who roamed the inner city wearing goggles, gloves, cape, tights and a shirt adorned with a lightning bolt on the police drama HILL STREET BLUES/NBC/1981-87. Captain Freedom (Dennis Dugan) first appeared on “The World According to Freedom” (1981).


At the beginning of the episode, the officers were alerted at roll call to watch out for Captain Freedom and “Throw a net over him” to keep him from interfering with police operations on the streets.

When arrested, The Captain (who believed his mother lived on the Moon in a tiny bottle) told booking Det. Sgt. Mike Belker (Bruce Weitz) “I vow to give crime two black eyes and Brotherhood…I want to establish universal Brotherhood.”

He also said “Police are my allies. We fight crime hand in hand. Ten tons of Nitro in one fist and a neutron bomb in the other. When I walk, buildings shake and bad guys wet their pants.”


The Captain Freedom story arc ended with episode “The Captain’s Last Stand” (1982) when the wacky superhero tried to convince armed robbers to cease and desist their nefarious act. For his trouble, he got a shotgun blast in the gut.

As the Captain lay bleeding to death on the sidewalk, Detective Belker assisted the downed hero. Before he died, the Captain pulled off one of his green gloves and passed it to Belker saying, “I’m not afraid to die. I’m eternal. I live in the alley cats and the buses. I’m the city. The Power is in the glove. It’s yours now. You’ve got to take it.”

The Captain Freedom character was created by writer, Michael Wagner.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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