Actress and former model Peggy Lipton, who rose to stardom in the late 1960s on the counterculture police series “The Mod Squad” and later starred on TV’s “Twin Peaks,” has died. She was 72.
Television underwent a revolution in the 1960s. Bland sitcoms were thrown overboard for programs that appealed to the young and addressed issues of the day in a more forthright manner than previously allowed (things Rod Serling had to disguise in The Twilight Zone). One of those series was The Mod Squad. It clearly inspired the creation of another TV series years later, 21 Jump Street.
I haven’t seen the series in ages, so maybe it doesn’t hold up. But TV Guide — when it was still an authoritative source about all things TV — placed a 1970 episode, “Mother of Sorrow,” as #95 in its list of 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time, so there’s that to consider.
Rest in peace.