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CHiPs

Title screen
Format Police procedural
Created by Rick Rosner
Starring Erik Estrada
Larry Wilcox
Robert Pine
et al.
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 139
Production
Running time 48 minutes per episode (excluding commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 15, 1977July 17, 1983
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

CHiPs is an American television series produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (licensee by Turner Entertainment) that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977 to July 17, 1983. The program ran for 139 episodes over six seasons. The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which attempts to accurately depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... Erik Estrada at DragonCon 07 in Atlanta, GA Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 US television series CHiPs. ... Lawrence Wilcox (born August 8, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role as Officer Jon Baker in CHiPs, an American television series about the motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol. ... Robert Pine (b. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... Turner Entertainment Company was established August 4, 1986 to oversee Turner Broadcastings film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA. In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included all of MGMs films, Warner Bros. ... This article is about the television network. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ...

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Synopsis

A light-weight action crime drama (that played as more of a comedy in many episodes, particularly in the first season) created by Rick Rosner, it starred Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis ('Frank') "Ponch" Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his strait-laced partner, Officer Jon Baker. With Ponch the more swarthy, trouble-prone of the pair, and Jon generally the more level-headed one trying to keep him out of trouble with the duo's gruff yet fatherly commanding officer Sergeant Joseph Getraer (Robert Pine), the two were Highway Patrolmen of the Central Los Angeles office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP, hence the name CHiPs). The police procedural is a sub-genre of the mystery story which tries to demonstrate accurately the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. ... Erik Estrada at DragonCon 07 in Atlanta, GA Erik Estrada (born March 16, 1949 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States) is an American actor of Puerto Rican descent, known for his co-starring lead role in the 1977–1983 US television series CHiPs. ... Lawrence Wilcox (born August 8, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role as Officer Jon Baker in CHiPs, an American television series about the motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol. ... Robert Pine (b. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... // The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is a state agency that acts as the state police force of California. ...


As real-life CHP motor officers rarely ride in pairs, in early episodes this was explained away by placing the trouble-prone Ponch on probationary status, with Jon assigned as his field training officer. Eventually this subplot faded away (Ponch completed his probation) as audiences were used to seeing the two working as a team.


Behind the scenes

In season 5, Estrada was occasionally replaced by Bruce Jenner (Officer Steve McLeish) for a half-dozen episodes due to a contract dispute. Despite their successful pairing on-screen, Wilcox and Estrada did not always get along behind the cameras. But it was Wilcox's falling out with the producers over what he saw as continual favoritism towards Estrada (giving Estrada a Rolls Royce, for example), that saw him not return for the sixth and final season, and was replaced by Tom Reilly (Officer Bobby Nelson). Bruce Penhall was also introduced as cadet / probationary officer Bruce Nelson, Bobby's younger brother. Estrada apparently did not approve of Reilly's work ethic (and was also very displeased with Reilly's real-life arrest by the LAPD for possession of controlled substances during a traffic stop), and as a result Bobby was featured much less prominently in later episodes of the season, with Bruce taking his place for most of the remainder episodes. William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949 in Mount Kisco, New York) is a U.S. track athlete, known principally for winning the decathlon in the 1976 Summer Olympics. ... Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by: Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973) Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003), which was owned by Vickers between 1980 and 1998, and after that by Volkswagen. ... Bruce Penhall (b. ... The Los Angeles Police Department (usually known as the LAPD) is the police department of the City of Los Angeles, California. ...


Cast of characters

The cast of CHiPs
  • Larry Wilcox as Officer Jonathon A. Baker (1977-1982) / 7-Mary-3
  • Erik Estrada as Officer Francis (Frank) Llewelyn "Ponch" Poncherello / 7-Mary-4
  • Robert Pine as Sergeant Joe (Joseph) Getraer / S-4
  • Lew Saunders as Officer Gene Fritz (1977-1979) / 5-David-5
  • Brodie Greer as Officer Barry Baricza (1977-1982) / 7-Adam
  • Paul Linke as Officer Artie (Arthur) Grossman / 7-Mary-5
  • Brianne Leary as Officer Sindy Cahill (1978-1979) / 7-Charles
  • Lou Wagner as Harlan Arliss, Automobile/Motorcycle Mechanic, CHP (1978-1983)
  • Randi Oakes as Officer Bonnie Clark "Camel Toe" (1979-1982) / 7-Charles
  • Michael Dorn as Officer Jebediah Turner (1979-1982) / 7-David
  • Tom Reilly as Officer Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson (1982-1983) / 7-Mary-7
  • Tina Gayle as Officer Kathy Linahan (1982-1983) / 7-Mary-10
  • Bruce Penhall as Cadet/Officer Bruce Nelson (1982-1983) / 7-Mary-8
  • Clarence Gilyard, Jr. as Officer Benjamin Webster (1982-1983)

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Production

The character of Ponch was originally conceived to be Italian ("Poncherini"), but when Erik Estrada won the part, the character was changed to Hispanic American. Languages Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Corsican, Sardinian, Emiliano-Romagnolo, Ligurian, Lombard, Piedmontese, Venetian, Ladin, Friulian Religions predominantly Roman Catholic      The Italians are a Southern European ethnic group found primarily in Italy and in a wide-ranging diaspora throughout Western Europe, the Americas and Australia. ... Hispanic Americans (Spanish: Hispano Americano) are Americans of Hispanic ethnicity who largely identify with the Hispanic cultural heritage. ...


Filming locations were generally in the San Fernando Valley of California. Freeway crashes were performed on recently constructed highways that were about to open to the public. For the first season, the Glendale Freeway (Highway 2) in Montrose, California was used. After the first season, the intersection of the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) and the Simi Valley Freeway (Highway 118) in Sylmar, California were used. For the racing scenes in the episode Drive, Lady, Drive they used the Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California. San Fernando Valley from its southwestern edge. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-1 LA 0. ... La Crescenta-Montrose is a census-designated place and unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, encompassing those parts of the Crescenta Valley not in the cities of Glendale or La Cañada Flintridge. ... This California State Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject California State Highways. ... State Route 118 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that begins running west to east through Ventura and Los Angeles counties in southern California. ... Sylmar is a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California. ... Riverside International Raceway (Sometimes known as RIR or Riverside Raceway) was a race track or road course in Riverside, California. ... Nickname: Location in the state of California Coordinates: , Country State County Riverside Government  - Mayor Ron Loveridge Area  - City  78. ...


Although doubles were used for far-off shots and various stunt or action sequences, Wilcox and Estrada did a great deal of their own motorcycle riding, and performed many smaller stunts themselves. Although Wilcox emerged relatively injury-free, Estrada suffered various injures several times through-out the run of the series.


A Typical "CHiPs" Episode

"CHiPs" episodes were usually a combination of light comedy and melodrama. A typical episode would start with Ponch and Jon being assigned to patrol an interesting beat, such as Malibu or the Sunset Strip. In a staff briefing, Sgt. Getraer would warn CHiPs to be on the lookout for a criminal operation, such as people staging accidents as part of an insurance scheme or punks breaking into cars. A few interesting, unrelated vignettes might transpire during the course of "routine" traffic stops. A light-hearted subplot would also be included, such as Harlan trying to hide a stray dog from Getraer. A more serious theme, such as Ponch trying to keep a kid from his old neighborhood out of a life of crime, might also be included. After a few failed attempts to apprehend the gang that had been menacing L.A.'s freeways, the episode would invariably culminate in Ponch and Jon leading a chase of the suspects (often assisted by other members of the division), climaxing with a spectacular series of stunt car crashes. The show then typically featured a dénouement of Ponch and Jon participating in a new activity (such as jet skiing or skydiving), designed to showcase the pair's glamorous Southern California lifestyle. Often, Ponch would attempt to impress a woman he had met during the episode with his athletic prowess, only to fall and provide Jon, Getraer and others with a hearty laugh. Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... Location of Malibu in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1991-03-28 [2] Government  - Mayor Jeff Jennings [1] Area  - Total 100. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In theater and script writing, vignettes are short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give one impression about a character, an idea, or a setting. ... In literature, a dénouement (IPA: ) consists of a series of events that follow a dramatic or narratives climax, thus serving as the conclusion of the story. ... Jet ski is the brand name of Kawasaki Heavy Industries personal water craft. ... Skydiver about to land Parachuting, or skydiving, is a recreational activity, competitive sport and method of deployment of military personnel (and occasionally, firefighters). ... This article is about the region of Southern California. ...


Revivals

In 1998, a made for television movie sequel entitled CHiPs '99 was created by TNT, as the network's parent company owns the rights to the show. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... CHiPs 99 is a movie reunion of the 1977-1983 American television series, CHiPs. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ...


In 2003, a new series of "CHiPs" was to be made in San Francisco with a new cast. Martin Kunert and Eric Manes wrote the pilot script for Doug Liman to direct. However, the network that ordered the remake, NBC, decided not to pursue the new series.[citation needed] Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... // Martin Kunert (Martin Stanislaw Kunert-Dziewanwski) is a founding partner of Booya Studios and a feature film and television writer, director and producer. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Doug Liman Doug Liman (born 1965) is an American film director and producer. ...


In 2005, a theatrical release motion picture version of the show was announced, starring Wilmer Valderrama as Ponch.[1] The movie is tentatively set to be released in 2009. On an episode of Mad TV, Valderrama and the cast of That 70s Show acted in a parody of "CHiPs", with Valderrama playing Ponch. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... // LR: Limited release in select cities WR: Wide-release to theaters IMAX: Release to IMAX theaters Beverly Hills Cop IV The Hobbit Interstellar Magneto (film) Smooth Criminal : The Michael Jackson Story Temeraire Tales from Earthsea - December 18 LR - Buena Vista Distribution - Goro Miyazaki (director) The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure... Mad TV has three meanings: MADtv — a TV series. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the late 1970s. ...


Trivia

  • According to a 1998 TV Guide article, show creator Rick Rosner was a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office. During a coffee break on an evening patrol shift in the mid-70's he saw two young CHP officers on motorcycles which gave him the idea for this series. He later created 240-Robert, which seemed like a hybrid of CHiPs and Emergency!.
  • Though public perception links the later P-Series Kawasaki Police Special with the series, in fact they rode the C-Series Kawasaki, which had an oval windshield rather than the later model's fiberglass fairing.
  • During the original run of the series, syndicated reruns of older episodes were retitled CHiPs Patrol to avoid confusion. This was often mocked by fans, as it effectively made the title California Highway Patrol Patrol.[citation needed] Later syndicated reruns after the show went out of production reverted to the original title.
  • Estrada and Wilcox never drew their firearms over the course of the series. They did, however, in "CHiPs 99".
  • ...The only character on the series to ever draw his firearm on camera was Baricza (Brodie Greer). He did so twice: Once (his radio car's Ithaca 37 shotgun) in the episode, "Rainy Day"[2], where the CHiPs conduct a felony traffic stop of a motorhome-based rolling casino; the second time while being attacked by a karate-trained vehicle burglar named Billy (played by Danny Bonaduce) in the episode, "Karate".[3] In that episode, Billy (armed with nunchaku), gains the upper hand on Officer Baricza, at which point Baricza feels he has no other choice but to draw his weapon (a large framed Smith & Wesson revolver). Billy then runs in retreat to a waiting getaway van.
  • Estrada and Wilcox lampooned their roles in the 1993 spoof movie Loaded Weapon 1. They appear in the shootout in the hotel and throughout the scene they fire weapons, at one point Ponch even fires a bullet into the wall next to Baker's head to get his attention over the din of the weapons.
  • The rock band Seven Mary Three chose their name after the radio callsign used by Officer Jon Baker.
  • Episodes will occasionally reference Jon Baker's service in Vietnam. This makes his character one of the earliest regular (and one of the more positive) portrayals of a Vietnam Veteran on television. In real life Larry Wilcox served 13 months in Vietnam as a Marine artilleryman.
  • Erik Estrada was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident while filming an episode in August 1979. The accident and Estrada's subsequent hospitalization was incorporated into the series' storyline. Prior to being cast in CHiPs he had no experience with motorcycles, so he underwent an intensive eight-week course, learning how to ride. In 2007 it was revealed that he didn't hold a motorcycle license at the time CHiPs was in production, and only qualified for a license after three attempts, while preparing for an appearance on a reality television show, Back To The Grind, in 2007.
  • Moltar, from the Cartoon Network program Space Ghost Coast to Coast, seems to have a CHiPs obsession. This is proven through out numerous episodes. Including the episode titled 'CHiPs, which was entirely based on the show. Also, Erik Estrada was a guest on the episode 'Untitled'.
  • This show marks the debut of actor Clarence Gilyard, who joined the cast in the final season. Gilyard went on to perform the prime jobs of his life, co-starring in both Matlock and later, Walker, Texas Ranger, both in the 1990s.
  • A commercial for Diet Dr Pepper used a parody of the show, entitled CHimPs, with Jay Jay instead of Larry Wilcox and Mr. Pickles instead of Eric Estrada. The commercial was parodied by They Might Be Giants.
  • Was made fun of on Family Guy [Episode #2- I never met the dead man.] A woman is pulled over and is charged with driving without the officer's phone number and for being too beautiful while several obvious crimes go on in the background

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Broadcast history

  • September 1977-March 1978, NBC Thursday 20:00-21:00
  • April 1978, NBC Saturday 20:00-21:00
  • May 1978-August 1978, NBC Thursday 20:00-21:00
  • September 1978-March 1980, NBC Saturday 20:00-21:00
  • March 1980-March 1983, NBC Sunday 20:00-21:00
  • April 1983-May 1983, NBC Sunday 19:00-20:00
  • May 1983-July 1983, NBC Sunday 20:00-21:00

The series was also successful in many other countries.[citation needed]


In the United Kingdom, it was broadcast by ITV. As with many imported programmes of the era, despite being very popular, the show was not networked for most of its run, with each region instead showing the series in their own selected timeslot, and episodes were quite often shown out of sequence from their original US order. Many regions showed much of the series in a Saturday tea-time slot around 17:35, although later this went on to cause a scheduling clash for fans of such US imports, as it clashed with BBC Ones run of The Dukes of Hazzard (in the days before video recorders were commonplace). For the last couple of seasons, most regions ran the series in a Saturday lunch-time 13:20 slot, interspread with runs of Airwolf (which began production the year after "CHiPs" finished, but many regions still had many "CHiPs" episodes yet to show). Although the show finished production in 1983, many regions did not complete their runs of the series until the later 1980s, in some cases almost ten years after the show had first appeared. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... For the 2005 film, see The Dukes of Hazzard (film). ... The videocassette recorder (or VCR, more commonly known in the UK and Ireland as the video recorder), is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable videotape cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... This article is about the television series. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


DVD Releases

On June 5, 2007 Warner Home Video (under license to Turner Entertainment) released the first season of CHiPs on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. The second season will be released on June 3, 2008. [1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Turner Entertainment Company was established August 4, 1986 to oversee Turner Broadcastings film library after its acquisition of MGM/UA. In addition to the studio, Turner got its library, which included all of MGMs films, Warner Bros. ...

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
CHiPs: The Complete First Season 22 June 5, 2007
CHiPs: The Complete Second Season 22 June 3, 2008

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References

  1. ^ "Valderrama saddles up for 'CHiPs' remake", Yahoo! Movies, 2005-12-08. 
  2. ^ CHiPs-TV.com Episode Guide, Episode 120. Retrieved on 2006-06-30.
  3. ^ CHiPs-TV.com Episode Guide, Episode 416. Retrieved on 2006-06-30.

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External links

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