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CHiPS

By Scott Schaeffer

"7-Mary-3 and 7-Mary-4 responding . . ."
"CHiPs" (an acronym/nickname for California Highway Patrol) followed the day to day shift work of two uniformed police officers riding motorcycles. Jon Baker, played by Larry Wilcox, was the training officer assigned to partner with probationary officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, played by Erik Estrada. The duo cruised the freeways of Los Angeles County trying to keep the motoring public safe from harm.

A typical episode consisted of three or four unrelated incidents handled by Ponch and Jon during their shift. (This style was pioneered by the earlier series "Adam-12" and "Emergency!".) Shoot-outs never happened, as Ponch and Jon never even drew their weapons during the entire series, but high speed chases and spectacular multi-vehicle crashes on the freeway were usually a part of every episode.

The series was created by Rick Rosner, a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who was later responsible for the rescue show "240-Robert". "CHiPs" also received much technical assistance from the actual California Highway Patrol. It enjoyed a successful six-year, 138-episode run on NBC from 1977 to 1983.

 

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Yeah, Frank Poncherello was the man...Hot, Hot Hot,,,, no I don't have a favorite epi, but used to watch the show religiously when it was on. Whoo Whee what a man!

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: September 15, 1977 - July 17, 1983

Cast: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

Network: NBC

Genre: Drama

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