The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Pine ...  Sgt. Joseph Getraer 139 episodes, 1977-1983
Erik Estrada ...  Officer Frank Poncherello 139 episodes, 1977-1983
Larry Wilcox ...  Officer Jon Baker 117 episodes, 1977-1982
Paul Linke ...  Officer Arthur Grossman / ... 116 episodes, 1977-1983
Brodie Greer Brodie Greer ...  Officer Barry Baricza 112 episodes, 1977-1982
Lou Wagner ...  Harlan Arliss 81 episodes, 1978-1983
Randi Oakes ...  Officer Bonnie Clark / ... 69 episodes, 1977-1982
Michael Dorn ...  Officer Jebediah Turner 59 episodes, 1979-1982
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Storyline

"CHiPs," which stood for California Highway Patrol, followed the daily beats of two state motorcycle patrolmen as they patrolled the freeway system in and around Los Angeles. Officer Jon Baker was the straight, serious officer while Frank "Ponch" Poncherello was the more free- wheeling member of the duo; both reported to Sgt. Joe Getraer, who gave out assignments and advice in handling the cases. Each episode saw a compilation of incidents, ranging from the humorous (e.g., a stranded motorist) to criminal investigations (such as hijackings) and tragic incidents (such as a fiery multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths. Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily work were highlighted as well; the social lives of both officers (they were both single) often provided the lighter moments. On occassion, Ponch and Jon were assisted by a female "Chippie" at first, the very beautiful Sindy Cahill; and later, the more wholesome Bonnie Clark. In 1982, Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson (series star... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chips See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(139 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Final season regular Bruce Penhall had been a Motorcycle World Speedway Champion. His character Bruce Nelson was a World Speedway Champion transitioning to be a motorcycle Officer with the California Highway Patrol. Footage of Penhall competing in the 1982 World Speedway Championship was used in an episode portraying his character competing in the event. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series and regularly in later seasons, car crashes were shown involving vehicles getting airborne after rear-ending another vehicle. This does not happen in actual crashes. In some scenes the ramps used to launch the vehicles are visible. See more »

Quotes

[Jon announces his proposal for a trail bike task force]
Officer Jon Baker: I'd like to nominate my partner, Frank Poncherello.
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: Hey, that's great. 'Cause when we first met, I was on a dirtbike.
Officer Jon Baker: Uh, no, Ponch. When we first met, you had just fallen off a dirtbike.
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Alternate Versions

After completing five seasons, CHiPs was sold into syndication in the fall of 1982. To help avoid viewer confusion between reruns and new episodes, MGM re-titled it CHiPs Patrol. This was redundant, as "CHP" is an acronym for "California Highway Patrol," making the complete series name California Highway Patrol Patrol. See more »

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love to see it again now
27 February 2005 | by scifisuedeSee all my reviews

This was hands down my favourite TV series as a child. It was probably the first time I've ever been a fan of anything. I can still recall bits and pieces of some episodes even now!

I didn't have any problems comprehending the story lines, as far as I remember, so the other comments saying it's dead simple must be right. But while the series might seem dire for grown-ups, it was pretty impressive for children.

I would love to see this again just to see it from an adult's point of view, but I won't retract my comment that it's a very enjoyable series in its simplicity, and is a beloved personal memento of my childhood.


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