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 CHiPs - The Complete First Season

 CHiPs - The Complete Second Season


Show Type: Police Drama

First Telecast: September 15, 1977

Last Telecast: July 17, 1983

Broadcast History:

September 1977-March 1978, Thursdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC

April 1978, Saturdays 8:00-9:0 on NBC

May 1978-August 1978, Thursdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC

September 1978-March 1980, Saturdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC

March 1980-March 1983, Sundays 8:00-9:00 on NBC

April 1983-May 1983, Sundays 7:00-8:00 on NBC

May 1983-July 1983, Sundays 8:00-9:00 on NBC


Officer Jon Baker (1977-1982)..... Larry Wilcox

Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello..... Erik Estrada

Sergeant Joe Gatraer..... Robert Pine

Officer Gene Fritz (1977-1981)..... Lew Saunders

Officer Baricza (1977-1982)..... Brodie Greer

Officer Sindy Cahill (1978-1979)..... Brianne Leary

Harlan Arliss (1978-1983)..... Lou Wagner

Officer Arthur "Grossie" Grossman..... Paul Linke

Officer Bonnie Clark (1979-1982)..... Randi Oakes

Officer Jebediah Turner (1980-1982)..... Michael Dorn

Officer Steve McLeish (1981)..... Bruce Jenner

Officer Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson (1982-1983)..... Tom Reilly

Officer Kathy Linahan (1982-1983)..... Tina Gayle

Cadet Bruce Nelson (1982-1983)..... Bruce Penhall

Officer Webster (1982-1983)..... Clarence Gilyard, Jr.


CHiPS, an acronym for California Highway Patrol, was the motorcycle equivalent to a previous episodic police series, Adam 12. Jon Baker and "Ponch" Poncherello were two state motorcycle patrolmen, both young bachelors, whose adventures helping citizens, fighting crime and leading active social lives were all woven into the series. The two men worked as a team, and spent most of their working time around the vast Los Angeles freeway system. Each episode was a composite of four or five separate incidents, both on the job and off, with violence down-played in favor of human interest and the humorous elements of their work. Jon was rather straight and serious, while "Ponch" was the romantic free spirit, whose happy-go-lucky attitude did not always sit well with their superior, Sgt. Getraer. Added in 1978, were Harlan, a police mechanic who worked on their "choppers," and Sindy, a female "Chippie" who worked out of a patrol car. She was replaced the following fall by another female "Chippie," Bonnie Clark.

Former Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner appeared as Officer Steve McLeish in several episodes in the fall of 1981 as a temporary replacement for Erik Estrada, who was embroiled in a salary dispute with CHiPS producers. When Estrada returned, Jenner left the show. The fall of 1982 brought a number of cast changes. Larry Wilcox, who had had a stormy relationship with Erik Estrada for several years, quit the series. Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson, and Nelson's kid brother Bruce (played by professional motorcycle racer, Bruce Penhall) joined the force as a trainee. The new resident "Chippie" was Kathy Linahan.

NBC aired reruns of CHiPS on weekday afternoons from April 1980-September 1980.