Type: Police Drama
Telecast: July 17, 1983
1977-March 1978, Thursdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC
1978, Saturdays 8:00-9:0 on NBC
1978-August 1978, Thursdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC
1978-March 1980, Saturdays 8:00-9:00 on NBC
1980-March 1983, Sundays 8:00-9:00 on NBC
1983-May 1983, Sundays 7:00-8:00 on NBC
1983-July 1983, Sundays 8:00-9:00 on NBC
Jon Baker (1977-1982).....
Frank "Ponch" Poncherello.....
Sindy Cahill (1978-1979).....
Arthur "Grossie" Grossman.....
Bonnie Clark (1979-1982).....
Jebediah Turner (1980-1982).....
Steve McLeish (1981)..... Bruce
Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson (1982-1983).....
Kathy Linahan (1982-1983).....
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.
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.
aired reruns of CHiPS
on weekday afternoons from April 1980-September 1980.