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  2. CHiPs was a popular crime drama series that ran from 1977 to 1983, starring Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox as two state motorcycle officers who patrolled the freeways of Los Angeles. The show followed their daily adventures, investigations, and personal lives, as well as their interactions with other characters and their female partners.

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  3. This is a list of episodes for the NBC television series CHiPs, which ran for 139 episodes over the course of six seasons, plus one reunion TV movie aired on October 27, 1998. [1] [2] [3] Series overview Episodes Season 1 (1977–78) Season 2 (1978–79) Season 3 (1979–80) Season 4 (1980–81) Season 5 (1981–82)

    No. Overall
    No. In Season
    Title
    Directed By
    1
    1
    "Pilot (a.k.a. Probation)"
    2
    2
    "Undertow"
    3
    3
    "Dog Gone"
    4
    4
    "Moving Violation"
    Edward M. Abroms
  4. Sat, Jan 13, 1979 S2.E15 MAIT Team Cahill is critically injured in a multi-vehicle pile-up that claims eleven lives. Ponch and Jon are tapped to serve on the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team determined to pinpoint the cause and to clear Cahill from blame. 8.3/10 Rate Top-rated Sat, Dec 2, 1978 S2.E11 Supercycle

    • Caitlyn Jenner Once Replaced Erik Estrada.
    • Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox Did Not Get along.
    • The Cops Almost Never Drew Their Guns.
    • Estrada Was Badly Hurt Doing A Stunt.
    • Wilcox Left The Show.
    • Estrada Inspired The Village People Cop.
    • Ponch Was Supposed to Be Italian.
    • It Was Almost Canceled in Its First season.
    • The Title For Syndication Made No sense.
    • The Toys Weren’T Built to last.

    When Estrada left the series during the beginning of its fifth season over a salary dispute, producers hired Olympian Caitlyn (then Bruce) Jenner to replace him: the athlete, who was already working for NBC Sports as a commentator, also happened to be an experienced motorcyclist. When Estrada came to an agreement with MGM and returned to work, Jenn...

    Onscreen, co-stars Estrada and Wilcox had each other’s backs. Off-camera? Different story. When Wilcox got married in 1980, he told Peoplemagazine he made a point of not inviting Estrada and noted the two had argued ever since the show began. "I thought it was asinine to pick someone just for being photogenic," he said of Estrada’s casting. “Erik a...

    For a cop show, CHiPs had a pretty conservative approach to ammunition. According to some fan tallies, a gun was drawn by police in just three out of 139 episodes—and never by Estrada or Wilcox. Estrada toldABC News that the show’s 8 p.m. family time slot contributed to the pacifistic approach. “It was about helping pedestrians, people in trouble, ...

    Unlike many of the actors working in primetime today, Estrada insisted on doing many of his own motorcycle stunts. While shooting a 1979 episode, the actor was critically injured after he lost control of his bike while cruising around for a scene. Braking abruptly, he flew into a parked car chest-first, the bike landing on top of him; he broke eigh...

    With the tension between Wilcox and Estrada unresolved, Wilcox elected to leave the show just as it was beginning its sixth and final season. The character of Baker was replaced with Bobby “Hot Dog” Nelson (Tom Reilly), with the switch prompting a decline in ratings. Reilly made news in December of 1982 when United Press International reported he w...

    Though he didn’t get top billing in the show, Estrada’s blindingly-white smile and good looks quickly became a pop culture staple. According to TV Guide, Estrada’s appearance had some major influence over Victor Willis of the Village People: Willis took notice of his extra-tight patrol uniform and adopted it for his role as the “cop” in the musical...

    The role of Frank Poncherello was originally Poncherelli; producers envisioned an Italian character. They changed their minds when Estrada auditioned, possibly out of abject fear: Estrada punched a doorduring the meeting, frustrated he had flubbed a line.

    Critics and media observers were indelicate in describing CHiPs’s ratings performance during its first season in 1977 to 1978, describingit as “dreadful.” The show’s fortunes improved in season two, when NBC moved it from Thursdays to Saturdays and where it began winning its time slot.

    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.

    Mego toy company was quick to pounce on the popularity of the series, offering 8-inch action figures and vehicles. Their CHiPs products were said to have reused a lot of molds from other lines—Fonzie’s motorcycle, Klingon boots from Star Trek—but the real disappointment came when the Ponch and Jon figures sat on shelves for too long. Owing to Mego’...

  5. CHiPs is a 1977 comedy series about two motorcycle officers in Los Angeles. Find out where to stream, buy or rent the show, and see ratings, genres, cast and more.

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  6. CHiPs (TV Series 1977–1983) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Menu. Movies. Release Calendar Top 250 Movies Most ...

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