The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Sgt. Joseph Getraer (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Officer Frank Poncherello (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
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 Officer Jon Baker (117 episodes, 1977-1982)
Paul Linke ...
 Officer Arthur Grossman / ... (116 episodes, 1977-1983)
Brodie Greer ...
 Officer Barry Baricza (112 episodes, 1977-1982)
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 Harlan Arliss (81 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Officer Bonnie Clark / ... (69 episodes, 1977-1982)
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 Officer Jebediah Turner (59 episodes, 1979-1982)
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"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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15 September 1977 (USA)  »

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CHiPs Patrol  »

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(139 episodes)

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4:3
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Trivia

Lou Wagner and Erik Estrada are Airport disaster movie alumni. Wagner for Airport (1970) and Estrada for Airport 1975 (1974). 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

[a hacker has messed up the CHP's payroll]
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: Now, about the paychecks.
Officer Barry Baricza: Yeah, I've got a car payment due!
[the other officers start complaining]
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: Settle down! Just settle down and we'll try to sort out your paychecks.
Officer Barry Baricza: Well, how much was YOUR paycheck?
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: [nervously] It's... more than I usually get.
[under his breath]
Sgt. Joseph Getraer: It's closer to what I deserve.
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All Of It Was Good!!
19 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like this show a lot!! It was wholesome entertainment that you could rely on!! The cast was great , Erik Estrada is a favorite on T.V.!! Larry Wilcox was popular on this show.. I also like Tom Reilly and Bruce Penhall...Brodie Greer was a great addition to this series, and my favorite cop was Bruce Jenner!! Sunny Los Angeles and road chase scenes with cars that got 12 miles to the gallon that "CHiPs" illustrated, became a staple to the late seventies and early eighties television prime-time lineup!! Innocuous and unassuming situations exemplified CHiPS to an nth degree!! The highway patrol cops made this show!! Erik Estrada became enormously popular as a result of being on this show!! I like watching the reruns of CHiPS all the time, and I will continue to watch CHiPS in syndication for the ensuing years ahead!! While it (CHiPS) will never be considered one of the best T.V. shows in the history of television, there really was not any aspect to this show you could dislike!! Most of CHiPS was very likable, funny, and by and large, entertaining!! This show definitely gets a thumbs up!! ALL OF IT WAS GOOD!!


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