The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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15 September 1977 (USA)  »

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(139 episodes)

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Ponch was among the first leading characters on a dramatic series whose ethnicity was Latino. He's often cited as among the first positive or non stereotypical portrayal of a Hispanic American on a regular prime time drama series. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Remade as CHIPS (2017) See more »

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The Best TV Show Ever!
10 May 1999 | by (salt lake city, utah) – See all my reviews

'CHiPs' is one of the most fun TV shows ever aired. It is a genuine feel good show, and each episode usually taught us a lesson. Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox make great partners and are both underrated actors. 'CHiPs' has some of the most horrific car crashes ever seen on television. Add to that the great early 80's vibe the series has, and you can't go wrong. God bless CHiPs!


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