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CHiPs: :  -- The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

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Release Date:
15 September 1977 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Ponch and Jon, the corniest Cool guys there ever were... See more (38 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 280)

Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello (139 episodes, 1977-1983)

Robert Pine ... Sgt. Joseph Getraer (139 episodes, 1977-1983)

Larry Wilcox ... Officer Jon Baker (117 episodes, 1977-1982)

Paul Linke ... Officer Arthur Grossman (110 episodes, 1977-1983)
Brodie Greer ... Officer Barry Baricza (109 episodes, 1977-1982)
Lou Wagner ... Harlan Arliss / ... (73 episodes, 1978-1983)
Randi Oakes ... Officer Bonnie Clark / ... (66 episodes, 1978-1982)

Michael Dorn ... Officer Jebediah Turner (58 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Series Directed by
Phil Bondelli (23 episodes, 1978-1983)
John Florea (19 episodes, 1978-1983)
Gordon Hessler (12 episodes, 1978-1982)
Barry Crane (11 episodes, 1978-1982)
Leslie H. Martinson (11 episodes, 1981-1982)
Don Weis (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Charles Bail (7 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Caffey (5 episodes, 1977-1981)
Bruce Kessler (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
Georg Fenady (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Krasny (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Astin (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Christian I. Nyby II (2 episodes, 1977)
Ric Rondell (2 episodes, 1977)
Larry Wilcox (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Harvey S. Laidman (2 episodes, 1979)
Earl Bellamy (2 episodes, 1981)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1981)
Richard Irving (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert Pine (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Winrich Kolbe (2 episodes, 1982)

Don Chaffey (unknown episodes)
Donald L. Gold (unknown episodes)
Alexander Grasshoff (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Rick Rosner (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
Rudolph Borchert (14 episodes, 1978-1982)
L. Ford Neale (11 episodes, 1978-1982)
Rick Mittleman (10 episodes, 1977-1982)
John Huff (10 episodes, 1979-1982)
James Doherty (9 episodes, 1978-1982)
James Schmerer (9 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Playdon (8 episodes, 1977-1982)
William D. Gordon (8 episodes, 1978-1981)
Larry Alexander (7 episodes, 1977-1982)
Gerald Sanford (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Bruce Shelly (6 episodes, 1977-1982)
Frank Telford (6 episodes, 1978-1981)
Joseph Gunn (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Paul Mason (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Larry Mollin (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Stephen Lord (5 episodes, 1978-1982)
William Douglas Lansford (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Paul Robert Coyle (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jock MacKelvie (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Skip Webster (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Max Hodge (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jerry Thomas (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Frank Chase (2 episodes, 1979-1981)
Kenneth Dorward (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Loraine Despres (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Donald L. Gold (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Barry Jacobs (2 episodes, 1983)
Stuart Jacobs (2 episodes, 1983)

Jack Hanrahan (unknown episodes)
Ivan Nagy (unknown episodes)
Bruce Reisman (unknown episodes)
Elliott Street (unknown episodes)
Shirley Ulmer (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Cy Chermak .... producer / executive producer (133 episodes, 1977-1983)
Paul Rabwin .... producer / associate producer (116 episodes, 1978-1993)
Larry Mollin .... creative consultant (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
Randall Torno .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
Rick Rosner .... producer / executive producer (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
Paul Mason .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Ric Rondell .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1977)
William Cairncross .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1978)
Philip D. Fehrle .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1977)
William L. Young .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1978)
Donald L. Gold .... producer (2 episodes, 1983)
Joseph Gunn .... producer (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Alan Silvestri (17 episodes, 1978-1983)
Billy May (4 episodes, 1978)
John Carl Parker (3 episodes, 1977-1982)
J.J. Johnson (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Salim (113 episodes, 1977-1983)
Robert F. Sparks (26 episodes, 1977-1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
William Neel (11 episodes, 1978-1983)
Albert P. Wilson (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joe Morrisey (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard E. Rabjohn (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Geoffrey Rowland (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Casting by
Cathy Henderson (48 episodes, 1980-1982)
Gary Shaffer (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Barbara Hanley (3 episodes, 1982)
Mike Hanks (2 episodes, 1979)
Jerold Franks (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Al Onorato (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Joe Scully (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Joseph M. Altadonna (23 episodes, 1977-1979)
Stephen Myles Berger (11 episodes, 1980-1983)
Les Gobruegge (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser (19 episodes, 1977-1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist (15 episodes, 1979-1983)
Don Lynch .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1979-1983)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1979-1982)
John Norin .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jane Aull .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Production Management
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Donald L. Gold .... unit production manager (9 episodes, 1980-1982)
William L. Young .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1978)
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Barry Stern .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denny Salvaryn .... assistant director / first assistant director (52 episodes, 1980-1982)
Lindsley Parsons III .... first assistant director / assistant director (18 episodes, 1978-1980)
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1978)
Paul Rabwin .... second unit director (10 episodes, 1978-1982)
Mary Lou MacLaury .... second assistant director / first assistant director (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director / first assistant director (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Leslie Jackson Houston .... second assistant director (8 episodes, 1980-1982)
Randall Henderson .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1978)
Michael J. Kane .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1978)
Robert S. Mills .... dga trainee (5 episodes, 1979)
Robert P. Cohen .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1978)
Richard T. Schor .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Paul Chavez .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1979)
Steven P. Saeta .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1982)
William Saint John .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Bud Grace .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
David McGiffert .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
William A. Morrison .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Steve Perry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
Bob Jeffords .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
Roger Slager .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
Forrest L. Futrell .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1980)
Mary Ellen Canniff .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1982)
Charles Norton .... assistant director (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Margaret Mazzola .... set dressing (9 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (125 episodes, 1977-1983)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (60 episodes, 1979-1982)
M. Curtis Price .... sound (13 episodes, 1979-1983)
Harlan Riggs .... sound (11 episodes, 1980-1983)
Hal Watkins .... sound (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
Maury Harris .... sound (5 episodes, 1977-1978)

Marty Church .... adr mixer / foley mixer (unknown episodes)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Ed Osborne .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Pat Elmendorf .... special effects (1 episode, 1977)

Andrew Miller .... special effects foreman (unknown episodes)
Christophor Newkirk .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Dale Newkirk .... special effects foreman (unknown episodes)
Marlowe Newkirk .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Bill Young .... precision drving coordinator / stunt coordinator (23 episodes, 1977-1980)
Bobby Ferro .... stunts (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator (19 episodes, 1977-1983)
Clarke Coleman .... stunts (18 episodes, 1982-1983)
BJ Davis .... stunts (8 episodes, 1979-1983)
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver (7 episodes, 1980-1983)
Richard Epper .... stunts / stunt performer (5 episodes, 1979-1982)
Ken Ferguson .... stunt performer / stunt performer: M.C.Racer (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
Rick Cirimele .... stunts / stunt performer (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
Rex Blackwell .... stunt driver / stunts (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Chips .... stunts (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
John Ashby .... stunts (2 episodes, 1981)

Kenny Bates .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Bud Davis .... assistant stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Debbie Evans .... stunt driving: motorcycles / stunts (unknown episodes)
Greg Gault .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dennis Lehane .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ray Lykins .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Jim McConnell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Eddie Paul .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (27 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steve Stafford .... key assistant camera (26 episodes, 1978-1980)
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (23 episodes, 1978)
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Salim .... camera operator (21 episodes, 1980-1981)
Michael J. Schwartz .... lighting technician (21 episodes, 1980-1981)
Thomas P. Powell .... lighting technician (19 episodes, 1977-1978)
Fred R. Krug .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1978-1980)
Virgil E. Hammond III .... camera technician: Cinemobile Systems (6 episodes, 1982)

Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Mike Hanks .... casting (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor / wardrobe supervisor / ... (17 episodes, 1978-1983)
Richard La Motte .... wardrobe: men (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Editorial Department
Darrell Upshaw .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Music Department
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (26 episodes, 1977-1983)
Tom Carlin .... music editor (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jan Gershkoff .... music editor (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (5 episodes, 1977-1980)
Frank Khoury .... transportation / driver (4 episodes, 1977-1982)

Randy Peters .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Larry Luttrell .... location manager (60 episodes, 1978-1981)
Michael Neale .... location manager (23 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor (17 episodes, 1978-1982)
William D. Gordon .... story editor / story supervisor (16 episodes, 1978-1982)
James Doherty .... story editor (14 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Rabwin .... story editor (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Denis McCallion .... location manager (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Rick Rosner .... executive consultant (12 episodes, 1979-1983)
Dave McDannel .... production consultant (11 episodes, 1979-1982)
Rod Baker .... story editor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Bob Hayden .... production consultant (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Glen Olson .... story editor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Roni Rochin .... production assistant / production assistance (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mike Sylvia .... technical advisor (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Playdon .... developed for television by / developed for television / ... (4 episodes, 1977-1983)
Randall Torno .... assistant to producer (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
John Huff .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
L. Ford Neale .... story editor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Suzi Alter .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Larry Mollin .... creative consultant / location manager: France (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gerald Sanford .... story consultant / executive story consultant / ... (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joyce Webb .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1977)
Jerry Nista .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1979)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Bill Udell .... production consultant (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joseph Gunn .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1982)

Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Dixie Fusillo .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Glen B. Craig .... with appreciation to / with appreciation to: Commissioner, California Highway Patrol / ... (136 episodes, 1977-1983)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"CHiPs Patrol" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
60 min (139 episodes)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gwynne Gilford, who had a recurring role as Sgt Getrear's wife Betty, was the real life wife of Robert Pine who played Getrear.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
[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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Ponch and Jon, the corniest Cool guys there ever were..., 17 June 2007
Author: Joel_S from Albany, NY

Officers Francis "Ponch" Ponchorello and Jon Baker were the CORNIEST cool guys in the history of Hollywood TV. Make no mistake, these dudes were cool. Two young and reasonably handsome guys, athletic and fit looking while living that romantic fast life in Southern California. They were the man on bikes, high pursuit cops who enforced the law. Off duty their weekends could be spent jet skiing, sailing or sky diving, when the rest of us are off at the movies or perhaps hanging out at the mall. They also had the badge and gun, the uniforms, and of course the bikes that they would race at 90 mph on the highways while chasing bad guys, they were cool dudes. Then of course they romanced plenty of disco era honeys. But Ponch and Jon were not cool cool, they were just too over the top corny and Ponch was way too hammy. Then there was that silly freeze frame smile they all did at the end of the show. If you are over considerably over 40 today you probably think CHiPs is ridiculous because you were likely a teenager or young adult back then and you yourself were just too hip and cool back in the day to have appreciated CHiPs. And if you are 25 and under today then you are likely on the other side of being too cool for CHiPs because you may think the show is just flat out stupid. The series would likely look way too old for much of the early 20s and teenager crowd. The show had silliness, but not Dukes of Hazzard or Knight Rider silliness, Ponch and Jon were still grounded in something very close to our real world. If you are a middle-late Gen Xer born in the 70s and had a childhood in the 80s, then CHiPs was part of your syndicated TV diet. You know you watched.

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