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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 »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 282)

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

Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello (138 episodes, 1977-1983)

Larry Wilcox ... Officer Jon Baker (116 episodes, 1977-1982)

Paul Linke ... Officer Arthur Grossman / ... (116 episodes, 1977-1983)
Brodie Greer ... Officer Barry Baricza / ... (111 episodes, 1977-1982)

Lou Wagner ... Harlan Arliss / ... (81 episodes, 1978-1983)
Randi Oakes ... Officer Bonnie Clark / ... (68 episodes, 1977-1982)

Michael Dorn ... Officer Jebediah Turner (59 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Series Directed by
Phil Bondelli (23 episodes, 1978-1983)
John Florea (18 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)
Alexander Grasshoff (1 episode, 1979)

Don Chaffey (unknown episodes)
Donald L. Gold (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Rick Rosner (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
Rudolph Borchert (15 episodes, 1978-1982)
L. Ford Neale (11 episodes, 1978-1982)
John Huff (10 episodes, 1979-1982)
Rick Mittleman (9 episodes, 1977-1982)
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 (125 episodes, 1978-1983)
Paul Rabwin .... associate producer / producer / ... (115 episodes, 1978-1983)
Rick Rosner .... producer / executive producer (24 episodes, 1977-1979)
Larry Mollin .... creative consultant (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
Philip D. Fehrle .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ric Rondell .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1977-1978)
William L. Young .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1978)
Randall Torno .... associate producer (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
William Cairncross .... associate producer (9 episodes, 1978)
Paul Mason .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1982-1983)
Donald L. Gold .... producer (2 episodes, 1983)
Joseph Gunn .... producer (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Alan Silvestri (74 episodes, 1978-1983)
Luchi De Jesus (9 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Carl Parker (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Billy May (4 episodes, 1978)
Robert Drasnin (3 episodes, 1977)
Pete Carpenter (2 episodes, 1977)
Mike Post (2 episodes, 1977)
J.J. Johnson (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Sparks (134 episodes, 1977-1983)
Peter Salim (7 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
William Neel (13 episodes, 1978-1983)
Albert P. Wilson (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joe Morrisey (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Richard E. Rabjohn (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Renaud (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Geoffrey Rowland (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Casting by
Cathy Henderson (48 episodes, 1980-1982)
Mike Hanks (47 episodes, 1978-1980)
Gary Shaffer (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Barbara Hanley (3 episodes, 1982)
Jerold Franks (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Al Onorato (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Joe Scully (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Joseph M. Altadonna (45 episodes, 1977-1979)
Stephen Myles Berger (12 episodes, 1980-1983)
Les Gobruegge (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Set Decoration by
W. Joe Kroesser (138 episodes, 1977-1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist (17 episodes, 1979-1983)
Don Lynch .... hair stylist (16 episodes, 1979-1983)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1979-1982)
John Norin .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jane Aull .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Production Management
Ronald R. Grow .... unit production manager (45 episodes, 1979-1981)
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Donald L. Gold .... unit production manager (10 episodes, 1980-1982)
William L. Young .... unit production manager (5 episodes, 1978)
Barry Stern .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denny Salvaryn .... assistant director / first assistant director (51 episodes, 1980-1982)
Lindsley Parsons III .... first assistant director / assistant director (18 episodes, 1978-1980)
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1978)
Paul Rabwin .... second unit director (10 episodes, 1978-1982)
Mary Lou MacLaury .... second assistant director / first assistant director (9 episodes, 1978-1979)
Leslie Jackson Houston .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1980-1982)
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director / first assistant director (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
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)
Forrest L. Futrell .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1980)
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)
William L. Young .... 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)
Gary Daigler .... first 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)
Clayton Shair .... property master (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (120 episodes, 1977-1983)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (58 episodes, 1979-1982)
M. Curtis Price .... sound (15 episodes, 1979-1983)
Harlan Riggs .... sound (13 episodes, 1980-1983)
Hal Watkins .... sound (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
Maury Harris .... sound (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gregory H. Watkins .... cable person (5 episodes, 1977)
Dick McCarthy .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1980-1982)

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
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator (22 episodes, 1977-1983)
Bill Young .... precision drving coordinator / stunt coordinator (21 episodes, 1977-1980)
Bobby Ferro .... stunts (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
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
Steve Stafford .... key assistant camera (26 episodes, 1978-1980)
Clay H. Wilson .... dolly grip (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1978)
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Salim .... camera operator (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Michael J. Schwartz .... lighting technician (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Thomas P. Powell .... lighting technician (17 episodes, 1977-1978)
Virgil E. Hammond III .... camera technician: Cinemobile Systems (6 episodes, 1982)
Fred R. Krug .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1978-1980)

Michael J. Jacobs .... special still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor / ... (120 episodes, 1978-1983)
Gregory B. Peña .... daily set costumer (21 episodes, 1982-1983)
Richard La Motte .... wardrobe: men (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Editorial Department
Darrell Upshaw .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Location Management
Larry Luttrell .... location manager (57 episodes, 1978-1981)
Michael Neale .... location manager (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Denis McCallion .... location manager (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
John Carl Parker .... composer: theme music (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
Tom Carlin .... music editor (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
David Cates .... music editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Jan Gershkoff .... music editor (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation / driver (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
Chris Haynes .... driver (4 episodes, 1977-1980)

Randy Peters .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Rick Rosner .... executive consultant (117 episodes, 1978-1983)
William D. Gordon .... story editor / story supervisor (79 episodes, 1978-1982)
James Doherty .... story editor (77 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor (20 episodes, 1978-1982)
Rod Baker .... story editor (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Glen Olson .... story editor (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Dave McDannel .... production consultant (13 episodes, 1979-1982)
Paul Rabwin .... story editor (12 episodes, 1980-1981)
Mike Sylvia .... technical advisor (6 episodes, 1977-1978)
Randall Torno .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producer (6 episodes, 1980-1981)
Paul Playdon .... developed for television by / developed for television / ... (5 episodes, 1977-1983)
Roni Rochin .... production assistant / production assistance (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gerald Sanford .... story consultant / executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Joyce Webb .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1977)
Dick Barton .... technical advisor (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Nista .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1979)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (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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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Throughout the show's run, the cast of supporting characters included one female officer(Sindy, Bonnie, Kathy) and one African American officer (Fritz, Turner, Webster)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:
[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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14 out of 16 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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