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T.J. Hooker (TV Series 1982–1986) Poster

(1982–1986)

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When ABC canceled the series in 1985, CBS acquired it as an addition to its late-night schedule, broadcasting first-run episodes for the show's 1985-86 season. Production of the series officially stopped in the spring of 1986, but re-runs continued to air on CBS's late-night slot until September of 1987.
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Hooker's full legal name was Thomas Jefferson Hooker.
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Bob Grogan, one of the detectives who worked on the Hillside Strangler case in Los Angeles, was hired as a technical advisor for the show, but was fired when he criticized re-writes of his ideas.
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Like the previous Aaron Spelling produced/Rick Husky created series S.W.A.T. (1975), which used the fictional "WCPD" police department, "T.J. Hooker" does not use the LAPD as the police department for which Hooker and the others are working. Despite the fact that they are obviously a part of the LAPD, with the look of the uniforms, and the design of the patrol cars, Hooker is part of the fictitious "LCPD". While there is a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, their uniforms and cars are different.
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When Hooker gets shot, it's usually in the right shoulder.
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Episodes when Romano and Hooker are in the police car, you never see them wearing seat belts.
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Frequently when Hooker and Romano are in a pursuit or doing some other type of performance driving, a lot of smoke is seen coming from the tailpipe of their patrol car as it accelerates. The car is a 1977 Dodge Monaco, which as of the 1982 debut was over 5 years old. The cars used in the series were high mileage surplus units from police agencies and the smoke was oil burning due to the high mileage. Circa 1982, the LAPD did not use cars of that age for patrol work, they had shifted to the newer Dodge Diplomat/Plymouth Gran Fury, the Ford Crown Victoria, or the Chevrolet Caprice.
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Prior to joining the LCPD, Jim Corrigan (James Darren), was a member of the San Francisco Police Department, and moonlighted as a race car driver.
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The Unit Number for Hooker and Romano is 4-Adam-30. The Unit Number for Corrigan and Sheridan is 4-Adam-16.
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The second series in which a character portrayed by William Shatner has a first and middle name with some combination of the letters "J" and "T". In this series, his initials "T.J." stand for Thomas Jefferson. In his best known role as Captain Kirk in "Star Trek", his character's first and middle name is James Tiberius, again using the "J" and "T" initials.
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Was originally to be titled The Protectors, which would be the title of the show's pilot. Creator Rick Husky originally developed the show as a newer version of his previous series The Rookies, and intended the show as an ensemble series. Noting William Shatner's prominence in the pilot, it was decided to make Hooker the focus of the show, and title the series after the character.
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Throughout the series, William Shatner had girlfriends of the week that were usually played by actresses 19 to over 25 years younger than him, although at least one was only 13 years younger. Lee Bryant and Leigh Christian, the actresses that played his ex-wife Fran, were both about 14 years younger than Shatner.

In a case of life mirroring television, Shatner has progressively wed much younger women. While Gloria Rand, his first wife, does not list an age, it appears by her acting work she was likely within about 5 years of Shatner. His second wife Marcy Lafferty, whom he was married to at the time of the series, was 15 years younger. His third wife Nerine Kidd was 28 years younger. Finally, his fourth wife Elizabeth Shatner, whom he married in 2001 about 16 years after the series ended, is 30 years younger than him.
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The basic sequence of events for shows often involved a crime taking place, with Hooker then getting into a car chase and losing the suspect due to Hooker's poor driving skills. This was followed by Hooker and his uniform cohorts performing detective work while the criminal remained at large and committed more crimes until eventually being again chased by Hooker, this time resulting either in an arrest or the death of the suspect.
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