T.J. Hooker: Season 1, Episode 1

The Protectors (13 Mar. 1982)

TV Episode  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 187 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 1 critic

Sergeant T.J. Hooker spearheads a police officer recruitment program that provides on-the-street training. Hooker's recruits have to learn fast when they go up against a pair of cold-blooded killers on a crime spree.



0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related News

T.J. Hooker: The Movie
| cinemablend.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1198 titles
created 03 Sep 2012
a list of 26 titles
created 06 Oct 2012
list image
a list of 2340 titles
created 30 Apr 2013

Related Items

Search for "The Protectors" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Protectors (13 Mar 1982)

The Protectors (13 Mar 1982) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of T.J. Hooker.
1 of 91 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer David McNeil
Officer Jess Canfield
John Gladstein ...
Officer Granger
Kelly Harmon ...
Jo McDonnell ...
Officer Kelly Sanders
Lacy Canfield (as Debbie Shelton)
District Attorney Eric Saxon
Michael Horton ...
Officer Parker English
Lynne Moody ...
Susan McNeil
Timothy Scott ...


Sergeant T.J. Hooker spearheads a police officer recruitment program that provides on-the-street training. Hooker's recruits have to learn fast when they go up against a pair of cold-blooded killers on a crime spree.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

13 March 1982 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


According to an interview he gave to Irish television programme 'The Late Late Show'. when William Shatner was first filming the series autograph hunters asked him why Captain Kirk was dressed as a policeman? Once it began to air they insisted he sign their autographs as TJ Hooker. Shatner stated this brought home to him the power television could wield over its audience. See more »


When Romano is going after the sniper and tackles him on the roof, it is a stunt double that does the tackle. When the camera cuts, it is Romano again. See more »


[first lines]
Sgt. T.J. Hooker: T.J. Hooker is the name. But you don't have to lose any sleep wondering what the T.J. stands for, as far as you're concerned, my first name is 'Sergeant'.
See more »


Referenced in Scarface (1983) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Cop Named 'Hooker'?
2 April 2014 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

A police academy with a disparate group of young cadets is taught by gruff curmudgeonly veteran cop Sgt. T.J.Hooker (William Shatner) who is a strict taskmaster and disciplinarian. Part way through the academy training process a crime wave and a shortage of uniformed officers forces the recruits into service early. But that is not the end of their training and not all of these recruits will become real cops even though they are assuming aspects of active duty.

The finiteness of the young group of officers is reflected in the man teaching them. An ex Green Beret who had a distinguished tenure early in his law enforcement career, Hooker lost a partner and was himself shot on duty. Though heroic he has been marginalized by the culture and the system. His wife dumped him but sometimes she lets him babysit their kids if he remembers to pay alimony.

What we see at first looks as though it was initially conceived as a reworking of 'The Rookies' - an ABC-TV series produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg which followed young cops during their first days in uniform. This show could have gone the same way but instead came to revolve around the strongest character study in the pilot arc i.e. that of T.J.Hooker.

Very little of what is shown would be in the series this would eventually become. Essentially what we see is the introduction of the disgraced, downtrodden but nevertheless resilient hero and his new partner - the best of the class. Out of all the cadets that might be the one to have Hooker's back it is not necessarily the recruit we in the audience might imagine from what we see though several of them look promising in different ways.

The result was a streamlined direction making for a more coherent narrative and a smaller, thus less expensive, roster of cast members.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
same scene in 2 shows njofctaz
Season 3-5 ever coming out? mistertwistr
What city does the show take place? bradydawg
The Full Episodes laurmartin
The Name bchelrprty
Discuss The Protectors (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: