T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)
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The Protectors 

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.

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Officer David McNeil
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Officer Jess Canfield
John Gladstein ...
Officer Granger
Kelly Harmon ...
Jennifer
Jo McDonnell ...
Officer Kelly Sanders
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Lacy Canfield (as Debbie Shelton)
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Saxon
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Parker English
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Sheridan
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Lynne Moody ...
Susan
Timothy Scott ...
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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.

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13 March 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The initials "T.J." in " T.J. Hooker " stand for Thomas Jefferson. See more »

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Throughout the run of the series, Hooker has destroyed his cruiser at least a dozen times, but when he gets a new cruiser, it's always serial number 49357. Once a cruiser is destroyed, the serial number would not be reused. See more »

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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'.
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Referenced in Scarface (1983) See more »

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Very Poor. I'm surprised they decided to make a TV show out of this.
21 March 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

A pretty poor made-for-TV movie that was *the* pilot for the television show "T.J. Hooker" starring William Shatner. "You don't need to worry about wasting hours trying to figure out what T.J. stands for -- you all will know me as Sergeant."

The beginning of the movie is laughably bad. Shatner's Hooker is introduced to us as a mean, harsh military-style Sergeant getting ready to train his new "troops."

Hooker pretty much teaches his new cadets his own style of police force - the raw vengeance sort of deal. Then there's the introduction of a subplot that just becomes silly.

Quentin Tarantino referenced "T.J. Hooker" in his screenplay for "True Romance." It's a huge part of society. It's even been in "Showtime" with De Niro and Murphy.

Yet it all started because of a really poor made-for-TV movie. If I were the studio, I would never have picked up "T.J. Hooker" after seeing this travesty. I'm surprised anyone did.

2/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer



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