T.J. Hooker: Season 1, Episode 1

The Protectors (13 Mar. 1982)

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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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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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District Attorney Eric Saxon
Michael Horton ...
Officer Parker English
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Lynne Moody ...
Susan McNeil
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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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 »

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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 »

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[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'.
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25 March 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Hooker was exemplary of cop shows of the era. I like to think that Boomtown has what Hooker might've been if Hooker was made now.

Sure they were car chases in the series and dodgy plots but overall the show was enticing and interesting. Hooker was a cop who cared (even if he seemed to have ex-girlfriends popping out of the woodwork after series 3) I started watching it when Five (in the UK) showed it in 2002 and was...hooked. I have it on DVD now. I prefer the short first series and the second series. After series 3 (as in series' 4&5) the show lost part of its way not helped by a decreasing budget and ended minus Adrian Zmed in 1986.

A great cop show and up there with the likes of Miami Vice and what have you


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