21 Jump Street (1987–1991)
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As part of a new police initiative a young looking police officer, Hanson, is sent into a high school undercover to investigate a dangerous drug dealer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Officer Judy Hoffs (as Holly Robinson)
Charlie Donegan
Captain Briody (as Frank McCarthy)
Claude Earl Jones ...
Principal Jake Shaffer
Brandon Douglas ...
Mrs. Weckerle
Niles Brewster ...
Mr. Lamb
Noelle Harling ...
Margaret Langrick ...


Two young, black criminals break into the house of a middle class family. They threaten to kill the son, Kenny, who they say owes them 6.000 dollars. They steal the Jaguar outside and go away. When the police arrive, Kenny refuses to give any information about the intruders. One of the policemen is 21 year old Tom Hanson, who has just graduated from the Police Academy as the top of his class. His first days at work aren't successful. Tom looks too juvenile to bring about respect, and his impulsivity causes trouble for his colleagues. He is relocated to a special unit called Jump Street Chapel. This is an undercover unit, focused on serious crimes among teenagers. The looks of his new colleagues shock him. The police officers Doug Penhall, Harry Truman Ioki and Judy Hoffs look, behave and talk like teenagers, and their chief, Captain Richard Jenko, looks like an old hippie. Tom has to undergo the same transformation. He is given the false identity of Tom Bauer, and sent to Amherst High... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 April 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the LPs given to Tom Hanson was Cryptic Slaughter's "Convicted". See more »


When Hanson is undercover watching someone in a restaurant, he hassles the bartender for a beer, Hanson replies with, "Right," at the end of the conversation, when his lips clearly say, "Yeah." See more »


Tyrell 'Waxer' Thompson: [to Kenny] Don't you like rap music?
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References Pretty in Pink (1986) See more »

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Officer Tom Hanson's Youthful Looks Becomes A Problem As A Patrol Officer
21 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first part of the pilot episode of 21 Jump Street.Police Officer Tom Hanson,portrayed by the youthful looking Johnny Depp,runs into trouble on the job while on patrol as being young looking makes people underestimate him.Later,he was asked to work to the Jump Street unit,which is a special division that uses young looking cops to go undercover and prevent juvenile crime.It ends when Officer Tom Hanson accepts the job.

Johnny Depp provides a great performance in the first episode as we get to see his over eagerness and aggressiveness on the job work against him as a police officer on patrol.It teaches the viewer that real life is a lot different from what we learn in school.It also teaches us humility that sometimes over eagerness and aggressiveness can really work against us unknowingly.But in the end,we also realize in this episode that God indeed opens another window when a door is shut in one part of our life.The same way worked for Officer Hanson.He may not have found success as a patrol officer but he still given another opportunity as part of a Jump Street program.

In the second part of the pilot episode,we get to see Officer Tom Hanson's transfer to the Jump Street unit,a special division of the police force that utilizes young looking cops to go undercover to stop juvenile crime.In it,we get to see perform Officer Hanson and the 21 Jump Street crowd perform their first undercover assignment of catching drug dealers.

The second part was a delight to watch as we get to see how the Jump Street division operate as a unit of undercover high school students.We now get to meet the make up of the team and the different characters aside from the transition of Tom Hanson from being a patrol officer to a member of the Jump Street crowd.

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