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Chopper One 

California cops Foley & Burdick fight crime from a helicopter.








Complete series cast summary:
Jim McMullan ...  Officer Don Burdick 13 episodes, 1974
Dirk Benedict ...  Officer Gil Foley 13 episodes, 1974
Lou Frizzell ...  Mitch 13 episodes, 1974
Ted Hartley ...  Captain McKeegan / ... 12 episodes, 1974
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Officers Don Burdick and Gil Foley battle crime in a major city in Southern California from the air. They are "chopper" pilots who aid officers in "black-and-white"'s by contributing added surveillance or assisting in chases of suspects. Sometimes they have their own problems to worry about, such as snipers. Mitch was Gil & Don's crusty mechanic, while the two men received their orders from Capt. McKeegan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Take off for danger and excitement with two young chopper cops...racing through the skies on their city-wide beat.


Crime | Drama


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When views of the helicopter flying were made, the sound was a continuous loop, not the actual sound of the Bell 206. See more »


Referenced in Svengoolie: Duel (2016) See more »

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21 December 2005 | by HughsterRoosterSee all my reviews

Found this and thought it was useful: Chopper One - Radio code name of helicopter used by the Western California Police Department (WCPD) on the police drama CHOPPER ONE/ABC/1974. Amidst the noise of whining propeller blades, officers Don Burdick (Jim McMullan) and Gil Foley (Dirk Benedict) soared over the concrete canyons of a fictitious California city chasing down speeding automobiles, rooftop snipers, renegade cyclists and muggers in the park. Lou Frizzel played Mitch, their ground mechanic. Chopper One's registry numbers were N2098 (on its bottom) and N40MC (on its side). The series ran 13 episodes. TRIVIA NOTE: Chopper One is also the name of a pop-rock group founded by Jason Cropper in Hollywood in the Spring of '95. The band consists of his wife, Amy on bass; drummer Tyrone Rio and late comer Steve Garvy as second guitarist. According to the website Artist Direct.com: "Their live shows combine the edgy pop perfection of vintage Cheap Trick or the lush harmonies of The Beach Boys with the simple, supercharged power of The Who or even Nirvana."

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Release Date:

17 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arriva l'elicottero See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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