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The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...  Sgt. Joseph Getraer 139 episodes, 1977-1983
...  Officer Frank Poncherello 139 episodes, 1977-1983
...  Officer Jon Baker 117 episodes, 1977-1982
...  Officer Arthur Grossman / ... 116 episodes, 1977-1983
Brodie Greer ...  Officer Barry Baricza 112 episodes, 1977-1982
...  Harlan Arliss 81 episodes, 1978-1983
...  Officer Bonnie Clark / ... 69 episodes, 1977-1982
...  Officer Jebediah Turner 59 episodes, 1979-1982
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Storyline

"CHiPs," which stood for California Highway Patrol, followed the daily beats of two state motorcycle patrolmen as they patrolled the freeway system in and around Los Angeles. Officer Jon Baker was the straight, serious officer while Frank "Ponch" Poncherello was the more free- wheeling member of the duo; both reported to Sgt. Joe Getraer, who gave out assignments and advice in handling the cases. Each episode saw a compilation of incidents, ranging from the humorous (e.g., a stranded motorist) to criminal investigations (such as hijackings) and tragic incidents (such as a fiery multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths. Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily work were highlighted as well; the social lives of both officers (they were both single) often provided the lighter moments. On occassion, Ponch and Jon were assisted by a female "Chippie" at first, the very beautiful Sindy Cahill; and later, the more wholesome Bonnie Clark. In 1982, Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson (series star... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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15 September 1977 (USA)  »

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(139 episodes)

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4:3
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Trivia

At the end of the pilot, Ponch attempts to pull over an elderly lady driving erratically on the highway. The lady drives off the embankment and crashes her car, claiming Ponch was instructing her to do so. She ended up being the wife of a Police Official in Sacramento. The end result was Ponch being put back on probation, and paired with Jon again. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series and regularly in later seasons, car crashes were shown involving vehicles getting airborne after rear-ending another vehicle. This does not happen in actual crashes. In some scenes the ramps used to launch the vehicles are visible. See more »

Quotes

[Jon announces his proposal for a trail bike task force]
Officer Jon Baker: I'd like to nominate my partner, Frank Poncherello.
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: Hey, that's great. 'Cause when we first met, I was on a dirtbike.
Officer Jon Baker: Uh, no, Ponch. When we first met, you had just fallen off a dirtbike.
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love to see it again now
27 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was hands down my favourite TV series as a child. It was probably the first time I've ever been a fan of anything. I can still recall bits and pieces of some episodes even now!

I didn't have any problems comprehending the story lines, as far as I remember, so the other comments saying it's dead simple must be right. But while the series might seem dire for grown-ups, it was pretty impressive for children.

I would love to see this again just to see it from an adult's point of view, but I won't retract my comment that it's a very enjoyable series in its simplicity, and is a beloved personal memento of my childhood.


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