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.

Director:

Cliff Bole

Writer:

Rick Husky
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Sgt. T.J. Hooker
Richard Lawson ... Officer David McNeil
Adrian Zmed ... Officer Vince Romano
Brian Patrick Clarke ... Officer Jess Canfield
John Gladstein John Gladstein ... Officer Granger
Kelly Harmon Kelly Harmon ... Jennifer
Jo McDonnell ... Officer Kelly Sanders
Deborah Shelton ... Lacy Canfield (as Debbie Shelton)
David Hedison ... Saxon
Michael Horton ... Parker English
Richard Herd ... Sheridan
Steve Hanks ... Country
Lee Bryant ... Fran Hooker
Lynne Moody ... Susan
Timothy Scott ... Whit
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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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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Showtime (2002) See more »

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SUPERB PILOT EPISODE
28 March 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

If you've read my comments on the T.J. Hooker TV series you'll know that I think it was the best TV show for many reasons. This was the pilot for the series and when I first saw it I was really impressed.

This movie had everything-moral dilemmas, action and a great plot. We got to see top cop Sergeant Hooker preparing the police cadets for the real world. We got to see Hooker instilling his morals and values on all the cadets.

I was most pleased with this movie for the above reasons. Some cop shows are just car chase after car chase and the characters have no depth. Hooker was superbly played by William Shatner who made him an interesting and human character with depth and an interesting background.

I strongly recommend this pilot movie and the series that followed.


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