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 ... Capt. Dennis Sheridan
Steve Hanks ... Country
Lee Bryant ... Fran Hooker
Lynne Moody ... Susan
Timothy Scott ... Whit
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The initials "T.J." in " T.J. Hooker " stand for Thomas Jefferson. See more »

Goofs

Soon after the start of the episode Hooker called his squad to 'Attention!' and the sound of army boots coming together on a hard parade ground could be heard. However when a wide shot of the group was shown they were wearing (male and female) civilian shoes and standing on soft grass. 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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I could never get into the show or TV movies
26 June 2004 | by mm-39See all my reviews

Can't compare to today's low budget tripe. Budgets for several sets, car chases, and explosions is too much for today on the cheap TV shows. Who cares what loser is going get voted of elimidate, or voted off the island, house or even tool shed. These real life shows are done on the cheap. Even cheaper than the sit com Friends which used a whole two sets where there was nothing but self absorbed gabbing. TJ Hooker had high production values compared to the future of TV, and was fast paced with action. The only problem was the delivery of the show's formula. Predictable, every chase the car has to explode. TJ, hung onto the hood of the bad guys' car. The final fight where TJ uses the night stick. Zimmerman and Locklear were added beef stick for the show. I believe the predictability of the show's formula and delivery helped kill this style of show; along with the high budget which todays on the cheap tv will never do again. 5 out of 10.


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