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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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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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

The initials "T.J." in " T.J. Hooker " stand for Thomas Jefferson. 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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Very Poor. I'm surprised they decided to make a TV show out of this.
21 March 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

A pretty poor made-for-TV movie that was *the* pilot for the television show "T.J. Hooker" starring William Shatner. "You don't need to worry about wasting hours trying to figure out what T.J. stands for -- you all will know me as Sergeant."

The beginning of the movie is laughably bad. Shatner's Hooker is introduced to us as a mean, harsh military-style Sergeant getting ready to train his new "troops."

Hooker pretty much teaches his new cadets his own style of police force - the raw vengeance sort of deal. Then there's the introduction of a subplot that just becomes silly.

Quentin Tarantino referenced "T.J. Hooker" in his screenplay for "True Romance." It's a huge part of society. It's even been in "Showtime" with De Niro and Murphy.

Yet it all started because of a really poor made-for-TV movie. If I were the studio, I would never have picked up "T.J. Hooker" after seeing this travesty. I'm surprised anyone did.

2/5 stars.

  • John Ulmer


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