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The cases of an undercover police unit composed of young looking officers specializing in youth crime.
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Complete series cast summary:
Holly Robinson Peete ...  Officer Judy Hoffs 102 episodes, 1987-1991
Steven Williams ...  Captain Adam Fuller / ... 97 episodes, 1987-1991
Peter DeLuise ...  Officer Doug Penhall 90 episodes, 1987-1990
Johnny Depp ...  Officer Tom Hanson 82 episodes, 1987-1990
Dustin Nguyen ...  Officer Harry Truman Ioki 82 episodes, 1987-1990
Sal Jenco ...  Sal 'Blowfish' Banducci / ... 42 episodes, 1987-1990
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21 Jump Street is the headquarters for a squad of police officers who specialize in investigations relating to young people. Each of the Jump St. personnel was selected for their ability to pass for high school or college students, allowing them to operate undercover in areas where it is difficult for regular police officers to blend in unnoticed. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Too cool for school.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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21 Jump Street See more »

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Runtime:

(103 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As Johnny Depp became increasingly frustrated with the series, he began to put forth ridiculous suggestions for his character to the producers. One such a suggestion included the discovery by the other characters that Tom Hanson was obsessed with peanut butter, and would be discovered by the other characters smearing it all over his naked body. See more »

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Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up too. See more »

Quotes

Off. Doug Penhall: Oh! Oh! You're not supposed to be watching that. Where's the babysitter?
[Clavo points to the door where Doug hears giggling from inside the bedroom. Doug knocks]
Off. Doug Penhall: Hey! You've got five seconds to get your clothes on and get out of there before I light your friggin' underwear on fire. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.
[the babysitter and her boyfriend run half-naked out the door]
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In the DVD releases by Anchor Bay Entertainment, most of the music is replaced with generic music due to licensing issues. See more »


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(theme music)
By Liam Sternberg
Arranged and produced by Jay Gruska
Sung by Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson)
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Launching pad for teen stars; one of the better early Fox shows.
10 October 1999 | by StudentDriverSee all my reviews

This was one of the first Fox hour-long dramas, and Fox definitely wore its heart on its sleeve. Like WB now, Fox wanted to lure in a teenage audience with its good-looking young stars. Luckily for those stars, 21 Jump Street was a rather good vehicle, and stood on its own merits.

Kind of like a Mod Squad for the 80s, the "teens" in 21 Jump Street were cops. Hip cops. They would infiltrate schools, drug rings, gangs, wherever teenagers were in trouble... unlike the Mod Squad, though, the storylines were always passable, and quite often excellent. Almost every episode touched upon subjects that were taboo for the big 3 networks (and still are)- AIDS, statutory rape, drug use, abortion, child abuse- and presented it in a moralistic way, but without being maudlin.

The show kind of faltered in its last few seasons; Johnny Depp was becoming a star, and execs started pushing other "stars" into the spotlight, hoping for cash rewards and spin-offs. Richard Greico was most heavily promoted, to an audience that didn't really care. He became a teen-age heartthrob for a while, but never achieved the momentum to carry his career skyward. With this pushing of the stars, the storylines took a back seat to character preening. The end result was faltering ratings, and cancellation.

Until it became an actors' showcase, though, 21 Jump Street was probably the best drama on TV.


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