CHiPs is an American action-comedy television series that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. The show follows the lives of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Ponch Poncherello (Erik Estrada). The show was produced by Robert A. Cinader and William F. Broyles Jr., and was created by Rick Rosner and Michael Filerman. The show's pilot episode, "Born to Be Wild", introduces Baker and Ponch as they are assigned to the California Highway Patrol's Los Angeles area division. Baker is a rookie officer who is eager to prove himself, while Ponch is a seasoned veteran who is more laid-back and easy-going. The two officers quickly become friends and partners, and they soon find themselves involved in a variety of high-speed chases, dangerous stunts, and humorous situations. CHiPs was a popular television show during its run, and it helped to launch the careers of Wilcox and Estrada. The show has been praised for its action sequences, its humor, and its portrayal of the California Highway Patrol. However, the show has also been criticized for its portrayal of women and minorities. CHiPs has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The show is also available for streaming on various platforms, including Netflix and Hulu.

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CHiPs  (1977)

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CHiPs is an American action-comedy television series that aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. The show follows the lives of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers, Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Ponch Poncherello (Erik Estrada). The show was produced by Robert A. Cinader and William F. Broyles Jr., and was created by Rick Rosner and Michael Filerman. The show's pilot episode, "Born to Be Wild", introduces Baker and Ponch as they are assigned to the California Highway Patrol's Los Angeles area division. Baker is a rookie officer who is eager to prove himself, while Ponch is a seasoned veteran who is more laid-back and easy-going. The two officers quickly become friends and partners, and they soon find themselves involved in a variety of high-speed chases, dangerous stunts, and humorous situations. CHiPs was a popular television show during its run, and it helped to launch the careers of Wilcox and Estrada. The show has been praised for its action sequences, its humor, and its portrayal of the California Highway Patrol. However, the show has also been criticized for its portrayal of women and minorities. CHiPs has been released on DVD and Blu-ray. The show is also available for streaming on various platforms, including Netflix and Hulu.

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Cast
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Erik Estrada

Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Robert Pine

Sgt. Joseph Getraer (139 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Larry Wilcox

Officer Jon Baker (117 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Paul Linke

Officer Arthur Grossman (75 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Brodie Greer

Officer Barry Baricza (71 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Randi Oakes

Officer Bonnie Clark / ... (36 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Lou Wagner

Harlan Arliss / ... (32 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Michael Dorn

Officer Jebediah Turner (30 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Lew Saunders

Officer Gene Fritz (29 episodes, 1977-1981)
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Tom Reilly

Officer Bobby 'Hot Dog' Nelson / ... (23 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Tina Gayle

Officer Kathy Linahan (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Brianne Leary

Officer Sindy Cahill (21 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Clarence Gilyard Jr.

Officer Benjamin Webster / ... (20 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Bruce Penhall

Officer Bruce Nelson / ... (18 episodes, 1982-1983)
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Gwynne Gilford

Betty Getraer / ... (6 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Bruce Jenner

Officer Steve McLeish (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Ari Sorko-Ram

Shain / ... (5 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Ellen Geer

Julie Borris / ... (5 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Robert Hoff

Paramedic (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Danny Bonaduce

Billy / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Keith Coogan

Roland / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Robbie Rist

Brian / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Katherine Cannon

Robbie Davis / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Alyscia Maxwell

Housewife / ... (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Ford Austin

Mike (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Marc Wasserman

Matt (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Madlyn Rhue

Herself (4 episodes, 1979-1983)
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William Long Jr.

Nascar Official / ... (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Tammy Lauren

Becky Lou / ... (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Bruce Glover

Chuck Harris / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
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Marjorie Bennett

Mrs. Downey (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Kay Peters

Judge / ... (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Reb Brown

Brouillette (3 episodes, 1977)
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John Ericson

Bob Patterson / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Johnny Seven

Brooks / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Tige Andrews

Charley Davis / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Warren Berlinger

Bickel / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
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David Clover

Continental Driver / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Don 'Red' Barry

Frank Taylor / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Gloria Delaney

Carol / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
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William Bronder

Sal Panello / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Kaye Stevens

Woman in Phonebooth / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Jim Brown

Romo / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1983)
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Peter Marshall

Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Simon Oakland

Bruno (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Susan Richardson

Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
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K.C. Winkler

First Girl / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1982)
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Michael Baseleon

Mesker / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Jack Collins

Store Manager / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Andrew Duggan

Stamp / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Paul Gale

Artie / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Grainger Hines

Bristow / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Brion James

Ackerman / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Linda McCullough

Herself / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Danny Wells

Gordy / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1981)
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Tina Louise

Edie / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Larry Storch

Franco / ... (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Gary Lee Davis

Biker / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
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William Smith

Michael Adams / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
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William Boyett

Rhodes / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
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Royce D. Applegate

Roger / ... (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Cindy Morgan

Jennifer / ... (3 episodes, 1981)
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Daniel Davies

Potato Head (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
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James Margolin

Fido / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
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Jeff Harlan

Disc Jockey / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Vito Scotti

Charles / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1983)
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Paul Brinegar

Keith Lawton / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Brooke Bundy

Carol / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1982)
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Jerry Ayres

Burglar / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
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Tom Hallick

Bob / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1980)
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Michael Christian

Jerry / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
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Jackie Vernon

Bert / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1979)
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James Crittenden

Leo / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Harvey J. Goldenberg

Davis / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Jeri Lea Ray

Webb (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Jenny Sherman

Karen / ... (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
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Hoke Howell

Tex / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
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Lachelle Chamberlain

Aquarius / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Cliff Emmich

Cal / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
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Steve Franken

Alan Drummond / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Panchito Gómez

Chico / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Nick Pellegrino

Kevin / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Nita Talbot

Driving Instructor / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
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Marc Alaimo

Bix / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Shelley Berman

Strum (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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George Brenlin

Attendant / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Burr DeBenning

Bill Ross / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Jonathan Goldsmith

Danton / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Anita Jodelsohn

Maria / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Tony Lucatorto

Driver / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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F. William Parker

Billingsley / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Hinton Pope

Starter / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Mark Thomas

Ross / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Mary Louise Weller

Carol / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Michael Barker

Mr. Taylor / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Joshua Bryant

Arthur / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Ed Call

Delman / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Liberty Godshall

Ellen Roberts (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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Leslie King

Betsy / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
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K.C. Martel

Jason / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Crew
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Rick Rosner

Director
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Disc Releases
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CHiPs: The Complete Second Season

(DVD, Slip Case)

6/3/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete First Season

(DVD, Slip Case)

6/5/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Sixth and Final Season

(DVD, Slip Case)

6/6/2017

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete Fifth Season

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/14/2017

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete Fourth Season

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/15/2016

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete Third Season

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

3/3/2015

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete First Season

(DVD)

5/6/2018

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete Second Season

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/1/2012

Disc Title Front Cover

Chip’s: Season 2

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete Series

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

CHiPs: The Complete First Season

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/1/2012

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