T.J. Hooker

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 19

    Deadly Force

    Aired 5/28/86

  • S 5 : Ep 18

    Into the Night

    Aired 5/21/86

  • S 5 : Ep 17

    Blood Sport (2)

    Aired 5/21/86

  • S 5 : Ep 16

    Blood Sport (1)

    Aired 5/21/86

  • S 5 : Ep 15

    Death Trip

    Aired 5/14/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Shatner

    Detective Sergeant Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Hooker

  • Adrian Zmed

    Officer Vincent "Vince" Romano

  • Heather Locklear

    Officer Stacy Sheridan

  • Richard Herd

    Captain Dennis Sheridan

  • April Clough

    Officer Vicki Taylor

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  • After his partner was murdered, veteran plain clothes Detective T.J. Hooker (William Shatner) had reverted back to his former role as Sergeant, and returned to the beat to rid the streets of the type of scum that was responsible for his partner's death. Back in uniform, Hooker was assigned to train the academy recruits, and was partnered with brash, sometimes hot-headed young rookie Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed). With Romano much his junior, Hooker acted as his trainer and mentor on both a professional and social level. The age difference generally being the key hook of the partnership, the pair quickly became good friends and a good team. Hooker's tough, no-nonsense ways saw him often clashing with station Captain Sheridan (Richard Herd), but he always got the job done and was highly respected as a result. Seen in the short first season, mostly on desk duty, was Officer Vicky Taylor (April Clough). Introduced at the start of the second season was attractive Officer Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear), the daughter of Captain Sheridan. Initially brought in to fill Vicky's shoes, by the end of the season she had progressed to patroling with Jim Corrigan (James Darren), another veteran cop much in the mould of Hooker. In the show's generally most recognised span, Hooker & Romano (Unit 4-Adam-30), and Sheridan & Corrigan (4-Adam-16) usually worked closely together to tackle cases. The addition Corrigan & Stacy's partnership added an extra dimension to the show, sometimes with whole plots revolving around one or both of them. Outside of his work, Hooker was divorced as a result of his work putting strain on his marriage, but was still friendly with his ex-wife, nurse Fran (Lee Bryant). Hooker was always one for the ladies, but was still trying to adjust to being single once again. (Lee Bryant was the original actress to portray Fran; the part was reprised by a different actress late on). For the final season, the series moved from ABC to a late-night slot on CBS. Along with the move, Adrian Zmed chose to leave the series to pursue other projects, leaving Hooker to patrol alone and to generally work as more of a trio with Stacy and Jim. Occasionally unintentionally hilarious, largely thanks to Shatner's so-straight-it's-camp performance of moral speeches to young offenders or Romano, the series never-the-less was a hit; and in it's prime, with it's blend of good humour mixed in with "on the streets" gritiness, followed in the footsteps of 'Starsky & Hutch' and the like to become the popular cop shop of the time.. A note of trivia: very seldom given away, Hooker's initials actually stand for Thomas Jefferson (incidentally, T.J. is the reverse of J.T., the initials of Shatner's most famous role, as Captain Kirk in 'Star Trek'). Also, while never actually given away in the series, LCPD is actually said to stand for Lake City Police Department.moreless

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    • Bad Guy: Don't you guys have things better to do than to come around here trying to intimidate tax-paying citizens? Hooker: Yes, sir. We do, sir. Thank you for your concern for our time, sir. Probably never paid a day of taxes in his life.

    • Trainee: I heard the word on English, Sarge. Washout, right? Hooker: Washout. Trainee: I know the rest of the guys feel the same as I do: We're sorry to see him go. Hooker: English didn't have it, mister. Nice guy, tried hard. He didn't belong.

    • Romano: How am I going to get to know you better? Trainee: Maybe you won't. Romano: OK. No dinner, maybe. Brunch? Breakfast? Coffee and a sweet roll? Coffee black, hold the sugar, hold the sweet roll? Trainee: Dinner. Saturday night.

    • Trainee: Yeah, well some of us aren't as smart as you, Sarge. Hooker: That's right, not all of you are! If you were, I wouldn't have to work my tail off to drill an elementary procedure into your thick skulls. I wouldn't have to spell it out by the numbers, that that badge is a target!

    • Hooker: You've already divorced me, what else do you want? Fran: Blood. Hooker: I'm fresh out; try the Red Cross.

    • Fran: You like it, Hooker. You like living on the edge. Hooker: I like doin' my job. Fran: (scoffs) When I divorced you, I should have named the department as co-respondent.

    • Hooker: T.J. Hooker's 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.'

    • Sheridan: Hooker. Hooker: Yes, sir? Sheridan: You and Romano were supposed to be on the streets twenty minutes ago. Hooker: Yes, sir. (looks at watch) One of Mickey's hands must be slow.

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    Notes (194)

    • This pilot episode was 90 minutes long.

    • German Title: "Das Mörderduo", meaning "Murderous Pair"

    • The original title of the show was The Protectors. William Shatner was not the star; he was to have recurring role as the academy trainer and the focus was on the rookies he would train. When it was shown to preview audiences they wanted to see more of Shatner and the T.J. Hooker character—thus T.J. Hooker was born. The producers did not want to spend the money on another pilot, that's why the first episode seems so different.

    • Adrian Zmed (Romano) actually gets third billing, after William Shatner, and Richard Lawson (McNeil). Richard Herd (Captain Sheridan), who would appear on the opening credits for the first and second season, here doesn't get billed until the closing credits (reflecting his relatively small role in the story).

    • This Pilot has a unique version of the opening theme tune; it is in the same style of the theme tune version that would open the first and second season episodes, but plays more like a medley of the theme tune and familiar backing music heard in many early episodes. The closing credits contain a regular-sounding version of the theme tune, though it is a longer version than would be used on standard first and second season episodes, and is the only time that this particular version is used.

    • German episode title: "Eine gefährliche Falle", meaning "A Dangerous Trap"

    • The third season Starsky & Hutch episode "The Heroes" is also about a newspaper reporter assigned to accompany the detective leads of that series, who ultimately causes problems for the duo. And by coincidence or otherwise, the reporter of that story is played by Karen Carlson, who also plays the reporter in this episode.

    • Although this was the first regular episode of the series shown after the Pilot, it was in fact the second one to me made (as reflected in the production number).

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    Trivia (75)

    • In this episode, an officer improperly engages lights and siren after being dispatched "Code 2." In Los Angeles County, 1982 (and later in the series,) "Code 2" refers to a radio car utilizing roof beacons and no siren.

    • - (14:20 minutes). TJ Hooker arrives with her ​​car and stopped at a traffic light Mariota Avenue in Los Angeles. You can see alongside William Shatner the World Savings, now the Wells Fargo Bank ATM. Hooker then turn right and follow the police car on Riverside Drive.

    • When Hooker's personal vehicle leaves the bar, the inner filament of the left tail light is out. When he leaves the crime scene moments later to find the yellow-jacketed bad guy, it is working perfectly.

    • This is the only episode to feature the character of Cathy Hooker, Hooker's older daughter.

    • In the chase scene with the hippie van, the lower two headlight lenses on Hooker's patrol car change from orange to clear, and back again, several times.

    • At the end of the episode, Hooker is throwing scrap guns into a vat of molten slag - which is splashing all over the place! A rifle would not cause such disruption of a dense material.

    • In mid-episode you can hear someone say Mr. Shatner's line right before he says it

    • When Romano and Hooker crash off the road after pursuing the robbers, the windshield is cracked; yet when we see the car being towed into the garage, it doesn't appear to be.

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    Allusions (1)

    • This Christmas-themed episode's title is a rhyming play on the song, "Sleigh Ride", traditionally played at Christmas.

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • T.J. Hooker was the best cop show in my opinion for many reasons.

    By D-LinkUK, Dec 11, 2006

  • T.J. Hooker was one of the best shows of the 80s.

    By sfviewer, Jul 30, 2006

  • Absolutelty fantastic

    By TRISTANRULESCSI, Nov 04, 2009

  • i cannot believe anyone took it seriously

    By CAPNDEL, Jun 22, 2006

  • A really good cop show. God bless Heather Locklear.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 22, 2006

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