T.J. Hooker

The Protectors

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 3/13/82
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  • Episode Description
  • With a crime-wave sweeping the city, a new police program has been formed to fast-track recruits to get them patrolling on the streets, and it's up to tough veteran cop Sergeant T.J. Hooker to bring them up to scratch. Trying to cope with his recent divorce and money problems, Hooker struggles with a job that he can't get away from. Meanwhile, the spate of crimes, including robbery, murder and a sniper is quickly getting out of hand. Only Hooker can train the eager but inexperienced young recruits as he leads them in bringing peace back to the streets, but the pursuit of the two murderous armed robbers at the head of the crime-wave inevitably leads to an explosive confrontation...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Shatner

    Sgt. Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Hooker

  • Adrian Zmed

    Officer Vince Romano

  • Richard Herd

    Captain Dennis Sheridan

  • April Clough

    Officer Vicki Taylor

  • Rick Husky

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The pilot episode shows the beginning of the greatest cop show of the 80's and beyond. Sergeant T.J. Hooker trains new recruits, including Vince Romano, to see who can cut it while doing on the job training.

    By vintagetvfan1, Apr 29, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • 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.

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    Notes (5)

    • 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.

    Trivia (1)

    • 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.

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