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CHiPs (1983)

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 15, 1977 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jon and Ponch are chasing thieves who steal luxury cars. The thieves are using moving vans with stolen license plates. Ponch has problems with Sgt. Getraer and can´t do anything right by him.

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  • Was this really a pilot episode to CHiPs???

    This was the CHiPs pilot episode. I have alway's been a fan of cHiPs and have never seen the pilot episode. I finally saw it today and boy was I supprised. It didn't seem like a pilot episode. I was kinda like watching any other CHiPs episode. It was good and I liked it, I just thought it would introduce the series, I guess. Well, anyway, the episode was about three sports car jackers and they keep getting away, Ponch (can't spell) get's into a sticky situation while on probation, they catch the car jackers, Ponch and Jon get a comidation, Ponch get's off probation, then the next day in the credits he screws up again and get's back on.moreless
Robert Pine

Robert Pine

Joe Getraer

Paul Linke

Paul Linke

Officer Grossman

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello

Larry Wilcox

Larry Wilcox

Officer Jon Baker (1977-1982)

Brodie Greer

Brodie Greer

Officer Barry Baricza (1977-82)

Lew Saunders

Lew Saunders

Officer Gene Fritz (1977-1981)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The actors' billing portion of the opening theme shows Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada riding on the wrong side of a closed section of freeway.  This is evidenced by the center divider to the left of Wilcox (with no traffic on the other side), and passing scenery to the right of Estrada.  Further, there are only four cars (emulating traffic) behind them.

    • In the intro for the pilot episode the 2 way radio on the bike is Motorola in subsequent episodes this has been altered to something not quite legible but still has the motorola logo.

    • The "Bushkin" moving truck the thieves are driving is a reference to Bekins Van Lines, a real-life moving and storage company whose logo is basically the same.

    • This episode has a different variation of the "regular" theme -- the longest intro theme of the series.

    • Jonathan Andrew Baker (boy on bike) is the nephew of Rick Rosner (creator of CHiPs). He later would play Delby in CHiPs '99.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Jon: You're crazy, you know that? I mean, you really are. You're crazier than that guy we were chasing.
      Ponch: Oh yeah, that guy. Well if I scope that turkey again, I'm gonna pull him out through his winwing, seat belt attached!

    • Fritz: You're gonna become a legend, Ponch.

  • NOTES (1)