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CHiPs Dates : 1977 - 1983
138 episodes of 50 min
First broadcasting : 18 septembre 1983
Creator(s) : Rick Rosner
Producer(s) : Rick Rosner et C.Y. Chermack
Music : John Carl Parker, Pete Carpenter, Billy May, Mike Post et Alan Silvestri.
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French Traduire


"CHiPs," which stood for California Highway Patrol, followed the daily beats of two state motorcycle patrolmen as they patrolled the freeway system in and around Los Angeles. Officer Jon Baker was the straight, serious officer while Frank "Ponch" Poncherello was the more free- wheeling member of the duo; both reported to Sgt. Joe Getraer, who gave out assignments and advice in handling the cases. Each episode saw a compilation of incidents, ranging from the humorous (e.g., a stranded motorist) to criminal investigations (such as hijackings) and tragic incidents (such as a fiery multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths. Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily work were highlighted as well; the social lives of both officers (they were both single) often provided the lighter moments. On occassion, Ponch and Jon were assisted by a female "Chippie" at first, the very beautiful Sindy Cahill; and later, the more wholesome Bonnie Clark. In 1982, Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson (series star Wilcox left the show that year), while Nelson's younger brother, Bruce, was a trainee on the force. By now, the female "Chippie" was the attractive Kathy Lindahan.

The Actors

Larry Wilcox - Officier Jon Baker

Larry Wilcox

(Officier Jon Baker)

Erik Estrada - Officier Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello

Erik Estrada

(Officier Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello)

Robert Pine - Sergent Joseph Getraer

Robert Pine

(Sergent Joseph Getraer)


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Jon and Ponch never drew their weapons during the series.

The brown van you see to the right during the intro belonged to The Children's Baptist Home in Ingelwood, California.

The pilot episode aired on NBC September 15, 1977. The series final episode "Return of the Brat Patrol" aired May 1, 1983 on NBC. "CHiPs" ended after 6 years on the air and some 140 episodes.

The freeway chases and crash scenes were filmed on nearly-finished stretches of Southern California freeways. For the first season, the Glendale Freeway (Highway 2) in Montrose, California was used. For the second and subsequent seasons, the intersection of the Foothill Freeway (Interstate 210) and the Simi Valley Freeway (Highway 118) in Sylmar, California were used. These sections of freeway were under construction for many years, allowing producers about a mile of finished freeway section to use for the show. The 210 and 118 were opened in the early-1980s forcing the freeway scenes for the last season to be shot in Long Beach, California.

'Wilcox, Larry' 's character, Jon Baker, was named after the nephew of the show's creator, Rick Rosner. The boy had a small role in the first episode as a boy stopped by Ponch and Jon for riding his bike on the highway.

Baker's partner was originally written as an Italian-American named "Poncherelli". The "i" was changed to an "o" when Eric Estrada was cast.

Jon and Ponch's unit IDs were Seven Mary Three and Seven Mary Four, respectively.

Various California Highway Patrol cars featured in "CHiPs" were actual "used" CHP cruisers bought at auction for the show. The age of the cars used tended to "lag" three or four years behind the actual cruisers used by the CHP at the time. Some of the years, makes, and models of the CHP cruisers used: 1973 Dodge Polara, 1975 Dodge Monaco, 1976 Dodge Coronet, 1977 Dodge Monaco, 1978 Dodge Monaco, 1979 Dodge St. Regis, 1980 Dodge Diplomat.

Erik Estrada suffered a very serious motorcycle accident while filming an episode. Until he recovered, he literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.

Randi Oakes played a car thief in a second season episode. The following season, she joined the cast as Bonnie Clark.

In October 1981, two real-life California Highway Patrolmen were injured in the line of duty. The show's cast took time out to donate blood for the two officers. One survived.


Filming locations:

  • Long Beach, California, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Malibu, California, USA
  • Montrose, California, USA
  • Paramount Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
  • Queen Mary - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California, USA (Ocean Liner)
  • Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California, USA (Race Track)
  • San Fernando, California, USA
  • Simi Valley Freeway, Simi Valley, California, USA
  • Sylmar, Los Angeles, California, USA (Interstate 210)
  • Tunnel beneath the 6th Street Viaduct, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA

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