- 6 Seasons
ChiPS is a show about the California Highway patrol. The name of the show is actually an acronym for this branch of law enforcement. The show has two main characters who are police officers with this branch. They both ride motorcycles along the highways in California as well as respond to calls in the surrounding area. The character of Jon is a seasoned officer who often shows more expertise and patience when dealing with different people. His partner Ponch is new to the force and is sometimes too quick in showing his temper. Ponch is also from a Latino background which adds some interesting elements to the stories. Each episode contains several different stories woven together to create the entire show. The personal lives of Jon and Ponch are often woven into the stories about their job to add a more personal level. Some personal stories include activities the two participate in during their off duty time or women they date. Both officers are considered to be handsome and often have romantic interludes within the context of the show. As a show about law enforcement, the story carries a degree of drama, which is offset with some lighter moments of humor. For instance, amidst the storyline of crime, Ponch could be secretly learning how to dance or how to cook. The crimes the pair become assigned to can range from domestic disputes to drug busts. In one somber episode, Ponch encounters a young man he knows from the neighborhood he grew up. The story revolves around the high crime associated with poverty stricken areas and how Ponch works to steer the young man away from getting involved in crime the way so many of his peers have. On a lighter side, an assignment can also bring the pair in contact with someone who believes they were abducted by aliens. The show is able to combine elements of humor with those of suspense and action to portray the lives of officers who patrol the highways of California.