CHiPS

CHiPS

  • TV-PG
  • 1977
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.4  (8,264)

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.

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Seasons
Return of the Brat Patrol
22. Return of the Brat Patrol
May 1, 1983
A band of teenage misfits, ex-members of Ponch's Explorer troop, returns to help him catch a group of junior-high extortionists.
Things That Go Creep in the Night
21. Things That Go Creep in the Night
April 10, 1983
Ponch and Bruce try to protect a woman who is seemingly being stalked by a comic book character.
Fast Company
20. Fast Company
March 20, 1983
Ponch teams up with Bruce to find the person behind a car theft.
Fun House
19. Fun House
March 13, 1983
Ponch and Bobby look into a series of thefts at a local campus, while Bruce tries to find a little girl who is abducted by a woman.
Firepower
18. Firepower
March 6, 1983
Ponch and Bobby try to catch a gang of bikers selling dangerous weapons on the black market.
Brat Patrol
17. Brat Patrol
February 27, 1983
Ponch and Bobby are on the hunt for a drug dealer, and get some help from a rag-tag gang of youngsters along the way.
Fox Trap
16. Fox Trap
February 20, 1983
Ponch and Bobby try to prevent three female rock musicians from being victimized by an unscrupulous concert promoter.
Journey to a Spacecraft
15. Journey to a Spacecraft
February 6, 1983
Ponch and Bobby have to take care of a kidnapped dog and a sick child runaway. Kevin is dreaming from ufos bringing him away from his sickness. Ponchs friend allows him a look into the night sky.
Country Action
14. Country Action
January 23, 1983
Ponch and Bobby are on the trail of a gang of cattle rustlers trying to sell cattle infected with anthrax.
High Times
13. High Times
January 16, 1983
Ponch and Bobby try to track down a couple of juvenile car thieves.
Hot Date
12. Hot Date
January 9, 1983
Ponch is held prisoner in his own apartment by a couple of criminals thirsty for revenge.
Day of the Robot
11. Day of the Robot
January 2, 1983
Ponch and Bobby have fun with a robot assigned to their station until it becomes a threat to their lives.
Fallout
10. Fallout
December 19, 1982
Anti-nuclear protesters cause trouble for the patrol, not least due to the presence of Getraer's daughter Ellen in the group.
Return to Death's Door
9. Return to Death's Door
December 12, 1982
A man blames Ponch for the death of his brother - who was also Ponch's friend - and challenges him to a race.
Head Over Heels
8. Head Over Heels
December 5, 1982
Ponch meets the woman he wants to wed. But his love dies by an accicent, caused by a drunken driver.
This Year's Riot
7. This Year's Riot
November 28, 1982
On temporary duty Ponch and Bobby hunt a drug dealer and mediate a dispute over a nude beach.
Something Special
6. Something Special
November 21, 1982
Ponch helps children train for the Special Olympics. An old friend of Bobby's prepares for a parachute jump. Grossie buys a truckload of eggs.
Speedway Fever
5. Speedway Fever
November 7, 1982
Ponch and Bobby go after a gang of high-speed bike bandits, and a young cadet at the CHP Academy tries to help his brother.
Rock Devil Rock
4. Rock Devil Rock
October 31, 1982
Ponch and Bobby's assignment as security guards for Moloch, a satanic rock singer, turns into near tragedy...
The Spaceman Made Me Do It
3. The Spaceman Made Me Do It
October 24, 1982
While on night patrol, Ponch and Bobby respond to a jewellery store alarm. The culprit turns out to be a young girl who claims an alien made her do it.
Tight Fit
2. Tight Fit
October 17, 1982
Ponch takes a part-time job as a model for a jeans company, but he finds that he doesn't like being an instant celebrity. He discovers stardom takes him away from his real work, the rewarding job of catching a pair of diamond thieves as well as putting behind bars a sleazy photographer who's been involved in child pornography.
Meet the New Guy
1. Meet the New Guy
October 10, 1982
Ponch becomes the training officer of new rookie Bobby Nelson as they try to catch a pair of health-club thieves, and find a runaway teenage mother who has stolen back the baby she sold.
Description

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.CHiPS is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (139 episodes). The series first aired on September 15, 1977.

CHiPS is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch CHiPS on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 15, 1977
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (8,264)