T.J. Hooker

T.J. Hooker

  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 5 Seasons
  • 6.0  (3,738)

The television drama T.J. Hooker centers on Detective T.J. Hooker who is a fifteen-year police veteran who returns to his old job as uniform Sergeant after his partner is killed. Hooker witnessed his partner's murder and makes it his mission rid the streets of violent criminals like the one who murdered his partner. As a uniform cop once again, Hooker is assigned to train new police academy recruits. Rookie cop Vince Romano becomes Hooker's new partner. He is much younger than Hooker and is a little hot-tempered, but T.J. takes Vince under his wing. They work well as a team cleaning up the gritty city streets and become great friends. William Shatner portrays T.J. Hooker who is a tough cop who does not stand for any nonsense and often goes head-to-head with Captain Sheridan played by Richard Herd. Other cast members include Adrian Zmed as Vince Romano. Heather Locklear joined the cast in the second season to play Officer Stacy Sheridan who is the attractive daughter of Captain Sheridan. James Darren played veteran cop Jim Corrigan who was partnered with Stacy. Corrigan and Stacy often worked closely with Hooker and Romano on various cases. Hooker is divorced, but has a friendly relationship with his ex-wife Fran. Fran was first played by Lee Bryant. Another actress played the part later on in the series. Before Hooker was married he was known for being a ladies man, but he struggles with being single again. The couple had a daughter. The series debuted on ABC on March 13, 1982 and was cancelled on May 4, 1985. CBS picked up the show for one season. Adrian Zmed left the series when the show left ABC. Hooker did not get a new partner and began to work cases with Stacy and Jim. T.J. Hooker was a huge hit in its day and was on the air longer than Shatner's other popular series Star Trek. It may not have been intentional, but the speeches Hooker gave to criminals on morality were at times quite comical. Many viewers found Hooker's speeches to be an appealing aspect of the show.

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Deadly Force
19. Deadly Force
May 28, 1986
After Corrigan drops Detective O'Brien's niece Jennifer off at a jewellery store to buy a gift for her uncle's 25th anniversary in the force, the store is hit by a pair of armed robbers, and in the robbery Jennifer is gunned down. With the only lead being the hi-tech gun used by one of the thieves, Corrigan feels responsible for Jennifer's death, and the investigation is hampered by a television news reporter eager for a story. Meanwhile, one of the murderous robbers gets a taste for the fame that the shooting brings him, and plans to make a play for the determined reporter...
Into the Night
18. Into the Night
May 21, 1986
During a stake-out, Hooker is forced to shoot a hired hit-man, unable to learn who he was hired to kill. Soon after, an armed robbery at an airport cargo depot leaves security guard Bill Kennedy, an ex-Officer, fatally shot. Stacy had previously met the kindly Bill through his blind son Steve, leaving herself, Hooker and Corrigan determined to find whoever pulled the trigger. But their investigations suggest that the hit-man and Bill's killing were linked, and that the whole thing seems to be connected to the Mob - and Steve is next on the hit list...
Blood Sport (2)
17. Blood Sport (2)
May 21, 1986
In the conclusion of this feature-length / two-part story, with Howie Kalanuma murdered, Hooker becomes even more determined to find the gang behind the threats on Senator Grayle and his wife...
Blood Sport (1)
16. Blood Sport (1)
May 21, 1986
Hooker is delivering a captured criminal to the Federal court building when he meets Senator Grayle, an old friend; when a bomb intended kill the Senator explode. With Hooker having saved the Senator's life, himself, Stacy and Corrigan at the Senator's request travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, to work with the local Police department there and protect the Senator and his wife from the ruthless gangsters out to assassinate him. But in his time protecting the Senator, Hooker finds that he does not approve with many of his old friend's ways and methods; and it's a tangled web leading to finding just who is behind the threats...
Death Trip
15. Death Trip
May 14, 1986
A friendly LCPD baseball game is interupted by a shooting, when a passing man, out for a walk with his daughter, is shot in an attempted execution. The wounded man is none other than Russ Paterno, a retired mobster who is now an informant and has been helping the F.B.I. With the valuable information Paterno continues provide them, the Feds are eager to keep him alive, and ask Hooker make sure no harm comes to him. Behind the shooting, and several similar executions, is a militant, right-wing paramilitary group called P.F.A.D.W. - "People For A Decent World", who's maniacal leader is determined to wipe out any and every individual he sees as responsible for bringing the world down...
Partners in Death
14. Partners in Death
May 7, 1986
While in pursuit of a pair of burglars who brutally attack anyone who interrupts their robberies, Corrigan pulls unconscious Stacy from their patrol car when it crashes, moments before it explodes. With the hunt on for the violent thieves, Stacy and Corrigan's ordeal brings them much closer together than ever beforeâ€"œ something that begins to affect their working relationship, and sees Hooker injured due to their distracted states...
Murder by Law
13. Murder by Law
April 30, 1986
When a female attorney is murdered by a shotgun-wielding killer, the third woman attorney to be killed in similar such fashion, Hooker, Stacy and Corrigan search out the killer - who is actually a man who's become embittered after his girlfriend was deemed mentally unstable and dropped from attorney school...
Shootout
12. Shootout
February 26, 1986
Hooker, Corrigan and Stacy are working undercover on a pimp sting when they respond to an armed robbery alert at a nearby bank, and the ensuing shootout as the robbers escape sees an Officer fatally wounded and dying in Stacy's arms. The hunt is on for the murderous gang, who are already putting their next bank robbery plan into motion, but Stacy's performance begins to suffer as she is over-come by fear that she will be the gang's next victim...
Nightmare
11. Nightmare
February 19, 1986
Pursuing a gang of robbers, Stacy receives a mild concussion in a shoot-out, and after being discharged from hospital, decides to take a break to go and visit her sister. But driving through a fierce thunderstorm and still in a slightly dazed state, she is involved in a minor road accident which leaves her with amnesia, and is taken in by a passing motorist who claims to be a local doctor. Meanwhile, Hooker and Corrigan become concerned at Stacy's sudden disappearance, and investigate a break out from a mental hospital where two dangerous patients have escaped - and unbeknown to them, one of the escapees is the man posing as the doctor who has taken in Stacy...
Taps for Officer Remy
10. Taps for Officer Remy
February 12, 1986
The pursuit and capture of a criminal reunites Hooker with Officer Karen Remy, whom have previously been romantically involved with each other, but soon after, Hooker is informed that Karen is dead after being shot in her car. With the murder having signs of being a professional hit, Hooker becomes determined to find the person responsible, and his prime suspect is Karen's Police partner. His disobeying orders by continuing to probe the killing sees Hooker suspended, but that's not enough for him to give up the hunt - but is there more to the case than he knows?...
The Obsession
9. The Obsession
February 5, 1986
Corrigan and Stacy respond to a seemingly trivial call about an illegally parked vehicle, only to stumble onto an armed robbery of a check-cashing outlet. As Corrigan calls for back-up, Stacy intervenes in the robbery to stop a man from being shot, only to taken hostage by the trio of armed thieves. With Stacy held prisoner by the robbers, the head of the trio rapidly develops an "obsession" for her, much to the aggravation of his girl-friend, who is also one of the theives. As Hooker and Corrigan search for Stacy and the thieves, they risk taking on the might of City Hall when it becomes apparent that the father of one of the trio is involved in the Mayor's re-election campaign and is prepared to pull strings to keep the whole case quiet. Meanwhile, the trio's leader's obsession with Stacy continues to grow - and it is the only thing that is keeping her from being killed...
The Night Ripper
8. The Night Ripper
January 29, 1986
Arriving at the scene of the brutal murder of a college girl, Hooker recognises the method of murder as used by a serial killer dubbed "The Night Ripper", who was behind a spree of six grisly sex murders four years previously and was never caught. With the psychotic killer terrorising the city once more, Hooker is under pressure to uncover his identity and get him off the streets...
Funny Money
7. Funny Money
November 27, 1985
When Hooker, Stacy and Corrigan aid in the stake-out of a money counterfeiting operation, Corrigan accidentally shoots dead an informant in the crossfire, while the head of the ring escapes. The shooting leaves a remorseful Corrigan questioning his choice of career, something that deepens even more when he is later forced to shoot a man involved with the counterfeiting ring who takes a hostage. The two fatal shootings leave the veteran Officer seriously considering leaving the force and taking a job offered to him by the woman he may choose to spend the rest of his life with. As the hunt for the counterfeiters continues, Hooker and Stacy try to convince him otherwise...
Rip-Off
6. Rip-Off
November 20, 1985
Hooker becomes involved in an F.B.I. drug bust operation, a "sting" which leaves an undercover Detective critical in hospital, and the drug ring's middle man shot dead by the front man, who walks away with the $100,000 sting money. With the ploy following the same pattern as several previous identical "rip-offs", Hooker and a Federal agent join forces to put a halt to the big-time drug runner's scam, but their methods in putting the racket out of business clash...
The Assassin
5. The Assassin
November 13, 1985
The State Department asks Hooker's help in tracking down a man whom he served alongside in Vietnam - a disillusioned, mentally unstable trained executioner - who is planning to assassinate the head of a visiting Russian trade delegation...
Death is a Four Letter Word
4. Death is a Four Letter Word
November 6, 1985
A 17-year-old girl is killed in a struggle during the filming of a porn movie, and when her dumped body is found, it turns out to be the niece of Hooker's colleague, Detective Max Brodsky. Hooker takes charge of the case, with Stacy going undercover as a potential porn star to get inside the production company; but Brodsky's obsession with nailing the killers himself jeopardises the whole investigation...
To Kill a Cop
3. To Kill a Cop
October 9, 1985
After an off-duty Officer is shot dead in a grocery store, Hooker - an old friend of the family's - promises the dead man's wife and son to find the culprit. A case in which the deceased Officer's partner sent a criminal to prison on a false testimony may be the key to the killing; but all the time, the killer has his next target in his sights... Meanwhile, Hooker looks into the recent murder of a local prostitute, only to discover that the two cases are linked...
Return of a Cop
2. Return of a Cop
October 2, 1985
While Hooker is investigating a violent supermarket robbery, his father, himself a retired police officer, arrives unexpectedly. Hooker is surprised at sudden arrival, and his father, who is in somewhat shaky health, ends up helping track down the supermarket robbery gang - but the one last case has a deadly outcome for the senior Hooker...
Ransom [a.k.a. The Ransom]
1. Ransom [a.k.a. The Ransom]
September 25, 1985
When Hooker and Stacy take Hooker's children for a trip to the beach, a minor fire distracts Hooker long enough for Chrissie to disappear. She has been kidnapped by bitter ex-cop Marty Latham, who was struck from the force and ultimately sentenced to prison after becoming involved with The Mob. Latham will only return Chrissie if Hooker finds the whereabouts of his family, who cut contact with him and disappeared while he was serving time...
T.J. Hooker Scene: Another C Note
T.J. Hooker Scene: Another C Note

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The Chase
The Chase

Clip - 1 min 21 sec

The Complete First And Second Seasons
The Complete First And Second Seasons

Trailer - 45 sec

T.J. Hooker Scene: Declaring War
T.J. Hooker Scene: Declaring War

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T.J. Hooker
T.J. Hooker

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T.J. Hooker Scene: Papaya Suprise
T.J. Hooker Scene: Papaya Suprise

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Description

The television drama T.J. Hooker centers on Detective T.J. Hooker who is a fifteen-year police veteran who returns to his old job as uniform Sergeant after his partner is killed. Hooker witnessed his partner's murder and makes it his mission rid the streets of violent criminals like the one who murdered his partner. As a uniform cop once again, Hooker is assigned to train new police academy recruits. Rookie cop Vince Romano becomes Hooker's new partner. He is much younger than Hooker and is a little hot-tempered, but T.J. takes Vince under his wing. They work well as a team cleaning up the gritty city streets and become great friends.

William Shatner portrays T.J. Hooker who is a tough cop who does not stand for any nonsense and often goes head-to-head with Captain Sheridan played by Richard Herd. Other cast members include Adrian Zmed as Vince Romano. Heather Locklear joined the cast in the second season to play Officer Stacy Sheridan who is the attractive daughter of Captain Sheridan. James Darren played veteran cop Jim Corrigan who was partnered with Stacy. Corrigan and Stacy often worked closely with Hooker and Romano on various cases.

Hooker is divorced, but has a friendly relationship with his ex-wife Fran. Fran was first played by Lee Bryant. Another actress played the part later on in the series. Before Hooker was married he was known for being a ladies man, but he struggles with being single again. The couple had a daughter.

The series debuted on ABC on March 13, 1982 and was cancelled on May 4, 1985. CBS picked up the show for one season. Adrian Zmed left the series when the show left ABC. Hooker did not get a new partner and began to work cases with Stacy and Jim.

T.J. Hooker was a huge hit in its day and was on the air longer than Shatner's other popular series Star Trek. It may not have been intentional, but the speeches Hooker gave to criminals on morality were at times quite comical. Many viewers found Hooker's speeches to be an appealing aspect of the show.T.J. Hooker is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (91 episodes). The series first aired on March 13, 1982.

T.J. Hooker is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch T.J. Hooker on demand at Vudu.

  • Premiere Date
    March 13, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (3,738)