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    CHiPs — California Highway Patrols — was a mainstay
    of disco-era TV, and still stands today as an immensely
    enjoyable throwback to the period. Created in 1977 by
    producer Rick Rosner, the show followed a troupe of
    California motorcycle cops as they patrol the Golden
    State’s freeways looking for ne’er-do-wells of all stripes
    (the formula was about five cases per one-hour episode).

    Leading the way is Officer Francis “Ponch” Poncherello,
    a carefree cop with a devestating, lady-killing smile and
    an easy-going (but not TOO easy-going) attitude to match
    the SoCal lifestyle. His partner through most of the series’
    six year run was blonde-haired Officer Jonathan Baker,
    who balanced Ponch’s free spirit with a healthy dose of
    reason and logic. Wilcox left the show in 1982, and was
    replaced by Tom Reilly, playing Officer
    Bobby “Hot Dog” Nelson.

    With John Carl Parker’s memorably brassy theme greeting
    viewers each week, CHiPs began spearheading NBC’s
    Thursday night “family hour” schedule, but after a while,
    moved to weekends, where it flourished, breaking into
    the top 25 highest-rated shows for three years straight.
    Its chief weapon: a very family-friendly attitude with
    still enough room left for plenty of car chases, IN ONE GREAT EPISODE THE TEAM STOP A MOTORIST FOR SPEEDING, IT TURNS OUT TO BE BRODERICK CRAWFORD FROM THE EARLIER SERIES "HIGHWAY PATROL"
    motorcycle wipeouts, jack-knifing trucks, frantic
    or wise-cracking motorists, and disco dancing.