Friday, 15 April 2016
First viewed : Early 1979
CHiPs promised to be Starsky and Hutch on choppers as it featured two buddy cops , dark Ponch ( Erik Estrada ) and blonde Jon ( Larry Wilcox ) fighting crime as they rode the L.A. freeways on their fancy hogs as part of the California Highway Patrol.
Unfortunately CHiPs was tailored to an early evening audience and lacked any bite in its storylines, with violence kept to a minimum. As a result, although I think I watched it a fair bit at first, I don't remember any of the plots ; they've all dissolved into a general impression of sunny blandness .
It must have been popular though because it ran for six years. It didn't keep its prime time Saturday evening slot after Mork and Mindy but the ITV regions stuck with it to the end in various time slots. Estrada's kept his acting career going in low budget films and daytime TV though latterly you're more likely to find him in reality TV programmes. Wilcox moved into TV production though still taking the odd acting job and doing community service for a securities fraud in 2010.