TV Series | TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.
The word "Chippie", as slang for California Highway Patrol Officer, dates to the 1950s or earlier, but was rarely used, until popularized by this show. The word "CHiP" was coined by the producers, after the network balked at the name "Chippies".
Officer Jon Baker:
I'd like to nominate my partner, Frank Poncherello.
Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello: Hey, that's great. 'Cause when we first met, I was on a dirtbike.
Officer Jon Baker: Uh, no, Ponch. When we first met, you had just fallen off a dirtbike.
Throughout the series and regularly in later seasons, car crashes were shown involving vehicles getting airborne after rear-ending another vehicle. This does not happen in actual crashes. In some scenes the ramps used to launch the vehicles are visible.
After completing five seasons, CHiPs was sold into syndication in the fall of 1982. To help avoid viewer confusion between reruns and new episodes, MGM re-titled it CHiPs Patrol. This was redundant, as "CHP" is an acronym for "California Highway Patrol," making the complete series name California Highway Patrol Patrol.
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