History Series / TJHooker

11th May '16 1:52:40 PM ClarkKent_DC
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* CityWithNoName: Many of Aaron Spelling's cop shows ''Series/TheRookies'', ''Series/StarskyandHutch'' are set in police agencies that resemble the Los Angeles Police Department, but are in unnamed cities. The police officers on ''Series/TJHooker'' wear shoulder patches of the "L.C.P.D.", which is said to stand for "Left Coast Police Department."
18th Jan '16 12:31:20 PM StFan
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This [[CopShow police action series]] was produced by AaronSpelling and Leonard Goldberg, and ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1982 to 1986 and its last first run year as a CBS Late Night series. It started out as a MidseasonReplacement, but proved popular enough after its first [[FiveEpisodePilot five episode run]] to be picked up for further seasons. It starred WilliamShatner as Sgt. T.J. Hooker, a former detective who had volunteered to teach at the police academy and go back out on the beat because of his absolute conviction in doing the right thing. Hooker is an extremely moral cop, whose reaction to something would often be passionately over the top (come on, it's [[LargeHam William Shatner]] we're talking about here), to the point of almost becoming AnAesop.

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This [[CopShow police action series]] was produced by AaronSpelling Creator/AaronSpelling and Leonard Goldberg, and ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1982 to 1986 and its last first run year as a CBS Late Night series. It started out as a MidseasonReplacement, but proved popular enough after its first [[FiveEpisodePilot five episode run]] to be picked up for further seasons. It starred WilliamShatner as Sgt. T.J. Hooker, a former detective who had volunteered to teach at the police academy and go back out on the beat because of his absolute conviction in doing the right thing. Hooker is an extremely moral cop, whose reaction to something would often be passionately over the top (come on, it's [[LargeHam William Shatner]] we're talking about here), to the point of almost becoming AnAesop.



* FanService: Virtually every female character. This is an AaronSpelling production after all.

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* FanService: Virtually every female character. This is an AaronSpelling Creator/AaronSpelling production after all.
27th Nov '15 11:49:48 AM nombretomado
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* OutsideRide: The trademark stunt of the show was Shatner clinging to the hood of a moving car, as seen in the opening credits. Parodied when Shatner hosted ''{{SNL}}'' and did a skit where Hooker spent '''weeks''' hanging on to the hood of a speeding car.

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* OutsideRide: The trademark stunt of the show was Shatner clinging to the hood of a moving car, as seen in the opening credits. Parodied when Shatner hosted ''{{SNL}}'' ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' and did a skit where Hooker spent '''weeks''' hanging on to the hood of a speeding car.
27th Nov '15 12:09:16 AM nombretomado
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** Parodied in a ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch in which Shatner (that week's host) jumped on the hood of a car and managed to hold on as the driver drove through a number of distant locations and time zones.

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** Parodied in a ''SaturdayNightLive'' ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch in which Shatner (that week's host) jumped on the hood of a car and managed to hold on as the driver drove through a number of distant locations and time zones.
18th Nov '15 7:03:06 PM namingway
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The series had a reputation for being unerringly {{Anvilicious}}. The plot of an episode usually revolved around a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]] who is doing something like dealing drugs or robbing old ladies. Sgt. Hooker would then deliver a sermon about this being the scourge of humanity, with his speech most likely involving the words "''it's in our schools, its getting mixed up with our kids''". He would then launch a one-man crusade to "clean up" the streets.

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The series had a reputation for being unerringly {{Anvilicious}}. The plot of an episode usually revolved around a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]] who is doing something like dealing drugs or robbing old ladies. Sgt. Hooker would then deliver a sermon about this being the scourge of humanity, with his speech most likely involving the words "''it's in our schools, its getting mixed up with [[ThinkOfTheChildren our kids''". kids]]''". He would then launch a one-man crusade to "clean up" "[[CowboyCop clean up]]" the streets.
20th Jul '15 12:57:31 AM Cindylover1969
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* KillerCop: In "Blue Murder," Hooker and pals go after a pair of motorcycle cops who, under the supervision of a superior officer, execute criminals the law can't touch... DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything [[Film/MagnumForce Seriously, does it?]]
20th Jul '15 12:52:14 AM Cindylover1969
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This [[CopShow police action series]] was produced by AaronSpelling, and ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1982 to 1986 and its last first run year as a CBS Late Night series. It started out as a MidseasonReplacement, but proved popular enough after its first [[FiveEpisodePilot five episode run]] to be picked up for further seasons. It starred WilliamShatner as Sgt. T.J. Hooker, a former detective who had volunteered to teach at the police academy and go back out on the beat because of his absolute conviction in doing the right thing. Hooker is an extremely moral cop, whose reaction to something would often be passionately over the top (come on, it's [[LargeHam William Shatner]] we're talking about here), to the point of almost becoming AnAesop.

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This [[CopShow police action series]] was produced by AaronSpelling, AaronSpelling and Leonard Goldberg, and ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1982 to 1986 and its last first run year as a CBS Late Night series. It started out as a MidseasonReplacement, but proved popular enough after its first [[FiveEpisodePilot five episode run]] to be picked up for further seasons. It starred WilliamShatner as Sgt. T.J. Hooker, a former detective who had volunteered to teach at the police academy and go back out on the beat because of his absolute conviction in doing the right thing. Hooker is an extremely moral cop, whose reaction to something would often be passionately over the top (come on, it's [[LargeHam William Shatner]] we're talking about here), to the point of almost becoming AnAesop.



** Parodied in a SaturdayNightLive sketch in which Shatner (that week's host) jumped on the hood of a car and managed to hold on as the driver drove through a number of distant locations and time zones.

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** Parodied in a SaturdayNightLive ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch in which Shatner (that week's host) jumped on the hood of a car and managed to hold on as the driver drove through a number of distant locations and time zones.



* MrFanservice: Vince Romano. One episode has him going undercover as a male stripper, and compare his enthusiastic moves to Stacy's half-hearted dancing[[note]]which still makes it to the opening titles of later episodes[[/note]] when ''she'' goes undercover not wearing much. Speaking of which...



** At the very beginning of the pilot, Shatner tells a group of recruits "My name is [[TitleDrop TJ Hooker]], but don't lose any sleep wondering what the TJ stands for -- as far as you're concerned my first name is SERGEANT!"

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** At the very beginning of the pilot, Shatner tells a group of recruits "My name "[[TitleDrop TJ Hooker]] is [[TitleDrop TJ Hooker]], the name, but don't do not lose any sleep wondering what the TJ stands for -- as far as you're concerned my first name is SERGEANT!"
22nd Feb '15 11:30:27 PM tenryufan
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* HeAlsoDid: WilliamShatner and this show is one of the default example of this trope in ConversationalTroping.



* HeyItsThatPlace / WhereTheHellIsSpringfield / NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Although the action is supposedly set in a fictional American city which remains un-named on screen, the locations were all so obviously UsefulNotes/LosAngeles that they might as well have been completely explicit about it. Most frequent filming locations were around the Burbank area, with other instantly recognizable locations being the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Marina del Rey. On at least one occasion they even went downtown. Most obviously, the exteriors for the "LC"PD Academy were all shot at... the genuine LAPD Academy grounds in Elysian Park, near Dodger Stadium. Very much a case of [[CaliforniaDoubling California doubling for itself]] in all but name.
** Magazine/{{MAD}} called it "Loser City Police Dept." in their parody of the show.
15th Aug '14 6:53:01 AM VeronicaWakefield
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* BusFullOfNuns: Taken absolutely literally in "The Streets."

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* BusFullOfNuns: BusFullOfInnocents: Taken absolutely literally literally, with a bus full of ''nuns'' no less, in "The Streets."
15th Aug '14 6:52:05 AM VeronicaWakefield
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* BusFullOfNuns: Taken absolutely literally in "The Streets."
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