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[[caption-width-right:278:The full cast]]

->'''Shawn:''' Dude, ''[=CHiPs=]'' was gonna come on like 20 minutes. What was I supposed to do! It was {{the one with}} the freeway crash where the car [[RampJump used the empty car-carrier trailer as a ramp]] and flipped in mid-air!\\
'''Gus:''' [[OncePerEpisode That happens in like every episode.]]
-->-- ''Series/{{Psych}}'', "And Down the Stretch Comes Murder"

'''''[=CHiPs=]''''' was a 60-minute comedy/drama on Creator/{{NBC}} about two California Highway Patrol ("[=CHiPs=]") motorcycle officers. The series ran for six seasons from 1977 to 1983. The stars of the show were Francis "Ponch" Poncherello (Erik Estrada) and Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox).

Each episode of the show featured chase scenes and a series of accidents, many of which were choreographed scenes of cars flipping over and [[EveryCarIsAPinto catching on fire]]. Throughout the entire run the two main characters ''never'' drew their weapons, the only police series which can claim that distinction.[[note]]Yes, even [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Barney Fife]] drew his weapon. And put the bullet in.[[/note]]

Though Ponch and Jon are best friends on the show, the actors playing these two roles were known for their deep mutual dislike.

A MadeForTV movie was produced called ''[=CHiPs=] 99''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Guess which year it came out in.]]

Compare to ''{{Franchise/Dragnet}}'' and ''Series/AdamTwelve'', other series centering on police officers in the Los Angeles area.

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!!''[=CHiPs=]'' provides example of the following tropes:

* AbsenteeActor: Only Robert Pine (Getraer) is present and correct for the entire run.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: In the 1999 MadeForTV movie, Ponch is able to identify that a set of skid marks were left by a stolen police bike based on the tread marks, due to their police motorcycles using a distinctive type of tire.
* BackInTheSaddle: ''CHiPs '99 '' has Chips coming out of retirement to rejoin the California Highway Patrol, clashing with some of the younger officers on the way.
* BigFun: Officer Grossman ("Grossy") fancies himself a comedian. In one episode it doesn't go over well because he tells a racist joke. The same joke is a hit when told by a black comedian.
-->"If you see a black guy driving fast, he's been shot at." -- ''the punchline''
* CartwrightCurse: In one episode Ponch finally finds true love. After the climax, Ponch and his girl have a picnic in the park... where she [[spoiler:gets hit by a drunk driver. The episode ends with the girl dead in Ponch's arms, a rare episode where someone dies.]]
* ChickMagnet: Ponch. Many episodes had him trying to nurture a relationship with a [[GirlOfTheWeek young, hot babe]].
* CowboyCop: In the 2000 revival movie, a mention is made of how thick Ponch's record was due to his various stunts. At one point, he jokes that they don't have to worry anymore, as computerized record keeping means that his stunts won't take up excessive file space anymore.
* DaChief: Sgt. Joe Getraer
* DoesntLikeGuns: Throughout six seasons, neither Ponch or Jon drew his weapon.
* DoNotPassGo
* DownLADrain: Seen a lot in StockFootage, with the cops riding their motorcycles through it to get wherever they were going. Also serves nicely to remind the audience which part of California the show takes place in.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Almost every episode. Unique in which they'd freeze on one character laughing over something, then another character reacting laughing and freezes, and so on.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: In most episodes, one or more car will flip or explode.
** Ironically, actual Pintos have been spared this fate. (Although one did end up at the bottom of a swimming pool.)
* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles
* ExactWords: In ''CHiPs '99 '', Ponch explains that he spent his temporary retirement making a living as a painter. When a situation requires him to improvise a sling so a police chopper can lift him away on a rope, he explains that he learned how while working as a painter... painting the Golden Gate Bridge.
* FalseConfession: One episode has a man confess to numerous recent crimes to the point of annoyance. He would later be proven innocent and turned away. [[spoiler: It turned out that he was planning to commit an actual crime and was confessing to the other ones to establish a "crying wolf" effect. Unfortunately for him, his plan is ruined when Ponch witnesses the crime he does commit and confirms his confession.]]
* FriendsRentControl: Initially averted by Ponch living at a mobile home in a trailer park. Later played straight when he moved into a fancy apartment by the marina. This led to jokes among fans about Ponch being on the take from criminals.
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot.
* HollywoodPoliceDrivingAcademy: Though Ponch and Jon avert this one themselves, the rest of the CHP (and for that matter everyone else on the freeway) turn it UpToEleven at least ''once per episode''! (see IdiotBall, below)
* HotPursuit: OncePerEpisode.
* IdiotBall: Watch enough episodes and a viewer might come to the conclusion that (a) California Highway Patrol officers are complete morons, or (b) the show was written by former police officers from around Los Angeles out to make the CHP officers look like complete morons.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Because of a musicians' strike, season four's "The Poachers" was "scored" by re-recorded AlanSilvestri pieces from other episodes, while several episodes of the same season were tracked with music Silvestri wrote for shows in previous seasons.
* SarcasticConfession: Highlight the spoiler under False Confession.
* SorryBillyButYouJustDontHaveLegs: An episode involves the younger brother of a CHP officer who'd been killed in the line of duty. He started posing as a cop in his brother's old uniform. When caught by Ponch and Jon, he protested that he couldn't join the CHP himself because he was colorblind.
* SyndicationTitle: ''[=CHiPs=] Patrol''
* WeaponizedCar: In one episode, Ponch and Jon took on "the Stunt Car bandits".
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