->''"But Hooker's a Good Cop!"''
-->-- [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] catchphrase used during policeman argument scenes.

This [[CopShow police action series]] was produced by 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 Creator/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.

Starring alongside Shatner was Adrian Zmed as his rookie partner, Vince Romano, and Heather Locklear as Stacy Sheridan, one of her earliest screen roles. James Darren joined in season 2 as a fellow police Sgt. Jim Corrigan, and the series had something of an [[UnexpectedGenreChange Unexpected Format Change]]. Despite this, the series never lost its unique flavor, as Shatner always managed to deliver copious amounts of HamAndCheese.

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 people. 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]]''". He would then launch a one-man crusade to "[[CowboyCop clean up]]" the streets.

While the series was set in an un-named city, and focused on the adventures of a completely fictional California police department, it looked and felt almost exactly like [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles The City of Angels]]. In fact, the series had so many copious shots of streets which are clearly recognizable as Los Angeles suburbs, that the viewers would frequently be left wondering why the producers of the show [[HeyItsThatPlace couldn't just come out and admit it]].
!!This series contains examples of:
* BridgeBunnies: Stacy Sheridan. In the first season she is isolated to being on the desk back at the academy, and giving instructions to Hooker over the radio.
* BoundAndGagged: Stacy, several times.
* BuddyCopShow: Eventually expanded to ''two'' sets of cop buddies.
* BurgerFool: In one episode, Hooker went to a fictional burger outlet as many times as possible, hoping to get enough stamps to win a prize for his daughter.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Taken absolutely literally, with a bus full of ''nuns'' no less, in "The Streets."
* ChaseScene: And plenty of them.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The character of Officer Vicky Taylor appeared on the front desk for the first half dozen or so episodes, before being quickly replaced by Stacy Sheridan.
* 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."
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Both Sgt. Hooker and Sgt. Corrigan are introduced as characters who are still mourning the death of a former police partner. One episode even sees Hooker suffer a FlashbackNightmare of the day his former partner was killed.
* DirtyHarriet: One episode seen Officer Stacy Sheridan going undercover as a prostitute, with her partner Officer Corrigan acting the part of her pimp.
* EightiesHair: Of course.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Every single episode ends with one of these.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: The inevitable result of every ChaseScene is that ''at least'' one of the vehicles will spontaneously explode.
* FairCop: Though Hooker and Corrigan might be a subversion, Stacy and Romano are both ridiculously good looking.
* FanService: Virtually every female character. This is an Creator/AaronSpelling production after all.
* HeelFaceTurn: A typical ingredient in most of the episodes is that at least one of the villain characters is not really nasty but just "fell in with the wrong crowd". Hooker will convince them to help him infiltrate the gang, and the villain in question will be seen to be on the right path back to salvation by the end of the episode.
* HeroicResolve: Sergeant Hooker is by no means a very fit cop. However, it is amazing how many times he manages to find the sudden energy required to jump on to the roof of a speeding bus on which some nuns are being held hostage, or to barge down a locked door and do a dramatic barrel roll into a room when lives are at stake.
** Parodied in a ''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.
** Also parodied in ''Showtime''.
* ILoveTheEighties: Featured in ''I Love the Eighties Strikes Back! - 1982'', along with ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
* 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?]]
* 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...
* MsFanservice: Stacy Sheridan (again). The producers of the series were always finding excuses to have her change out of her uniform and into "civilian clothing" of tight-fitting jeans/shorts/T-shirts.
* {{Nepotism}}: Stacy is frequently doted on and given preferential treatment by the boss, Captain Sheridan, who just happens to be her father.
* ObviouslyEvil: The crooks that Hooker chases have no shades of grey: they're evil in such blatantly obvious ways that they're almost like cartoon villains.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickName: While Hooker has clearly got a first name, other characters ''always'' refer to him simply as "Hooker". The fourth episode of the first season tells us that his given name is in fact Thomas, but this is never mentioned ever again. Even his ex-wife only ever calls him by the name Hooker when she talks to him (of all people you'd expect her to call him Thomas, wouldn't you?).
** At the very beginning of the pilot, Shatner tells a group of recruits "[[TitleDrop TJ Hooker]] is the name, but do not lose any sleep wondering what the TJ stands for -- as far as you're concerned my first name is SERGEANT!"
* 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 ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' and did a skit where Hooker spent '''weeks''' hanging on to the hood of a speeding car.
* ShoutOut: It's commonly considered that the initials "T.J." in Shatner's character name are a shout-out to the first two initials of his most famous character, [[Franchise/StarTrek James T. Kirk]].
** More obviously, the episode guest starring Leonard Nimoy (better known as ''Star Trek'''s Mister Spock) features Hooker saying he has known Nimoy's character for "seventeen years". Since it had been 17 years since the first broadcast of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' at the time of the episode, this is almost certainly a ShoutOut.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The pilot begins with Hooker ranting about the streets are a war zone; today, crime has dropped significantly from the 1980s and far more than is popularly supposed.
* StrictlyFormula
* {{Uncancelled}}/ChannelHop: After Season Four Creator/{{ABC}} cancelled the series. Creator/{{CBS}} picked up the series and aired a fifth season of new episodes in a latenight 11:30 slot.
* UnexpectedGenreChange: In its first season, the show was about Hooker and Romano taking to the streets and fighting crime. In the second and subsequent seasons, the main cast expanded to four (with Stacy and Sgt. Corrigan making up "team 2"), with the two separate teams sometimes investigating two completely different crimes, and other times investigating the same one but from different angles. Not quite a complete "genre change", but it certainly gave the series' format a larger scope that it had before.
* UnnecessaryCombatRoll: A Shatner specialty.