Trivia / CHiPs

TV Series:

  • Completely Different Title: In Japan, the series became Shiro-Bi Yarou Jon & Ponch (Motorcycle Police Guys Jon & Ponch) "Shiro-Bi" is a Japanese shorthand for a motorcycle used for law-enforcing use, in this case it stands for "Shiro(i) Bi(ke)" (White Bike, because most motorcycles used for police use are painted white).
  • Hostility on the Set: Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada were often said to frequently clash, and did not get along well with each other during the production of this show. This was reported to be a factor in Wilcox's decision to quit the series. Estrada was said to be similarly displeased working with Tom Reilly, who replaced Wilcox as Poncherello's partner Officer Bob "Bobby" Nelson.
  • McLeaned: Midway through the final season, Tom Reilly (Bobby) was arrested for drug possession. This resulted in his role being reduced, with Bruce Penhall having his role as Bobby's brother Bruce being increased. The California Highway Patrol also threatened to revoke the show's use of their badge and related imagery, over the bad publicity, due to the arrest.
  • Recast as a Regular: Randi Oaks played a car thief named Kim Balford in the Season 2 episode "Down Time" and joined the cast as officer Bonnie Clark at the beginning of Season 3.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: As well as solving the case of the week, the officers would typically partake in a 70s pop culture fad (disco, bio-rhythms, pinball, etc.) Also, piles (literally) of vintage 70s cars.
  • The Wiki Rule: The CHiPs Wiki.
  • Written-In Infirmity: Erik Estrada suffered a very serious motorcycle accident while filming an episode. Until he recovered, he literally shot scenes from his hospital bed.


  • Backed by the Pentagon: Thoroughly averted. The film opens with the message: “The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this all.
  • Box Office Bomb: Budget, $25 million. Box office, $18,600,152 (domestic), $25,500,152 (worldwide). This comedic film version of the 70's TV show was lambasted by critics for relying too much on lowbrow jokes. Its opening weekend saw it smashed by an array of newcomers and holdovers.
  • California Doubling: The opening scenes set in Miami were filmed in Long Beach and San Pedro, California. At least one shot has the battleship USS Iowa prominently visible in the background.
  • Creator Backlash: Erik Estrada has expressed extreme displeasure at the film's main characters pulling out guns, something that his character from the original TV series does NOT do. Even his fans completely agree to this criticism.
  • Fake Nationality: Officer Taylor is played by Australian actress Jessica McNamee.