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CHiPs 40th Anniversary by mrentertainment CHiPs 40th Anniversary by mrentertainment
Today is the 40th Anniversary of 1 of the best 1970s cop shows: "CHiPs". This police drama about 2 motorcycle cops: Frank Poncherello aka Ponch (Erik Estrada) and Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) of the California Highway Patrol aired on this day exactly 40 years ago on NBC back in 1977 and lasting until 1983. In 1982, Larry Wilcox left the show and formed his own production company: Wilcox Productions and Tom Reilly joined the cast as Ponch's new partner: Bobby "Hot Dog" Nelson for the final season. Reilly's first role on "CHiPs" was Rich Nichols in the episode: "Force Seven", which was a rejected pilot for a new TV series. Reilly later returned to "CHiPs" as Bobby Nelson after Wilcox's departure. The Bobby Nelson character was somewhat less featured in the final episodes due to Reilly's arrest by LAPD for possession of controlled substances, quaaludes, during a traffic stop and Bobby's younger brother: Bruce (Bruce Penhall) became Ponch's partner in the episode: "Fast Company". The show was canceled in spring 1983 with it's final episode: "Return of the Brat Patrol" airing on May 1, 1983.

Also, "CHiPs" and "Star Wars" have something in common: The first episode aired 3 months/21 days after the release of "A New Hope" and the final episode aired 2 dozen days before the release of "Return of the Jedi".

I don't own "CHiPs", Ponch, Jon, or the Nelson brothers. All copyright material belongs to MGM/UA (used to own the series), Rosner Television, Turner Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Rick Rosner.
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