One of the real "gems" of the 80s
Eric Pregosin | New Carrollton, Maryland United States | 08/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To me this is one of the best cop shows I have ever seen. The star is William Shatner as Sergeant Thomas John Hooker (you only hear his name in one episode which guest stars Vic Tayback so watch for it, it should be in THIS set) a former detective who decided (before the series started) to turn in his gold shield and put his uniform back on to train some raw academy recruits. At the end of the 90 minute pilot, those who remain in the class get assigned veteran officers as partners and hit the streets. One of these rookies (ironically the best in the class) Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed) lucks out and gets partnered with Hooker, and thus begins our series. Throughout the 4 or 5 episodes of Season 1 and all of Season 2 (the first FULL season), stories revolve around Romano learning there is more to learn on the streets than what you learn in training, Hooker spending time with his family (ex wife Fran, a nurse, younguns Chrissy and Tommy and high school age Cathy, who works part time as a candy striper at the same hospital as her mom), Romano making goo goo eyes at the girl dispatcher (Vicki Taylor played by April Clough in the VERY SHORT first season or Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) who happens to be the precinct Captain Dennis Sheridan (Richard Herd)'s daughter), Hooker training more rookies (with Romano as his aide), and more. After the contents of this set (perhaps the Season 2 finale), Stacy graduates and gets partnered with another veteran Jim Corrigan (played by James Darren). After a rocky start (ala the Adam 12 series premiere) Stacy and Jim become a partnership, and the remainder of the series (which will hit dvd soon I hope) they run tag team with Hooker and Romano. Although, James Darren appears on the cover of this set, he does not become a regular til Season 3 (that's why you don't see his name on the box), by then also Captain Sheridan becomes occasional. Watch in this set for an episode directed by Leonard Nimoy and another one co-starring Nimoy as a lieutenant friend of Hooker who goes off the beam when his daughter is raped. This was a fixture on the Saturday night ABC lineup from 1982 to 1985 when it mysteriously got cancelled. It then surfaced on CBS late night in mostly reruns, but a handful of new episodes (minus Adrian Zmed for reasons unknown) were produced. The show stayed on CBS late night for another year, but by then was pretty much all reruns (from the original ABC run and their (CBS)'s run as well). Hopefully Columbia will release all the other episodes soon (considering they've stalled on the second and final season of S.W.A.T. who knows). Truly one of my favorite series of all time."
Great Series - Awesome Addition To DVD Collection
D. Lucas | Fort Lauderdale, FL USA | 08/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this DVD collection and I have to tell you how awesome it was to watch a show I grew up with 20+ years ago. The picture and sound quality look great and shows the producers of this set took their time to clean up the video/audio for its release.
The only small complaint that I have, and it is small but has to be acknowledged is the episode listings on the cases for each disc. I just got finished with Disc 1 & 2. Each case holds 2 discs and list the episodes on the discs, but it is inaccurate. Disc 1 and Disc 2 show that there are 4-5 episodes on each of the discs and the case shows only 9 episode titles, but when you go into the DVD Episode Menu it shows a total of 11 or 12 episodes. The sad thing is that you have to look to the case holding Disc 3 & 4 to get the episode listing for the unlisted episodes on the DVD case for Discs 1 & 2. Assumably, I think the problem will be the same with the other cases and DVDs in the set. A minor setback, but coming from Sony I am surprised this got past quality control...
Still an awesome addition to my collection."
"FUN" 80's police drama. They don't make them like this anym
J. McDonald | 03/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You're not going to get "reality" with this show. It's simple ENTERTAINMENT... 80's style. There's something very enjoyable about watching William Shatner chase a bus on foot (while running on top of a wall beside the street) and then leaping on top of the bus! There are a LOT of scenes like that in this series, and it's downright FUN.
The acting can sometimes be WAY over the top and the plots are simple and sometimes full of holes, but that's JUST the way we like it! We ALL have guilty pleasures, and after watching (and enjoying) "T.J. Hooker" you'll probably feel very GUILTY.
Shatner is fantastic. The theme song is GREAT. The Nostalgia factor is HIGH!
* It will soon be THREE YEARS since the release of this DVD set. We're all STILL waiting for season three!
Where or Where is Season Three?
Rejane Hinkle | El Paso, TX | 01/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this show primarily because James Darren was on it and bought it only to find that James Darren was only on about three or 4 of the episodes. Why have they not released season three? I'm waiting with money in hand.