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  • Actors: Robert Pine, Larry Wilcox
  • Directors: Charles Bail, Phil Bondelli, Nicholas Colasanto, Richard A. Colla, John Florea
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 1056 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JO3Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CHiPs: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes on six discs
  • Erik Estrada offers trivia tips and reminiscences on select episodes
  • Erik Estrada profile featurette CHiPs: The Ride Out of Spanish Harlem

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Country boy Larry Wilcox got first billing, but Erik Estrada was the breakaway star of CHiPs, the popular late 1970s show about California highway patrolmen. With his blindingly white teeth, tight shirts, tighter pants, and exquisite '70s hair (which always emerged from under his helmet perfectly coifed), Estrada transformed his struggling career of playing hoodlums into becoming one of television's first Latino heroes--Frank "Ponch" Poncharello--and a skyrocketing sex symbol as well. CHiPs is basically Adam-12 on motorcycles. Ponch may have been a hothead, but there's not a hint that these cops are anything but perfectly upright and earnest in their duties--a far cry from The Shield or The Wire! Ponch and Jon Baker (Wilcox) cruise all over the southern California freeway system, grappling with car thieves, clearing away overturned trucks, and pulling beautiful girls out of car accidents. Every episode has at least one high-speed chase and just about every episode features Ponch hitting on a woman with gloriously feathered hair; watching episode after episode may feel a bit repetitive, but there's no denying that the stories are efficiently laid out and crisply executed. Foiling crime and rescuing lost dogs was the show's meat and potatoes, but the dessert was preposterousness like Ponch competing with a squad of middle-aged housewives on a game show or chasing after spilled chickens. The extras on CHiPs: The Complete First Season are meager, but many episodes feature introductions by Estrada, who's gained some weight but lost none of his cocksure charm. --Bret Fetzer

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Where the rubber meets the road and the bad guys meet the badge -- that's where you'll find California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon (Larry Wilcox) and Ponch (Erik Estrada). Set in the sun-drenched sprawl of Los Angeles, CHiPs combines action, heroics and fun in 22 Season One episodes whose event-packed storylines range from freeway gridlock (let's use a circus elephant to tow that broken-axled truck!) to wild roadway pursuits (who's that beautiful woman lead-footing a Rolls Royce?), from spilled onions (crying time, fellas) to pure venom (an overturned van loaded with...sssnakes!). Attention all units: Report now for arresting entertainment!

DVD Features:
Introduction:Introduction and Trivai Tidbits with Erik Estrada on select episodes.
Introduction:Introduction and Trivia Facts on select episodes by Erik Estrada.
Introduction:Introduction and Trivia Facts on select episodes by Erik Estrada.
Introduction:Introduction and Trivia Facts on select episodes by Erik Estrada.
Introduction:Introduction and Trivia Facts on select episodes by Erik Estrada.
Featurette:The Ride Out of Spanish Harlem: A Retrospective Featurette with Erik Estrada
Introduction:Introduction and Trivia Facts on select episodes by Erik Estrada.

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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Metch on May 31, 2005
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I really love this show, it is one of my favorite Police Drama Shows.
Fisrt telecasted on September 15th, 1977 until July 17th, 1983 for a total of 6 seasons which I hope will be released very shortly.
"CHiPs" was one of the best 30 TV shows by audience size reaching 18th on the Sept/1979 - April/1980 season with a percentage of 21.5% of all homes that had a TV were tuned to this show, and for your information the # 1 TV show was "60 Minutes" which had a percentage of 28.4%, only 6.9% difference.

The cast were:
*Officer Jon Baker(1977-1982).........Larry Wilcox
*Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello....Erik Estrada
*Sgt. Joe Getraer.....................Robert Pine
*Officer Gene Fritz(1977-1981)........Lew Saunders
*Officer Baricza(1977-1982)...........Brodie Greer
*Officer Sindy Cahill(1978-1979)......Brianne Leary
*Harlan(1978-1983)....................Lou Wagner
*Officer Grossman.....................Paul Linke
*Officer Bonnie Clark(1979-1982)......Randi Oakes
*Officer Turner(1980-1982)............Michael Dorn
*Officer Bobby Nelson(1982-1983)......Tom Reilly
*Officer Kathy Linahan(1982-1983).....Tina Gayle
*Cadet Bruce Nelson(1982-1983)........Bruce Penhall
*Officer Webster(1982-1983)...........Clarence Gilyard,Jr.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan M. on August 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I am really really hoping that this series comes out on dvd because I enjoyed watching this show because of all the stunts and older cars.The stunts which in my mind,do rival the stunts in Dukes of Hazzard, my other all time favorite. I cannot stress enough that they need to put this series out on dvd! If they can put 4 seasons of the dukes of hazzard out then they should definetly sell this series! After all it was already said that CHiPs was a very popular show!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Nightwing's Fan VINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
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CHips was one of the coolest shows on tv from the 70's = it featured, the in vogue chemistry of the time, two good-looking guys=one blond, one brunette, (for reference-look to dukes of hazzard & starskey & hutch) who worked together as cops on motorcycles catching the bad guys and featured another kool thing in 70's tv shows= awesome car chases!! the stories were good and was fun too watch (can't say that about the tv that's on today=where we are saturated with no-shame "reality" tv with no story or originality to back it up to be considered a quality visual artform). With having charlies angels, dukes, wonder woman, the hulk and Starskey & Hutch on dvd==Chips is the final great 70's tv show to make it to DVD!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Micah on June 20, 2007
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Wow, so I finally hear Chips was coming out on DVD and I thought to myself it's about time! I bought my season one and got it in the mail and let's just say VERY HAPPY!

1. The Box set.. 4 slim slipcases each include 2 disks. The holders are very well made, they keep the discs in place and nice and secure, but at the same time they are very easy to pop out, unlike some other DVD sets I have purchased in the past. I would have liked to maybe have had more liner notes about the series included, which their are very little included. All and all though I'm very pleased with the box set itself.

2. Whats on the discs? Well all time classic TV thats what. :) I sat down and watched the first episode that started it all. Whats amazing to me is that after all these years since I last seen Chips on TV when I was much younger (I'm 35 now) many of the scenes in the first episode came back to me just like BAM! The scene in which Ponches bike gets stuck in the glue lol I remember that like it was yesterday! So fun to watch and I must say, they just don't make TV this good anymore in the 2007 times. Yes there are some good shows here and there, but you always have to worry about some foul language, or some offencive scene involved. Here with Chips you have just good clean fun comedy, with a positive messege for kids today and adults as well. If you want to watch some classic TV that you will enjoy years later, as well as TV that you can have your kids enjoy for years to come. Get CHIPS! I can't wait for the other seasons.

Micah.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. on August 2, 2005
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This was one of the greatest TV Police shows to date it's right at the top of my list along with Adam 12. Shows like Dragnet were good also, but lacked humor it was way to serious. But CHIPS and Adam 12 had their funny sides it wasn't all work and no play if you no what I mean. They also had that seventies feel and as far as i'm concerned the seventies were the best!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Curtis on May 15, 2007
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This show came out my first year of college. We'll get to that in just a sec. I just love big Kawis. The KZ 1000 police original B and C series bikes sounded so good. The Z type engine always got my attention with that cool sound from the straight cut spur gear on the crank that drives the transmission. Ok, tmi ha ha. I ran out and bought one as soon as used police bikes were available. Mine had only 30,000 on it and I rode that bike all over the LA area, even to the LA central CHP office where the show was filmed. Just visiting, no fix it cite. After all, I grew up in So. Cal. I've owned several KZ 1100s. "A" series, LTDs, etc. My neighbour owns an original '73 and '74 900 Z1R. The newer Bimmer R1150 RT0P is a great bike also, it's the police bike of the next generation after Kawasaki stopped building the KZ1000 P series. A faithful soldier that will be fondly remembered.

Oh yeah, on to the show. The characters work well, plots are fun and cinematography is tremendous! Cheers to John and Ponch. (Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada) Great chemistry between the leads and Robert Pine, who played Sgt. Joe Getrare. The character reminds me of guys I've worked for in the past. Good sense of humor, down to business, and likable. My only problem with the series is that it got sillier as the seasons progressed and the disco music and beat get a little old after a while. It progressively got schmaltzy and the writing could have used some freshing up but it's still fun, great escapist TV. The pilot is the one of my favourite shows of the series. You really get to know and like the characters right off. Finally, it's on DVD, albeit first season. Looking forward to the subsequent seasons and a copy of the movie "CHiPS '99" which I have on VHS. That's also fun. Good writing, action, and lots of Kawasakis.
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