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CHiPs: Season 2

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Can’t drive 55? There’s a ticket with your name on it – sign here, please. Just jumped three freeway lanes and endangered everyone in your path? Pull it over, pal, and dig out that license and registration. California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Francis "Ponch" Poncherello are on patrol. Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox return as Ponch and Jon, and the action and fun are ready to roll in 22 road- ripping episodes. Also returning: Robert Pine as amiable Sgt. Getraer. Strap on helmets and goggles for a deadly chain-reaction crash, the appearance of a nettlesome TV-news crew, Ponch’s disco dancing, Halloween patrol and a caped biker daredevil. Remember: safety first. And always signal before turning.

CHiPs returned with even more spectacular car crashes and more cute girls for Ponch (Erik Estrada) to charm. The series really hit its stride in this second season (aired in 1978 and '79), balancing nerve-tingling stunts with human drama and whimsical escapades. On the high-tension side, you have a school bus that careens out of control and Jon (Larry Wilcox) has to jump on the roof to rescue the kids inside; trucks jackknife across the highway, causing multiple pileups; an ambulance overturns, trapping a girl in an iron lung; an investigation of dirt-bike vandals leads to angel dust dealers. Then, to lighten things up, Ponch gets a boa constrictor wrapped around his leg and has to help out a team of stranded cheerleaders. But more than anything, this second season was a showcase for Estrada's easy, perfect-for-television charisma. Not only was he handsome and cocky, he could be surprisingly gentle and compassionate, as when he rescued a suicidal woman about to lose her home. Wilcox, even at his best, never seemed fully comfortable in his role, but Estrada radiated the kind of relaxed pleasure that invites the audience's adoration. There were certainly silly moments (the Supercycle! A tiger in a deli mart! Ponch and Jon help a woman give birth in a disco!) and the increase in cars bursting into flame stretches credulity, but most of CHiPs stays reasonably down-to-earth and is all the more enjoyable for it. In fact, the low-key cinematography, without a lot of frantic editing, often makes the car crashes all the more vivid and jolting. This season also introduced more supporting characters, including the first significant female officer on the show, Sindy Cahill (played by the charming Brianne Leary). The boxed set features only one extra, a promotional featurette about the real California Highway Patrol, who love the show about as much as the show loves them--though the real cops' hair is decidedly less fluffy. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 1056 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014VPFKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,417 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "CHiPs: Season 2" on IMDb

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. McDonald on April 5, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Long ago, before the "reality TV plague" laid waste to most of the television landscape, there was a time when viewers could choose from a whole host of entertaining, fun, uplifting programs. If you're looking for escapist entertainment, likable characters, fun plots, and a few nifty stunts.... then you'll love Chips!

Although this series is over thirty years old, Chips has aged quite gracefully. This is due in part to great chemistry between the actors (all perfectly cast) and mostly lighthearted, fun scripts. If you're a dedicated fan seeking to feed your "nostalgia monster", you'll find yourself in the middle of a retro buffet! It just doesn't get any better than this!

With the recent trend being to release DVD "half seasons" at full season prices (Love Boat, Cannon, etc.), it's nice to see that fans of Chips have been treated fairly. An entire season of Chips is well worth the reasonable list price, and Amazon currently has a wonderful pre-order price to make this an irresistible purchase!

Let's hope that future seasons arrive in a timely manner! I just can't get enough!


Season one was released on SINGLE SIDED discs. This set is DOUBLE SIDED.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By matt on July 21, 2008
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I have to say that the amazon product review sums it up perfectly. This is a great retro gift to yourself or a friend. You feel good watching chips, even if you never saw it the first time. The same zanny antics from season one continue, with the blend of action and comedy going at 70 mph. Estrada's little special feature, where he interviews actual Chippies, is cute and shows how much he was influenced by the show. An odd episode, which I chalk up to being made in the 70s in a more innocent time, is where John befriends a 15 year-old girl who obviously has fallen in love with him, to the point of making him dinners, getting his slippers and hanging out at his place instead of with her mom. John never says she can't or shouldn't do any of these things, only says to tell her mom where she is at. It is very weird! What adult, much less a male cop, would hang out by himself with a 15 year-old in his apartment and tell her to stay there whenever she wanted? Weird! I may expect that sort of thing from Ponch, but John? Come on.

My only real complaint is that the sound is often terrible. At many points you have to turn it up all the way to hear the dialogue, then the music comes blaring in and you fall out of your seat. Also, it would have been nice to have other cast members make some sort of commentary or appearance, but along with nearly all of WB's other dvd sets, they refuse to pay anyone for their time, travel or comments, so once again their cheapness only hurts the fans who supported the show in the first place. But they know we will buy it anyway.

Still very much worth it, if for nothing else, Ponch's extended disco, freeze frame scenes at the end of one of the episodes. Man, this stuff gets funky!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ben Masters on July 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Another great season of a great series, at least so far. The stories really moved (and I mean that very literally)--that is, there were plenty of chases, and also, there was plenty of other great action from our heroes Ponch and Jon. The chases gave this second season's worth of "CHiPs," like the first, sort of a "travelogue" feel; in essence, I got the sense that I was being led on a guided tour of L.A. and its environs, right from my own home. This second season's worth of "CHiPs" represents part of the time period in which the series aired on NBC Saturdays from 8 P.M. to 9 P.M. In total, I have truly enjoyed this second season's worth of "CHiPs," and I heartily recommend it. Warning: this season is presented on three double-sided discs (at least for the episodes).

The extras include a documentary presented by Erik Estrada, entitled "The Real CHiPs", and a feature-length special called "The Greatest Adventures of CHiPs" that recounts (according to the package) "the coolest cases from Seasons One and Two." The extras are presented on a fourth disc, which is single-sided.

This season (unlike the first) also includes English, Spanish, and Portuguese audio, and English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French subtitles.

Overall, an excellent release from Warner Bros. of an excellent NBC series from MGM, and like I said, I heartily recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Nelson on June 7, 2008
Format: DVD
As some of the music score for season 2 is available re-mixed in stereo from the original masters it is a shame a stereo re-mix sound track was not added to make the program even more enjoyable.

Shame also the picture could not have been re-mastered and last negative is the DVD's are flippers which I really hate.

However it is still great to see Jon & Ponch in action again.

I may also be wrong on this point but the menus seem to use the season 1 theme and the episodes are in Dolby Digital 1/0
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CHiPs fan on January 28, 2012
Format: DVD
I purchased thee copies of "CHiPs" - Season 2; all three copies were defective; disc 1 contained the same four episodes on each side of the disc rather than having four episodes on Side A and four different episodes on Side B as listed on the disc jacket
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Taheen Lopez on March 3, 2008
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It's about time they finally got the 1978-79 Season of this police drama on DVD along with the fact that this was the season when Ponch(Erik Estrada) & Jon(Larry Wilcox)really hit their stride & when I started watching CHiPs a lot more often, especially when this season kicked off in the Fall of 1978 which was only a year later from when this police drama made its debut on NBC in the Fall of 1977.

In fact this season takes me all the way back to memory lane to my childhood days when CHiPs was on NBC every Saturday night & when this show became even more popular, especially since this season is even better, more upgraded, and quite a bit more sophisticated than the First Season was with more action, more co-stars, more accidents, and had major improvement on both the CHiPs music scoring and improvement on the CHiPs theme song from it's 1977-78 Season along with the fact that this season had even more viewers than the 1st Season did.

This 1978-1979 Season is also the season when CHiPs was moved to Saturdays & when Brianne Leary joins the cast & crew as Jon & Ponch's spunky fellow CHP Officer Sindy Cahill which was eventually replaced by Randi Oakes as Officer Bonnie Clark as the new 7-Charles in the 3rd Season since this was the only season with Sindy, plus this was the season when Lou Wagner joined the cast & crew as CHP mechanic(Harlan Arliss)making this the first year that this show had a female co-star and a special CHP technician.
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