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Hooker is god
on August 5, 2013
T.J. Hooker is one of the last real cop dramas we have left. There weren't any forensics and DNA readings in the program. It's just a story about a conservative crusader police sergeant who is fighting crime in a liberal city which even he does not fully understand.
The show does a nice job with all of the red tape the police have to go through to trap criminals as if their job was not hard enough.
The pilot is really well done as we see Hooker's origin revealed: he was a Vietnam veteran who lost his partner in a scuffle. He takes on the task of training new recruits and gives them a lot of knowledge during their on-the-job training. The show is poignant and comedic at the same time (later to be all-serious when CBS took the show over in 1985). It's filled with problems, strife, gangsters, scum and endless car and foot chases. It may be the best of the old school cop shows. They built Hooker right!