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T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series
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Hes back on the streets … back in action … and cleaning up the town!
The legendary William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal) stars as a tough-as-nails officer of the law in T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series. Sgt. Thomas Jefferson Hooker is a veteran cop with the LCPD who has the smarts and the skills to take on the citys toughest criminals. Along with his young partners in blue, cocky Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed, Bachelor Party, Grease 2) and comely Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear, Melrose Place, Dynasty), Hooker protects and serves with all the courage he can muster … and hes taking out the citys trash … one perp at a time!
A popular TV favorite throughout its five-season run from 1982 to 1986, T.J. Hooker delivers all the action, excitement, and pure unfiltered Shatnerian brilliance one could ask for. You have the right to watch T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series: any other cop show you watch can and will be held against you in a court of law!
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*CONTENT ISSUES: now, this is a very safe show in terms of content...and especially compared to what is "acceptable" today. In terms of language it gets no worse than "D--n". In terms of Innuendo...none at all. Sexually, nothing really to fear. But this takes place in a California-like area and you will go to the beach and poolsides. And there, you'll find bikini clad ladies. You will also visit strip clubs...but the ladies don't strip down past a bikini. In some episodes, you'll find a woman in a bubble bath or milk bath, but, again, nothing is shown (and it makes sense in context). That's pretty much as far as it gets, but if that bothers you, at least you know. Sometimes Hooker may spend time with a lady....but nothing is shown (not even the usual "take-off-each-other's-clothes" kind of thing. In terms of violence, nothing terribly graphic. There are fights, there is blood, there is explosions. But this is standard 1980's level of violence. Nothing gratuitous..
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For me, this is the quintessential William Shatner role. I enjoy him with this role much more than i did in his Star Trek one. There are many things I loved about the show:
1. Cast chemistry is phenomenal and watching each of them develop as officers is wonderful to see. That and the characters themselves are intriguing...both major and minor
2. The cases themselves are pretty interesting individually. Outside of the criminal vs cop formula, no case is truly the same as another. Each has enough variety to separate it from another.
3.Except for the occasional two-parter, it's mostly episodic, but some bits of development do happen. But the episodic nature does allow this to be more bite-sized than say "Battlestar Galactica" and more friendly to "quick bites".
4. The show often deals with real issues in law enforcement in a smart and intelligent way that can make you think.
5. The soundtrack is the best of 80's cop shows...and much work obviously went into the arranging and recording of it. Really sets the mood.
As great as the show is, the packaging is really barebones. No special features and no captions. But it does come in in 4 dvd cases housing 5-6 discs in a flip-book kind of housing. All the cases are gathered together in a thin cardboard box.
All in all, this is a necessary classic police show that is both intelligent and entertaining. As far as I'm concerned, Captain Kirk can move over for Sargent Hooker.
Hooker is the quintessential cop who wants to do good. He is about honor & integrity. Shatner said that he enjoyed the role because there was a lot of action and car chases and said he had a lot of fun doing it. As in many of his other roles he was surrounded by beautify women. In one episode he admits that he hasn't been successful in marriage and yet is attempting to console someone in a marriage that wasn't going well. It must be hard to be a police officer especially in this day & age because they appear to be targets too often.
This was a fun trip down memory lane. At the time the show aired I did not own a VCR and worked many hours and so I skipped the series but am so glad that it was released onto DVD.
Yes I am a Shatner fan.
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