TJ Hooker - The Complete 1st and 2nd Seasons
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A street cop who gives a damn! The cop drama series T.J. HOOKER starred William Shatner as a police detective who turned his back on a gold badge and went back to patrolling the streets and training recruits. The long-running series also starred Adrian Zmed, James Darren, and launched the career of sexy Heather Locklear. Highlights include the show's original pilot and a special guest appearance by Leonard Nimoy!
Florid of face and flamboyant of voice, William Shatner oozes smarmy self-importance with the barest sliver of irony...yet that sliver transforms him from unbearable to bizarrely charming. Mock him all you want--and you will--but the man is unstoppable; T. J. Hooker was his fifth TV series (not counting assorted mini-series or the animated version of Star Trek), with more to come. As a freshly-divorced, middle-aged cop who--out of either proletariat zeal or just a bad attitude--would rather pound a beat than be a detective, Shatner swaggers around in a sausage-tight uniform and lush wig of curly hair, casually spouting right-wing speeches and fearlessly hurling himself onto moving vehicles. With cocky Adrian Zmed (Bachelor Party) and mischievous Heather Locklear (another TV diehard, co-starring in this show and Dynasty simultaneously) as co-stars/eye-candy, T. J. Hooker is a glorious slice of Aaron Spelling cheese.
The brief first season--only five episodes--delved into the dark side of Hooker's character, brooding over booze and mounting debts, riding his recruits because of his own regrets. All that went out the window as the second season roared into action, turning Hooker into a standard tough guy with a heart of gold. But the classic Spelling elements were there from the start: Almost every case involves a relative or an old friend; the bad guys announce their sleaziness from the moment they appear; and no opportunity to show a little skin is missed (short-shorts and tight, nipple-emphasizing tops are de rigueur). Featuring street gangs, snipers, Bible-toting psychos, baby-faced arsonists (a very young David Caruso, NYPD Blue), and vengeful cops (Shatner's old pal Leonard Nimoy), T. J. Hooker had no pretensions to anything but roiling melodrama with some midlevel stunts thrown in every few episodes. It all rests on whether or not you like Shatner. If you do, you'll hug yourself when Hooker's ex-wife tells him, as if intoning a zen koan, "You'll do your best, and I know you already have, because you always do." No commentaries, alas; the only extra is a pointless compilation of "Next week on T. J. Hooker" snippets. --Bret Fetzer
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The officers do an amazing job daily, putting their lives on the line to serve and protect as they have been sworn to do. Unfortunately like in all professions there are a few bad apples; only because these bad apple have a gun do the odds go against an innocent party. This show demonstrates how easily it can happen. As well as how vulnerable the cops can be when they show up unaware of all the circumstances in a very dangerous situation.
If you enjoy the cop/forensic shows from the 70s, like SWAT, Columbo, Quincy ME, The FBI, and Adam 12. Stories produced by Spelling and Goldberg were quality made, still showing revelance to current times. The picture quality is excellent as well as the sound.
The only disappointment is that there were only two seasons. The first one was very short. This is some very good TV that I will be watching again. You get to know the reoccurring characters and want to know what is going to happen next in their lives.
Buy it, it's cheap! But don't let the price fool you it is worth several times the cost. An added bonus is you get to see TV stars in their youth (the beginning of their careers), including William Shatner.
Crank up the DVD player and get ready for some enjoyment.
January 8, 2016
I just found out that there are 3 more seasons of TJ HOOKER! :-D. Deleriously happy! Now if only Sony or Mill Creek will release them! Come on guys if you'll release them - we will buy them!
Two complaints. First the cases the DvDs come in are junk and the plastic tabs that hold the CDs in the cases broke on the first use. Additionally, the episode lists on the back covers are inaccurate. They indicate certain episodes are on the CDs but they aren't. It's inconvenient, but not the end of the world. The show is worth the minor things and I highly recommend this set.
...My memory of this show was very vague and it is quite interesting to see how some things in it are very politically incorrect in this post 2010 world..eg: Sergeant Thomas Jefferson "T.J." Hooker drinks and drives in the pilot
...Overall the cars, clothes, etc of the very early 1980s are a time warp that is fun to see and it was shot on real city streets where the chases and foot pursuits of the bad guys is about as well done as has ever happened with a TV series.