CHiPs: Complete Season 1  (DVD)
CHiPS, which stands for California Highway Patrols, first aired in the 1970s and became a massive ratings success, combining action, melodrama and comedy in the daily lives of two state motorcycle officers patrolling the freeway system in sun-drenched Los Angeles. Officer Jon Baker (played by Larry Wilcox) is the straight-laced, serious character while Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (played by cheesy yet loveable Erik Estrada) is the more free-wheeling member of the duo. Throughout the show's run, episodes ranged from the humorous (such as helping a stranded motorist) to the tragic (a multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths) to the downright bizarre (using a circus elephant to tow a broken-down truck!). Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily lives weave through the series, with the social activity of both officers (they're single) providing many lighter moments. And on occasion, Ponch and Jon are assisted by a female "Chippie", initially played by the beautiful Sindy Cahill. For the first time all 22 episodes from the first season of CHiPS are released together on DVD, with six discs in the collection and bonus extras, including the original pilot episode and extended opening sequence/music. Synopsis 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!
Running Time: 1013 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 20 Aug. 2007