A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Loyalty, helping people; getting bad guys is exciting.
Positive Role Models
Ponch is hot-tempered, a womanizer; Jon is straightlaced, but their friendship is strong.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of chases, big crashes, injuries (minimal blood); guns, knives visible, rarely drawn.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild innuendo, sexist comments, cat-calling. Occasional bare male chests.
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Products & Purchases
Corvette, Carrera, Mustang, Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional drinking (beer, cocktails); drunk driving.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that CHiPs is a late-1970s action series that features two buddy cops and lots of vehicle chases, crashes, and arrests. There's some injuries with minimal blood; guns and knives, though visible, aren't frequently used. It also features some sexist behavior (cat-calling, flirting) that was viewed as acceptable at the time and the occasional bare chest (usually belonging to Erik Estrada). Drinking and drunk driving are sometimes shown, and cars of all sorts of makes and models are visible. Themes such as loyalty, friendship, and helping people are a big part of this classic show.
Is It Any Good?
This fun action-filled series mixes drama and humor by bringing together two good-looking police officers with opposing personalities who find themselves solving mysteries as part of their daily patrols. The plot lines are pretty thin and the conversations a little hokey by today's standards. But much of the excitement comes from the endless highway chases and car crashes, which get bigger and more dramatic with every season. Ponch's stereotypical macho Latin-lover persona is often a source of humor, too.
The series is much less violent than more contemporary crime dramas, so much so that neither Ponch nor Jon drew their guns throughout the series' run. It also reflects some of the sexist culture of the time, including workplace behavior that would be considered sexual harassment according to today's standards. If you can get past this, CHiPs is a lighthearted viewing choice for folks looking for some vintage police action.
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