Parents' Guide to

CHiPs

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Iconic '70s cop show has lots of big crashes, some sexism.

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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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