T.J. Hooker a blast from past with corny jokes, 1980s cops
What is it? T.J. Hooker, complete series, 92 episodes on 20 discs from Shout! Factory
How much? $79.97 When? Tuesday
That sounds kind of risque. It isn’t.
Thomas Jefferson Hooker (William Shatner) is a police sergeant with the fictional LCPD. He was a plainclothes detective, but the death of his partner motivated him to go back to being a uniformed patrol officer, mentoring and training new recruits to the force.
His main goal is to rid the streets of crime and to catch as many bad guys as possible. He’s tough, hard-nosed, dedicated and determined. But he does have a sense of humor. And he can be soft-hearted when it comes to victims and his family. He’s recently divorced and adjusting to being back on the playing field.
As the series starts, Hooker gets a new partner, rookie Vince Romano ( Adrian Zmed). Romano’s green and a bit of a hot-head, but he and Hooker develop a strong partnership.
After the first season, another new recruit, Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear), joins the unit and eventually teams up with veteran cop Jim Corrigan (James Darren). Another pairing of vet and newbie, they frequently work side-by-side with Hooker and Romano.
Stern Capt. Dennis Sheridan (Richard Herd), who also happens to be Stacy’s father, keeps watch over everyone.
The officers patrol the streets and sometimes even go undercover to catch rapists, murderers, drug dealers and a vast assortment of lowlifes.
What’s it like? It’s an Aaron Spelling series from the early-mid 1980s. In other words, it’s got more cheese than a truckload of Velveeta.
That could be a good or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.
The acting is varying degrees of bad, occasionally rising to “OK.” The writing is pedestrian. The stories are derivative. The jokes are corny. And yet, it’s nostalgic and hilarious ( mostly unintentionally hilarious, but that’s beside the point) and the actors do have decent chemistry.
So, if you’re a fan of earlymid-1980s cheesy shows, it’s right up your alley. If overthe-top acting and predictable stories make you dive screaming for the remote, steer clear.
Are there any bonus features? Nope
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