21 Jump Street
|21 Jump Street|
|Created by||Patrick Hasburgh
Stephen J. Cannell
|Theme music composer||Liam Sternberg|
|Opening theme||"21 Jump Street Theme" performed by Holly Robinson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||103 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||20th Century Fox Television
LBS Communications (1990–1991)
Patrick Hasburgh Productions
Stephen J. Cannell Productions
|Original channel||Fox (seasons 1–4)
Syndication (season 5)
|Original run||April 12, 1987– April 27, 1991|
|Related shows||Booker (1989–1990)
21 Jump Street (2012)
21 Jump Street is an American police procedural crime drama television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The series focuses on a squad of youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and other teenage venues. It was originally going to be titled Jump Street Chapel, after the deconsecrated church building in which the unit has its headquarters, but was changed at Fox's request so as not to mislead viewers into thinking it was a religious program.
Created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell, the series was produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Executive Producers included Hasburgh, Cannell, Steve Beers and Bill Nuss. The show was an early hit for the fledgling Fox Network, and was created to attract a younger audience. The final season aired in first-run syndication mainly on local Fox affiliates. It was later rerun on the FX cable network from 1996 to 1998.
The series provided a spark to Johnny Depp's nascent acting career, garnering him national recognition as a teen idol. Depp found this status irritating, but he continued on the series under his contract and was paid $45,000 per episode. Eventually he was released from his contract after the fourth season. A spin-off series, Booker, was produced for the character of Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco); it ran one season, from September 1989 to June 1990. A film adaptation starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was released on March 16, 2012.
The series focuses on a group of police officers headquartered at the titular address. These officers are all young and have especially youthful appearances, which allows them to pass for teenagers. Their assignments generally consist of undercover work in high schools or, less commonly, colleges, where they generally investigate drug trafficking and abuse. The show's plots cover issues such as alcoholism, hate crimes, drug abuse, homophobia, AIDS, child abuse, and sexual promiscuity. Similarly, each problem is often solved by the end of the hour-long episode, giving an implicit moral about the impact of a particular activity. When the show originally aired, some episodes were followed immediately by public service announcements featuring cast members.
The show starred prominent actors and actresses at the time, including:
- Johnny Depp as Patrolman/Officer Tom Hanson (1987–1990)
- Holly Robinson as Sergeant Judith "Judy" Hoffs (1987–1991)
- Peter DeLuise as Officer Douglas "Doug" Penhall (1987–1990)
- Dustin Nguyen as Sergeant Harry Truman Ioki/Vinh Van Tran (H.T. Ioki) (1987–1990)
- Frederic Forrest as Captain Richard Jenko (season 1, first 6 episodes)
- Steven Williams as Captain Adam Fuller (1987–1991)
- Sal Jenco as Sal "Blowfish" Banducci (1987–1990)
- Richard Grieco as Detective Dennis Booker (1988–1989)
- David Barry Gray as Officer Dean Garrett (1990)
- Alexandra Powers as Officer Kati Rocky (1990)
- Michael DeLuise as Officer Joseph "Joey" Penhall (1990–1991)
- Michael Bendetti as Officer Anthony "Mac" McCann (1990–1991)
Jeff Yagher was originally cast as Officer Tom Hanson in the pilot. He was replaced after the original pilot episode was filmed, and his scenes were reshot with Johnny Depp. Midway through the first season, Frederic Forrest was replaced by Steven Williams. On the show, Forrest's character Richard Jenko is killed by a drunk driver.
Guest stars 
Some notable guest stars on the series include: Dom DeLuise, Josh Brolin, Bridget Fonda, Bobby Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Blair Underwood, John Waters, Rosie Perez, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mario Van Peebles, Christina Applegate, Pauly Shore, David DeLuise, Bradley Gregg, Jason Priestley, Sarah Buxton, David Paymer, Diedrich Bader, and Shannon Tweed.
Police officer Tom Hanson runs into trouble on the job because he looks younger than he is. At the end of the episode, he is offered a chance to work with other young-looking cops who go undercover in local high schools.
Season 4 was the last season to air on the Fox Network. In commentary on the Season 5 DVD set, Peter DeLuise said that Fox had decided to cancel the show after Season 4 because the ratings had fallen below a set limit. Following this season Johnny Depp and Dustin Nguyen left the show. The departure of their characters was never explained in the narrative of the TV series, but in the movie it is explained that Hanson was transferred to the DEA and was later joined by Officer Penhall. The Booker spin-off crossover episode, "Wheels and Deals Part One", is included with 21 Jump Street's syndication package, and is also included on the fourth season DVD set.
Officer Dean Garrett (David Barry Gray) makes his first appearance in "Everyday is Christmas". As it became harder for the original cast members to plausibly pass as high school students, his character and Officer Kati Rocky (Alexandra Powers) were intended to be "youthful" replacements, so the show could maintain its original premise of younger looking cops posing as high school students.
Although set in an undisclosed city in Washington, the series was primarily filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. It was one of the first major television series to use Vancouver as a filming location and helped to establish the city as a center for film production.
21 Jump Street, along with Married...With Children and The Tracey Ullman Show, debuted in the spring of 1987. All three shows were a hit with audiences and helped to establish the newly launched Fox Network. 21 Jump Street was the first hit series for the Fox network. In August 1987, 21 Jump Street became the first Fox series to win its timeslot against a Big three network series.
DVD releases 
Anchor Bay Entertainment released all five seasons of 21 Jump Street on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time, between 2004 and 2006. The releases contain extensive music substitutions and inaccurate cover art. Johnny Depp appears on the season 5 DVD cover yet he left the series after the fourth season. As of 2010, these releases have been discontinued and are now out of print.
On October 14, 2009, it was announced that Mill Creek Entertainment had acquired the rights to several Stephen J. Cannell series including 21 Jump Street. They have subsequently re-released the first four seasons. In addition, Mill Creek also released 21 Jump Street - The Complete Series, an 18-disc collection featuring all 103 episodes of the series on DVD on July 27, 2010.
Madman Entertainment has released all 5 seasons on DVD in Region 4.
|DVD name||Ep #||Region 1||Region 4|
|The Complete First Season||13||January 19, 2010||September 7, 2006|
|The Complete Second Season||22||May 18, 2010||September 7, 2006|
|The Complete Third Season||20||July 27, 2010||September 7, 2006|
|The Complete Fourth Season||25||January 18, 2011||September 7, 2006|
|The Complete Fifth Season||23||TBA||June 7, 2007|
|The Complete Series||103||July 27, 2010||N/A|
Film adaptation 
On March 16, 2012, a feature film sequel to the television series from Sony Pictures was released starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (who are also executive producers) and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller with the screenplay written by Michael Bacall from a story by both Hill and Bacall. Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise, and Holly Robinson briefly reprise their roles as Tom Hanson, Doug Penhall, and Judy Hoffs, respectively. The film proved to be a critically hailed box office success.
Described in concept by Hill as an "R-rated, insane, Bad Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie," the film departs from the style of the series and instead features a highly comedic tone. The film and series are also set in the same continuity, despite the film being described as a "remake" by some reporters.
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