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Format Comedy/Drama
Created by Steven Bochco
Terry Louise Fisher
Starring John Ritter
Felton Perry
Debrah Farentino
Barbara Bosson
Clarence Felder
Sydney Walsh
Joseph Gian
Alix Elias
Paul Linke
Rod Gist
Opening theme Hooperman Theme by Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 42
Executive producer(s) Robert M. Myman
Running time 30 min.
Original channel ABC
Original run September 23, 1987 – July 26, 1989

Hooperman is an American television series which ran on ABC from September 23, 1987 until July 26, 1989. A comedy-drama, the show centered around the professional and personal lives of San Francisco plainclothes detective Harry Hooperman, played by John Ritter. The series was created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, who were the team responsible for creating L.A. Law.


Ritter plays San Francisco plainclothes police officer Harry Hooperman. In the first episode, Hooperman inherits the rundown apartment building he lives in when his elderly landlady is killed in a robbery. He also inherits her temperamental pet Jack Russell terrier named Bijoux. Due to the demands of his job as a police officer, he hires Susan Smith (played by Debrah Farentino) to be the building manager, and the pair become romantically involved throughout the first season.

Also starring on the show was Alix Elias as the cheerful and bubbly police dispatcher, Betty Bushkin; Barbara Bosson was Hooperman's divorced superior, Capt. Celeste "C.Z." Stern; Felton Perry as Harry's partner, Inspector Clarence McNeil; Clarence Felder as redneck inspector Boris "Bobo" Pritzger; Joseph Gian as Rick Silardi, a gay cop, and Sydney Walsh as officer Maureen "Mo" DeMott, his patrol partner who was intent on "saving" him from being gay by making unwanted passes. Dan Lauria played Celeste's former husband, Lou Stern.

The theme music was composed by Mike Post.

Guest stars in the series' 42-episode run included: Don Cheadle, Kim Delaney, Dennis Dugan, Norman Fell (who worked with Ritter on Three's Company), Miguel Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Mark Hamill, Joanna Kerns, Richard Kind, Dan Lauria, Jane Leeves, Lorna Luft, David Paymer, Barbara Rush, and Shannon Tweed.

Except for a brief syndicated run on the FX Network in the mid 90s, and the pilot rebroadcast on TV Land in 2003 following Ritter's death, the series hasn't aired since.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The pilot episode won the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.[1]


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