V.I.P. (TV series)

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V.I.P.
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Format Action
Comedy-drama
Created by J. F. Lawton
Starring Pamela Anderson
Molly Culver
Natalie Raitano
Shaun Baker
Dustin Nguyen
Angelle Brooks
Leah Lail
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Lawton Entertainment
Columbia TriStar Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original run September 26, 1998 (1998-09-26) – May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)

V.I.P. is an American action/comedy-drama series starring Pamela Anderson. Created by J. F. Lawton, the series aired in syndication for four seasons from 1998 to 2002.

Synopsis[edit]

Anderson stars as Vallery Irons, a woman who accidentally saves a celebrity and then is hired by a real bodyguard agency as a famous figurehead while the rest of the agency's professionals work to solve cases. Her lack of investigation skills ends up defeating the antagonists in every episode.

The other team members are an assortment of people of different backgrounds: a former member of the KGB, CIA, FBI, a computer expert, a former law officer, a former street boxer/martial artist and later a karate master/stuntman joined.

The series uses a mixture of action, comedy, and camp, with Anderson often poking fun at her tabloid image. In November, 2001, V.I.P. (the video game) was released on the PlayStation console.

Many first season episodes opened with cameos of famous celebrities being protected by Vallery. Among them were Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jay Leno, Charles Barkley, Jerry Springer and Alfonso Ribeiro. Loni Anderson guest-starred in one episode as Vallery's mother. In season 2, Lisa Marie Varon had an uncredited appearance as a bodyguard

Cast[edit]

  • Pamela Anderson -- Vallery Irons, the glamorous figurehead.
  • Molly Culver -- Tasha Dexter, a former spy and model.
  • Natalie Raitano -- Nikki Franco, a weapons and explosives expert.
  • Angelle Brooks -- Maxine De La Cruz (Seasons 3-4, recurring seasons 1-2), Vallery's best friend.
  • Shaun Baker -- Quick Williams, a former boxer and martial artist.
  • Dustin Nguyen -- Johnny Loh (Seasons 3-4, recurring seasons 1-2), a karate master and stuntman.
  • Leah Lail -- Kay Simmons, a computer expert.

Episodes[edit]

Merchandise[edit]

On March 14, 2006, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of V.I.P. on DVD in Region 1.[1]

Before the DVD, V.I.P. expanded to video game from Ubi Soft Entertainment, for the PC, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance in 2001 and 2002.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1999, the series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. In 2002, V.I.P. was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards, winning one for Outstanding Single Camera Editing.

Syndication[edit]

The show premiered in syndication on September 26, 1998.[2] As of February 2009, the show can be streamed for free in the US on IMDB, Hulu, and Minisodes and full episodes are available on Crackle. In Canada, episodes are available on Netflix. Episodes in Spanish will debut on CineSony on February 14, 2014.

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