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John Bennett Perry, Joanna Cassidy and Mark Harmon
|Created by||Rick Rosner|
Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
Christian I. Nyby II
John Bennett Perry|
|Theme music composer||
Mike Post (1.1, 1.3)|
Pete Carpenter (1.1, 1.3)
J. A. C. Redford (1.6, co-composer)
Murray MacLeod (1.6)
Harry Betts (1.10, 1.13)
Mark Snow (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Rick Rosner|
|Producer(s)||Richard M. Rosenbloom|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Distributor||Orion Television Distribution|
|Original release||August 28, 1979– March 21, 1981|
240-Robert is an American drama series that ran on ABC from 1979 to 1981. The series title is a reference to the call-sign designation for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's search and rescue/paramedic teams.
The series chronicles the missions of "240-Robert", a specialized unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), that utilized four wheel drive vehicles and a helicopter. Most of the assignments were sea/air/land search and rescue operations in the extensive (over 4,000 sq mi (10,000 km2) jurisdiction. The show's creator was Rick Rosner (himself an LASD reserve deputy), who created the hit series CHiPs two years earlier for NBC.
The series was based on real life cases encountered by the LASD's Emergency Services Detail. The real life ESD is actually headquartered in East Los Angeles. Rick Rosner took artistic liberty and portrayed the headquarters as a beach-side station. The actual filming location was at a State of California ranger station located at Sycamore Cove in Ventura County, California.
- Deputy Theodore Roosevelt "Trap" Applegate III (John Bennett Perry)
- Deputy Dwayne "Thib" Thibideaux (Mark Harmon, episodes 1-13)
- Deputy Morgan Wainwright (Joanna Cassidy, episodes 1-13), the unit's helicopter pilot
- Deputy Brett Cueva (Stephen W. Burns, episodes 14-16), who replaced Thib
- Deputy Sandy Harper (Pamela Hensley, episodes 14-16), the new pilot of the unit
Cassidy and Hensley both had an expert female helicopter pilot take over for them in the actual helicopter flight sequences; her identity was unknown as of early February 2013.
Harmon and Cassidy left the series when their contracts expired after the first season. Burns and Hensley were brought in to replace them, but the second season (returning mid-season in early 1981 due to an actor's strike) only lasted three episodes before ABC cancelled it due to poor ratings.
- "The Apology"
- "Acting Sergeant"
- "Bank Job"
- "Out of Sight"
- "Time Bomb"
- "Double Trouble"
- "Poison Air"
- "The Applicant"
- "Oil and Water"
- "A Cool Welcome"
- "First Loss"