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John Bennett Perry, Joanna Cassidy and Mark Harmon
Created byRick Rosner
Written byCharlene Bralver
Lew Hunter
Simon Muntner
James Schmerer
Anthony Yerkovich
Directed byRichard Benedict
Phil Bondelli
John Florea
Bruce Kessler
Sigmund Neufeld, Jr.
Christian I. Nyby II
Sutton Roley
Ric Rondell
StarringJohn Bennett Perry
Mark Harmon
Joanna Cassidy
Stephan Burns
Pamela Hensley
Theme music composerPete Carpenter
Mike Post
Composer(s)Mike Post (1.1, 1.3)
Pete Carpenter (1.1, 1.3)
Ken Heller
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 originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Rick Rosner
Producer(s)Richard M. Rosenbloom
Editor(s)Dann Cahn
Mike Renaud
Randy Roberts
Jack Tucker
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)Rosner Television
DistributorOrion Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseAugust 28, 1979 (1979-08-28) –
March 21, 1981 (1981-03-21)

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 vehicles used at that time were 1979 Ford Broncos, while the helicopter was a Hughes HA-500C (similar in design to the current MD 500).

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 helicopter pilot take over for them in the actual helicopter flight sequences; this regular stunt pilot was Charles 'Chuck' Tamburro who wore a wig to give the appearance of a female pilot.


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.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  1. "The Apology"
  2. "Stuntman"
  3. "Bathysphere"
  4. "Models"
  5. "Acting Sergeant"
  6. "Bank Job"
  7. "Out of Sight"
  8. "Time Bomb"
  9. "Double Trouble"
  10. "Poison Air"
  11. "Earthquake"
  12. "The Applicant"
  13. "Oil and Water"

Season 2[edit]

  1. "A Cool Welcome"
  2. "First Loss"
  3. "Hostages"

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