List of CHiPs episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the NBC television series CHiPs, which ran for 139 episodes over the course of six seasons, plus one reunion TV movie from October 27, 1998.[1][2][3]

Series overview[edit]

At present, the first five seasons have released on DVD by Warner Home Video.[4]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 September 15, 1977 April 1, 1978
2 23 September 16, 1978 May 12, 1979
3 24 September 22, 1979 March 30, 1980
4 21 September 21, 1980 May 17, 1981
5 27 October 4, 1981 May 23, 1982
6 22 October 10, 1982 May 1, 1983
TV Movie October 27, 1998


Season 1: 1977–78[edit]

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11"CHiPs"Paul KrasnyPaul PlaydonSeptember 15, 1977 (1977-09-15)
Series pilot: Ponch and Jon chase a sports car theft ring. Ponch gets into a series of mishaps on his motorcycle and Sergeant Getraer comes down hard. This is the Series pilot.
22"Undertow"Christian I. Nyby IILarry AlexanderSeptember 22, 1977 (1977-09-22)

A tow truck driver robs women who called for assistance. Ponch accidentally breathes in nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at an accident scene and becomes loopy.

Jim Backus makes a guest appearance as a drunken driver.
33"Dog Gone"Michael CaffeyRick MittlemanSeptember 29, 1977 (1977-09-29)
Jon takes a liking to a stray pooch found on the freeway, but when the dog won't stay quiet, he leaves the pup with Ponch; after a traffic stop, a trio of young toughs decide to teach Ponch a lesson, but it may be Jon who'll pay the price. Also, Jon and Ponch help assist on a heart attack victim.
44"Moving Violation"Edward M. AbromsCharles SailorOctober 13, 1977 (1977-10-13)

While on a date, Ponch receives a ticket and decides to attend traffic school to hide the citation from Getraer. Also, Jon delivers bad news about an accident in Bakersfield.

Guest appearance by Rosie Grier.
55"Career Day"Ric RondellBruce ShellyOctober 20, 1977 (1977-10-20)

Two enterprising hustlers use CB radios to identify and rip off homes adjacent to local freeways; Ponch's former high school principal invites him to speak at the school's Career Day assembly after he and Jon arrest some joyriding frat brothers in a hearse.

Guest appearance by Richard Deacon.
66"Baby Food"Paul KrasnySimon MuntnerOctober 27, 1977 (1977-10-27)
When an unsecured load of defective baby food spills onto the freeway, Ponch and Jon must race against time to find two of the missing cases.
77"Taking Its Toll"Georg FenadyBill TaubNovember 3, 1977 (1977-11-03)
A pair of bandits rip off wealthy targets while they're stopped at local toll booths; Jon decides to write a novel based on Ponch's misadventures.
88"Green Thumb Burglar"Christian I. Nyby IISkip Webster,
Jock MacKelvie
November 10, 1977 (1977-11-10)
Fresh plantings stolen from the highways near the command post nearly drive Getraer to distraction; a pair of psychic twins foretell gloom and doom in Ponch's immediate future. The H.R. Pufnstuf character has a cameo appearance.
99"Hustle"Georg FenadyJohn GrovesNovember 24, 1977 (1977-11-24)

A leather-clad duo on dirtbikes heists cash from area supermarkets; an eccentric defendant from traffic court vows to demonstrate that Ponch is incompetent.

Cameo appearance by Broderick Crawford as himself.
1010"Highway Robbery"Nicholas ColasantoPaul Robert CoyleDecember 1, 1977 (1977-12-01)
A down-and-out vet lifting purses from women in traffic jams turns out to be a former classmate of Jon's; Ponch convinces Getraer to introduce him to the Easy-On Suntan Lotion model.
1111"Name Your Price"Ric RondellCarole Raschella,
Michael Raschella,
Bruce Shelly
December 8, 1977 (1977-12-08)
A sophisticated ring of thieves drives away Rolls Royces in broad daylight; Ponch receives tickets to his favorite game show, "Name Your Price", which is similar to The Price Is Right.
1212"Aweigh We Go"Ivan NagyChristian I. Nyby IIDecember 22, 1977 (1977-12-22)
A rash of tractor trailer rig hijackings finds Jon and Ponch assigned to the nearby highway scale station for training; Ponch tries to convince Jon that they should buy a speedboat.
1313"One Two Many"Paul KrasnyBurton Armus,
Roland Wolpert
January 5, 1978 (1978-01-05)
A civilian impersonating a CHP officer terrorizes female drivers and lands Jon in hot water with Getraer; with his motorhome in the shop for repairs, Ponch temporarily moves into Jon's apartment.
1414"Rustling"Phil BondelliSkip Webster,
Jock MacKelvie,
Frank Telford
January 12, 1978 (1978-01-12)
Jon and Ponch confront dirt-bike-riding cattle rustlers.
1515"Surf's Up"Georg FenadyRudolph Borchert,
Bruce Shelly
January 19, 1978 (1978-01-19)
The officers request a change of scenery and are temporarily assigned to beach patrol in Malibu.
1616"Vintage '54"Barry CraneEdward Robak,
Mort Thaw
January 26, 1978 (1978-01-26)
An 85-year-old woman reports her vintage car was stolen.
1717"Hitch-Hiking Hitch"Phil BondelliBruce Shelly,
Karl Tunberg,
Terence Tunberg
February 9, 1978 (1978-02-09)
Two teenage girls learn about the dangers of hitch-hiking.
1818"Cry Wolf"John FloreaJim Carlson,
Terrence McDonnell
February 16, 1978 (1978-02-16)
A man calling in false alarms causes trouble for the highway patrol.
1919"Crash Diet"Don McDougallRudolph BorchertFebruary 23, 1978 (1978-02-23)
The CHP officers have to lose weight as part of a comprehensive physical conditioning program.
2020"Rainy Day"Gordon HesslerRod Baker,
James Doherty,
William D. Gordon,
Glen Olson
March 2, 1978 (1978-03-02)
Jon and Ponch must carry out their patrols in a car during a rainy day and deal with a compulsive gambler and a string of carjackings.
2121"Crack-Up"Phil BondelliRudolph BorchertMarch 9, 1978 (1978-03-09)

After Jon is injured in an accident, Ponch must partner with Sergeant Getraer.

Guest appearance by Phyllis Diller.
2222"Flashback!"Michael CaffeyBruce ShellyApril 1, 1978 (1978-04-01)
A brash rookie patrolman causes Ponch to look back on his own early days as an officer.

Season 2: 1978–79[edit]

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231"Peaks and Valleys"Phil BondelliRudolph BorchertSeptember 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
Central gets a new mechanic, Harlan Arliss. Ponch and Jon are accused of improperly moving an accident victim. Jon meets an old friend who tries to convince him that there are better jobs out there than CHP officers.
242"The Volunteers"John FloreaArthur MarksSeptember 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
Jon and Ponch must take on the dangerous assignment of escorting a convoy of trucks carrying hazardous chlorine gas.
253"Family Crisis"Phil BondelliWilliam D. Gordon,
James Doherty
September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)
Jon has to arrest his nephew after learning he and his friends were involved in stealing several cars for joyriding.
264"Disaster Squad"Gordon HesslerMax HodgeOctober 7, 1978 (1978-10-07)
A television news crew creates negative publicity for Jon and Ponch when they air edited news segments making the officers look bad. Also, Ponch befriends a four-year-old motorcyclist whose mother starts dating Jon.
275"Neighborhood Watch"Phil BondelliL. Ford Neale,
John Huff
October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14)
A group of skateboarding kids cause driving hazards, and a drunk-driver demands Ponch and Jon's attention repeatedly.
286"Trick or Trick"Phil BondelliJames SchmererOctober 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
After stopping a speeding van carrying 13 black cats on Halloween, Ponch has an entire day of bad luck.
297"High Flyer"Gordon HesslerJames SchmererNovember 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)
Ponch tries to get out of doing air patrol due to his fear of flying.
308"The Grudge"John FloreaRichard B. MittlemanNovember 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)
After being arrested on drug charges, five Alpha Alpha Omega fraternity brothers plan revenge on the CHP.
319"The Sheik"Phil BondelliJerry ThomasNovember 18, 1978 (1978-11-18)
Jon and Ponch are frustrated by diplomatic immunity protecting a reckless driver.
3210"Return of the Turks"Barry CraneStephen LordNovember 25, 1978 (1978-11-25)
A man pretending to be a CHP officer continually gets Ponch into trouble.
3311"Supercycle"Phil BondelliWilliam D. Gordon,
James Doherty
December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
Jon and Ponch pursue the Phantom, a daredevil artist who endangers bystanders.
3412"High Explosive"Barry CraneWilliam D. Gordon,
James Doherty
December 9, 1978 (1978-12-09)
After losing his job as a driver, a man steals an ambulance and fills it with dynamite.
3513"Down Time"John FloreaRichard B. MittlemanDecember 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)
Ponch's vacation is ruined when a ring of car thieves steal his Firebird.
Randi Oakes guest stars as Kim, one of the female car thieves; it was this performance that landed her the regular role of Officer Bonnie Clark the following season.
3614"Repo Man"Alex GrasshoffRudolph BorchertJanuary 6, 1979 (1979-01-06)
The officers apprehend a repo man who has been stealing cars.
3715"Mait Team"John FloreaWilliam D. Gordon,
James Doherty,
George Zateslo
January 13, 1979 (1979-01-13)
Officer Sindy Cahill is involved in an accident that claims nearly a dozen lives. Jon and Ponch become part of the Major Accident Investigation Team to try to discover the cause.
3816"Pressure Point"Phil BondelliPaul Robert CoyleJanuary 20, 1979 (1979-01-20)
A rich businessman and his granddaughter become the target of an unscrupulous security firm. Ponch and Jon are placed on security detail.
3917"The Matchmakers"Harvey LaidmanL. Ford Neale,
John Huff
January 27, 1979 (1979-01-27)
A woman named Cora Gilford is forced to move from her home so she tries to kill herself. Derk, a 30-year motor veteran, is set to retire. The CHPs play matchmaker between Cora and Derk.
4018"Rally 'Round the Bank"Barry CraneLee H. GrantFebruary 3, 1979 (1979-02-03)
Bank robbers use a fake bomb and a rally race to carry off their heists. Ponch receives a visit from his mother, and a safety citation.
4119"Bio-Rhythms"Don WeisJames SchmererFebruary 17, 1979 (1979-02-17)
A rival tries to take out a trucking company by any means necessary. Biorhythms are being charted to track highs and lows.
4220"Quarantine"Harvey LaidmanRudolph BorchertFebruary 24, 1979 (1979-02-24)
Central HQ has to be quarantined after a boy is brought in suffering from a mysterious disease.
4321"CHP-BMX"John FloreaRichard B. MittlemanMarch 3, 1979 (1979-03-03)
Jon and Sindy are training a BMX team for kids. Ponch takes care of a young boy who was caught vandalizing his school. Getraer is so distracted over his son's accident that he accidentally releases a dangerous drug dealer.
4422"Ride the Whirlwind"Larry WilcoxStephen LordMarch 10, 1979 (1979-03-10)
Jon puts together a pilot program for a special trail bike team to deal with outlaw bikers illegally riding in the hills.
4523"The Greatest Adventures of CHiPs"Don WeisL. Ford Neale,
John Huff
May 12, 1979 (1979-05-12)

Jon and Ponch are away in Bakersfield. Sarge and their fellow officers back at Central reminisce about the past two years. The two heroes shall be honored with a special prize.

This was a 90-minute clip show episode.

Season 3: 1979–80[edit]

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461"Roller Disco: Part 1"Don WeisRudolph BorchertSeptember 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Jon and Getraer ride together while Ponch is busy hunting down stars for the annual CHP roller disco.
472"Roller Disco: Part 2"Don WeisRudolph BorchertSeptember 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
Jon loses the skater he's been chasing. Meanwhile, Ponch is still looking for his skater but can't find him. Jon lets troubled popstar Jimmy Tyler (Leif Garrett) stay at his apartment.
483"Valley Go Home!"Barry CraneJohn Huff, L. Ford NealeSeptember 29, 1979 (1979-09-29)
The rivalry between two teenage gangs intensifies when each blames the other for a series of robberies. Officers mediate a feud between teenagers. Ponch and Jon intervene when some irate surfers chase the Valley kids who bumped their car. Meanwhile, a couple of thieves use trash pickup as a cover to rip off beach-goers' tape decks.
494"High Octane"John FloreaJames SchmererOctober 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)

While Ponch and Jon resolve a confrontation at a gas station, Grossie and Getraer come across an accident caused by an oil truck.

This episode marks Sindy Cahill's last appearance.
505"Death Watch"Barry CraneLarry AlexanderOctober 13, 1979 (1979-10-13)
The death of a fellow officer sets Ponch and Jon on the trail of a stunt driver who instigates accidents to pay back insurance companies.
516"Counterfeit"John FloreaDean R. KoontzOctober 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)
A bogus clergyman prints counterfeit money that circulates to Ponch. Meanwhile, Ponch is worried that his blind date is too shallow.
527"Return of the Supercycle"Bruce KesslerRick MittlemanOctober 27, 1979 (1979-10-27)
Ponch ends up in hospital when he crashes while pursuing a jewelry thief on a motorbike. Jon and Ponch think it could be Roy Yarnell, who's back in town with his own stunt show. Meanwhile, a new female officer is interested in Jon, but his colleagues think she's there to spy on them.
538"Hot Wheels"John FloreaLarry AlexanderNovember 3, 1979 (1979-11-03)
A spate of jewelry robberies is committed by thieves using city vehicles. Ponch thinks he's solved the crimes from his hospital bed. Meanwhile, practical joker Bill Clayton rejoins the team at Central.
549"Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 1"Don WeisWilliam D. Gordon, James DohertyNovember 10, 1979 (1979-11-10)
Ponch, Jon, Bear, and Lenny go to Palma Vista to cover for the striking Palma Vista Police Department. While there, they help an orphaned 10-year-old girl find a new home, arrest a councilman's two sons and city manager's daughter on some serious traffic charges, and break up a hijacking ring. Ponch falls for a lady race car driver, but loses out in the end.
5510"Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 2"Don WeisWilliam D. Gordon, James DohertyNovember 10, 1979 (1979-11-10)
Donna/Linda is taken back to her foster home, but Candi suspects something is wrong. Jon and Ponch catch the dune buggy, and Jon discovers the hijackers' hideout.
5611"The Watch Commander"Don WeisFrank TelfordNovember 17, 1979 (1979-11-17)
A new watch commander, Lieutenant Bates, tries to make sure everything runs by the rule book but eventually sees the need for flexibility. A pair of thieves are renting tractor units and stealing packed trailers from loading bays.
5712"Destruction Derby"Gordon HesslerRichard B. MittlemanNovember 24, 1979 (1979-11-24)
Ponch and Jon go undercover at a raceway to probe a drug ring.
5813"Second Chance"John FloreaFrank Chase, Ramona ChaseDecember 1, 1979 (1979-12-01)
Ponch and Jon try to apprehend a jewel thief who has hit several condos in Marina del Rey. A thief injures a young girl while making a motorcycle getaway. Ponch tries to befriend a recovering girl who was injured by the thief during his escape.
5914"Wheeling"Barry CraneJohn Huff, L. Ford NealeDecember 8, 1979 (1979-12-08)
A trio of wheelchair-bound drivers create problems for Jon and Ponch both in and out of their vehicles. The father of a hit-and-run victim is determined to catch the driver responsible, with or without the help of the CHP.
6015"Christmas Watch"Phil BondelliJohn Huff, L. Ford NealeDecember 15, 1979 (1979-12-15)
A pair of thieves are robbing houses in the run-up to Christmas. Ponch is feeling down because he longs for a family Christmas and doesn't know his mother is flying in. A bell is stolen and means a lot to the little kids.
6116"Jailbirds"Bruce KesslerJames SchmererJanuary 12, 1980 (1980-01-12)
First Jon then Ponch get put in jail for contempt of court when they refuse to name their informant. Getraer gets the rest of the team searching through parking violations to prove the defendant was no stranger to the raided warehouse.
6217"E.M.T."Phil BondelliJerry Thomas, Frank DandridgeJanuary 19, 1980 (1980-01-19)
A swerving driver pulled over by Jon and Ponch turns out to be a fireman. Back at Central they volunteer for an E.M.T. course without reading the small print. The course is run by the fireman they pulled over, and he gives them a hard time. Later, Jon and Ponch save a car crash victim with a hang glider, and rescue a pair of kids from their cave-like den under the freeway.
6318"Kidnap"Gordon HesslerStephen KandelJanuary 26, 1980 (1980-01-26)
A couple of kids are supposed to be touring the courthouse after winning a traffic safety contest, but, after starting one of the CHP bikes they hide in the back of Rolls Royce. Two fleeing criminals jump into the Rolls and drive off, initially unaware that the kids are in the back. After briefly losing the Rolls, Ponch decides to follow undercover in a borrowed car, and leads his colleagues to the kidnappers with his "La Cucaracha" horn.
6419"Off Road"William Paul NucklesGeorge GeigerFebruary 2, 1980 (1980-02-02)
Jon and Ponch enter a desert off-road race, unaware that a pair of syndicate thugs are using the race as a cover to retrieve a cache of stolen coins.
6520"Tow Truck Lady"Larry WilcoxMax HodgeFebruary 9, 1980 (1980-02-09)
A tow truck driver steals cars with his tow truck to pay off a loan.
6621"The Strippers"Don WeisFrank TelfordFebruary 16, 1980 (1980-02-16)
A Mercedes belonging to Jon's girlfriend gets stolen while they're skydiving. Jon and Ponch's subsequent investigation results in them crossing paths with a pair of narcotics officers who are investigating a similar drug smuggling operation.
6722"Thrill Show"Gordon HesslerJohn Huff, L. Ford NealeFebruary 23, 1980 (1980-02-23)
A punk rock group, humorously called "The Bus Boys," is stealing from the patrons of tourist buses to get money for a demo record. Bonnie plans to leave her job on the force and join up with her former boyfriend, Crazy Ray Conner, the stunt driver with The Joey Chitwood Thrill Show.
6823"Nightingale"Don WeisKenneth DorwardMarch 23, 1980 (1980-03-23)
Various CHP officers encounter a mysterious female doctor who treats accident victims, then disappears before anyone gets her details. A teenage couple try to run away to Canada, but their van breaks down on the freeway.
6924"Dynamite Alley"Bruce KesslerRudolph Borchert, James SchmererMarch 30, 1980 (1980-03-30)
Bonnie flips her cruiser on the way back from Bakersfield, and the only witness is a boy she talks to on the CB. Grossman is writing an article for Highway Patrol magazine about hallucinations experienced while driving.

Season 4: 1980–81[edit]

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701"Go-Cart Terror"John FloreaRick Rosner,
James Schmerer
September 21, 1980 (1980-09-21)
The CHP pursues furniture thieves. Ponch and Jon prepare a go-cart team for competition while also trying to help one of its misguided members.
712"Sick Leave"John FloreaLarry Alexander,
Rick Rosner
September 28, 1980 (1980-09-28)
Jon and Ponch try to help fellow officer Andy, who is pulling dangerous stunts at work, making warped judgment calls and causing a strain in his relationships.
723"To Your Health"John FloreaJohn Huff,
L. Ford Neale,
James Schmerer
October 5, 1980 (1980-10-05)
Jon and Ponch help a farmer and his sisters, who have had several near-fatal accidents that look like sabotage.
734"The Poachers"Barry CraneMarshall Herskovitz,
Rick Rosner
October 19, 1980 (1980-10-19)
Jon and Ponch chase poachers who sell the meat of the wild animals to restaurants. Two Native Americans assist their pursuit.
745"The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1"Gordon HesslerRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
December 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)
A possible disaster at the fashionable Malibu beach and the department's annual charity fundraiser keep Jon and Ponch busy.
756"The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2"Gordon HesslerRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
December 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)
Jon and Ponch continue with their evacuation program for Malibu residents. Two daredevil criminals plan their escape route from a mansion belonging to a film producer.
767"Satan's Angels"Phil BondelliWilliam Douglas Lansford,
Rick Rosner
December 14, 1980 (1980-12-14)
A gang of bikers kidnaps Bonnie. Jon and Ponch are sent to find her. Getraer's wife is in and out of the hospital on false labor alarms.
778"Wheels of Justice"Gordon HesslerJohn Huff,
L. Ford Neale,
Rick Rosner
December 21, 1980 (1980-12-21)
Jon and Ponch try to get a drunken driver off the road. The staff cares for orphaned babies after an accident.
789"Crash Course"Phil BondelliJohn Huff,
L. Ford Neale,
Rick Rosner
January 4, 1981 (1981-01-04)
A car thief moves into the robbery business. Ponch has some problems to sort out with his bank account.
7910"Forty Tons of Trouble"Gordon HesslerRick Rosner,
James Schmerer
January 11, 1981 (1981-01-11)
Jon, Ponch, and the gang try to stop a group of thieves that are stealing heavy equipment from an independent construction company owner.
8011"11-99: Officer Needs Help"Phil BondelliKenneth Dorward,
Rick Rosner
January 18, 1981 (1981-01-18)
A new system is put in use to send back-up faster to injured officers. Testing it, Jon and Ponch track down thieves that are stealing delivery trucks from loading docks.
8112"Home Fires Burning"Charles BailStory by : Judith Dark & Rick Rosner
Teleplay by : Rex Benson
February 1, 1981 (1981-02-01)
As part of an insurance scam, arsonists start burning down mobile homes, causing chaos for Jon and Ponch. Meanwhile, they prepare for a basketball game.
8213"Sharks"Phil BondelliRick Rosner,
Frank Telford
February 22, 1981 (1981-02-22)
A supposedly quiet day of scuba-diving finds Ponch and Jon face-to-face with a ring of drug smugglers and sharks.
8314"Ponch's Angels: Part 1"John FloreaRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
February 28, 1981 (1981-02-28)
Ponch and Jon are assigned to train the CHP's first female motorcycle cops.
8415"Ponch's Angels: Part 2"John FloreaRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
March 1, 1981 (1981-03-01)
The newly trained female officers nab a pair of thieves operating in and around a large marina.
8516"Karate"Leslie H. MartinsonFrank Chase,
Rick Rosner
March 8, 1981 (1981-03-08)
Patroling his old neighborhood, Ponch encounters a boyhood friend who is corrupting local teenagers in his burglary operation.
8617"New Guy in Town"Arnold LavenLarry Alexander,
Rick Rosner
March 15, 1981 (1981-03-15)
An annoying rookie proves his worth when he saves Jon from death at the hands of the brother- and sister-in-law of a man the officer had imprisoned.
8718"The Hawk and the Hunter"Leslie H. MartinsonRick Mittleman,
Rick Rosner
April 5, 1981 (1981-04-05)
Jon and Ponch probe into a case involving an environmentalist's allegations that Baricza's father, Pete, is polluting their town with his insecticides.
8819"Vigilante"Arnold LavenStephen Lord,
Rick Rosner
May 3, 1981 (1981-05-03)
Ponch and Jon investigate a mysterious vandal harassing Getraer and his family. They also have to get a handle on a local community patrol operation. One of its members has become a vigilante, using excessive force while trying to fight crime in remembrance of his son who was run down by a drunk driver. Getraer, for no reason whatsoever, snaps at his fellow officers throughout the day.
8920"Dead Man's Riddle"Michael CaffeyJames Doherty,
William D. Gordon,
Rick Rosner
May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10)
A psychiatrist joining the Accident Investigation Team fears that she may have been responsible for a serious high-speed collision that the CHP is currently trying to recreate in an investigation.
9021"A Simple Operation"Leslie H. MartinsonRick Rosner,
James Schmerer
May 17, 1981 (1981-05-17)
Getraer injures his eye in a motorcycle accident and ends up in the hospital. A hit man thinks Getraer saw his attack and plans to eliminate him. Getraer suffers cardiac arrest while in the hospital and nearly dies but he is brought back by his resuscitation team. A patient who was in a bed next to Getraer is murdered. Two of the doctors disagree about Getraer's eyesight being saved.

Season 5: 1981–82[edit]

In the fifth season, Ponch is substituted by the official Steve McLeish (episode number 96).

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911"Suicide Stunt"Michael CaffeyRick Rosner,
Frank Telford
October 4, 1981 (1981-10-04)
Jon and Ponch organize a stakeout to catch thieves who have ripped off a motorcycle show ticket office.
922"Vagabonds"Bruce KesslerWilliam Douglas Lansford,
Rick Rosner
October 11, 1981 (1981-10-11)
Preparing for a UniCar competition, Ponch and Jon pursue a family in a camper van that is causing accidents to claim insurance money.
933"Moonlight"Earl BellamyRudy Dochtermann,
Rick Rosner
October 18, 1981 (1981-10-18)
Jon and Ponch investigate reports of the dumping of toxic waste. Other officers try to get Getraer in on a celebration of Jon and Ponch 's fourth anniversary as partners.
944"The Killer Indy"Leslie H. MartinsoMilt Rosen,
Rick Rosner
October 25, 1981 (1981-10-25)
A gang of motorcycle racers terrorize the streets when they rip through the city, having races through city traffic. The leader of the gang challenges Steve's older brother to a final showdown to win the title of King of the Indy.
955"Weed Wars"Earl BellamyRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
A young boy witnesses an accident resulting from feuding drug syndicates recklessly driving along a mountain road. Jon and Ponch investigate with little cooperation from the boy, who is using his jinx spells to scare people away.
966"Anything But the Truth"Michael CaffeyDick Nelson,
Rick Rosner
November 8, 1981 (1981-11-08)
Jon and Steve try to track down a man who is terrorizing female drivers. Complicating things is the fact that their main witness is a compulsive liar and Jon's girlfriend.
977"Bomb Run"Phil BondelliRick Mittleman,
Rick Rosner
November 15, 1981 (1981-11-15)
As the CHP prepares for a flight show, Baricza runs into his former girlfriend, Terri. Although married, she makes a play for Baricza to distract him from what she, her husband, and father are planning: robbing the flight show bureau.
988"Diamond in the Rough"Leslie H. MartinsonSteve Greenberg,
Rick Rosner,
Aubrey Solomon
November 22, 1981 (1981-11-22)
A friend of Getraer's son is involved in an accident. A gang of criminals plots a complex bank robbery.
999"Finders Keepers"John PeyserRobert Biheller,
W. Dal Jenkins,
Rick Rosner
November 29, 1981 (1981-11-29)
Criminals chase and harass Steve after recovering their stolen car. Jon falls for a country and western singer.
10010"Fast Money"Leslie H. MartinsonLarry Alexander,
Rick Rosner
December 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
Hijackers use a hi-tech device to steal bearer bonds.
10111"Concours d'Elegance"John PattersonRick Rosner,
Frank Telford
December 13, 1981 (1981-12-13)
Jon and Ponch investigate a scam designed to skim profits from auction sales of rare antique motor cars.
10212"Mitchell & Woods"Bernard L. KowalskiRick Edelstein,
Rick Rosner
December 18, 1981 (1981-12-18)
Female patrolwomen Mitchell and Woods find themselves on the trail of a murder suspect. This episode is the first failed attempt at a spin-off series.
10313"Breaking Point"Leslie H. MartinsonVander Cecil,
Rick Rosner
January 3, 1982 (1982-01-03)
Ponch's confidence is broken after an accident. His performance at work suffers as a result, and Getraer suggests taking time off. Ponch's sister, Patti, is in town, and they both begin to think about a new start.
10414"Tiger in the Streets"Charles BailStephen Lord,
Rick Rosner
January 10, 1982 (1982-01-10)
Jon and Ponch pursue a vengeful mechanic while also tracking an escaped tiger. An employee of a poorly maintained animal park is blamed for the escape but does not notify the police early on. An attractive officer from the animal division assists the duo in its capture.
10515"Bright Flashes"Leslie H. MartinsonJames Doherty,
Rick Rosner
January 17, 1982 (1982-01-17)
A criminal duo equipped with a powerful laser causes havoc in the city, blinding witnesses while committing robberies. Jon's childhood hero has lost his way, and Jon tries to get him back on track.
10616"Battle of the Bands"Barry CraneLarry Mollin,
Rick Rosner
January 31, 1982 (1982-01-31)
The CHP tries to get a group of punk rockers under control. Ponch kicks off a stint as a singer.
10717"Alarmed"Phil BondelliRudolph Borchert,
Rick Rosner
February 14, 1982 (1982-02-14)
A former mentor of Bonnie's turns out to be a part of a gang that is wanted for grand theft auto when they hunt down valuable cars for big money.
10818"In the Best of Families"John FloreaRick Mittleman ,
Rick Rosner
February 21, 1982 (1982-02-21)
Jon and Ponch try to apprehend a family of thieves who make several attempts to steal a CHP cruiser as part of a bigger plot to commit an armored truck hit. Getraer is uptight and buckles down on Central as they prepare for a major inspection.
10919"Silent Partner"Gordon HesslerRick Rosner,
Bruce Shelly
February 28, 1982 (1982-02-28)
Escaping car thieves injure Grossman. Jon and Ponch mistake a man with a hearing and speech defect for a drunken driver.
11020"Flare Up"John FloreaLarry Mollin,
Rick Rosner
March 7, 1982 (1982-03-07)
The CHP learns about the dangers of reacting chemicals. Ponch has his hands full with a young man claiming police brutality.
11121"The Game of War"Gordon HesslerStory by : Marshall Ragir & Rick Rosner
Teleplay by : John Huff & L. Ford Neale
March 14, 1982 (1982-03-14)
Jon and Ponch deal with a bunch of soldiers whose war games get out of hand.
11222"A Threat of War"Leslie H. MartinsonDoug Heyes Jr.,
Rick Rosner
March 21, 1982 (1982-03-21)
Andy Macedon is back on the streets again, trying to prove that he has turned over a new leaf. It is not long before the CHP again deals with Billy and the gang.
11323"Trained for Trouble"Barry CraneLarry Alexander,
Rick Rosner
April 4, 1982 (1982-04-04)
Animal bank robbers make monkeys of the cops. Ponch discovers that a look-alike in CHP uniform is a stripteaser at a ladies-only nightclub.
11424"Ice Cream Man"Leslie H. MartinsonWilliam Douglas Lansford,
Rick Rosner
April 18, 1982 (1982-04-18)
A former CHP sergeant, out of prison and now working as an ice cream man, sets out to bring down the gang that got him put in jail. He also tries to set things right with his ex-wife and son, who thinks his father is dead.
11525"Overload"Robert PineBob Mitchell,
Esther Mitchell,
Rick Rosner
May 2, 1982 (1982-05-02)
Computer-theft plotters jam the CHP computer center and attempt to rendezvous with an ocean-bound yacht.
11626"K-9-1"Leslie H. MartinsonStephen Lord,
Rick Rosner
May 9, 1982 (1982-05-09)
Ponch and Jon work with police sniffer dogs on the trail of bombs, drugs and thieves.
11727"Force Seven"Lee H. KatzinStephen Downing,
Rick Rosner
May 23, 1982 (1982-05-23)
A secret LAPD unit is dedicated to the preservation of human life using martial arts. This episode is the second failed attempt at a spin-off series.

Season 6: 1982–83[edit]

In the sixth and final season, Ponch receives a new partner when Jon moves to Wyoming.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1181"Meet the New Guy"John AstinJoseph Gunn,
Rick Rosner
October 10, 1982 (1982-10-10)
Ponch becomes the training officer of rookie Bobby Nelson. The duo goes after a pair of health-club thieves and find a runaway teenage mother who has stolen back the baby she sold.
1192"Tight Fit"John FloreaRick Rosner,
Joseph Gunn,
Paul Mason
October 17, 1982 (1982-10-17)
Ponch takes a part-time job as a model for a jeans company but finds he does not enjoy the instant celebrity. Stardom distracts him from his real work, the rewarding job of catching a pair of diamond thieves and putting behind bars a sleazy photographer involved in child pornography.
1203"The Spaceman Made Me Do It"Winrich KolbeDonald L. Gold,
Rick Rosner
October 24, 1982 (1982-10-24)
On night patrol, Ponch and Bobby respond to a jewelry store alarm. The culprit is a young girl, who claims an alien made her do it.
1214"Rock Devil Rock"John AstinLarry Mollin,
Rick Rosner
October 31, 1982 (1982-10-31)
Ponch and Bobby help a rock star who claims that attempts have been made on his life. Ponch performs a daring rescue, The CHP officers throw a wild Halloween party.
1225"Speedway Fever"Charles BailPaul Mason,
Paul Playdon (developed for television by),
Rick Rosner,
Gerald Sanford
November 7, 1982 (1982-11-07)
Ponch and Bobby go after a gang of high-speed bike bandits. A young cadet at the CHP Academy tries to help his brother.
1236"Something Special"Charles BailBeverly Bloomberg,
Rick Rosner,
Pamela Ryan
November 21, 1982 (1982-11-21)
Ponch helps children train for the Special Olympics. An old friend of Bobby's prepares for a parachute jump. Grossman buys a truckload of eggs.
1247"This Year's Riot"Richard A. CollaLarry Mollin,
Rick Rosner
November 28, 1982 (1982-11-28)
A group of wild kids and some would-be nude sunbathers ruin the CHiPs crew's outing at Grossman's beach house.
1258"Head Over Heals"Richard IrvinLoraine Despres,
Rick Rosner
December 5, 1982 (1982-12-05)
Ponch falls in love with a beautiful schoolteacher (Beverly Sassoon) and begins making plans to marry her.
1269"Return to Death's Door"Winrich KolbeGerald Sanford,
Rick Rosner
December 12, 1982 (1982-12-12)
A man blames Ponch for the death of his brother—who was also Ponch's friend—and challenges him to a race.
12710"Fallout"Nicholas SgarroStory by : Rick Rosner
Teleplay by : Norman Hudis & Larry Mollin
December 19, 1982 (1982-12-19)
Anti-nuclear protesters—including Getraer's daughter, Ellen—cause trouble for the patrol.
12811"Day of the Robot"Phil BondelliGerald Sanford,
Rick Rosner
January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02)
Ponch and Bobby have fun with a robot assigned to their station—until it becomes a threat to their lives.
12912"Hot Date"John FloreaJoseph Gunn,
Paul Mason,
Rick Rosner
January 9, 1983 (1983-01-09)
Ponch is held prisoner in his own apartment by a couple of criminals thirsty for revenge.
13013"High Times"Phil BondelliGerald Sanford,
Rick Rosner
January 16, 1983 (1983-01-16)
Ponch and Bobby try to track down a couple of juvenile car thieves.
13114"Country Action"Charles BailJoseph Gunn,
Paul Mason,
Rick Rosner
January 23, 1983 (1983-01-23)
Ponch and Bobby are on the trail of a gang of cattle rustlers selling cattle infected with anthrax.
13215"Journey to a Spacecraft"Richard IrvingGerald Sanford,
Rick Rosner
February 6, 1983 (1983-02-06)
Ponch and Bobby have to take care of a kidnapped dog and a sick runaway child, Kevin. Kevin is dreaming of UFOs taking him away from his sickness. Ponch's friend allows him a look into the night sky.
13316"Fox Trap"Charles BailLarry Mollin,
Rick Rosner
February 20, 1983 (1983-02-20)
Ponch and Bobby try to prevent three female rock musicians from being victimized by an unscrupulous concert promoter.
13417"Brat Patrol"John AstinJoseph Gunn,
Paul Mason,
Rick Rosner
February 27, 1983 (1983-02-27)
Ponch and Bobby are on the hunt for a drug dealer and get some help from a rag-tag gang of youngsters along the way.
13518"Firepower"Phil BondelliDonald L. Gold,
Rick Rosner
March 6, 1983 (1983-03-06)
Ponch and Bobby try to catch a gang of bikers selling dangerous weapons on the black market.
13619"Fun House"Charles BailRick Rosner,
Gerald Sanford
March 13, 1983 (1983-03-13)
Ponch and Bobby look into a series of thefts at a local campus. Bruce tries to find a little girl who is abducted by a woman.
13720"Fast Company"Phil BondelliGerald Sanford,
Stuart Jacobs,
Rick Rosner,
Barry Jacobs
March 20, 1983 (1983-03-20)
Ponch teams up with Bruce to find the person behind a car theft.
13821"Things That Go Creep in the Night"Robert PineRick Rosner,
Barry Jacobs,
Stuart Jacobs
April 10, 1983 (1983-04-10)
Ponch and Bruce try to protect a woman who is seemingly being stalked by a comic book character (Rich Little).
13922"Return of the Brat Patrol"Phil BondelliLoraine Despres,
Joseph Gunn,
Paul Mason,
Rick Rosner
May 1, 1983 (1983-05-01)
A band of teenage misfits, ex-members of Ponch's Explorer Troop, returns to help him catch a group of junior-high extortionists.

TV movie[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"CHiPs '99"Jon CassarStory by : Morgan Gendel & Rick Rosner
Teleplay by : Morgan Gendel
October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)
Ponch has returned to the police force, and is determined to help his best friend, Jon, to investigate, or in investigating various car thefts.

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1977-78 22 September 15, 1977 April 1, 1978 58[5] N/A "The Bionic Woman", "Saturday Night at the Movies"
1978-79 23 September 16, 1978 May 12, 1979 29 20.1[6] "What's Happening!!"
1979-80 24 September 22, 1979 March 30, 1980 18 21.5[7] N/A
1980-81 21 September 21, 1980 May 17, 1981 24 19.4[8] "ABC Sunday Night Movie"
1981-82 27 October 4, 1981 May 23, 1982 41[9] N/A N/A
1982-83 22 October 10, 1982 May 1, 1983 52[10] N/A N/A


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