Wednesday, 11 June 2014

CHiPs - thats Califormia Hi-ghway Patrol -s - MY FAVE TV #28



FAVE TV #28 - CHiPs

This probably follows a little too hot on the heels of Chopper Squad, but if that was the perfect Saturday morning, then the perfect Saturday evening was CHiPs.

Chips intro



I was completely unaware of the dramatic plot that renegade loose cannon Frank Poncherello is being given a final chance by partnering up with laid-back surfer dude Jon Baker (riding in pairs is apparently not the correct procedure in the California Highway Patrol).

And even less aware of the homo-social subtext of its imagery.

Ponch's Disco



But for a 6 year old, big bikes with flashing lights weaving in and out of traffic was hypnotic.

Roller-boot Disco Baddies (they disabled the embedding - opens in new window)



I probably wasn’t the only one who put a sticker on the crossbar and big stick at the back of my Raleigh Tomahawk in 1978.

CHIPS - CRASHES AND BASHES



Remember when it was maybe enough for telly to just sit a camera on the back of a motorcycle and follow the progress of a road chase? Maybe that’s why I’m obsessed with the Tour De France.

CHIPS - ON BIKES!




My full Top 100 TV list is here...

Or... here's some of the last few...


#27 Chopper Squad


#26 Late Night with David Letterman
#25 Fave sketch show sketches

#24 Alan Johnston Vigil
#23 TV News sucks
#22 THE GOOD WIFE
#21 ALL TV MUSIC PERFORMANCES FROM THE 1970'S
#20 Tiswas

#19 The Cinema Ads
#18 Mystery Science Theater 3000
#17 Space Ghost, Coast To Coast
#16 The Adverts

#15 Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation
#14 LE TOUR DE FRANCE
#13 Engelbert Humperdinck on the BBC VT Xmas tape 1979
#12 My favourite clip about writing TV sitcoms


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