T.J. HOOKER: THE COMPLETE SERIES

T.J. HOOKER: THE COMPLETE SERIES REVIEWED

“T.J. Hooker” lasted for five years. I barely remember the last season when it was live and then I remember watching re-runs on WGN before Geraldo would start. To understand the show and its bizarre casting is to understand America in the early 1980s. “The Wrath of Khan” had just lit up theaters over the Summer and ABC was looking for a vehicle for Shatner to headline. So, why not a cop show with Heather Thomas and Adrian Zmed? For the younger readers, Thomas was the Maddie Pryor to Heather Locklear’s Jean Grey. For non comic fans, you’re going to need to Google that comparison.

Then, there’s Adrian Zmed as Officer Vince Romano. He was the Barbarino style badass cop who just lit up screens with “Bachelor Party”. You’ll remember him as Tom Hanks’ buddy who brought the drug addled donkey to the titular party. Somehow, this was enough to give this power trio its own cop show. Shatner’s star power brought in a ton of fun guest spots from people like Leonard Nimoy to Jerry Lee Lewis.

At the time, cop show styles were becoming reality based after the success of “Hill Street Blues”. “T.J. Hooker” didn’t care, as William Shatner probably road the hood of cars for about 2,000 miles on the series. It was such a cliche that SNL had Shatner parody the scenes when he hosted back in the “Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home” days. While others have released seasons prior to this, SHOUT is the only way to get the complete series. Do it! That last year isn’t that bad, I promise.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Nothing

A/V STATS

  • 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby Digital Mono

RELEASE DATE: 7/18/17

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