A Bit of Trivia

A bit of Trivia for "CHiPs" (1977)

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Jon and Ponch never drew their weapons during the series.

The brown van you see to the right during the intro belonged to The Children's Baptist Home in Ingelwood, California.

The pilot episode aired on NBC September 15, 1977. The series final episode "Return of the Brat Patrol" aired May 1, 1983 on NBC. "CHiPs" ended after 6 years on the air and some 140 episodes.

Many of the freeway chases and crash scenes were filmed on a several-mile-long unfinished stretch of the Simi Valley Freeway between Northridge and Simi Valley, California, which has since been renamed the Ronald Reagan Freeway.

Larry Wilcox's character, Jon Baker, was named after the nephew of the show's creator, Rick Rosner. The boy had a small role in the first episode as a boy stopped by Ponch and Jon for riding his bike on the highway.

Baker's partner was originally written as an Italian-American named "Poncherelli". The "i" was changed to an "o" when Erik Estrada was cast.

Filming Locations for "CHiPs" 

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Long Beach, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Malibu, California, USA

Paramount Ranch, Agoura, California, USA

Queen Mary - 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, California, USA (Ocean Liner)

Riverside International Raceway, Riverside, California, USA (Race Track)

San Fernando, California, USA

Tunnel beneath the 6th Street Viaduct, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA

Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA

Company credits for "CHiPs"

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Production Companies

MGM Television [us]

Rosner Television

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National Broadcasting Company (NBC) [us]

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Special Effects

Newkirk Special Effects [us]

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Other Companies

Cinemobile System Inc. [us] locations

Kawasaki Motors Corp motorcycles

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) [us] titles and opticals

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