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QUESTIONS
What is T.J. Hooker?
Who were the stars of T.J. Hooker?

What does the "T.J." in "T.J. Hooker" stand for?

What does "LCPD" stand for?

Where can I buy T.J. Hooker photos, toys and other memorabilia? Can you sell me some?
What is TJ-Hooker.com?
Why in the hell do you love T.J. Hooker so much?
Is T.J. Hooker available on DVD? Is T.J. Hooker on TV in my area?
Your NO HOOKER NO PEACE™ campaign is useless now that the Season 1 and 2 DVD is out. Admit it, you suck.
Your episode guide says that your Staff owns a lot of episodes of the show on video. Can you copy them all for me?
Why is Adrian Zmed (aka Vince Romano) not in the final season of the show?

 



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What is T.J. Hooker?
T.J. Hooker is a television cop show created by Rick Husky and produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg which aired on ABC prime time from the fall of 1982 to the spring of 1985, then on CBS late night from the fall of 1985 to the spring of 1986. It originally began as a pilot entitled The Protectors, which featured William Shatner in a supporting role and focused primarily on the young recruits of the fictitious Los Angeles County Police Department (LCPD). When test audiences responded favorably to the T.J. Hooker character, a shift occurred in the focus of the show and it came to be primarily about Hooker and his relationships with a handful of junior officers at the Academy.

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Who were the stars of T.J. Hooker?
William Shatner portrayed Sergeant T.J. Hooker; Adrian Zmed portrayed officer Vince Romano; Heather Locklear portrayed officer Stacy Sheridan; James Darren portrayed officer Jim Corrigan; Richard Herd portrayed Captain Dennis Sheridan, Stacy's father; April Clough portrayed officer Vicki Taylor; Hugh Farrington portrayed Detective Pete O'Brien.

More information on these characters can be found in our Characters section.

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What does the "T.J." in "T.J. Hooker" stand for?
Although it has long been rumored that T.J. Hooker was based a real-life Los Angeles cop, T.J. Hooker creator and producer Rick Husky has explained that this is not the case:

"Nothing about [Hooker's] character was based upon an L.A. cop, though I am proud to have known many of them. I created the character when I wrote the pilot for the series, which I produced for 90 episodes. Hooker's last name was inspired by an American Civil War general, General Joe Hooker. Why? No reason, other than I liked the name. His full name: Thomas Jefferson Hooker."

As for LCPD, it stands for Los Angeles County Police Department, a fictional name. The location of the show is Los Angeles.


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Where can I buy T.J. Hooker photos, toys and other memorabilia? Can you sell me some?
The only consistent source that we have found so far for purchasing T.J. Hooker collectibles is eBay, the world's largest online auction house. Several dealer's shops in California also deal in T.J. Hooker collectibles, but most of these people also sell their wares on eBay.

And no, we can't sell you any. Occasionally we make available some TJ-Hooker.com merchandise. Come back soon and you might find some for sale!

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What is TJ-Hooker.com?
TJ-Hooker.com is a service of NewhallNet™ (in association with JohnEats.com) dedicated to preserving, protecting, and defending the world's right to learn about, understand and enjoy T.J. Hooker. It is a group of individuals drawn together by their love of the show and their wish to perpetuate that love across the worldwide Internet.

More information on the staff of TJ-Hooker.com can be found on our Staff page.

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Why in the hell do you love T.J. Hooker so much?
Perhaps this is the most difficult question of this FAQ, and may best be left unanswered. If pressed, 4Adam30 (TJ-Hooker.com Webmaster/Head Writer) would probably speak to the show's celebration of the everyman, its imagery, themes, music, and the all-important presence of Shatner as keys to the show's importance.

He might also say that it's fun to love something that so many people dislike.

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Is T.J. Hooker available on video? Is T.J. Hooker on TV in my area?
YES to the first. NO to the second. T.J. Hooker is no longer in syndication. But yes, you can purchase the show on video and DVD now.

However, before you get too excited, read on.

Yes, you can now order T.J. Hooker: The Complete First and Second Seasons on DVD. But THAT'S IT. There aren't any plans to release any more episodes than that, and there are a whole three more seasons left to release! Plus the DVD that's out now has no extras whatsoever. None. Nada. No commercials, no outtakes, and worst of all, no commentary -- by the stars OR by the TJ-Hooker.com staff!

This gross injustice can be fought, however. Sign our NO HOOKER NO PEACE™ petition to help get the show back on the airwaves and completely onto DVD! When we collect enough signatures, we will approach Sony (who released the DVD and owns the rights to the show) with our demands. Let your voice be heard! Stand up for what's right! Help bring T.J. Hooker back onto television screens everywhere!

 

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Your episode guide says that your staff owns a lot of episodes of the show on video. Can you copy them all for me?
No, YOU suck. Like I just said, it's only the first two seasons out of five that are on DVD, and there aren't even any extras on it. Besides, Hooker is a television phenomenon--it should be ON TV for anyone in the world to watch, not just available to those who own fancy-schmancy DVD players.

Which, I know, is probably just about everybody who watches TV now. But still. It's the principle of the thing.

So there. Now shut up and sign our petition.

 

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Your episode guide says that your staff owns a lot of episodes of the show on video. Can you copy them all for me?
NO. We get a lot of requests for duplications of our videos; so many, in fact, that if we honored them all, our tapes would have worn out and broken a year ago. They are precious jewels that must be preserved.

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Your episode guide says that your staff owns a lot of episodes of the show on video. Can you copy them all for me?
This question has plagued T.J. Hooker fans for over 15 years. While we don't yet have the definitive answer, there are two possibilities why Adrian Zmed left the show after its 4th season.

1. When the show was cancelled by ABC, there was some turmoil surrounding it and its eventual move to CBS Late Night for its final season. In the process, according to our interview with Philip Weyland, William Shatner's dialogue coach and stand-in, the cast members had to take a pay cut. Mr. Zmed may have quit rather than see his paycheck reduced.

2. Around the same time, Adrian Zmed was offered the chance to host Dance Fever, a popular dance-a-thon show formerly hosted by Deney Terio. Mr. Zmed may have moved on because of this offer, in an effort to avoid being typecast as Vince Romano.

In any case, Romano was never specifically written out of T.J. Hooker; he just merely disappeared. The slate was wiped clean with Hooker's transfer to Chicago at the end of the 4th season. When he returned to the LCPD on CBS Late Night, it was (sadly) as if Vince Romano had never existed.

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