Mike Nelson is a S.C.U.B.A. diver in the days when it was still very new. He works alone, and the plot was mostly carried through his voice-over narrations. These gave the show a flavor of ... See full summary »
The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »
While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol, due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this was disproven. In season two, episode twelve, "Stolen Car Ring", Mathews says he is from California and just passing through. In season one, episode six, "Hitchhiker", the robber from New York City that had left a fourteen hundred mile long trail of robberies, tells his wife it is a long way to California. Since it was shown in season four, episode twenty, "Mexican Chase", and season four, episode twenty-eight, "Illegal Entry", that the state bordered Mexico, this leaves as the only possibilities Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. These states can likewise be eliminated. New Mexico uses a state police agency, not a highway patrol. Arizona can be eliminated due to their highway patrol cars of that era being all white. Texas can be eliminated due to highway patrol officers there not wearing the type of hats shown. See more »
Contrary to the opening narration, no US state police agency is called "the militia." See more »
Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers, Militia, the Rangers... or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws.
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The music. Do you remember the starting theme? It defined action, and a warning. Too bad the series isn't run more often. Very hard to find anywhere. It used to be on a local private station KOFY-TV 20 out of San Francisco, but our local service provider didn't want to use channel 20 anymore, so we lost out. I remember watching the series as a child in Seattle, and never missed a show. I now live next door to a CHP Officer and it's strange. A very nice family man, couldn't ask for better neighbors. My 2 nephews are now enrolled in the CHP Cadet Explorer program and I help them study the 10 codes. I'll never forget that opening music to "Highway Patrol". Those of you who have heard it, know what I mean.
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