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Chopper One 

California cops Foley & Burdick fight crime from a helicopter.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jim McMullan ...  Officer Don Burdick 13 episodes, 1974
Dirk Benedict ...  Officer Gil Foley 13 episodes, 1974
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ...  Mitch 13 episodes, 1974
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ...  Captain McKeegan / ... 12 episodes, 1974
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Storyline

Officers Don Burdick and Gil Foley battle crime in a major city in Southern California from the air. They are "chopper" pilots who aid officers in "black-and-white"'s by contributing added surveillance or assisting in chases of suspects. Sometimes they have their own problems to worry about, such as snipers. Mitch was Gil & Don's crusty mechanic, while the two men received their orders from Capt. McKeegan. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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helicopter | police | See All (2) »

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Take off for danger and excitement with two young chopper cops...racing through the skies on their city-wide beat.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arriva l'elicottero See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When views of the helicopter flying were made, the sound was a continuous loop, not the actual sound of the Bell 206. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Svengoolie: Duel (2016) See more »

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Fond memories
21 July 2003 | by Curtis G.See all my reviews

If memory serves, "Chopper One" played in the half-hour before ABC's "Firehouse." Those were my two favorite shows at the time. I couldn't tell you whether the show was actually good, but it was probably on par with every other cop show (except maybe "The Rookies"). I was a much less critical viewer at age 9.

Although I haven't seen an episode since they first aired, I still have memories of them: At the beginning of one episode, for example, the chopper lands with a kite tangled in the rotor blades; Mitch calls it a "five-cent disaster" or some such colorful term. In (another?) episode, the chopper is hijacked by bad guys. Foley stays on the ground while Burdick flies the chopper; in an attempt to psyche out the bad guys, one of the cops says, "Engine goes out on a chopper, you drop like a rock." At the climax, the chopper flies behind a hill and there's a huge explosion. Foley subdues his bad guy and it turns out that Burdick cleverly dropped an external fuel tank to fake a crash. Classic.


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