CHiPs (1977–1983)
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Force Seven 

In a failed backdoor pilot, a special group of martial arts experts are introduced, assigned here to break up a missile smuggling operation.


Lee H. Katzin


Stephen Downing, Rick Rosner (creator)


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Episode cast overview:
Erik Estrada ... Officer Frank Poncherello
Larry Wilcox ... Officer Jon Baker
Fred Dryer ... Lt. John LeGarre
Robert Pine ... Sgt. Joseph Getraer
Tom Reilly Tom Reilly ... Rick Nichols
Donna Kei Benz Donna Kei Benz ... Cindy Davis
Tony Longo ... 'Sly' Angeletti
John Rhys-Davies ... Nakura (as John Rhys Davies)
Steve Franken ... Alan Drummond
Edward Davis Edward Davis ... Chief
Sam Yorty Sam Yorty ... Mayor


Jon and Ponch pull over a man for speeding. This is brought to the attention of an LAPD unit called Force Seven wherein all members are experts in martial arts. A cocky cop, who is also a martial arts expert, is reassigned to the unit, where his do-it-his-way attitude jeopardizes them finding the man. Their suspect is a missile engineer and apparently he is working for someone who wants him to arm one. They eventually discover that the one who hired him is an old enemy of the unit's leader. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

23 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Last appearance of Larry Wilcox as a series regular. The character would return as a CHP Captain in CHiPs '99 (1998). See more »


Poncherello is going to arrest the suspected DUI driver without any field sobriety tests. Even in 1982, there were standardized tests that were offered to every motorist suspected of DUI. See more »


[Last lines]
Officer Jon Baker: Now that's what I call heads-up police work, huh?
Officer Frank Poncherello: Typical.
Officer Jon Baker: Typical?
Officer Frank Poncherello: Sure. Crooks just can't escape the long arm of the law, Jon. You know that. Don't you?
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'Force' Yourself to Watch...or Better Yet, Don't!
23 April 2016 | by elvimark01See all my reviews

Once again, CHiPs tries their hand at a spin off episode...only this time, it's even worse than their previous spin off attempt, Mitchell and Woods. At least with the previous episode, there was some sort of connection between the main characters and the episode's 'stars', which isn't apparent here.

Because this is CHiPs, we have to work Jon and Ponch into the action somehow. The episode begins with their pursuit and bust of a 'deuce' (drunk driver). They get the guy to exit the car, with all the usual attitude of course, and then Jon notices a folder that drops out of the car...specs for a missile, one that just happened to be hijacked a week earlier!

All of a sudden, our two heroes are gone--missing from the scene until the very end. We see a blond LAPD officer entering a mysterious building, where he's encountered by a man dressed in a karate uniform. That man is Lt. John LeGarre, played by football-star-turned-actor Fred Dryer, and he leads the Force Seven team, a team of cops that are martial arts specialists. The young officer is Rick Nichols (Tom Reilly), a major league screw-up who's getting a new lease on live via Force Seven (and due to having major martial arts skills). LeGarre manages to cure Nichols' attitude problems by besting him in a karate fight and showing the kid that he has a LOT to learn. We also meet the other members of the team: Cindy, the eye candy (played by Donna Benz, whom some folks may remember from a few Hawaii Five-O appearances) and goofball Sly (Tony Longo, who's played more than his share of he's just goofy, with an equally goofy ventriloquist puppet to match).

Their mission is to find and disable the missile...using only their martial arts skills...NO GUNS! Ultimately, they find the missile, and the main villain, Nakura, who's responsible for the loss of LeGarre's eye. He's played by John Rhys-Davies, obviously between movies and doing the part for the money.

It's all boring martial arts claptrap that went out with Kung Fu, not even having the camp value of the cheapest of martial arts movies. If they had it so the dialogue was out of sync, it would've been perfect. I also kept expecting David Carradine to show up from behind a piece of scenery and snatch a pebble out of Dryer's hand, but alas, that didn't happen! Maybe it's worth watching to see a subdued Dryer (as opposed to his more famous role on Hunter) or Donna Benz, but not much else.

I should also add...Robert Pine turns up in the final scene with Jon and Ponch, so he doesn't emerge unscathed from the wreckage. Fortunately, none of the regular officers appear. I assume they were rightfully happy to distance themselves from this crap.

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