The Best Episodes of CHiPs

Death Watch

#1 - Death Watch 8.70

Season 3 - Episode 5

The death of a fellow officer sets Ponch and Jon on the trail of a stunt driver who instigates accidents to pay back insurance companies.

Directors: Barry Crane
Hot Wheels

#2 - Hot Wheels 8.57

Season 3 - Episode 8

A spate of jewelry robberies is committed by thieves using city vehicles. Ponch thinks he's solved the crimes from his hospital bed. Meanwhile, practical joker Bill Clayton rejoins the team at Central.

Directors: John Florea
The Watch Commander

#3 - The Watch Commander 8.29

Season 3 - Episode 11

A new watch commander, Lieutenant Bates, tries to make sure everything runs by the rule book but eventually sees the need for flexibility. A pair of thieves are renting tractor units and stealing packed trailers from loading bays.

Directors: Don Weis
Pressure Point

#4 - Pressure Point 8.14

Season 2 - Episode 16

A rich businessman and his granddaughter become the target of an unscrupulous security firm. Ponch and Jon are placed on security detail.

Directors: Phil Bondelli
Roller Disco (2)

#5 - Roller Disco (2) 8.09

Season 3 - Episode 2

Jon loses the skater he's been chasing. Meanwhile, Ponch is still looking for his skater but can't find him. Jon lets troubled popstar Jimmy Tyler stay at his apartment.

Directors: Don Weis
The Return of the Supercycle

#6 - The Return of the Supercycle 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 7

Ponch ends up in hospital when he crashes while pursuing a jewelry thief on a motorbike. Jon and Ponch think it could be Roy Yarnell, who's back in town with his own stunt show. Meanwhile, a new female officer is interested in Jon, but his colleagues think she's there to spy on them.

Directors: Bruce Kessler
Roller Disco (1)

#7 - Roller Disco (1) 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 1

Jon and Getraer ride together while Ponch is busy hunting down stars for the annual CHP roller disco.

Directors: Don Weis
The Matchmakers

#8 - The Matchmakers 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 17

A woman named Cora Gilford is forced to move from her home so she tries to kill herself. Derk, a 30-year motor veteran, is set to retire. The CHPs play matchmaker between Cora and Derk.

Directors: Harvey S. Laidman
Dog Gone

#9 - Dog Gone 7.96

Season 1 - Episode 3

Jon takes a liking to a stray pooch found on the freeway, but when the dog won't stay quiet, he leaves the pup with Ponch; after a traffic stop, a trio of young toughs decide to teach Ponch a lesson, but it may be Jon who'll pay the price.

Directors: Michael Caffey
Counterfeit

#10 - Counterfeit 7.88

Season 3 - Episode 6

A bogus clergyman prints counterfeit money that circulates to Ponch. Meanwhile, Ponch is worried that his blind date is too shallow.

Directors: John Florea
Green Thumb Burglar

#11 - Green Thumb Burglar 7.87

Season 1 - Episode 8

Fresh plantings stolen from the highways near the command post nearly drive Getraer to distraction; a pair of psychic twins foretell gloom and doom in Ponch's immediate future

Directors: Christian I. Nyby II
Quarantine

#12 - Quarantine 7.83

Season 2 - Episode 20

Central HQ has to be quarantined after a boy is brought in suffering from a mysterious disease.

Directors: Harvey S. Laidman
Aweigh We Go

#13 - Aweigh We Go 7.75

Season 1 - Episode 12

A rash of tractor trailer rig hijackings finds Jon and Ponch assigned to the nearby highway scale station for training; Ponch tries to convince Jon that they should buy a speedboat.

Directors: Ivan Nagy
Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 1

#14 - Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 1 7.67

Season 3 - Episode 9

Ponch, Jon, Bear, and Lenny go to Palma Vista to cover for the striking Palma Vista Police Department. While there, they help an orphaned 10-year-old girl find a new home, arrest a councilman's two sons and city manager's daughter on some serious traffic charges, and break up a hijacking ring. Ponch falls for a lady race car driver, but loses out in the end.

Directors: Don Weis
Ride the Whirlwind

#15 - Ride the Whirlwind 7.67

Season 2 - Episode 22

Jon puts together a pilot program for a special trail bike team to deal with outlaw bikers illegally riding in the hills.

Directors: Larry Wilcox
Pilot

#16 - Pilot 7.64

Season 1 - Episode 1

Series pilot: Ponch and Jon chase a sports car theft ring.

Directors: Paul Krasny
Wheeling

#17 - Wheeling 7.60

Season 3 - Episode 14

A trio of wheelchair-bound drivers create problems for Jon and Ponch both in and out of their vehicles. The father of a hit-and-run victim is determined to catch the driver responsible, with or without the help of the CHP.

Directors: Barry Crane
Hustle

#18 - Hustle 7.58

Season 1 - Episode 9

A leather-clad duo on dirtbikes heists cash from area supermarkets; an eccentric defendant from traffic court vows to demonstrate that Ponch is incompetent.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Highway Robbery

#19 - Highway Robbery 7.57

Season 1 - Episode 10

A down-and-out vet lifting purses from women in traffic jams turns out to be a former classmate of Jon's; Ponch convinces Getraer to introduce him to the Easy-On Suntan Lotion model.

Directors: Nicholas Colasanto
Career Day

#20 - Career Day 7.56

Season 1 - Episode 5

Two enterprising hustlers use CB radios to identify and rip off homes adjacent to local freeways; Ponch's former high school principal invites him to speak at the school's Career Day assembly after he and Jon arrest some joyriding frat bothers in a hearse.

Directors: Ric Rondell
Name Your Price

#21 - Name Your Price 7.50

Season 1 - Episode 11

A sophisticated ring of thieves drives away Rolls Royces in broad daylight; Ponch receives tickets to his favorite game show, "Name Your Price", which is similar to The Price Is Right.

Directors: Ric Rondell
Undertow

#22 - Undertow 7.47

Season 1 - Episode 2

A tow truck driver robs women who called for assistance. Ponch breathes in nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at an accident scene and becomes loopy.

Directors: Christian l Nyby ll
Taking Its Toll

#23 - Taking Its Toll 7.43

Season 1 - Episode 7

A pair of bandits rip off wealthy targets while they're stopped at local toll booths; Jon decides to write a novel based on Ponch's misadventures.

Directors: Georg Fenady
Moving Violation

#24 - Moving Violation 7.43

Season 1 - Episode 4

While on a date, Ponch receives a ticket and decides to attend traffic school to hide the citation from Getraer.

Directors: Ed Abroms
Rustling

#25 - Rustling 7.42

Season 1 - Episode 14

Jon and Ponch confront dirt-bike-riding cattle rustlers.

Directors: Rick Rosner