The BEST Episodes of T.J. Hooker

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Network: CBS

After his partner was murdered, veteran plain clothes Detective T.J. Hooker had reverted back to his former role as Sergeant, and returned to the beat to rid the streets of the type of scum that was responsible for his partner's death. Back in uniform, Hooker was assigned to train the academy recruits, and was partnered with brash, sometimes hot-headed young rookie Vince Romano. With Romano much his junior, Hooker acted as his trainer and mentor on both a professional and social level. The age difference generally being the key hook of the partnership, the pair quickly became good friends and a good team. Hooker's tough, no-nonsense ways saw him often clashing with station Captain Sheridan, but he always got the job done and was highly respected as a result. Seen in the short first season, mostly on desk duty, was Officer Vicky Taylor. Introduced at the start of the second season was attractive Officer Stacy

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Sanctuary

#1 - Sanctuary

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 2, 1985

Corrigan and Stacy stop a car for speeding, only to have the trio inside open fire on them with automatic weapons, badly wounding Corrigan. Hooker and Romano are first on the scene, and the trio, who comprise of a woman who is a convicted murdered and two men who have broken her out of prison, take sanctuary in a nearby church, with Stacy and the seriously injured Corrigan as hostages. With the church surrounded with SWAT Officers, Hooker must try and negotiate not only with the gun-happy thugs, who are demanding a safe passage to Mexico, but also reason with the church's priest, also a hostage, who has beliefs that he is determined to stick to, not matter what the circumstances...

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: William Shatner
Writers: Mark Rodgers
The Night Ripper

#2 - The Night Ripper

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 29, 1986

Arriving at the scene of the brutal murder of a college girl, Hooker recognises the method of murder as used by a serial killer dubbed ""The Night Ripper"", who was behind a spree of six grisly sex murders four years previously and was never caught. With the psychotic killer terrorising the city once more, Hooker is under pressure to uncover his identity and get him off the streets...

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Don Ingalls
Nightmare

#3 - Nightmare

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 19, 1986

Pursuing a gang of robbers, Stacy receives a mild concussion in a shoot-out, and after being discharged from hospital, decides to take a break to go and visit her sister. But driving through a fierce thunderstorm and still in a slightly dazed state, she is involved in a minor road accident which leaves her with amnesia, and is taken in by a passing motorist who claims to be a local doctor. Meanwhile, Hooker and Corrigan become concerned at Stacy's sudden disappearance, and investigate a break out from a mental hospital where two dangerous patients have escaped - and unbeknown to them, one of the escapees is the man posing as the doctor who has taken in Stacy...

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Rick Husky
Partners in Death

#4 - Partners in Death

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired May 7, 1986

While in pursuit of a pair of burglars who brutally attack anyone who interrupts their robberies, Corrigan pulls unconscious Stacy from their patrol car when it crashes, moments before it explodes. With the hunt on for the violent thieves, Stacy and Corrigan's ordeal brings them much closer together than ever before– something that begins to affect their working relationship, and sees Hooker injured due to their distracted states...

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: William Shatner
Writers: Lisabeth Shatner
Trackdown

#5 - Trackdown

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 26, 1985

A parking attendant's suspicion leads to the discovery of a woman's body in the trunk of a car, sending Hooker and the team on the trail of a psychotic killer who is on a cross-country murder spree. Meanwhile, the deranged killer lures a young woman into his clutches and takes her hostage, leaving behind her husband and sick baby. Hooker persuades the Detective in charge of the case to let him place a trap to try and catch the killer and get the woman back safely, but it places Stacy in great danger...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Mark Rodgers
The Bribe

#6 - The Bribe

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 9, 1985

When Hooker and the team assist in a large drugs bust, the main dealer escapes, but a videotape is seized that incriminates Hooker for seemingly taking bribes to keep prostitutes out of jail. Stripped of his badge and gun as he awaits being charged with corruption, he travels to Las Vegas and meets up with the prostitute accused of bribing him, in a bid to clear his name and get to the bottom of the drug operation by nailing the mastermind crime lord at it's centre... Meanwhile, Corrigan asks Romano to use his trainee lawyer skills to help a pregnant woman caught up at the scene of the bust who is an illegal immigrant...

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Mark Rodgers
Love Story

#7 - Love Story

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 1985

An attractive woman named Teri, whom Hooker meets when giving a speeding ticket, finds that her friend has been robbed and raped, and herself is attacked when she unwittingly stumbles onto the scene, until Hooker comes to the rescue. She aids him as they try to identify the violent gang behind the attacks, and in their together, they quickly fall in love, but things take a nasty turn when the gang track Teri down and badly attack and rape her. The result of the attack takes its toll on her and Hooker's relationship, and causes Corrigan, Stacy and Romano to become concerned that Hooker's fierce pursuit of the gang is being clouded by personal feelings and the want for revenge...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Ray Danton
Writers: Judy Burns, Stephen Downing
Homecoming

#8 - Homecoming

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 9, 1985

Hooker's children come to visit their father, but the vacation is interrupted after Corrigan and another Officer unwittingly disrupt an armed race-track heist, which leaves Corrigan's fellow Officer dead. The robbers were under the pretence of being ambulance attendants, and Hooker has reason to believe that the robbery was an inside job; but the case means that his time with his cherished kids is limited...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Kenneth R. Koch
Writers: Rick Husky
The Assassin

#9 - The Assassin

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 13, 1985

The State Department asks Hooker's help in tracking down a man whom he served alongside in Vietnam - a disillusioned, mentally unstable trained executioner - who is planning to assassinate the head of a visiting Russian trade delegation...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard Compton
Writers: Rick Husky
Rip-Off

#10 - Rip-Off

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 1985

Hooker becomes involved in an F.B.I. drug bust operation, a ""sting"" which leaves an undercover Detective critical in hospital, and the drug ring's middle man shot dead by the front man, who walks away with the $100,000 sting money. With the ploy following the same pattern as several previous identical ""rip-offs"", Hooker and a Federal agent join forces to put a halt to the big-time drug runner's scam, but their methods in putting the racket out of business clash...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Stephen Downing
Funny Money

#11 - Funny Money

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 27, 1985

When Hooker, Stacy and Corrigan aid in the stake-out of a money counterfeiting operation, Corrigan accidentally shoots dead an informant in the crossfire, while the head of the ring escapes. The shooting leaves a remorseful Corrigan questioning his choice of career, something that deepens even more when he is later forced to shoot a man involved with the counterfeiting ring who takes a hostage. The two fatal shootings leave the veteran Officer seriously considering leaving the force and taking a job offered to him by the woman he may choose to spend the rest of his life with. As the hunt for the counterfeiters continues, Hooker and Stacy try to convince him otherwise...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Michael Caffey
Writers: Gerald Petievich
Taps for Officer Remy

#12 - Taps for Officer Remy

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 12, 1986

The pursuit and capture of a criminal reunites Hooker with Officer Karen Remy, whom have previously been romantically involved with each other, but soon after, Hooker is informed that Karen is dead after being shot in her car. With the murder having signs of being a professional hit, Hooker becomes determined to find the person responsible, and his prime suspect is Karen's Police partner. His disobeying orders by continuing to probe the killing sees Hooker suspended, but that's not enough for him to give up the hunt – but is there more to the case than he knows?...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Chuck Bowman
Murder by Law

#13 - Murder by Law

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 30, 1986

When a female attorney is murdered by a shotgun-wielding killer, the third woman attorney to be killed in similar such fashion, Hooker, Stacy and Corrigan search out the killer - who is actually a man who's become embittered after his girlfriend was deemed mentally unstable and dropped from attorney school...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Rick Husky
Death Trip

#14 - Death Trip

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired May 14, 1986

A friendly LCPD baseball game is interupted by a shooting, when a passing man, out for a walk with his daughter, is shot in an attempted execution. The wounded man is none other than Russ Paterno, a retired mobster who is now an informant and has been helping the F.B.I. With the valuable information Paterno continues provide them, the Feds are eager to keep him alive, and ask Hooker make sure no harm comes to him. Behind the shooting, and several similar executions, is a militant, right-wing paramilitary group called P.F.A.D.W. - ""People For A Decent World"", who's maniacal leader is determined to wipe out any and every individual he sees as responsible for bringing the world down...

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Joe Gores
Gang War

#15 - Gang War

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 5, 1984

Hooker and Romano are involved in a new neighborhood peace programme designed to reduce tension in an area where two Hispanic gangs are close to declaring all out-war on each other. But the whole programme and peace on the streets is jeopardised when the president of one of the gangs is gunned down in a drive-by shooting. Although the assailants are identified to be wearing the dress code of the victim's rival gang, Hooker suspects that someone else is fuelling the feud to benefit from the sale of fire-arms sold to both sides of the conflict, and must work fast to find the culprits before all-out war erupts between the two gangs...

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: William Shatner
Writers: Sidney Ellis
The Surrogate

#16 - The Surrogate

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 12, 1985

After a woman in a troubled marriage, whom Hooker meets in a bar, is fatally stabbed, he notices a similarity with three other cases, and a pattern emerges that all of the women had phoned in to a relationship therapist's call-in radio show before they were murdered. Convinced that the connection to the radio station is the key to the killings, he tries to persuade the show's therapist to help him track down the killer, but she is very reluctant, worrying that the bad publicity will stop callers to her show... During the investigation, Stacy and Corrigan rescue a young baby and it's mother from a brutal attack stirs feelings between them...

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: Joe Gunn
Lag Time

#17 - Lag Time

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 23, 1985

Unbeknown to Romano, his law school teacher is living with ex-convict Jack Lewis, the ring-leader behind a string of armed robberies. Already upset about the recent death of a close friend, Stacy is almost killed when she and Corrigan respond to armed robbery on a pawn shop, when the thug she apprehends disarms her. As Hooker and the team search for Lewis, who specialises in training criminals to disarm cops, the incident leaves Stacy with shaken confidence and an internal investigation over the lapse which nearly cost her her life...

star 8.67
3 votes
Writers: Rick Kelbaugh, William Keys
The Throwaway

#18 - The Throwaway

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 6, 1985

After an armed box office heist where the robbers escape on motorcycles leaves Hooker and Romano's patrol car destroyed by a bomb and a young man dead, Hooker and the team are on the look out for an infamous criminal named Willie Donovan, whom Corrigan has a grudge against after the collapse of a previous investigation. But a shoot-out with Donovan which leaves Donovan dead, a gun from the robbery room of Corrigan's previous Police department, and an exaggerated report of Police brutality from a informant all mount up to Corrigan being assigned to desk duty while he is investigated. Hooker intends to prove Corrigan's innocence, while putting a stop to the series of robberies...

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: William Shatner
Writers: James J. Docherty
To Kill a Cop

#19 - To Kill a Cop

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1985

After an off-duty Officer is shot dead in a grocery store, Hooker – an old friend of the family's – promises the dead man's wife and son to find the culprit. A case in which the deceased Officer's partner sent a criminal to prison on a false testimony may be the key to the killing; but all the time, the killer has his next target in his sights... Meanwhile, Hooker looks into the recent murder of a local prostitute, only to discover that the two cases are linked...

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Paul Savage
Night Vigil

#20 - Night Vigil

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 13, 1984

On routine patrol with Corrigan, Stacy is shot when unwittingly walking in on an armed robbery, leaving her hospitalised in a coma and with a bullet lodged dangerously close to her heart. With Stacy facing precarious surgery, Hooker, Corrigan and Romano search out the robbers, who are armed with armour piercing bullets. But Hooker's determination to catch the thugs, no matter what, sees him putting his career on the line...

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Winrich Kolbe
Writers: Frank Telford
Street Bait

#21 - Street Bait

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 5, 1985

After the third in a series of murders on attractive young blonde women, Stacy goes undercover to work as a salesgirl at a shopping mall store where each of the girls had worked, to act as bait to try and lure out the killer. With Stacy wired up, Hooker, Corrigan and Romano keep tabs on her until the killer makes himself apparent, but Hooker is concerned when the gun used in the murders suggests the killer to be a cop, and all indications point to the store's security officer being the culprit. But the operation puts Stacy in a dangerous position...

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Judy Burns
Hollywood Starr

#22 - Hollywood Starr

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 23, 1985

Dani Starr is an attractive Hollywood Detective who lives alone, dresses snazzily, and always gets the job done. While en route to Hollywood to deliver a captured jewel thief, Hooker and Corrigan are ambushed by the thief's men, who free their leader. Hooker teams up with Dani Starr to find the sprung thief, who is the prime suspect in the murder of a porn film producer. As they search for leads, they find that there is a Mob connection; Hooker learns that Dani's husband was previously murdered by the Mob, and she is determined to find those responsible...

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Rick Husky, Stephen Downing
Ransom

#23 - Ransom

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 1985

When Hooker and Stacy take Hooker's children for a trip to the beach, a minor fire distracts Hooker long enough for Chrissie to disappear. She has been kidnapped by bitter ex-cop Marty Latham, who was struck from the force and ultimately sentenced to prison after becoming involved with The Mob. Latham will only return Chrissie if Hooker finds the whereabouts of his family, who cut contact with him and disappeared while he was serving time...

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: William Shatner
Writers: Judy Burns
Blood Sport (1)

#24 - Blood Sport (1)

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired May 21, 1986

Hooker is delivering a captured criminal to the Federal court building when he meets Senator Grayle, an old friend; when a bomb intended kill the Senator explode. With Hooker having saved the Senator's life, himself, Stacy and Corrigan at the Senator's request travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, to work with the local Police department there and protect the Senator and his wife from the ruthless gangsters out to assassinate him. But in his time protecting the Senator, Hooker finds that he does not approve with many of his old friend's ways and methods; and it's a tangled web leading to finding just who is behind the threats...

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Bruce Reisman, Don Ingalls, Rick Husky, Rudolph Borchert, Stan Berkowitz
The Lipstick Killer

#25 - The Lipstick Killer

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 1984

Following the bludgeoning to death of a nurse, Hooker and co. investigate the case, the latest in a series of similar murders - a string of killings that Hooker investigated years before that has recently began again, in which the attacker sends a rose to the intended victim prior to the attack. With the aid of a disabled veteran detective and a top psychiatrist, Hooker and the team investigate and find evidence that the murderer, always dressed as an old-fashioned nurse, may actually be a man. But the pattern of the killings suggests that they have less than 48 hours to catch the killer before he / she strikes again...

star 8.13
8 votes
Writers: Ed Waters, Jack V. Fogarty, Robert C. Dennis
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