T.J. Hooker 2.10 Thieves’ Highway (1982, Police Action Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
William Shatner: T.J. Hooker
Adrian Zmed: Officer Vince Romano
Heather Locklear: Officer Stacy Sheridan
Richard Herd: Captain Sheridan
Guy Stockwell: Zechariah “Zach” Pappas
Laraine Stephens: Mary Pappas
Taylor Lacher:
Karrie Emerson:
Supervising Producer: Rick Husky
Producer: Jeffrey Hayes
Writer (Series’ Creator): Rick Husky
Writer: Roger Lewis
Writer: Devorah Cutler
Director: Michael Preece
Executive Producer: Aaron Spelling
Executive Producer: Leonard Goldberg
C.J.: Venus

T.J. Hooker 2.10 Thieves’ Highway (1982)

When independent trucker Zack Pappas gets shot as he tries to run over a local businessman, Hooker knows that something is up and is not surprised when Pappas tells him that the businessman is trying to wipe out all independent truckers and is willing to resort to murderous means if necessary.

7/10

Better than the previous few episodes, this is cheery, cheesy and simplistic fun with a nice big explosion and some wonderfully righteous Hooker posturing and leaping onto bad guys and leaping onto lorries and a battle of hair-spray with a new police commissioner. Add in plenty of synthesised funk beats, Romano in a creepy romance (not with Venus) and an impressively daft blind-drawing sequence to identify a hitman and you start to think that this is something of a classic episode. Not good, exactly, but classic. Oh, and it stars an orang-utan which automatically rules, especially when he’s in the back of Hooker’s car during a chase looking askance at our hero.

This T.J. Hooker episode contains violence and mild sensuality.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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