How “CHiP’s” bridged the 70’s and 80’s

In film and TV, the ’70s were the decade of renegades with mustaches and hairy chests (think Burt Reynolds), tough stories about cops cleaning up the mean streets (think Dirty Harry) and absurdist comedies about a world gone wrong (think M*A*S*H).

The ’80s, on the other hand, tended to feature heroes with a goofy twist (Kurt Russell), action movies with a comedic edge (Die Hard) and comedies about a world in which everything would work out OK at the end (Cheers). If you’re curious about how we got from one to the other, you could do worse than look back at CHiPs, the charming motorcycle cop dramedy that first aired on Sept. 15, 1977, and bridged the two decades about as well as any other show.

For full details, check out this article from Ultimate Classic Rock.

Photo courtesy of NBC.

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