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21 Jump Street (1987–1991)

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The cases of an undercover police unit composed of young looking officers specializing in youth crime.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Officer Judy Hoffs (102 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Captain Adam Fuller / ... (97 episodes, 1987-1991)
 Officer Doug Penhall (90 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Officer Tom Hanson (82 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Officer Harry Truman Ioki (82 episodes, 1987-1990)
 Sal 'Blowfish' Banducci / ... (42 episodes, 1987-1990)


21 Jump Street is the headquarters for a squad of police officers who specialize in investigations relating to young people. Each of the Jump St. personnel was selected for their ability to pass for high school or college students, allowing them to operate undercover in areas where it is difficult for regular police officers to blend in unnoticed. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Too cool for school.


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

21 Jump Street - Tatort Klassenzimmer  »

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(103 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Jason Priestly & Shannon Doherty (before making Beverly Hills 90210) were both in their own episode on 21 Jump Street. See more »


Throughout the first season Hanson repeatedly says "tail" when his mouth obviously says "ass." This was a post-production change in response to network censorship, who thought the word "ass" was inappropriate. See more »


Ronnie Seebok: You could end up dead, man...
[with gun pointed to Hanson's face]
Off. Tom Hanson #2: Hey Ronnie. The safety's on the left, man. You ought to take it off if you want to threaten somebody.
Ronnie Seebok: Safety don't work, man. Never did.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: Space Shuttle Launch (2014) See more »


(theme music)
By Liam Sternberg
Arranged and produced by Jay Gruska
Sung by Holly Robinson Peete (as Holly Robinson)
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Mod Squad Of The Eighties
31 May 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It took another 20 years, another generation, before we were ready for another cop show with young people as undercover cops dealing with crime and other social issues, but where Mod Squad left off in the Sixties, 21 Jump Street took the ball and ran with it in the Eighties.

Personally I think 21 Jump Street was a much better show. It certainly had at least one cast member who became a mega star in Johnny Depp. When Depp left the show, it sputtered on for a while, but ultimately died when other regulars left as well.

I might not agree with all of Johnny Depp's opinions, but I certainly have enormous respect for his artistic vision. He was good, he was very good as Officer Tom Hanson in 21 Jump Street, but he left at what turned out the right time for him before he was trapped as a juvenile teen idol forever and created one fantastic body of work as one of the best players around. He knew what he was capable of back in the day and the rest of us know it now too.

I was surprised that Dustin Nguyen didn't break out from 21 Jump Street as well as a big star. He should have had a great career as an oriental leading man, he had the looks, talent and definitely the martial arts skill.

In a way the Sixties handed off to the Eighties in the person of original captain of the Jump Street program, Frederic Forrest. He was one weird dude as the hippie type captain, a real refugee of the tune in, turn on, drop out generation. The character didn't work, so he was quickly dispatched and Steven Williams came on board as the new captain and a more traditional police authority figure.

You can see a lot of future stars in 21 Jump Street, Jason Priestley and Brad Pitt did episodes back in the day. I liked the stories very much, the series regulars were as human and as flawed as some of the kids they were dealing with.

I wish it had lasted longer, but maybe if Johnny Depp had stuck with it longer we might never have seen Captain Jack Sparrow.

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