21 Jump Street (1987–1991)
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As part of a new police initiative a young looking police officer, Hanson, is sent into a high school undercover to investigate a dangerous drug dealer.


Kim Manners


Patrick Hasburgh (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Officer Tom Hanson
Frederic Forrest ... Captain Richard Jenko
Holly Robinson Peete ... Officer Judy Hoffs (as Holly Robinson)
Peter DeLuise ... Officer Doug Penhall
Dustin Nguyen ... Officer Harry Truman Ioki
Barney Martin ... Charlie Donegan
Francis X. McCarthy ... Captain Briody (as Frank McCarthy)
Claude Earl Jones ... Principal Jake Shaffer
Reginald T. Dorsey ... Tyrell 'Waxer' Thompson
Brandon Douglas ... Kenny Weckerle
Cheryl Anderson ... Mrs. Weckerle
Scott Kraft ... Jays
Niles Brewster Niles Brewster ... Mr. Lamb
Noelle Harling Noelle Harling ... Wendy
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Noreen Weckerle


Two young, black criminals break into the house of a middle class family. They threaten to kill the son, Kenny, who they say owes them 6.000 dollars. They steal the Jaguar outside and go away. When the police arrive, Kenny refuses to give any information about the intruders. One of the policemen is 21 year old Tom Hanson, who has just graduated from the Police Academy as the top of his class. His first days at work aren't successful. Tom looks too juvenile to bring about respect, and his impulsivity causes trouble for his colleagues. He is relocated to a special unit called Jump Street Chapel. This is an undercover unit, focused on serious crimes among teenagers. The looks of his new colleagues shock him. The police officers Doug Penhall, Harry Truman Ioki and Judy Hoffs look, behave and talk like teenagers, and their chief, Captain Richard Jenko, looks like an old hippie. Tom has to undergo the same transformation. He is given the false identity of Tom Bauer, and sent to Amherst High... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

12 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the LPs given to Tom Hanson was Cryptic Slaughter's "Convicted". See more »


The police car that Hanson and his partner drive in starts off with 2 red lights on top. Next scene showing them driving shows that it has 2 blue lights. Later, when the car Hanson and Ioki are driving is being chased by a police car, it has 1 red light, and 1 blue light. See more »


Officer Harry Truman Ioki: H.T. Ioki.
Officer Doug Penhall: H for Harry, T for Truman. Guess what year his parents moved to the States?
Officer Harry Truman Ioki: Yeah, and I'm named after a guy who dropped an atom bomb on my house.
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References Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) See more »

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