"CHiPS (premiere: Sept. 15, 8 p.m. E.D.T. on NBC). Since this series about the California highway patrol is the only new cop show of the season, prime time will soon have to live without a new cop show. Up against 'The Waltons' and the Osmonds, 'CHiPS' may not last out the month."
--Frank Rich, in Time magazine, September 19, 1977
For this week's cartoon, I tried to imagine what California highway patrolman Francis Poncherello would look like if he were still riding patrol three decades later. He wouldn't have the personal trainer and whatever other help Erik Estrada has had to help him stay telegenic, and maybe doughnuts and beer would have taken their toll on his good looks.
But I left him his hairline. You know damn well that officer Jon Baker would be as bald as Terry Bradshaw.
By the way, in case you were wondering, CHiPS ran until 1982.