Composer(s) Mike Post
Original language(s) English
First episode date 23 September 1987
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
Final episode date 26 July 1989
|Created by Steven BochcoTerry Louise Fisher|
Starring John RitterFelton PerryDebrah Farentino(1987–1988)Barbara BossonClarence FelderSydney WalshJoseph GianAlix EliasPaul Linke (1988–1989)Rod Gist (1988–1989)
Network American Broadcasting Company
Cast John Ritter, Barbara Bosson, Debrah Farentino, Sydney Walsh, Joseph Gian
Hooperman is an American comedy-drama series which aired on ABC from September 23, 1987 until July 26, 1989. The show centered on the professional and personal life of San Francisco police Inspector Harry Hooperman, played by John Ritter. The series was created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, who were the team responsible for creating L.A. Law.
Ritter plays San Francisco police Inspector Harry Hooperman. In the first episode, Hooperman inherits the rundown apartment building he lives in when his elderly landlady is killed in a robbery. He also inherits her temperamental pet Jack Russell terrier named Bijoux. Due to the demands of his job as a police officer, he hires Susan Smith (played by Debrah Farentino) to be the building manager, and the pair become romantically involved throughout the first season.
Also starring on the show was Alix Elias as the cheerful and bubbly police dispatcher, Betty Bushkin; Barbara Bosson was Hooperman's divorced superior, Capt. Celeste "C.Z." Stern; Felton Perry as Harry's partner, Inspector Clarence McNeil; Clarence Felder as redneck inspector Boris "Bobo" Pritzger; Joseph Gian as Rick Silardi, a gay cop, and Sydney Walsh as officer Maureen "Mo" DeMott, his patrol partner who was intent on "saving" him from being gay by making unwanted passes. Dan Lauria played Celeste's former husband, Lou Stern.
The theme music was composed by Mike Post.
Guest stars in the series' 42-episode run included: Don Cheadle, Kim Delaney, Dennis Dugan, Norman Fell (who worked with Ritter on Three's Company), Miguel Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Mark Hamill, Joanna Kerns, Richard Kind, Dan Lauria, Jane Leeves, Lorna Luft, David Paymer, Barbara Rush, and Shannon Tweed.
Except for a brief syndicated run on the FX Network in the mid 90s, and the pilot rebroadcast on TV Land in 2003 following Ritter's death, the series hasn't aired since.
On January 24, 2017, Olive Films released both seasons on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.
Awards and nominations
The pilot episode won the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.