Type
Scripted
Premiered
Oct. 03, 1955
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
Syndicated TV Network
Genre

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Highway Patrol

Highway Patrol screams onto the scene with fast cars and the catch phrase "10-4". Each week, Chief Dan Matthews (Broderick Crawford) leads his troops into another roadway adventure. Matthews is a tough, no-nonsense Chief of the Highway Patrol.

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Last Episode

01x01 Prison Break / Road Block Aired: Oct. 03, 1955

Dan Mathews and the Highway Patrol swing into action when a convict escapes from prison and begins committing one ruthless action after another …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 4 seasons and 156 episodes air between 1955 and 1959.

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Series Fun Facts

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  • Goof (factual errors): Throughout the series, a common tactic was to establish roadblocks. While this tactic could be effective given enough information and manpower, it would take far more…
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    Goof (factual errors): Throughout the series, a common tactic was to establish roadblocks. While this tactic could be effective given enough information and manpower, it would take far more officers and cars than would be assigned to rural or suburban areas by a state police agency.
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  • While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this…
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    While it was generally thought the program depicted the California Highway Patrol due to the technical assistance from the CHP and locations filmed in California, on several occasions this was disproved. In "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Stolen Car Ring (#2.12)}, Matthews says he is from California and just passing through. In "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Hitchhiker (#4.27)}, the robber from New York that had left a 1,400 mile long trail of robberies tells his wife it is a long way to California. Since it was shown in "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Mexican Chase (#4.20)} and "Highway Patrol" (1955) {Illegal Entry (#4.28)} that the state bordered Mexico, this leaves as the only possibilities Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. These states can likewise be eliminated. New Mexico uses a state police agency, not a highway patrol. Arizona can be eliminated due to their highway patrol cars of that era being all-white. Texas can be eliminated due to highway patrol officers there not wearing the type of hats shown.
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  • Like Broderick Crawford who appeared on CHiPs once, William Boyett also appeared on the program, appearing a total of three times. In "CHiPs" (1977) {The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap…
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    Like Broderick Crawford who appeared on CHiPs once, William Boyett also appeared on the program, appearing a total of three times. In "CHiPs" (1977) {The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1 (#4.5)} and "CHiPs" (1977) {The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2 (#4.6)} he played a CalTrans supervisor, and in "CHiPs" (1977) {Silent Partner (#5.19)}, contrary to his normal police officer role he played a car thief. In between the two, he was best known for playing Sgt. MacDonald, appearing 129 times on Adam-12 (1968).
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