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240-Robert
TV show 240-Robert.jpg
John Bennett Perry, Joanna Cassidy and Mark Harmon.
Format Drama
Created by Rick Rosner
Starring John Bennett Perry
Mark Harmon
Joanna Cassidy
Stephan Burns
Pamela Hensley
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 16
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run August 28, 1979 – March 21, 1981

240-Robert is an American drama series that ran on ABC from 1979 to 1981. The series title is a reference to the call-sign designation for the LASD's search and rescue / paramedic teams.

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Synopsis

The series chronicled the missions of "240-Robert," a specialized unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, that utilized four wheel drive vehicles and a helicopter. Most of the assignments were sea/air/land search and rescue operations in the extensive (over 4,000 square miles) jurisdiction. The show's creator was Rick Rosner (himself an LASD reserve deputy), who created the hit CHiPs two years earlier for NBC.

The vehicles used at that time were 1979 Ford Bronco's, while the helicopter was a Hughes brand, Model HA-500C (similar in design to the current MD 500).

The series was based on real life cases encountered by the LASD's Emergency Services Detail. The real life ESD is actually headquartered in East Los Angeles. Rick Rosner took artistic liberty and portrayed the headquarters as a "beach-side" station. The actual filming location was at a State of California ranger station located at Sycamore Cove in Ventura County, CA.

Cast

  • Deputy Theodore Roosevelt "Trap" Applegate III (John Bennett Perry).
  • Deputy Dwayne "Thib" Thibideaux (Mark Harmon, episodes 1-13).
  • Deputy Morgan Wainwright (Joanna Cassidy, episodes 1-13), the unit's helicopter pilot.
  • Deputy Brett Cueva (Stephen W. Burns, episodes 14-16), who took Thib's place.
  • Deputy Sandy Harper (Pamela Hensley, episodes 14-16), the new pilot of the unit.

Cancellation

Harmon and Cassidy left the series when their contracts expired after the first season. Burns and Hensley were brought in to replace them, but the second season (returning mid-season in early 1981) only lasted 3 episodes before ABC cancelled it due to poor ratings.

Episode list

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Season 1

  1. "The Apology"
  2. "Stuntman"
  3. "Bathysphere"
  4. "Models"
  5. "Acting Sergeant"
  6. "Bank Job"
  7. "Out of Sight"
  8. "Time Bomb"
  9. "Double Trouble"
  10. "Poison Air"
  11. "Earthquake"
  12. "The Applicant"
  13. "Oil and Water"

Season 2

  1. "A Cool Welcome"
  2. "First Loss"
  3. "Hostages"

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