“240-Robert” is a specialized Emergency Services Detail of the LA County Sheriff’s Department. This short-lived show chronicled their missions, based on real-life cases, to save people from dangerous situations.
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First Broadcast: August 28, 1979
Last Broadcast: March 21, 1981
|Aug 1979||Tue 8:30 – 10:00pm|
|Sep 1979 – Dec 1979||Mon 8:00 – 9:00pm|
|May 1980 – Aug 1980||Sat 8:00 – 9:00pm|
|Mar 1981||Sat 8:00 – 9:00pm|
|Mark Harmon||…||Deputy Dwayne ‘Thib’ Thibideaux|
|Joanna Cassidy||…||Deputy Morgan Wainwright|
|John Bennett Perry||…||Deputy Theodore Roosevelt ‘Trap’ Applegate III|
Regulars & Guest Stars
|Brian Frishman||…||Big Bird|
The show originally starred Mark Harmon, Joanna Cassidy, and John Bennett Perry (father of Matthew Perry). Pamela Hensley and Stephan Burns were added to the cast in the 3 episodes of season 2.
Theme Song / Opening Credits
The 240-Robert theme song was composed by Pete Carpenter and Mike Post.
“240-Robert” is the call sign for rescue and paramedic teams for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Rick Rosner, the show’s creator, also created CHiPs. He was a LASD reserve deputy.
The vehicles used on the show were 1979 Ford Broncos. The helicopter was a Hughes HA-500C.
The episodes of the show were based on real cases the ESD encountered.
In the helicopter flight sequences, stunt pilot Chuck Tamburro wore a wig to look like a female pilot.
The second season of the show started mid-season and only lasted 3 episodes due to the writer’s strike and poor ratings.
Mark Harmon and Joanna Cassidy had 1-year contracts. As a result, they left the show after the first season.
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