240-Robert (found American drama series; 1979-1981)
Lead cast of the TV series 240-Robert: John Bennett Perry, Joanna Cassidy and Mark Harmon
Date found: 17 Feb 2021
Found by: Halofan
240-Robert is an American drama series that ran for two seasons between 1979 and 1981.
The series focuses on the various missions of a specialized unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, known as "240-Robert." Their missions included air/land/sea search and rescue operations using four-wheel-drive vehicles, boats, and helicopters. The series and its cases were based on the real-life 240 unit in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
The show was created by Rick Rosner, who had also created the hit series CHiPs two years earlier for NBC. 240-Robert was filmed at a ranger station located at Sycamore Cove in Ventura County, California. Even though the real 240 unit had its headquarters in East Los Angeles, Rosner took some artistic liberty and made the headquarters a "beachside station." The helicopter used in the show was a Hughes HA-500C, while one of the cars was a 1979 Ford Broncos. The series lasted for two seasons (season 1 had 13 episodes, while season 2 had three episodes) before it was cancelled by ABC due to poor ratings.
- Deputy Theodore Roosevelt "Trap" Applegate III - John Bennett Perry (father of actor Matthew Perry)
- Deputy Dwayne "Thib" Thibideaux - Mark Harmon
- Deputy Morgan Wainwright - Joanna Cassidy
- Deputy Brett Cueva - Stephen W. Burns
- Deputy Sandy Harper - Pamela Hensley
Both Mark Harman and Joanna Cassidy left the show after the first season, so Stephen Burns and Pamela Hensley took their roles on the show for the final three episodes. Also, during the helicopter chase/stunt scenes, Cassidy and later Hensley's stunt double was Charles "Chuck" Tamburro. He wore a wig during filming to give the appearance of a girl.
No official VHS or DVD releases are known to exist, aside from a few long-out-of-print PAL VHS releases in Europe. Only a small handful of very low-quality Spanish dubs of some episodes, as well as the intro in English, can be found on YouTube. However, on February 17th, 2021, Lost Media Wiki user Halofan would upload the entire series onto Google Drive, making this the first time the series has been available. The Google Drive files have since been deleted but have later been re-uploaded to the Internet Archive.
|Emergencies include a mountainside car accident and a plane crash linked to illegal drug traffic.
|Publicity from his auto accident prompts a stuntman to attempt a comeback.
|Thib rescues a woman who could boost his songwriting career, but he's not sure he wants her help.
|Rescue missions involve Trap and Thib with a modelling agency, a dune-buggy chase, and a deep-sea diving stint.
|The deputies locate a missing hiker but the rescue is imperilled by a mountain storm.
|Morgan wants another chance to chase a helicopter that eluded her in a robbery getaway. Meanwhile, Trap and Thib get hung up diving for the loot and rescuing a cliff-hanging hiker.
|Out of Sight
|Thib loses his eyesight and shares a hospital room with a suicidal comedian.
|The team confronts an escaped lion, and a time bomb attached to a tanker.
|The deputies must care for lost twins while they search for two pick-pockets.
|The deputies respond to a call from a runaway hot-air balloon; a young man tampers with Trap's scuba tank.
|An earthquake's aftershock traps Thib and Trap in an underwater cave.
|A new recruit creates a shark scare by misstating the facts of a beach rescue to a reporter.
|Oil and Water
|The deputies' rescue of an oil-covered diver sets them searching for an oil spill off the coast.
|Two newcomers join the rescue team: chopper pilot Sandy Harper and Traps's partner Brett Cueva.
|A radio traffic reporter crashes his helicopter in the mountains with Cueva on board.
|Trap and Sandy are taken hostage by bank robbers.
- Wikipedia page on 240-Robert. Retrieved 24 Apr '19
- IMDb page on 240-Robert. Retrieved 24 Apr '19
- 240-Robert fansite. Retrieved 24 Apr '19
- The entire series re-uploaded to the Internet Archive. Retrieved 24 Dec '22
- TV Guide page on 240-Robert. Retrieved 24 Apr '19