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21 Jump Street: Season 1 (1987)




Critic Consensus: 21 Jump Street sports a likable and charismatic cast, but the series is more maudlin than hip with its earnest embrace of a cheesy premise and an offensive reliance on racial stereotypes.


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Young L.A. cops go undercover in high schools in this teen-oriented police drama, which helped jump-start the new Fox network in 1987. It was the network's most-watched show that first year, and Booker became an insurance investigator who spun off to his own short-lived series. The title, incidentally, is the address of the unit's station house, a converted chapel.


Holly Robinson Peete
as Off. Judy Hoffs
Dustin Nguyen
as Off. Harry Truman Ioki
Johnny Depp
as Off. Tom Hanson
Frederic Forrest
as Capt. Richard Jenko
Steven Williams
as Capt. Adam Fuller
Peter DeLuise
as Off. Doug Penhall

Critic Reviews for 21 Jump Street: Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (9)

Cinematically, you have your stock angles, a few continuity errors and some garish lighting. But the ensemble starts strong and only grows stronger through the season.

December 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It was created to be ultra-hip in a different era; that's always a recipe for later goofiness. But it's also kinder and gentler than many modern shows.

December 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Racial clichés are shocking in any show, but especially in a show for kids.

December 10, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

After a hasty, rather ignominious replacement of the hippie-dippy Jump Street captain played by Frederic Forrest with Steven Williams's stern father figure, everything finally gels.

December 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's easy to hear the sales pitch: Miami Vice in high school. The problem is, none of the officers are even mildly convincing as teenagers.

June 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

The young, diverse cast had tremendous chemistry. This group happened to feature an immediate star right out of the gate, and the writers quickly started crafting episodes that played to the chameleon-like talents of Johnny Depp.

December 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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