Hooperman Information

Hooperman is an American television series which ran on ABC from September 23, 1987 until July 26, 1989. A comedy-drama, the show centered around the professional and personal lives of San Francisco plainclothes detective Harry Hooperman, played by John Ritter. The series was created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, who were the team responsible for creating L.A. Law.


Ritter plays San Francisco plainclothes police officer Harry Hooperman. In the first episode, Hooperman inherits the rundown apartment building he lives in when his elderly landlady is killed in a robbery. He also inherits her temperamental pet Jack Russell terrier named Bijoux. Due to the demands of his job as a police officer, he hires Susan Smith (played by Debrah Farentino) to be the building manager, and the pair become romantically involved throughout the first season.

Also starring on the show was Alix Elias as the cheerful and bubbly police dispatcher, Betty Bushkin; Barbara Bosson was Hooperman's divorced superior, Capt. Celeste "C.Z." Stern; Harry's partner, Inspector Clarence McNeil (Felton Perry); Clarence Felder as redneck inspector Boris "Bobo" Pritzger; Joseph Gian as Rick Silardi, a gay cop, and Sydney Walsh as officer Maureen "Mo" DeMott, his patrol partner intent on "saving" him from being gay by making unwanted passes. Dan Lauria played Celeste's former husband, Lou Stern.

The theme music was composed by Mike Post.

Except for a brief syndicated run on the FX Network in the mid 90s, and the pilot rebroadcast on TV Land in 2003 following Ritter's death, the series hasn't aired since.


The pilot episode won the 1988 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.

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