21 Jump Streetis an Americanpolice proceduraltelevision seriesthat aired on theFoxnetwork and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103episodes. The series focuses on a squad of youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and other teenage venues.It was originally going to be titledJump Street Chapel, after thedeconsecratedchurch building in which the unit has its headquarters, but was changed at Fox's request so as not to mislead viewers into thinking it was a religious program.
Created byPatrick HasburghandStephen J. Cannell, the series was produced by Patrick Hasburgh Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with20th Century Fox Television. Executive Producers included Hasburgh, Cannell, Steve Beers andBill Nuss. The show was an early hit for the fledgling Fox network, and was created to attract a younger audience.The final season aired in first-runsyndicationmainly on local Fox affiliates. It was later rerun on theFXcable network from 1996 to 1998. All 5 seasons are currently available for download on Amazon.
The series provided a spark toJohnny Depp's nascent acting career, garnering him national recognition as a teen idol. Depp found this status irritating,but he continued on the series under his contract and was paid $45,000 per episode. Eventually he was released from his contract after the fourth season.
Aspin-offseries,Booker, was produced for the character of Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco); it ran one season, from September 1989 to June 1990.