Highway Patrol is a syndicated action crime drama series that aired from 1955-1959. The series was
syndicated by Ziv TV.
It starred Broderick Crawford as Dan Mathews, the gruff and
dedicated head of a police force in a large, unidentified Western state. A signature shot of the series was
fedora-wearing Mathews barking "10-4!" and other rapid-fire dialogue into a radio-microphone as he leaned against
the door of his patrol car (call sign ID# "2150"). There were no other regular cast members. William Boyett, later
behind the badge again as Sgt. MacDonald in Adam-12, made numerous appearances as Sgt. Ken Williams and Officer
Johnson. Art Gilmore, who played Lieutenant (later Captain) Moore on Adam-12, was the narrator. Ron Foster appeared
twenty-four times on the series, mostly in the role of young Officer Garvey. Future movie and TV star Stuart
Whitman appeared in 13 episodes as Sergeant Walters. Other actors making multiple appearances include Guy Williams
(Zorro, Lost in Space), Leonard Nimoy, (Star Trek), Kirk Alyn (Superman in movie serials) and Ed Nelson (Peyton
Place). Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is credited with writing five episodes under the pseudonym "Robert
Wesley". Future producer Quinn Martin (The
Untouchables, The Fugitive,
Barnaby Jones, The FBI, The Streets of San Francisco) served as sound supervisor.
In the early seasons the series was provided with technical
assistance by the California Highway Patrol. The Buick, Oldsmobile, Dodge and Mercury sedans used in the show as
patrol cars were designed to resemble the then-current CHP fleet in both paint scheme and door
It was also famous for its location shooting - in rural and desert
areas of southern California - in the still very studio-bound early years of television (it was produced from
1955-1959), and like most Ziv series, had its repeats syndicated for many years afterward. The rights to all 156
episodes are currently held by MGM Television and air on This
The series was also unusual for opening from the point-of-view of
the criminals (a la the movie Bonnie and Clyde), giving the viewer the vicarious sensation of sharing in the guilt
and being systematically hunted down by the police. Episodes usually concluded with an ironic comment on the crime
or criminal by Mathews, followed by a closing acerbic comment on highway safety.
When asked why the show ended after four seasons, Broderick
Crawford said, "We ran out of crimes."