V.I.P. (TV series)
V.I.P. is an American action/comedy-drama
Comedy-drama is a genre of theatre, film and television programs which combines humorous and serious content.-Theatre:Traditional western theatre, beginning with the ancient Greeks, was divided into comedy and tragedy...

 series starring Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson
Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress, model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P. She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990...

. Created by J. F. Lawton
J. F. Lawton
Jonathan Frederick Lawton , born on August 11, 1960 in Riverside, California, is an American screenwriter, film producer and film director...

, the series aired in syndication
Television syndication
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 for four seasons from 1998 to 2002.


Anderson stars as Vallery Irons, a woman who accidentally saves a celebrity and then is hired by a real bodyguard
A bodyguard is a type of security operative or government agent who protects a person—usually a famous, wealthy, or politically important figure—from assault, kidnapping, assassination, stalking, loss of confidential information, terrorist attack or other threats.Most important public figures such...

 agency as a famous figurehead while the rest of the agency's professionals work to solve cases. Her lack of investigation skills ends up defeating the antagonists in every episode.

The other team members are an assortment of people of different backgrounds: a former member of the KGB
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, CIA, FBI, a computer expert, a karate master, a former law officer, and a former street boxer.

The series uses a mixture of action, comedy
Comedy , as a popular meaning, is any humorous discourse or work generally intended to amuse by creating laughter, especially in television, film, and stand-up comedy. This must be carefully distinguished from its academic definition, namely the comic theatre, whose Western origins are found in...

, and camp
Camp (style)
Camp is an aesthetic sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its taste and ironic value. The concept is closely related to kitsch, and things with camp appeal may also be described as being "cheesy"...

, with Anderson often poking fun at her tabloid image. In November, 2001, V.I.P. (the video game) was released on the PlayStation
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Many first season episodes opened with cameos of famous celebrities being protected by Vallery. Among them were Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin
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, Jay Leno
Jay Leno
James Douglas Muir "Jay" Leno is an American stand-up comedian and television host.From 1992 to 2009, Leno was the host of NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ,...

, Charles Barkley
Charles Barkley
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, Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer
Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer is a British-born American television presenter, best known as host of the tabloid talk show The Jerry Springer Show since its debut in 1991...

 and Alfonso Ribeiro
Alfonso Ribeiro
Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro is an American actor, director, dancer, game show host, and comedian. While he received attention for his performance in the title role of the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid and his appearance as a dancer in a Pepsi commercial featuring Michael Jackson, Ribeiro is best...

. Loni Anderson
Loni Anderson
Loni Kaye Anderson is an American actress who played the role of Jennifer Marlowe on the television sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.- Early life :...

 guest-starred in one episode as Vallerys mother.


  • Pamela Anderson
    Pamela Anderson
    Pamela Denise Anderson is a Canadian-American actress, model, producer, author, activist, and former showgirl, known for her roles on the television series Home Improvement, Baywatch, and V.I.P. She was chosen as a Playmate of the Month for Playboy magazine in February 1990...

     -- Vallery Irons, the glamorous figurehead.
  • Molly Culver
    Molly Culver
    Molly Culver is an American actress and model of 1/4 Chickasaw/Choctaw Native American descent . She is best known for portraying the role of Tasha Dexter on the syndicated TV series V.I.P....

     -- Tasha Dexter, a former spy and model.
  • Natalie Raitano
    Natalie Raitano
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     -- Nikki Franco, a weapons and explosives expert.
  • Angelle Brooks
    Angelle Brooks
    Angelle Brooks is an American film, television and voice actress. She is perhaps best known for her co-starring role as Maxine de la Cruz in the series V.I.P. as well as her recurring roles as Holly Brooks on Malcolm & Eddie and as Toni Ross on The Parkers.Since the mid 1990s, Brooks has guest...

     -- Maxine De La Cruz (Seasons 3-4, recurring seasons 1-2), Vallery's best friend.
  • Shaun Baker
    Shaun Baker (actor)
    Shaun Baker, is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Quick Williams on the syndicated television series V.I.P.Baker had a minor role in the 1990 Kid 'n Play film House Party. His first major television role was Malcolm on the ABC sitcom Where I Live, co-starring with Doug E. Doug...

     -- Quick Williams, a former boxer and martial artist.
  • Dustin Nguyen
    Dustin Nguyen
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     -- Johnny Loh (Seasons 3-4, recurring seasons 1-2), a karate master and stuntman.
  • Leah Lail -- Kay Simmons, a computer expert.
  • Gerry Anderson
    Gerry Anderson
    Gerry Anderson MBE is a British publisher, producer, director and writer, famous for his futuristic television programmes, particularly those involving specially modified marionettes, a process called "Supermarionation"....

     -- Relic (Recurring Character) , Undercover Detective, LAPD. Pamela Anderson's real-life brother. Character named after character from Canadian TV series "The Beachcombers" filmed in Anderson's home province of British Columbia, Canada.


The main characters' vehicles (except for Johnny Loh, who drove a motorcycle) had customized license plates with "VIP" as the first three letters, and the remaining three letters being an abbreviation of the character's first name. In seasons 1 & 2, the show's principal vehicles were provided courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker based in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The automaker was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. In addition to the Ford and Lincoln brands, Ford also owns a small stake in Mazda in Japan and Aston Martin in the UK...

. In seasons 3 & 4, all characters' vehicles changed and were then provided courtesy of Daimler Chrysler.

Vehicles used

Character License Plate Seasons 1 & 2 Seasons 3 & 4
Vallery Irons VIP VAL Jaguar XK8 convertible Dodge Viper
Dodge Viper
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Tasha Dexter VIP TSH Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Continental
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 (s. 1) / Lincoln LS
Lincoln LS
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 (s. 2)
Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible
Nikki Francose VIP NIK Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang
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 GT convertible
Dodge Dakota
Dodge Dakota
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 quad-cab (modified)
Quick Williams VIP QWK Mazda Miata Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler
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Kay Simmons VIP KAY Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln Navigator
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 (s. 1) / Ford Expedition
Ford Expedition
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 (s. 2)
Jeep TJ
Jeep Wrangler
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 (only seen in background, never seen driven)

A recurring (five episodes) minor character "EV1 Guy" drives a General Motors EV1
General Motors EV1
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DVD release

On March 14, 2006, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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 released the first season of V.I.P. on DVD in Region 1. It is unknown if the remaining three seasons will be released.

Awards and nominations

In 1999, the series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award
Primetime Emmy Award
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 for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
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. In 2002, V.I.P. was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Award
Daytime Emmy Award
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s, winning one for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing.


The show premiered in syndication on September 26, 1998. As of February 2009, the show can be streamed for free in the US on IMDB, Hulu
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, and Minisodes
The Minisode Network
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 and full episodes are available on Crackle
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