V.I.P. (standing for, and also referred to as, Vallery Irons Protection) is an American action comedy-drama television series created by J.F. Lawton and starring Pamela Anderson stars as Vallery Irons, a woman who accidentally saves a celebrity and then is hired by a real bodyguard agency as a famous figurehead while the rest of the agency's professionals work to solve cases.
The other team members are an assortment of people of different backgrounds: a former member of the KGB, CIA, FBI, a female computer expert, a karate master, a former law officer and a former street boxer.
The series aired in the USA in syndication from 26 September, 1998 to 18 May, 2002. There are 88 hour-long episodes in four seasons.
V.I.P. premiered in South Africa on e.tv on Sunday 2 May 2010, at 10h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 4 premiered on e.tv on Tuesday 26 July 2011, at 10h30. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays. There are 22 episodes in the fourth and final season.
While working on a hot-dog stand with her friend Maxine (Angelle Brooks), Vallery Irons (Pamela Anderson) meets a celebrity, Brad Cliff, who invites her to the premiere of his new movie.
When on the premiere Vallery saves Cliff from a crazy fan that wants to kill him. To save his fame, Cliff says that Vallery is his personal bodyguard. Soon her face appears on all the magazines.
In the meantime, a group of professional bodyguards needs a famous face for their new agency, so they invite Vallery to join them and call their agency V.I.P.
They promise Vallery a glamorous life without danger which really becomes glamorous, but as a head of a bodyguard team, Vallery's every day is a danger.
Vallery Irons (Pamela Anderson) is a young and beautiful lady which enjoys life full of glamour and fame filled with style and fashion and has no idea how hard it is to be a bodyguard until she joins the crew. She always gets into danger although the crew promised her that she wouldn't.
Quick Williams (Shaun Baker) is an expert in fighintg skills and weapons; he is funny, a strong character; and if Vallery is in trouble he is always there to help her. Although he is an ex-boxer, he likes Armani suits and fast cars.
Tasha Dexter (Molly Culver) is an ex-spy and model; she is very dangerous and competent; she could be called a female James Bond; she if often jealous on Vallery who always takes credit for what Tasha did.
Nikki Franco (Natalie Raitano) is an expert in weapons and explosives; she has a tricky family which she oftenly has to save; he is an ex-marine cope and likes to blow stuff up.
Kay Simmons (Leah Lail) is an expert in computers who has to take over the organization of the team; she lusts for a life like Vallery's and does not realize how beautiful she is.
Maxine de la Cruz (Angelle Simmons) is Vallery's best friend and roomate who moves into Vallery's apartment when Vallery joins the team.
Johnny Loh (Dustin Nguyen) is an actor and stuntman who escaped from the Russian mob and came to Los Angeles; he is energic and charismatic and has a lot of fighting skills.
The show was nominated for an Emmy award in its first season, for best theme song. The producers of the show are J.F. Lawton who is also a creator of the show, Morgan Gendel and Pamela Anderson.
Series exclusive to e.tv
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Premiere: 2 May 2010 | Finale: 3 October 2010 | Sundays, 10h30
Season 2 (22 episodes)
Premiere: 25 May 2011 | Finale: 23 June 2011 | Weekdays, 10h30
Season 3 (22 episodes)
Premiere: 24 June 2011 | Finale: 25 July 2011 | Weekdays, 10h30
Season 4 (22 episodes)
Premiere: 26 July 2011 | Finale: 24 August 2011 | Weekdays, 10h30