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.
In the Season 4 premiere: with undercover cop and Foam's bartender Relic nowhere to be found, V.I.P. suspects something is amiss – especially after a bomb destroys his illegally parked car.
When a search of the car's charred remains turns up a class schedule, Val and her team head for North Los Angeles University where they find him posing as a student.
And though he first tries to deny knowing them, a botched assassination attempt forces Relic to reveal he's investigating a bookmaking operation controlled by the elusive Hans Lamal.
Because Lamal always sends a back up shooter to make sure his hits succeed, Relic's life is still in danger. With Johnny and Kay going undercover as college students, Val, Maxine, Nikki and Tasha pose as faculty members, all to guard Relic as he shadows Kenny Farmer, the student who's in charge of Lamal's campus gambling operation.
At a frat party, Tasha heads off another attempt on Relic's life by a killer disguised as a college co-ed while, posing as the hit man, Quick successfully infiltrates Lamal's organization.
Yet, when Farmer gets suspicious after a magazine photo exposes Val, Quick is sent to kill Relic and his bodyguards – unaware that he's also been marked for death.
Although Relic insists that Val and her friends let him finish the assignment alone, V.I.P. refuses to back down. And when Farmer accosts Tasha, she learns that he's actually been posing as Lamal after murdering the mobster in order to take over his crime syndicate.
Killing a henchman to prove he's serious, Farmer then tries forcing V.I.P.'s hand by taking Val hostage. But when he finds that the woman he's grabbed is actually Relic in disguise, Farmer bolts, only to be apprehended following a high-speed chase and fiery crash.
Finally, Kay stays around the college just long enough to exact revenge on some malicious sorority sisters.
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