8.6/10
9,607
86 user 25 critic

Homicide: Life on the Street 

A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
1,430 ( 67)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1999   1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   … See all »
Top Rated TV #146 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 wins & 82 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Sharon Ziman ...
Edit

Storyline

A one-hour drama inspired by David Simon's acclaimed non-fiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." It is at once a mundane yet compelling look in and around a Homicide unit of the Baltimore Police Department, a group of determined individuals who are committed to their grim job at hand. Written by Karina Santos <tallulahg@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Homicide  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(122 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A real live criminal, on the run from the Baltimore Police Department, entered the set of Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and surrendered to the actors in uniform. This incident was later spoofed in an episode where the actors in the show chased a suspect onto the set of "Homicide" and encountered the director, Barry Levinson, and several of their favorite actors from the show. See more »

Goofs

A couple of times, reference is made to the other shift of the Homicide detectives as being the "night shift". However, at the time, the squads of the Homicide department regularly rotated shifts so that no one group of detectives would routinely have the night shift. See more »

Quotes

Det. Frank Pembleton: You're Mrs. Nawls, Darryl's mother?
Mary Nawls: I'm his mother.
[she reads their faces and begins to panic]
Mary Nawls: Where's Darryl? Is he in trouble? Is he okay? Has he been in an accident or something?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Mrs. Nawls, I'm a homicide detective.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

"Homicide": the greatest show on television
30 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

It was a gloomy day when NBC cancelled this amazing show, but unfortunately, not enough viewers were watching. It can now be viewed in syndication - as of January 1999 it is shown on Court-TV weeknights. "Homicide" was an Emmy and Peabody-award-winning show. Because of its unique shooting style, magnificent writers, and terrific actors, it is the best show I ever watched. Other cop shows are no comparison. In fact, no other drama on network television had such a racially diverse cast. This is the only drama I have seen with African-American actors in leading roles. It is a sad fact that there aren't other shows like it out now.

This show truly did duck the "system" of other dramas, staying true to the source and portraying realistic characters. Anguish, joy, anger, humiliation, and respect are evident in the faces of the characters in assorted episodes. The first few seasons were the best, in my opinion, but the other seasons were still better than anything else on the networks. I shudder to think that "Nash Bridges" beat this amazing show in the ratings. If you are at all interested, try to find this show on television in your area. There is no middle ground with this show; you will either hate it or love it. All that I know have become addicted to it.


55 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 86 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

How to Wield a Lightsaber

Legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske teaches our "IMDb Show" Jedis the basics of lightsaber combat. Plus, we break down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures.

Watch now