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Hill Street Blues 

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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Daniel J. Travanti ...  Capt. Frank Furillo 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Michael Warren ...  Officer Bobby Hill 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Bruce Weitz ...  Sgt. Mick Belker 144 episodes, 1981-1987
James Sikking ...  Lt. Howard Hunter / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Joe Spano ...  Lt. Henry Goldblume / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Taurean Blacque ...  Det. Neal Washington 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Kiel Martin ...  Officer J.D. LaRue / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Betty Thomas ...  Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Charles Haid ...  Officer Andrew Renko 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Veronica Hamel ...  Joyce Davenport 144 episodes, 1981-1987
René Enríquez ...  Lt. Ray Calletano / ... 109 episodes, 1981-1987
Ed Marinaro ...  Officer Joe Coffey 104 episodes, 1981-1986
Barbara Bosson ...  Fay Furillo 103 episodes, 1981-1986
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ...  Leo Schnitz / ... 94 episodes, 1981-1985
Michael Conrad ...  Sgt. Phil Esterhaus 71 episodes, 1981-1984
Jon Cypher ...  Chief Fletcher Daniels 73 episodes, 1981-1987
George Wyner ...  Irwin Bernstein 58 episodes, 1982-1987
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Storyline

The original "ensemble drama," this is the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct in an anonymous inner city patterned after Chicago. We follow the lives of many characters, from the lowly beat and traffic cops to the captain of the precinct himself. This is the show that blazed the trail followed later by such notable ensemble dramas as "St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law." Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hill Street Station See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(146 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Dennis Franz appeared earlier on the show in the role of dirty cop Sal Benedetto, before taking on the role of Lt. Norman Buntz. See more »

Goofs

When the various characters speak into the radio microphone in their patrol cars, they seldom press the "transmit" switch, and Andy Renko is occasionally seen speaking into the back of the microphone. See more »

Quotes

[answering frequent phone calls]
Detective Mick Belker: Belker. Hi, ma.
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After the credits it shows the MTM kitten wearing a policeman's hat to match this show. See more »

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More than just a ground-breaking show
14 July 2004 | by niaraSee all my reviews

This TV series is a testament to Brandon Tartikoff, who was then head of Entertainment at NBC, who championed this show and stayed with it because he knew that this was a groundbreaking show.

I remember watching the pilot for this show way back in high school. It was unlike anything I had ever seen on television. I remember the episode when the characters Renko and Bobby Hill were shot and lying in the hallway, and you had no idea if they were alive or dead. I remember gasping out loud. Stuff like that just wasn't on TV at the time.

Ensemble casts, story lines that continued for weeks at a time, and truly compelling, realistic writing. Television was pretty much a wasteland back in 1981 -- and unfortunately, has gotten far, far worse -- and this show, which took a year to find a permanent spot on NBC's lineup and introduced the whole concept of the landmark Thursday night at 10 pm drama on NBC.

Another testament to this show is that in one year every single Emmy nomination for the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series category was for a cast member from Hill Street Blues. That was, and still is, unprecedented stuff. I had the pleasure of taping the show as it came on late night on one of the local channels here in NYC several years ago. Brilliant, and still holds up well. What I would give for something similar to blanket the vapid horizon that is network television today.


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