Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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A powerful group wants Furillo to run for mayor. Larue is enamored with a snake-wielding fence. Famous singer Johnny Angel is arrested, and Renko invites him home. Belker finally marries ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Brazil

Writers:

Michael Kozoll (created by), Steven Bochco (created by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel J. Travanti ... Capt. Frank Furillo
Michael Warren ... Officer Bobby Hill
Bruce Weitz ... Sgt. Mick Belker
Robert Prosky ... Sgt. Stan Jablonski
James Sikking ... Lt. Howard Hunter (as James B. Sikking)
Joe Spano ... Lt. Henry Goldblume
Taurean Blacque ... Det. Neal Washington
Kiel Martin ... Officer J.D. LaRue
Betty Thomas ... Sgt. Lucy Bates
Ed Marinaro ... Officer Joe Coffey
Dennis Franz ... Lt. Norman Buntz
Charles Haid ... Officer Andrew Renko
Veronica Hamel ... Joyce Davenport
Billy Green Bush ... Bobby Angel
Grace Zabriskie ... Terry Sylvestri
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Storyline

A powerful group wants Furillo to run for mayor. Larue is enamored with a snake-wielding fence. Famous singer Johnny Angel is arrested, and Renko invites him home. Belker finally marries Robin. A blow on the head makes Hunter believe he's a prisoner of the Soviets. Written by Gerald William Parks

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1986 (USA) See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is an establishing shot that shows the Chicago River in front of what is clearly The Merchandise Mart, and in the upper right quadrant, you can see the distinct outline of the John Hancock building with Lake Michigan in the background. See more »

Quotes

Sal Binachi: [referring to Sgt. Bates] Sergeant Buns around today?
Lt. Norman Buntz: [Buntz walks up] Eh, that would be Lieutenant Buntz.
Sal Binachi: Ah-ah. Blondie, tall drink of water. Tell her Sal's lookin' for her.
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References Das Boot (1981) See more »

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Heat on the Heat
27 April 2014 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Captain Frank Furrillo (Daniel J.Travanti) is groomed for the mayor's office by a local kingmaker (Granville Van Dusen). Officer Bobby Hill (Michael Warren) escorts his father's casket home for the funeral. Sgt. Lucy Bates (Betty Thomas) begins the process of adopting a runaway boy whose mother is a drug-addicted prostitute. Sgt. Mick Belker (Bruce Weitz) finally marries his sweetheart Officer Robin Tataglia (Lisa Sutton).

Lt. Norman Buntz (Dennis Franz) goes with a former police colleague ostensibly to interview an informant. Officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid) arrests legendary country singer Bobby Angel (Billy Green Bush). Officer J.D. LaRue (Kiel Martin) and his partner Detective Neal Washington (Taurean Blacque) run a sting with the help of a tattooist/snake charmer/fence (Grace Zabriskie).

A very busy day at Hill Street precinct becomes considerably more heated as SWAT team commander Lt. Howard Hunter (James B.Sikking) vandalizes the station-house boiler room causing the temperature to skyrocket.

Unbeknownst to his colleagues, having sustained a concussion and lost consciousness after falling down stairs whilst attempting to find lost equipment he comes to, forgets where he is and believes he has been abducted by the Soviets. He sabotages boiler room mechanisms on their "ship" in order to facilitate an escape.

One of the critically lauded network TV series ever produced Hill Street Blues juggled multiple story-lines and character arcs. In some episodes little happened beyond imparting essential information about characters sometimes tying up lose ends opened in previous episodes. This entry shows us a lot but it is pretty insignificant on its own. The show didn't insult the intelligence of its audience by staging World War III every week.

As with other ensemble cast shows from around the same time, which utilized underused supporting actors of exceptional quality said performers were given more screen-time to construct some of their most believable and moving characterizations. Travanti and Sikking were never afforded better opportunities on the small-screen before or since.


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