The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
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Series cast summary:
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 Capt. Frank Furillo (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Bobby Hill (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Sgt. Mick Belker (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Howard Hunter / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Henry Goldblume / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Det. Neal Washington (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer J.D. LaRue / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Andrew Renko (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Joyce Davenport (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Ray Calletano / ... (109 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Joe Coffey (104 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Fay Furillo (103 episodes, 1981-1986)
Robert Hirschfeld ...
 Leo Schnitz / ... (94 episodes, 1981-1985)
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 Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (71 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Chief Fletcher Daniels / ... (73 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Irwin Bernstein (58 episodes, 1982-1987)
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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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15 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Polizeirevier Hill Street  »

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(146 episodes)

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Trivia

Though it was never officially established in which city the show took place, it was long thought to have been Chicago. In fact, at least one location shot included an elevated train with the letters "CTA" on the front. "CTA" stands for "Chicago Transit Authority". 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

[repeated line]
Sergeant Stan Jablonski: Let's do it to them before they do it to us.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits it shows the MTM kitten wearing a policeman's hat to match this show. See more »

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Featured in NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) See more »

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Beats most cop shows of today!
2 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hill Street Blues is perhaps the best cop drama in television history. It was groundbreaking then and now! It is well-casted with a diverse ensemble. The writing is unbelievably brilliant enough to stand two decades. This is what classic shows are about. It is now seen frequently on Bravo with a fantastic theme song. The cast like Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Barbara Bosson, Betty Thomas, Dennis Franz, Ed Marinaro, and so many others perform brilliantly to make this show likable. The characters are real, candid, rather than just stereotypes. Watching most shows today, I miss the golden age of eighties television where the best shows like Hill Street Blues completed the NBC lineup. It was never a ratings winner but the network kept a quality show like this on to win countless awards including Emmys and Golden Globes. NBC in their Golden Age allowed Hill Street Blues and shows like St. Elsewhere and L.A. Law to flourish without worrying about ratings. Too bad, they still do not exist anymore. While the shows are now produced by networks who do a terrible show, a show like Hill Street Blues would never be approved or foreseen as a brilliant show.


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