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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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Series cast summary:
Robert Hirschfeld ...
 Irwin Bernstein 58 episodes, 1982-1987


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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Hill Street Station  »

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Did You Know?


James Sikking based his portrayal of Lt. Howard Hunter on a drill instructor he knew in the military. See more »


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 »


[answering frequent phone calls]
Detective Mick Belker: Belker. Hi, ma.
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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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Betty Thomas/Stray Cats (1983) See more »

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Best show of its time - by a long way.
8 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

In the days of E.R and NYPD Blue, it's hard to remember just how ground-breaking a show HSB was. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. The quality of the acting and writing, the documentary look and feel, the seedy broken down environment, the brutally frank situations and language (for the time), the fact that the "bad" guys got away with it as often as not, the huge ensemble cast, the long one-take scenes, the unhappy endings etc. etc.

Needless to say, the American people wanted nothing to do with such quality at first - until it won a record number of Emmys and they couldn't ignore it anymore. If nothing else, this series proved to the networks that quality can sell soap after all.

If you like your E.R. think a kind thought for Hill Street Blues - the series that made it all possible.

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