Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

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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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 Det. Neal Washington (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Sgt. Mick Belker (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Det. Henry Goldblume / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
Kiel Martin ...
 Officer J.D. LaRue / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Bobby Hill (142 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Andrew Renko / ... (142 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Joyce Davenport / ... (142 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Howard Hunter (140 episodes, 1981-1987)
René Enríquez ...
 Lt. Ray Calletano (104 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Joe Coffey (104 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Fay Furillo (100 episodes, 1981-1985)
Robert Hirschfeld ...
 Officer Leo Schnitz / ... (92 episodes, 1981-1985)
Michael Conrad ...
 Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (71 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Chief Fletcher Daniels (67 episodes, 1981-1987)
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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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Trivia

The theme music to the show written by Mike Post became a hit song and won a Grammy. Post said that when he was writing the theme, at first he wanted the music to match the gritty visuals he was shown. He then decided to instead do the opposite, to create a theme that was beautiful, that "took you away" from what you were seeing a bit. 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]
Belker: Sit down, dog breath!
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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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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.115 (2009) See more »

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Best show of its time - by a long way.
8 March 1999 | by (UK) – 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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