Furillo breaks the news of Esterhaus's death. Bates is given serious consideration for Sergeant. Coffey's girlfriend is sexually assaulted. Belker goes undercover as a truck driver to try and catch ...
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
The pilot script said the show took place in an unnamed Midwestern city. Throughout the show's seven-year run, the exact name of the city was never mentioned, although there were hints as to its location. The police cars were based on those of the Chicago Police Dept., while the officers' uniforms were based on that of the New York City Police Dept. Neither city has a precinct known as "The Hill," although Pittsburgh, PA (where series creator Steven Bochco attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie Mellon University) does. In addition, the City Hall shown in the series is actually that of Philadelphia, PA. However, in the episode Hill Street Blues: The Young, the Beautiful and the Degraded (1982) Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) mentions to Grace Gardner (Barbara Babcock) about their "weekends at the shore". "The shore" is a term used on the East Coast to refer to the beach resort area of southern New Jersey; someone living in Chicago would have no need to use that term, as it refers to the seashore, which Chicago doesn't have. See more »
In the men's room a sign on the wall says to throw paper towels in the WAST basket. It should be WASTE basket. (Multiple episodes). See more »
An American cop show - who'd have thought an American cop show of all things could exemplify the best of television. From the land that gave us the pits of tv (have you seen Donahue?) there comes, once in a while, a beacon of greatness. The last episode of M*A*S*H, and the whole of HSB make the invention of television worthwhile.
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