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

The producers went to great lengths to avoid specifying where the series took place, even going so far as to obscure whether the call letters of local television stations began with "W" (the Federal Communications Commission designation for stations east of the Mississippi) or "K" (signifying a station west of the Mississippi). However, a station identified in multiple episodes is WREQ-TV, Channel 6, indicating that the series is set east of the Mississippi River. Another indication that the series took place in the Midwest or Northeast was Officer Renko's statement to his partner in Hill Street Blues: Politics as Usual (1981): "Just drop that 'cowboy' stuff. I was born in New Jersey, never been west of Chicago in my life." See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits when the police cars pull out of the garage, one of them has the overhead light bar on backwards. You can see that the others have the siren speakers between the lights facing front, while one has it facing to the trunk. 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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An Island in the Sea of Madness
12 September 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

During an era of cop shows where the main characters were often portrayed as superheroes or as charicatures, this priceless classic was born. For the first time since the days of Jack Webb and Joseph Wambaugh, we finally had a show that showed police as real people with all the faults and failings that all people had. You had Furillo, who was a recovering alcoholic, Renko and Hill, who were dealing with their own fears, Hunter, the reactionary head of the S.W.A.T. team, Bates, who just wanted to prove that she was a good police officer as well as a woman, Belker, the maniacal undercover cop, and of course the fatherly Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, the father figure for the whole squad. This show definitely set the stage for shows like N.Y.P.D. Blue and the Law and Order franchise and will always be a classic.


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