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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 Capt. Frank Furillo (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Sgt. Mick Belker (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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 Joyce Davenport / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Bobby Hill (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Det. Henry Goldblume / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Andrew Renko / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Howard Hunter (142 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Lt. Ray Calletano / ... (108 episodes, 1981-1987)
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 Officer Joe Coffey (104 episodes, 1981-1986)
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 Fay Furillo (101 episodes, 1981-1985)
Robert Hirschfeld ...
 Leo Schnitz / ... (92 episodes, 1981-1985)
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 Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (71 episodes, 1981-1984)
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 Chief Fletcher Daniels (70 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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(146 episodes)

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

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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 »

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[repeated line]
Sergeant Stan Jablonski: Let's do it to them before they do it to us.
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After the credits it shows the MTM kitten wearing a policeman's hat to match this show. 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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