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 opening credit sequence was shot in Chicago, while the episodes themselves were shot in Los Angeles. Location scouts said it was hard to find L.A. locations for the show because they could not have visible palm trees. Most of the "grittier" exterior scenes were shot in the grimier parts of downtown L.A., which has the look of a decaying Midwestern or Northeastern city. At least the first episode (possibly as many as the first three) was shot on location in Chicago) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Fay Furillo: [to Capt. Furillo] Well, excuse me, mister!
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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 White Collar: Quantico Closure (2013) 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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