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Writers:
Steven Bochco (created by)
Michael Kozoll (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Release Date:
15 January 1981 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. Full summary »
Awards:
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 56 wins & 108 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unsurpassed See more (41 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 550)

Daniel J. Travanti ... Capt. Frank Furillo (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Michael Warren ... Officer Bobby Hill (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Bruce Weitz ... Sgt. Mick Belker (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

James Sikking ... Lt. Howard Hunter / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Joe Spano ... Lt. Henry Goldblume / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Taurean Blacque ... Det. Neal Washington (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Kiel Martin ... Officer J.D. LaRue / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Betty Thomas ... Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Charles Haid ... Officer Andrew Renko (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

Veronica Hamel ... Joyce Davenport (144 episodes, 1981-1987)

René Enríquez ... Lt. Ray Calletano / ... (109 episodes, 1981-1987)

Ed Marinaro ... Officer Joe Coffey (104 episodes, 1981-1986)

Barbara Bosson ... Fay Furillo (103 episodes, 1981-1986)
Robert Hirschfeld ... Leo Schnitz / ... (94 episodes, 1981-1985)

Michael Conrad ... Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (71 episodes, 1981-1984)

Jon Cypher ... Chief Fletcher Daniels / ... (71 episodes, 1981-1987)
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Series Directed by
Gregory Hoblit (14 episodes, 1981-1985)
Christian I. Nyby II (12 episodes, 1983-1987)
David Anspaugh (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
Rick Wallace (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Thomas Carter (9 episodes, 1982-1984)
John Patterson (9 episodes, 1985-1987)
Georg Stanford Brown (7 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gabrielle Beaumont (7 episodes, 1983-1986)
Robert Butler (6 episodes, 1981)
Scott Brazil (6 episodes, 1984-1986)
Jeff Bleckner (5 episodes, 1982-1984)
Stan Lathan (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Randa Haines (4 episodes, 1981-1983)
Arthur Allan Seidelman (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ben Bolt (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Don Weis (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Corey Allen (3 episodes, 1981-1984)
Arnold Laven (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Alexander Singer (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Dale White (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bill Duke (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
John D. Hancock (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Writing credits
Steven Bochco (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
Michael Kozoll (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
Jeffrey Lewis (84 episodes, 1981-1987)
David Milch (81 episodes, 1982-1987)
Michael I. Wagner (60 episodes, 1982-1987)
Mark Frost (48 episodes, 1982-1985)
Jacob Epstein (39 episodes, 1984-1986)
Anthony Yerkovich (38 episodes, 1981-1983)
Robert Ward (30 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karen Hall (28 episodes, 1982-1984)
Roger Director (27 episodes, 1984-1985)
Terry Curtis Fox (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Romano (17 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Black (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter Silverman (11 episodes, 1983-1987)
Walon Green (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
Elia Katz (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dick Wolf (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jonathan Lemkin (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Crais (3 episodes, 1981)
David Stenn (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Lee David Zlotoff (2 episodes, 1981)
Dennis Cooper (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Darrell Ray (2 episodes, 1983)
Alan Toy (2 episodes, 1983)
Steve Bello (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jerry Patrick Brown (2 episodes, 1986)
Brad Kern (2 episodes, 1986)
Robert Schlitt (2 episodes, 1986)
Christian Williams (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Scott Brazil .... supervising producer / producer / ... (116 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gregory Hoblit .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (100 episodes, 1981-1985)
Steven Bochco .... executive producer (98 episodes, 1981-1985)
Jeffrey Lewis .... producer / executive producer (89 episodes, 1983-1987)
David Milch .... co-producer / co-executive producer / ... (67 episodes, 1984-1987)
Ellen S. Pressman .... associate producer (60 episodes, 1983-1986)
David Anspaugh .... producer / associate producer (54 episodes, 1981-1983)
David J. Latt .... associate producer / co-producer (44 episodes, 1982-1984)
Michael Vittes .... producer / supervising producer (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
Anthony Yerkovich .... supervising producer / producer (40 episodes, 1981-1983)
Penny Adams .... coordinating producer / producer (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
Sascha Schneider .... producer (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Walon Green .... co-producer (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
James C. Hart .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Litvack .... co-executive producer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeff Melvoin .... co-executive producer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Kozoll .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1981)
Steve Bello .... co-producer (11 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Ward .... co-producer (9 episodes, 1987)
Robert Schlitt .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Mike Post (140 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (66 episodes, 1984-1987)
John C. Flinn III (46 episodes, 1981-1984)
William Cronjager (27 episodes, 1981-1982)
Terry K. Meade (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ray Daniels (24 episodes, 1981-1985)
David Rosenbloom (15 episodes, 1981-1982)
Joe Ann Fogle (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
David Saxon (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
A. David Marshall (10 episodes, 1981-1983)
Christopher Nelson (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
David Solomon (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Paul Dixon (7 episodes, 1986)
Andrew Chulack (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Charles Bornstein (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jonathan Pontell (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Clay Bartels (5 episodes, 1981)
Tom Stevens (5 episodes, 1981)
Geoffrey Rowland (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert A. Ferretti (5 episodes, 1987)
David Handman (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Susan B. Browdy (3 episodes, 1986)
Susan Heick (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Casting by
Lori Openden (63 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sally Powers (42 episodes, 1985-1987)
Simon Ayer (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Geri Windsor (14 episodes, 1981)
Deborah Rosen (3 episodes, 1981)
April Webster (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ned Parsons (89 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jeffrey L. Goldstein (55 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Cane (54 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gregory Garrison (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bruce A. Gibeson (21 episodes, 1984-1985)
Charles Korian (17 episodes, 1983-1984)
Rochelle Moser (5 episodes, 1983)
Marc E. Meyer Jr. (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Makeup Department
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
Virginia Kearns .... hair stylist (58 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ellen Powell .... hair stylist (27 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (23 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor / executive in charge of post-production (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
Bernard Oseransky .... executive in charge of production (88 episodes, 1983-1987)
Sascha Schneider .... unit production manager (55 episodes, 1981-1984)
Abby Singer .... executive in charge of production: MTM Enterprises / executive in charge of production / ... (48 episodes, 1981-1983)
Penny Adams .... unit production manager (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
Daniel Franklin .... production supervisor (37 episodes, 1985-1987)
Burt Bluestein .... unit production manager (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Cal Naylor .... unit production manager (21 episodes, 1981-1982)
Carol Himes .... production manager (15 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Philbrick .... second assistant director / first assistant director (88 episodes, 1982-1987)
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director / first assistant director (78 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dale White .... second assistant director / first assistant director (73 episodes, 1981-1986)
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director (32 episodes, 1982-1985)
Brenda Kalosh .... second second assistant director (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rick Wallace .... first assistant director (18 episodes, 1981-1983)
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
Sam Epstein .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1981)
Robert Brooks Mendel .... dga trainee (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1981)
Conrad Irving .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1983)
Sharon Gerhard .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1986)
Paul Deason .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)
Marsha Scarbrough .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Department
Willie J. Thompson .... property master (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator (87 episodes, 1981-1987)
Pat Grande .... construction coordinator (14 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Sam Horta .... sound editor (88 episodes, 1981-1985)
Ken S. Polk .... re-recording mixer (88 episodes, 1982-1985)
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (78 episodes, 1981-1985)
David John West .... sound effects editor / sound editor (58 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (55 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor (34 episodes, 1984-1986)
Dean Vernon .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (23 episodes, 1981-1987)
Ron Horwitz .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kevin Spears .... sound editor (18 episodes, 1981-1982)
Jerelyn J. Harding .... sound editor (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Sunny Meyer .... production sound mixer (17 episodes, 1984-1985)
Itzhak Magal .... production sound mixer (17 episodes, 1985-1986)
William Shenberg .... sound editor (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... sound / sound mixer (14 episodes, 1981)
Bill Marky .... production sound mixer (14 episodes, 1983-1984)
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1981)
Eileen Horta .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1984-1985)
Bill Nicholson .... re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1982-1987)
David Schneiderman .... production sound mixer (8 episodes, 1984)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (7 episodes, 1984-1985)
John Asman .... re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 1982-1985)
John 'Pee Wee' Carter .... production sound mixer (5 episodes, 1986)
Petra Bach .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Constance A. Kazmer .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Michael C. Moore .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1981)
Robert Gravenor .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
Bill Teague .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1984)
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1986)
Rich Steven .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Special Effects by
Eric Rylander .... special effects coordinator (8 episodes, 1984)
 
Series Stunts
John Escobar .... assistant stunt coordinator (55 episodes, 1981-1987)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (7 episodes, 1981-1984)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (3 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gardner Doolittle .... stunt actor (3 episodes, 1983)
Richard Epper .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Fennell .... camera operator (33 episodes, 1981-1982)
Earl Linder .... key grip (32 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dave Lee .... electrical gaffer / gaffer (30 episodes, 1981-1982)
Andrew M. Costikyan .... director of photography: second unit / photography: second unit (14 episodes, 1981)
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera (12 episodes, 1981)
John Earl Burnett .... assistant camera: second unit (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Casting Department
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (94 episodes, 1982-1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women (144 episodes, 1981-1987)
David Rawley .... costumer: men (111 episodes, 1982-1987)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (32 episodes, 1981-1982)
Robert M. Moore .... costumer: men (5 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Adrienne Williams .... assistant editor (23 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jeff Cahn .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 1983-1984)
Alec Smight .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
James Rich .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1981)
Laurie Singer-Wolf .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1981)
Gloria Gunn .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1981)
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1982)
Jeffrey Lewis .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Location Management
David J. Latt .... location manager (32 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor (114 episodes, 1981-1986)
Don Sanders .... music editor (25 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jim Weidman .... music editor (13 episodes, 1981)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (6 episodes, 1981-1985)
Susan Mick .... music editor (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (31 episodes, 1981-1987)
Gina August .... driver (22 episodes, 1985)
David Price .... transportation coordinator / transportation captain (14 episodes, 1981)
Frank Khoury .... driver (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Other crew
Jesse Brewer .... technical advisor (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
Scott Hamilton .... field publicist (127 episodes, 1981-1987)
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to the producer / assistant to the producers / ... (99 episodes, 1981-1985)
Abby Singer .... production consultant / executive in charge of production / ... (41 episodes, 1981-1985)
Melody Rowland .... assistant to the producer / assistant to producers (32 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rich Sephton .... car modifications (29 episodes, 1981-1982)
Barton J. Ogburn .... assistant to the producer / assistant to producer (28 episodes, 1981-1982)
Mimi Leder .... script supervisor (27 episodes, 1983-1985)
Judi Brown .... script supervisor (25 episodes, 1984-1987)
David J. Gascon .... technical advisor (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeffrey Lewis .... executive story consultant / story editor (20 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Kozoll .... creative consultant (18 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dick Wolf .... executive script consultant (18 episodes, 1985-1986)
Craig Wyrick-Solari .... production assistant (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Terri Redman .... assistant to producers / production assistant (15 episodes, 1981)
Gillian Murphy .... script supervisor (15 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mary Jo Ballerini .... production coordinator (14 episodes, 1981)
Maria Lease .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1981)
Karen Hall .... executive story editor (10 episodes, 1983)
Robert Crais .... executive story consultant (9 episodes, 1981-1982)
Anthony Yerkovich .... story editor (8 episodes, 1981)
Mark Frost .... story editor / executive story editor (8 episodes, 1983-1985)
Jacob Epstein .... executive story editor / story editor (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Grace Anne Carter .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1985)
Barbara D. Rosenstock .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1981)
Robert Ward .... executive script consultant / story editor (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael I. Wagner .... executive story editor (3 episodes, 1983)
Terry Curtis Fox .... story editor (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Benay Karp .... animal trainer (3 episodes, 1987)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (2 episodes, 1981)
David Milch .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1983)
David Black .... story editor (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Romano .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Thanks
Dominique Dunne .... dedicated to the memory of (1 episode, 1982)
Michael Conrad .... in memory of (1 episode, 1983)
 

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60 min (146 episodes)
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Trivia:
The title refers to the blue uniforms worn by many police officers in the US, and is perhaps an intentional pun on the musical style "blues," which is depressing in its tone ("Hill Street" is the name of the precinct). The phrase is uttered only once within the series, by Detective Emil Schneider in "Hill Street Blues: Gatorbait (#1.10)" (1981). Schneider says it in a slightly mocking tone, in reference to officers Hill and Renko, who he feels are out of their league at a particular crime scene. It should be noted, however, that the precinct bowling team is the "Hill Street Blue Ballers."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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]
Belker:Sit, hairball!
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Unsurpassed, 29 September 2001
Author: (nick@willder.com) from UK

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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