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Hill Street Blues: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Belker and LaRue learn that Washington was set up by someone in the station house; the long overdue cash payroll is hijacked; Joyce meets a really nice purse snatcher; and Furillo finds Jesus Martinez behind bars.
Hill Street Blues: Season 3: Episode 21 -- Washington goes undercover on Benedetto's loan shark scheme; Hill and Renko, desperate for cash since the payroll talks are stalled, find a suitcase full of temptation; and LaRue tries to clean up in the body parts pool for the missing Buddy Genett.
Hill Street Blues: Season 3: Episode 20 -- The brutal Benedetto comes to the Hill on a loan sharking assignment; Furillo and Goldblume question a murder suspect who may have multiple personalities.
Hill Street Blues: Season 3: Episode 19 -- Bates poses as a bus driver; LaRue continues to groom Vic Hitler for his debut; Daniels is ready to sacrifice Coffey to quiet public opinion; and Furillo and Davenport take a major step in their lives.
Hill Street Blues: Season 3: Episode 18 -- Coroner Nydorf offers to fix things when Coffey is accused of killing a prisoner in custody; LaRue develops another scheme to make money out of a comic named Vic Hitler; Joyce decides her future.

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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 »
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 55 wins & 106 nominations See more »
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Cast

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

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

Bruce Weitz ... Sgt. Mick Belker (143 episodes, 1981-1987)

Joe Spano ... Det. Henry Goldblume / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)
Kiel Martin ... Officer J.D. LaRue / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)

Betty Thomas ... Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... (143 episodes, 1981-1987)

Michael Warren ... Officer Bobby Hill (142 episodes, 1981-1987)

Charles Haid ... Officer Andrew Renko / ... (142 episodes, 1981-1987)

Veronica Hamel ... Joyce Davenport / ... (142 episodes, 1981-1987)

James Sikking ... Lt. Howard Hunter (140 episodes, 1981-1987)
René Enríquez ... Lt. Ray Calletano (104 episodes, 1981-1987)

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

Barbara Bosson ... Fay Furillo (100 episodes, 1981-1985)
Robert Hirschfeld ... Officer Leo Schnitz / ... (92 episodes, 1981-1985)
Michael Conrad ... Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (71 episodes, 1981-1984)

Jon Cypher ... Chief Fletcher Daniels (67 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 (69 episodes, 1982-1987)
Michael I. Wagner (42 episodes, 1982-1987)
Anthony Yerkovich (34 episodes, 1981-1983)
Mark Frost (29 episodes, 1982-1985)
Jacob Epstein (19 episodes, 1984-1986)
Karen Hall (16 episodes, 1982-1984)
Roger Director (12 episodes, 1984-1985)
Robert Ward (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Walon Green (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
Elia Katz (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dick Wolf (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert Crais (3 episodes, 1981)
David Stenn (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Jonathan Lemkin (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Romano (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Lee David Zlotoff (2 episodes, 1981)
Peter Silverman (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dennis Cooper (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Darrell Ray (2 episodes, 1983)
Alan Toy (2 episodes, 1983)
Steve Bello (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Black (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jerry Patrick Brown (2 episodes, 1986)
Terry Curtis Fox (2 episodes, 1986)
Robert Schlitt (2 episodes, 1986)
Christian Williams (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Scott Brazil .... supervising producer / associate producer / ... (90 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gregory Hoblit .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (78 episodes, 1981-1985)
Steven Bochco .... executive producer (75 episodes, 1981-1985)
Jeffrey Lewis .... executive producer / producer (62 episodes, 1983-1987)
David Anspaugh .... producer / associate producer (50 episodes, 1981-1983)
David J. Latt .... associate producer / co-producer (39 episodes, 1982-1984)
David Milch .... co-executive producer / executive producer / ... (39 episodes, 1984-1987)
Ellen S. Pressman .... associate producer (38 episodes, 1983-1986)
Anthony Yerkovich .... producer / supervising producer (35 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Vittes .... producer / supervising producer (35 episodes, 1985-1987)
Penny Adams .... coordinating producer / producer (30 episodes, 1985-1987)
Sascha Schneider .... producer (22 episodes, 1983-1984)
Walon Green .... co-producer (20 episodes, 1985-1986)
Michael Kozoll .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1981)
James C. Hart .... associate producer (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Litvack .... co-executive producer (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jeff Melvoin .... co-executive producer (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert Schlitt .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1986)
Robert Ward .... co-producer (8 episodes, 1987)
Steve Bello .... co-producer (6 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
Mike Post (105 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
John C. Flinn III (41 episodes, 1981-1984)
Jack Whitman (36 episodes, 1985-1987)
William Cronjager (27 episodes, 1981-1982)
Terry K. Meade (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ray Daniels (22 episodes, 1981-1984)
David Rosenbloom (13 episodes, 1981-1982)
A. David Marshall (8 episodes, 1981-1983)
Christopher Nelson (8 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joe Ann Fogle (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
David Saxon (7 episodes, 1983-1984)
Andrew Chulack (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Paul Dixon (6 episodes, 1986)
Clay Bartels (5 episodes, 1981)
Tom Stevens (5 episodes, 1981)
Geoffrey Rowland (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jonathan Pontell (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Robert A. Ferretti (4 episodes, 1987)
Charles Bornstein (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
David Handman (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Susan Heick (2 episodes, 1985)
David Solomon (2 episodes, 1985)
Susan B. Browdy (2 episodes, 1986)

Tony de Zarraga (unknown episodes)
Alicia Hirsch (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Lori Openden (56 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sally Powers (32 episodes, 1985-1987)
Geri Windsor (14 episodes, 1981)
Deborah Rosen (7 episodes, 1981)
Simon Ayer (3 episodes, 1985)
April Webster (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ned Parsons (59 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jeffrey L. Goldstein (39 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Cane (50 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gregory Garrison (34 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 (76 episodes, 1981-1987)
Virginia Kearns .... hair stylist (36 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ellen Powell .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor / executive in charge of post-production (108 episodes, 1981-1987)
Bernard Oseransky .... executive in charge of production (58 episodes, 1983-1987)
Sascha Schneider .... unit production manager (50 episodes, 1981-1984)
Abby Singer .... executive in charge of production: MTM Enterprises / executive in charge of production (47 episodes, 1981-1983)
Penny Adams .... unit production manager (34 episodes, 1985-1987)
Daniel Franklin .... production supervisor (30 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 (60 episodes, 1982-1987)
Dale White .... second assistant director / first assistant director (56 episodes, 1981-1986)
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director / first assistant director (51 episodes, 1983-1987)
Brenda Kalosh .... second second assistant director (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1982-1985)
Rick Wallace .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1981-1983)
Stephen Lim .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
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)
Sharon Gerhard .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1986)
Conrad Irving .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1983)
Paul Deason .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)
Marsha Gutierrez .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Department
Willie J. Thompson .... property master (106 episodes, 1981-1987)
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator (57 episodes, 1981-1987)
Pat Grande .... construction coordinator (14 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer (88 episodes, 1982-1985)
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (78 episodes, 1981-1985)
Sam Horta .... sound editor (70 episodes, 1981-1984)
David John West .... sound effects editor / sound editor (58 episodes, 1981-1984)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (55 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gary Krivacek .... sound editor (23 episodes, 1985-1986)
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jerelyn J. Harding .... sound editor (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dean Vernon .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (15 episodes, 1981-1987)
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... sound / sound mixer (14 episodes, 1981)
Bill Marky .... production sound mixer (14 episodes, 1983-1984)
Itzhak Magal .... production sound mixer (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ron Horwitz .... sound editor (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 1981)
William Shenberg .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 'Pee Wee' Carter .... production sound mixer (6 episodes, 1986)
John Asman .... re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 1982-1985)
Constance A. Kazmer .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Eileen Horta .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1985)
Petra Bach .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1986)
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician (1 episode, 1981)
 
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 (15 episodes, 1981)
Andrew M. Costikyan .... director of photography: second unit / photography: second unit (14 episodes, 1981)
Earl Linder .... key grip (14 episodes, 1981)
Dave Lee .... gaffer / electrical gaffer (12 episodes, 1981)
John C. Moulds .... first assistant camera (12 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Casting Department
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (64 episodes, 1982-1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women (77 episodes, 1981-1987)
David Rawley .... costumer: men (62 episodes, 1983-1987)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (14 episodes, 1981)
Robert M. Moore .... costumer: men (5 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
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)
 
Series Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor (84 episodes, 1981-1986)
Don Sanders .... music editor (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Jim Weidman .... music editor (13 episodes, 1981)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (5 episodes, 1981)
Susan Mick .... music editor (4 episodes, 1987)

Bradley Carow .... assistant music editor (unknown episodes)
Andy D'Addario .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (28 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
Scott Hamilton .... field publicist (127 episodes, 1981-1987)
Jesse Brewer .... technical advisor (76 episodes, 1981-1987)
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to the producers / assistant to producers / ... (42 episodes, 1981-1985)
Rich Sephton .... car modifications (29 episodes, 1981-1982)
David Milch .... executive story editor / story editor (28 episodes, 1982-1984)
Michael I. Wagner .... executive story editor / story editor (28 episodes, 1982-1984)
Mark Frost .... story editor / executive story editor (26 episodes, 1983-1985)
Karen Hall .... executive story editor (25 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jacob Epstein .... executive story editor / story editor (25 episodes, 1984-1986)
Robert Ward .... story editor / executive script consultant (21 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dick Wolf .... executive script consultant (20 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)
David J. Latt .... location manager (14 episodes, 1981)
Melody Rowland .... assistant to producers (14 episodes, 1981)
Judi Brown .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
David J. Gascon .... technical advisor (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1981)
Mimi Leder .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
John Romano .... executive story editor / executive script consultant (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Abby Singer .... production consultant / production executive: MTM Enterprises (11 episodes, 1981-1985)
Maria Lease .... script supervisor (11 episodes, 1981-1984)
Grace Anne Carter .... script supervisor (11 episodes, 1985-1986)
Terry Curtis Fox .... story editor (11 episodes, 1986-1987)
Barton J. Ogburn .... assistant to producer (10 episodes, 1981)
David Black .... story editor (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
Anthony Yerkovich .... story editor (9 episodes, 1981)
Peter Silverman .... story editor (8 episodes, 1987)
Jeffrey Lewis .... executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Roger Director .... story editor (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Barbara D. Rosenstock .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Thanks
Dominique Dunne .... dedicatee (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 opening credit sequence was shot in Chicago, while the episodes were shot in Los Angeles. Location scouts said it was hard to find L.A. locations for the show because the locations could not have visible palm trees. (At least the first episode (possibly as many as the first three) was shot on location in Chicago)See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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:Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV)See more »

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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Realistic, ground-breaking police drama, 26 August 1999
Author: Megabuck from Birmingham, England

When Hill Street Blues was being made, here in the UK it didn't get networked. Instead, my local commercial station (Central) picked it up and showed it on a Friday night at 11pm. My opinion of the show can be judged from the fact that I used to get home early from the pub to watch it.

It might be a cliche, but this really was a ground-breaking series. Compare it to its forbears, series like Kojak and Starsky & Hutch. Instead of there being three or four central characters, and a single plotline per episode, HSB had a couple of dozen characters and five or six plotlines, each interwoven and often continuing from week to week.

It brought an extra level of realism, too. In previous series, if cops got into a fist fight then they'd remain standing, although maybe with a bloody mouth. If someone got shot, odds on it was the bad guy, with the cops not receiving a scratch.

HSB changed all that. Fights looked real; policemen got shot; the bad guys often got away. And it went beyond that, including police corruption; politics interfering with the job; the way the police reached compromise deals with people like Jesus Martinez, even though he was a gang leader and notionally a 'bad guy'.

You cared about the characters, too. When Joe Coffey got shot, when Esterhaus died, any of a dozen others, they felt like they meant something. This wasn't a show that you watched, then forgot about.

Stephen Bochco went on to series like LA Law, NYPD Blue, Murder One and ER, all of which owe a lot to the style of HSB. It really did break the mould of TV drama; its influence is still clear, even today.

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