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"Hill Street Blues" (1981) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1981-1987

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Hill Street Blues -- 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 -- Belker and LaRue learn that Washington was set up by someone in the station house.
Hill Street Blues -- 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 -- The brutal Benedetto comes to the Hill on a loan sharking assignment; Furillo and Goldblume question a murder suspect who may have multiple personalities.

Overview

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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 55 wins & 108 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best show of its time - by a long way. See more (33 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 16 of 548)

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 ... Det. 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 (102 episodes, 1981-1986)
Robert Hirschfeld ... Leo Schnitz / ... (92 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 (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 / producer / ... (113 episodes, 1981-1986)
Gregory Hoblit .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (96 episodes, 1981-1985)
Steven Bochco .... executive producer (94 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 (51 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Vittes .... producer / supervising producer (44 episodes, 1985-1987)
David J. Latt .... associate producer / co-producer (42 episodes, 1982-1984)
Anthony Yerkovich .... producer / supervising producer (36 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 (138 episodes, 1981-1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (66 episodes, 1984-1987)
John C. Flinn III (44 episodes, 1981-1984)
William Cronjager (27 episodes, 1981-1982)
Terry K. Meade (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ray Daniels (23 episodes, 1981-1985)
David Rosenbloom (15 episodes, 1981-1982)
Joe Ann Fogle (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
David Saxon (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Christopher Nelson (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
A. David Marshall (9 episodes, 1981-1983)
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 (57 episodes, 1981-1984)
Sally Powers (42 episodes, 1985-1987)
Simon Ayer (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Geri Windsor (14 episodes, 1981)
Deborah Rosen (7 episodes, 1981)
April Webster (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ned Parsons (89 episodes, 1983-1987)
Jeffrey L. Goldstein (42 episodes, 1981-1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Cane (51 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 (111 episodes, 1981-1987)
Virginia Kearns .... hair stylist (58 episodes, 1983-1986)
Ronald W. Smith .... hair stylist (23 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ellen Powell .... hair stylist (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Production Management
Ted Rich .... post-production supervisor / executive in charge of post-production (141 episodes, 1981-1987)
Bernard Oseransky .... executive in charge of production (88 episodes, 1983-1987)
Sascha Schneider .... unit production manager (53 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 (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 (86 episodes, 1982-1987)
Jim Charleston .... second assistant director / first assistant director (78 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dale White .... first assistant director / second assistant director (71 episodes, 1981-1986)
Herb Adelman .... first assistant director (30 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 (139 episodes, 1981-1987)
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator (87 episodes, 1981-1987)
Pat Grande .... construction coordinator (14 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Sound Department
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer (88 episodes, 1982-1985)
Sam Horta .... sound editor / sound (84 episodes, 1981-1985)
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 .... sound re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
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 .... sound 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)
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
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 (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
Earl Linder .... key grip (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dave Lee .... electrical gaffer / gaffer (14 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)
 
Series Casting Department
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (94 episodes, 1982-1987)
Lori Openden .... casting (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Hudson .... costumer: women (112 episodes, 1981-1987)
David Rawley .... costumer: men (95 episodes, 1982-1987)
Robert Harris Jr. .... costumer: men (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
Robert M. Moore .... costumer: men (5 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
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)
 
Series Music Department
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor (110 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
Scott Hamilton .... field publicist (127 episodes, 1981-1987)
Jesse Brewer .... technical advisor (111 episodes, 1981-1987)
Marilyn Fiebelkorn .... assistant to the producer / assistant to the producers / ... (67 episodes, 1981-1985)
Mark Frost .... executive story editor / story editor (44 episodes, 1983-1985)
Jacob Epstein .... executive story editor / story editor (38 episodes, 1984-1986)
Abby Singer .... production consultant / executive in charge of production / ... (36 episodes, 1981-1985)
Michael I. Wagner .... executive story editor / story editor (33 episodes, 1982-1984)
David Milch .... executive story editor / story editor (31 episodes, 1982-1984)
Rich Sephton .... car modifications (29 episodes, 1981-1982)
Mimi Leder .... script supervisor (27 episodes, 1983-1985)
Karen Hall .... executive story editor (25 episodes, 1983-1984)
Judi Brown .... script supervisor (25 episodes, 1984-1987)
Robert Ward .... story editor / executive script consultant (25 episodes, 1985-1987)
Roger Director .... story editor (23 episodes, 1984-1985)
Dick Wolf .... executive script consultant (22 episodes, 1985-1986)
David J. Gascon .... technical advisor (22 episodes, 1986-1987)
Terry Curtis Fox .... story editor (19 episodes, 1986-1987)
Craig Wyrick-Solari .... production assistant (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
David J. Latt .... location manager (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
Melody Rowland .... assistant to producers / assistant to the producer (16 episodes, 1981-1982)
John Romano .... executive story editor / executive script consultant (16 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 Black .... story editor (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Maria Lease .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1981-1984)
Barton J. Ogburn .... assistant to producer / assistant to the producer (12 episodes, 1981-1982)
Sandy Nelson .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1981)
Jeffrey Lewis .... executive story consultant (11 episodes, 1982-1983)
Anthony Yerkovich .... story editor (9 episodes, 1981)
Peter Silverman .... story editor (9 episodes, 1987)
Grace Anne Carter .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1985)
Geri Windsor .... executive in charge of talent (5 episodes, 1982)
Barbara D. Rosenstock .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (4 episodes, 1981)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (2 episodes, 1981)
Brad Kern .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1986)
Jonathan Lemkin .... story editor (2 episodes, 1986)
 
Series Thanks
Dominique Dunne .... dedicatee (1 episode, 1982)
Michael Conrad .... in memory of (1 episode, 1983)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (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:
Revealing mistakes: When the various characters speak into the radio microphone in their patrol cars, they seldom press the "transmit" switch, and Andy Renko is occasionally seen speaking into the back of the microphone.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Sergeant Phil Esterhaus:Hey, let's be careful out there.
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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Best show of its time - by a long way., 8 March 1999
Author: Kane III from UK

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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