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Since the show took place in a seedy, crime-laden city, the producers did not want to unfairly depict a US city. So they went to great lengths to avoid specifying where the show took place. There were many clues, though, that the series took place in the Midwest or Northeast.

Some clues include:

In the episode "Fuched Again", several officers take a plane trip to Las Vegas. When they run into Leo's Schnitz's estranged wife, she refers to them as "friend from back East." This would eliminate states such as Nevada and California.

In the episode "Gung Ho", a woman mentions committing crimes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, York, Pennsylvania and Newark, New Jersey. If the show was set in one of those states, she probably would not have used both the city and state name when mentioning the locations, thus ruling out New Mexico, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

In the episode, "Hacked to Pieces", Mayor Cleveland's son, Lee, is desperate to get help for his addictions and wants to be sent to a special clinic in Rockford. Rockford, Illinois is located about 75 miles west of Chicago.

In the episode "Blood Money", a friend of Phil Esterhaus mentions that he has a cabin at Lake Lackawanna. Hill, Renko and Coffey overhear them talking and invite themselves to spend the weekend fishing there. Lake Lackawanna is part of a state park in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Thus it would make sense that the setting for the show was within driving distance of Pennsylvania.

When Officer Joe Coffey was shot and killed, was it because of a contractual dispute? Did he want to leave the show to pursue other interests? Just curious why one of the more popular characters died. (Of course, it could also be that the producers wanted to "hit home" with killing off a popular police officer).

Five. Phil Esterhaus was the original role call sergeant. Henry Goldblume temporarily filled in while Esterhaus was sick. After Esterhaus passed away, Lucy Bates took it over for half of a season. The following season, Stan Jablonski was brought in from another precinct to perform the role call. After he had a heart attack and resigned, Howard Hunter, after being suspended from field duty, took over role call. In the episode "Hill Street Blues: Blues in the Night (#6.1)," it is learned that there is a nighttime role call as well. Sergeant Jenkins is the nighttime role call sergeant.

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