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5 November 1987 (USA) See more »
Norman Buntz, the gruff (and somewhat ethically questionable) detective from "Hill Street Blues" (1981)... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 6)

Dennis Franz ... Norman Buntz (13 episodes, 1987-1988)

Peter Jurasik ... Sid Thurston (13 episodes, 1987-1988)

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Rebecca Giswold (13 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Directed by
John Patterson (2 episodes, 1987)
Eric Laneuville (2 episodes, 1988)

Barnet Kellman (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Jeffrey Lewis (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Milch (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Peter Silverman (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Christian Williams (3 episodes, 1988)

Series Produced by
Jessie Ward Dugan .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Christian Williams .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Richard Stone (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mike Post (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Cinematography by
Robert Seaman (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Film Editing by
Alec Smight (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jonathan Pontell (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Holding .... second assistant director / first assistant director (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Brenda Kalosh .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Xavier Reyes .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Irwin Marcus .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)

Babu Subramaniam 'T.R.' .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Stuart Ablaza .... foley editor (1 episode, 1987)
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (1 episode, 1988)
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1988)

Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Peter Reale .... re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
John O. Robinson III .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Randall Robinson .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jeff Greene .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
William Mayer .... dolly grip (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Julius Metoyer .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Lee Nakahara .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Joe Staton .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bob West .... key grip (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

John Earl Burnett .... first assistant camera: second unit (unknown episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Editorial Department
Craig Wyrick-Solari .... post coordinator (4 episodes, 1987-1988)

Scott Klein .... master colorist (unknown episodes)
Series Location Management
Craig Wyrick-Solari .... assistant location manager (1 episode, 1987)
Series Music Department
Ry Cooder .... composer: theme music (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Susan Mick .... music editor (2 episodes, 1988)

Mike Post .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Bernard Oseransky .... executive in charge of production (1 episode, 1987)
John Romano .... executive story editor (1 episode, 1987)
Peter Silverman .... story editor (1 episode, 1987)
Victoria Gail Weisbart .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Christian Williams .... story editor (1 episode, 1987)

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30 min (13 episodes)
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Whose bright idea was this?, 6 January 2003
Author: frankfob from California

Norman Buntz (Dennis Franz, foreshadowing his Andy Sipowicz character in "NYPD Blue") was a tough, somewhat unprincipled, often violent streetwise detective from "Hill Street Blues," the 1980s' seminal cop show. Sid (Peter Jurasik) was a small-time, not particularly successful crook who moonlighted as Buntz's snitch, and the two developed somewhat of a reluctant affection for each other, if not an actual friendship. Franz and Jurasik worked so well together in "Hill Street" that when the show ended, their two characters were given their own series, in which they were transplanted to Beverly Hills and opened up their own detective agency. Apparently the producers were going for the TV version of Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop". Not a very good move. Murphy's Axel Foley was a wild Detroit detective, a tough enough cop but one who used his wits and his outrageous sense of humor more than his fists and his gun to get things done. Norman Buntz was not noted for his sense of humor, and the producers unfortunately made this series a comedy first and a cop show second, and it didn't work at all. "Hill Street Blues" fans liked Buntz' breaking of the rules when he thought it was called for, and his single-minded, legalities-be-damned method of hunting down criminals. Making a Teddy Bear or even somewhat of a buffoon out of him, which is what this show did, turned off the fans expecting to see the Norman Buntz they knew and loved, and the series never got off the ground. It's too bad, because Franz and Jurasik really did have great chemistry together, and the right type of showcase for them would have been a big hit, but the producers blew it by trying to turn them into The Two Stooges. The show deservedly sank without much of a trace.

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