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Release Date:
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
Mike Post (4 episodes, 1988)
Richard Stone (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Cinematography by
Robert Seaman (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Film Editing by
Jonathan Pontell (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Alec Smight (4 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 (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Xavier Reyes .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Irwin Marcus .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)

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)
Susan Mick .... music editor (4 episodes, 1988)
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A much maligned little peach of a show, 3 November 2008
Author: stfrsc from United States

My thoughts on BHB differ greatly from most others' dim recollections. I was fortunate to have taped two episodes on the sole occasions they aired. Sure wish I had grabbed the other ones.

I'll spare you the details of the shows since they are unavailable anyway. They are good enough for me to have watched several times, though. The writing is excellent, the characters are well drawn (for a 30 minute show) and the casting just about perfect. Dana Wheeler-Nicholson is fabulous, beautiful beyond description and with much subtlety brought to her character. Joe Pantoliano (missed completely by IMDb) puts in a fine performance as a corrupt P.I. who tries to hire Buntz for a job he soon walks away from.

Dennis Franz and Peter Jurasik are superb in their lead roles. These reviews of the Buntz character as ethically or morally corrupt are WRONG in my opinion. Though rough around the edges and willing to cut a few corners, ultimately Buntz is good hearted with a strong sense of fairness. The best comparisons I can make with the Norman Buntz and Sid Thurston characters are to the Jim Rockford and Angel Martin characters in The Rockford Files. Could one say that either are morally corrupt? Okay, maybe a little with Angel, but you get my drift. In the end, Norman and Sid see to it that the good guys win and the crooks end up in jail.

This poor show never had a chance, the way it got jerked around in it's time slot and canceled before the audience had a chance to catch up and appreciate it. That's too bad for all of us.

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