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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.


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Series cast summary:
 John Munch (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Meldrick Lewis (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Al Giardello (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Tim Bayliss (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Frank Pembleton (100 episodes, 1993-1998)
 Kay Howard / ... (77 episodes, 1993-1997)
 Mike Kellerman (69 episodes, 1995-1998)
Sharon Ziman ...
 Naomi (51 episodes, 1993-1999)


A one-hour drama inspired by David Simon's acclaimed non-fiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." It is at once a mundane yet compelling look in and around a Homicide unit of the Baltimore Police Department, a group of determined individuals who are committed to their grim job at hand. Written by Karina Santos <tallulahg@aol.com>

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31 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Richard Belzer (John Munch) appears in 119 of the series' 122 episodes, more than anyone else. The only episodes in which he does not appear are Homicide: Life on the Street: The Damage Done (1996), Homicide: Life on the Street: The Subway (1997) and Homicide: Life on the Street: Lines of Fire (1999). See more »


A couple of times, reference is made to the other shift of the Homicide detectives as being the "night shift". However, at the time, the squads of the Homicide department regularly rotated shifts so that no one group of detectives would routinely have the night shift. See more »


Det. Tim Bayliss: [upon learning that having Crosetti's favourite pastries at his funeral would cost $200] That silly man and his silly cookies.
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Followed by Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) See more »

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one of the best cop shows if not THE best
27 July 2000 | by (Bethesda, MD) – See all my reviews

Sorry Law and Order, but there's just something special about this show and there's more of a place for it in my heart, and it has nothing to do with the fact it takes place in my home state (well OK, that's does have something to do with it). It had an unconventional style different from that of L & O, but there were times I found it to be more intellectual.

There was never a bad episode, and the casting was all good, especially Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor, and Richard Belzer. It's too bad that some cast members left earlier than they should of (Ned Beatty, Jon Polito), but they were ably replaced.

It's really a shame that more people didn't watch this show which led to its cancellation, and appreciate it more with some of the crap that's on TV these days, which is a sad commentary on TV viewers as a whole. Oh well, there's always the reruns on Court TV.

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