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Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

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


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Top Rated TV #128 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 wins & 82 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 John Munch (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Meldrick Lewis (122 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Lt. 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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Release Date:

31 January 1993 (USA)  »

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(122 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Belzer (John Munch), Kyle Secor (Tim Bayliss), Yaphet Kotto (Lt. Al Giardello), Clark Johnson (Meldrick Lewis) and Sharon Ziman (Naomi) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series: Homicide: Life on the Street: Gone for Goode (1993) and Homicide: Life on the Street: Forgive Us Our Trespasses (1999). See more »


In a number of episodes, in-vehicle shots with a "back seat" perspective often show that the vehicle being filmed in is in fact a Chrysler-produced sedan. Note the older star-in-pentagon emblem on the steering wheel instead of the Chevy Cavaliers that the detectives drive. This is likely due to the lower headroom in the Cavalier, making it difficult to film that perspective. See more »


Det. Meldrick Lewis: Baltimore, home of the misdemeanor homicide.
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Referenced in 'Law & Order': The Beginning (2002) See more »

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"Homicide": the greatest show on television
30 July 1999 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

It was a gloomy day when NBC cancelled this amazing show, but unfortunately, not enough viewers were watching. It can now be viewed in syndication - as of January 1999 it is shown on Court-TV weeknights. "Homicide" was an Emmy and Peabody-award-winning show. Because of its unique shooting style, magnificent writers, and terrific actors, it is the best show I ever watched. Other cop shows are no comparison. In fact, no other drama on network television had such a racially diverse cast. This is the only drama I have seen with African-American actors in leading roles. It is a sad fact that there aren't other shows like it out now.

This show truly did duck the "system" of other dramas, staying true to the source and portraying realistic characters. Anguish, joy, anger, humiliation, and respect are evident in the faces of the characters in assorted episodes. The first few seasons were the best, in my opinion, but the other seasons were still better than anything else on the networks. I shudder to think that "Nash Bridges" beat this amazing show in the ratings. If you are at all interested, try to find this show on television in your area. There is no middle ground with this show; you will either hate it or love it. All that I know have become addicted to it.

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