NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases.
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 Det. Andy Sipowicz / ... (261 episodes, 1993-2005)
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 Det. Greg Medavoy (255 episodes, 1993-2005)
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 Lt. Arthur Fancy / ... (166 episodes, 1993-2001)
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 John Irvin (156 episodes, 1995-2005)
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 Det. James Martinez (138 episodes, 1993-2000)
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 Det. Diane Russell (136 episodes, 1995-2003)
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 Det. Baldwin Jones (123 episodes, 2000-2005)
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 A.D.A. Sylvia Costas / ... (106 episodes, 1993-1999)
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Each week viewers see the gritty reality of life in a New York City Police unit as the officers go about their work with a grim determination. Two partners, Detectives Andy Sipowicz and John Kelley (later replaced by Bobby Simone), are the central characters in this weekly police drama, and personify very different approaches to their difficult job. Sipowicz's brash gruffness (covering an emotional vulnerability) is tempered by the precise and controlled demeanor of the two partners with whom he has worked. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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21 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Policía de Nueva York  »

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Prior to the show's premiere and immediately afterward there was enormous controversy over what was perceived to be high levels of offensive language and nudity. Many affiliates refused to air the show and several advertisers boycotted it. Steven Bochco negotiated intensely with the network for a certain amount of language and nudity to be allowed. He has said that because of the pressure on the network from this criticism the show would likely not have survived had it not been an instant hit. See more »

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Andy: Romeo's a rage-a-holic, which means he's often pissed off, unlike the vast majority of us gliding along devil-may-care.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

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Simply the best ever
5 July 2003 | by (Hackensack, NJ) – See all my reviews

Consider that in the first 50 years of ABC television, NYPD Blue was on for 12 of them. Was it better, more edgy the first couple of seasons? Yes. Was it at the end? Not so much. Yet, it was still appointment television. It was ground-breaking, and if you missed it from Day One, sure you can buy the DVD's as they come out, but it was so different than anything on TV then, and it changed what we expect out of television dramas.

The character of Andy Sipowicz, played by 4 time Emmy winner Dennis Franz, was the most realistic character ever created on television, faults and all. He was a modern-day everyman, and that was why we rooted for him, even when he was in one of those moods. It was why we continued to watch right up until it's triumphant end.

It came along when the one-hour drama on network television was all but dead; it re-defined the look of prime time drama with language and wardrobe (or lack their of), as well as how it was filmed; and when you speak with anyone that is or ever has served in law enforcement in this country, they'll tell you it was the best show at capturing "The Job" from a realism and accuracy standpoint.

Thank God for re-runs.


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