Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
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Life, Death, Eternity 

Frank risks a promotion to commander by pursuing an investigation that links a city councilman from another district to the murder of a prostitute. Belker is harassed by a new anti-Semetic cop.

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Frank risks a promotion to commander by pursuing an investigation that links a city councilman from another district to the murder of a prostitute. Belker is harassed by a new anti-Semetic cop.

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14 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Dwight Schultz and George McDaniel guest star as two last chance cops. George McDaniel later guest starred on The A-Team: Wheel of Fortune (1986). See more »

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Howard shows Frank the model of his new urban assault vehicle. In anger, Frank pushes down on the model's two gun barrels so that they are in the horizontal position but in the next shot, the barrels are pointed up again. See more »

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Fay Furillo: He had all my drawers pulled out, he pulled down my bedspread, he stole my underwear!
Capt. Frank Furillo: Did you touch anything?
Fay Furillo: No, I used to be married to a cop, I know what to do.
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Superior episode
11 August 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti, aces as usual) risks his promotion to commander by investigating the murder of a teenage prostitute that's linked to a well-respected city councilman. Belker (nicely essayed with typically growly gusto by Bruce Weitz) gets harassed by despicable and vindictive anti-Semetic cop Officer Ludwig (a supremely repellent portrayal by George McDaniel). Larue (Kiel Marton) tries to get his "saloondraumat" business off the ground. Phone repairman Marve Box dies on the job. This episode is especially notable for introducing Jon Cypher as Chief Fletcher Daniels, a slimy and obnoxious opportunist who's more interested in advancing his own career than he is in enforcing the law. Moreover, this show offers a meaty and provocative central theme about personal ethics versus professional ambitions (Furillo is pressured by others to place the blame of the hooker's death on a suspect that he doesn't think is guilty of said crime) and warrants extra praise for treating the touchy subject of anti-Semeticism in an intelligent and straightforward manner. James B. Sikking as the marvelously nutty Hunter has a few wickedly funny moments while Barbara Babcock makes the most of her one scene as the extremely sexy and vibrant Grace Gardner. Dolph Sweet likewise impresses as the no-nonsense detective Lt. Emil Schneider. Jack Starrett, veteran director of such hugely enjoyable 70's drive-in exploitation favorites as "Cleopatra Jones," "Race With the Devil," and "A Small Town in Texas," handles the show with his trademark tight and muscular aplomb; the brisk pace and tough hard-hitting tone are expertly sustained throughout.


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