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Hill Street Blues 

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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
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Series cast summary:
...  Capt. Frank Furillo 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Officer Bobby Hill 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Sgt. Mick Belker 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Lt. Howard Hunter / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Lt. Henry Goldblume / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Det. Neal Washington 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Officer J.D. LaRue / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Officer Andrew Renko 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Joyce Davenport 144 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Lt. Ray Calletano / ... 109 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Officer Joe Coffey 104 episodes, 1981-1986
...  Fay Furillo 103 episodes, 1981-1986
Robert Hirschfeld ...  Leo Schnitz / ... 94 episodes, 1981-1985
...  Sgt. Phil Esterhaus 71 episodes, 1981-1984
...  Chief Fletcher Daniels 73 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Irwin Bernstein 58 episodes, 1982-1987
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The original "ensemble drama," this is the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct in an anonymous inner city patterned after Chicago. We follow the lives of many characters, from the lowly beat and traffic cops to the captain of the precinct himself. This is the show that blazed the trail followed later by such notable ensemble dramas as "St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law." Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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15 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Hill Street Station  »

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(146 episodes)

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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, it was Renko who was supposed to have died in the shootout in the pilot, while his partner Hill survives. Charles Haid was originally a guest star in the pilot, as a favor for Steven Bochco. After he shot the "Hill Street" pilot he shot one for a proposed NBC hospital dramatic series, but it wasn't picked up by the network. He then asked Bochco if Renko could be resurrected and made into a regular in the series. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits when the police cars pull out of the garage, one of them has the overhead light bar on backwards. You can see that the others have the siren speakers between the lights facing front, while one has it facing to the trunk. See more »

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Detective Mick Belker: I'm a police officer and you... are... BUSTED!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits it shows the MTM kitten wearing a policeman's hat to match this show. See more »

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Fantastic after all these years
10 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

I recently began watching this show again in re-runs and find it every bit as compelling now as when it originally aired. The writing is gritty and realistic and the story lines often have a universality one doesn't find in other shows, then or now. It maintains a break-neck pace that is always involving. The acting is so consistently excellent that I find it hard to pinpoint a favorite character. It's also fascinating to see the number of actors here, some guesting, some series regulars, who have gone on to greater fame - Alfre Woodard, Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Lawrence Fishburne, Jennifer Tilley, Don Cheadle, Tim Robbins, Mykelti Williamson, Ken Olin, Jane Kaczmarek and many more.


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