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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Daniel J. Travanti ...  Capt. Frank Furillo 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Michael Warren ...  Officer Bobby Hill 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Bruce Weitz ...  Sgt. Mick Belker 144 episodes, 1981-1987
James Sikking ...  Lt. Howard Hunter / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Joe Spano ...  Lt. Henry Goldblume / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Taurean Blacque ...  Det. Neal Washington 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Kiel Martin ...  Officer J.D. LaRue / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Betty Thomas ...  Sgt. Lucy Bates / ... 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Charles Haid ...  Officer Andrew Renko 144 episodes, 1981-1987
Veronica Hamel ...  Joyce Davenport 144 episodes, 1981-1987
René Enríquez ...  Lt. Ray Calletano / ... 109 episodes, 1981-1987
Ed Marinaro ...  Officer Joe Coffey 104 episodes, 1981-1986
Barbara Bosson ...  Fay Furillo 103 episodes, 1981-1986
Robert Hirschfeld Robert Hirschfeld ...  Leo Schnitz / ... 94 episodes, 1981-1985
Michael Conrad ...  Sgt. Phil Esterhaus 71 episodes, 1981-1984
Jon Cypher ...  Chief Fletcher Daniels 73 episodes, 1981-1987
George Wyner ...  Irwin Bernstein 58 episodes, 1982-1987
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hill Street Station See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(146 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The exterior shots of the Hill Street station were those of an actual Chicago police station. Now no longer used by the city, it was at one time the home of the 7th District, located near the old Maxwell Street Market, and is called "The Hill Street Blues Station". It is used by the University of Illinois-Chicago police. During Prohibition this precinct had the reputation as the most corrupt in the U.S. Its captain once had to distribute his personnel roster to mob bagmen who delivered the weekly payoffs, because they were handing out money to every cop in the place indiscriminately and cops from other stations were showing up on payoff day. See more »

Goofs

When the various characters speak into the radio microphone in their patrol cars, they seldom press the "transmit" switch, and Andy Renko is occasionally seen speaking into the back of the microphone. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Sergeant Phil Esterhaus: Hey, let's be careful out there.
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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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Best show of its time - by a long way.
8 March 1999 | by Kane IIISee all my reviews

In the days of E.R and NYPD Blue, it's hard to remember just how ground-breaking a show HSB was. Nothing like it had ever been seen before. The quality of the acting and writing, the documentary look and feel, the seedy broken down environment, the brutally frank situations and language (for the time), the fact that the "bad" guys got away with it as often as not, the huge ensemble cast, the long one-take scenes, the unhappy endings etc. etc.

Needless to say, the American people wanted nothing to do with such quality at first - until it won a record number of Emmys and they couldn't ignore it anymore. If nothing else, this series proved to the networks that quality can sell soap after all.

If you like your E.R. think a kind thought for Hill Street Blues - the series that made it all possible.


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