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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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Drama

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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

Renko and Hill are shown driving along a freeway service drive that has a sign leading to the freeway that says "TO" and show the shields for Interstates 90 and 94. Only in Chicago do these two interstates run together where from I-290 north to the I-90/I-94 interchange near O'Hare Airport its named the Kennedy Expressway, and from I-290 south to I-57, the Dan Ryan Expressway. 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]
Belker: Sit, hairball!
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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 info-820-381259See 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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