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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hill Street Station See more »

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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

Many of the street names and precincts in the show are actual street names in Buffalo, NY, where series producer/writer Tom Fontana was born and raised. See more »

Goofs

The Hill Street Precinct E.A.T. van, which is also used as the van that the Polk Ave. Precinct used to drop the homeless off on the Hill, is number 2227. There is also a squad car with the same number. The same with 2225, which is used on a larger newer E.A.T. van as well as the number for a squad car. Each number should have only been used one time. 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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Referenced in The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (2014) See more »

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Realistic, ground-breaking police drama
26 August 1999 | by MegabuckSee all my reviews

When Hill Street Blues was being made, here in the UK it didn't get networked. Instead, my local commercial station (Central) picked it up and showed it on a Friday night at 11pm. My opinion of the show can be judged from the fact that I used to get home early from the pub to watch it.

It might be a cliche, but this really was a ground-breaking series. Compare it to its forbears, series like Kojak and Starsky & Hutch. Instead of there being three or four central characters, and a single plotline per episode, HSB had a couple of dozen characters and five or six plotlines, each interwoven and often continuing from week to week.

It brought an extra level of realism, too. In previous series, if cops got into a fist fight then they'd remain standing, although maybe with a bloody mouth. If someone got shot, odds on it was the bad guy, with the cops not receiving a scratch.

HSB changed all that. Fights looked real; policemen got shot; the bad guys often got away. And it went beyond that, including police corruption; politics interfering with the job; the way the police reached compromise deals with people like Jesus Martinez, even though he was a gang leader and notionally a 'bad guy'.

You cared about the characters, too. When Joe Coffey got shot, when Esterhaus died, any of a dozen others, they felt like they meant something. This wasn't a show that you watched, then forgot about.

Stephen Bochco went on to series like LA Law, NYPD Blue, Murder One and ER, all of which owe a lot to the style of HSB. It really did break the mould of TV drama; its influence is still clear, even today.


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