Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.
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Series cast summary:
Dennis Franz ...  Det. Andy Sipowicz / ... 261 episodes, 1993-2005
Gordon Clapp ...  Det. Greg Medavoy 256 episodes, 1993-2005
James McDaniel ...  Lt. Arthur Fancy / ... 167 episodes, 1993-2001
Bill Brochtrup ...  John Irvin 156 episodes, 1995-2005
Nicholas Turturro ...  Det. James Martinez 138 episodes, 1993-2000
Kim Delaney ...  Det. Diane Russell 137 episodes, 1995-2003
Henry Simmons ...  Det. Baldwin Jones 123 episodes, 2000-2005


Each week, viewers saw the gritty reality of life in a New York City Police unit, as the officers go about their work with a grim determination, and a willingness to break the same laws that they're supposed to be enforcing. Two partners, Detectives Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and John Kelly (David Caruso) (later replaced by Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits)), were the central characters in this weekly Police drama, and personified very different approaches to their difficult job. Sipowicz's brash gruffness (covering an emotional vulnerability) was tempered by the precise and controlled demeanor of the two partners with whom he has worked. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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Ride along with the boys in blue.


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Prior to the show's premiere, and immediately afterward, there was enormous controversy over what was perceived to be high levels of offensive language and nudity. Many affiliates refused to air the show and several advertisers boycotted it. Steven Bochco negotiated intensely with the network for a certain amount of language and nudity to be allowed. He has said that because of the pressure on the network from this criticism, the show would likely not have survived, had it not been an instant hit. See more »


Big Rick: [after confessing to a robbery-homicide] Money from the safe stashed in my apartment, black leather bag under some skin magazines in the corner behind the bed. I want to use that to pay for a lawyer.
Andy: Don't exactly work that way, Big Rick, but if they try at the trial passing you off as the mastermind, you tell 'em what you just said.
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Where Are the DVDs?
16 October 2011 | by davisnathanSee all my reviews

Great acting, excellent character development, etc. I particularly liked the Jimmy Smits years, but all of them were great.

One of the bet shows ever on TV---lasted 12 seasons---but only the first 5 are available on DVD.

Does anyone know why? Is there some sort of contract problem or lawsuit? Are they scheduled to be released at some time in the future? I would like to know----the first 5 seasons came out quite some time ago (8 years?) and then nothing! You would think that a show with the kind of legs this one had and the audience to keep it on the air for 12 seasons would represent excellent potential for the DVD sales. SO---what's up with that? Anybody know?

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Release Date:

21 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

NYPD Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


(261 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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