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Anatomy of a 'Homicide: Life on the Street' (1998)

A brief look at the history of "Homicide: Life on the Street", one of the best shows on television and its ratings history as well as some of the people on the show, as well as behind the ... See full summary »


Theodore Bogosian


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Credited cast:
Will Lyman ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
G.A. Aguilar G.A. Aguilar ... Himself (stunt coordinator) (as George Aguilar)
Michael Ahl Michael Ahl ... Uniform Officer
A. Russell Andrews ... EMT #2 (archive footage)
Daniel Baldwin ... Det. Beau Felton (archive footage)
Ned Beatty ... Det. Stanley 'The Big Man' Bolander (archive footage)
Richard Belzer ... Det. John Munch (archive footage)
Andre Braugher ... Himself / Det. Frank Pembleton (archive footage)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Himself
Reed Diamond ... Det. Mike Kellerman (archive footage)
Shari Elliker Shari Elliker ... Woman (archive footage)
Anya Epstein Anya Epstein ... Herself
Jim Finnerty Jim Finnerty ... Himself
Gary Fleder ... Himself
Tom Fontana ... Himself


A brief look at the history of "Homicide: Life on the Street", one of the best shows on television and its ratings history as well as some of the people on the show, as well as behind the camera. The primary focus of this PBS documentary is the "Subway" episode which aired on December 5, 1997 on NBC. This two-hour documentary follows the "Subway" episode from conception to award nominations. Written by Tom Myers <tmyers@goucher.edu>

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4 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Razor Sharp ! Makes NYPD Blue look like Daytime TV !
14 August 2003 | by GLoc1984See all my reviews

Based on the Non-Fiction book by David Simon " Homicide ; A year on the Killing Streets " , Homicide ; Life on the Streets is simply the most impressive and intellegent Cop Show ever produced . With a superb Ensemble cast , each of whom is fully capable of carrying an episode , its intricate sharply written storylines and edgy docu-drama style camera-work courtesy of Barry Levinson , it really is one of the greatest TV series ever made .

Following the fortunes of a squad of Baltimore city Homicide detectives through their cases and personal lives , the Cast of Charecteurs Changes through the Seasons with Early season detectives Beau Felton and Stanley Bowlander leaving (allegedly in an attempt to spice up the cast ) , to be replaced by Megan Russert , Meldrick Lewis and Mike Kellerman . Standards throughout the show were Det Frank Pembleton , a brilliant if somewhat scary seeker of truth (brilliantly portrayed by Andre Braugher ) . Det Tim Bayliss was the new Homicide cop , a sensative soul who eventually grew into his new job and earned his colleagues respect after a very rocky star . Kay Howard , was the Supersticious (and hot !) redhead whose streak of solved cases earned her the admiration of her colleagues and superiors alike and an eventual promotion . The Shift commander was the Fearsome Al Giodello , a fair yet forceful individual who was forced to use his considerable intellegence against his own not always on the level superiors on several occasions . These included , Captain Barnfather , an ambiguous figure who although he did ultimately have a conscience did his best to hide it , and LT Gaffney a racist thug who had risen up the ranks only because of his spectacular butt-kissing abilities . The later addittions to the show included , Mike Kellerman , a hot head whose suspension on corruption charges sets up one of the series most shocking story lines involving the series long term uber drug-lord , killer and alround teflon guy Luthor Mahoney . The seemingly laid back Meldrick also got to show his teeth more in the later series . While Megan Russerts rise and fall was all the more painful to watch because you could see it all coming .......

More new Charecteurs were introduced in the last couple of series including Det Stewart Gardy , Det Terry Stivers and det Laura Ballard , as well as the Infamous Mr Mahoneys equally psychotic sister Georgia-Rae . The Series ran to 7 series all in all (some said the last was a series to many !) , and represent truely innovative and enthralling vision of a police unit and its inhabitants . There may not have been bloody shoots outs every week , but the series was all the better for it as it allowed the charecters to really come alive , and for the viewers to feel genuine empathy for them ! But like they say all good things must come to an end ......... Homicide the Movie rounded of the seventh series perfectly , with cast past and present reassembling to investigate the death of an old friend .....

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