Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Station

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/15/81
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  • Episode Description
  • Precinct Captain Furillo tries to defuse a hostage situation despite the advice of his gung-ho Emergency Action Team leader and the temperament of a self-absorbed gang leader; public defender Joyce Davenport tries to find a client who has been lost in the bureaucratic maze; Detective LaRue gets a lapful of coffee; Sgt. Esterhaus confides to Fay about his teenage sweetheart; Officers Hill and Renko are shot in the line of duty.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Taurean Blacque

    Det. Neal Washington

  • Michael Warren

    Officer Bobby Hill

  • Charles Haid

    Andy Renko

  • Michael Conrad

    Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (1981-1984)

  • Veronica Hamel

    Joyce Davenport

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Capt. Furillo is loaded with many worries including the fact that his son was playing with a gun and a hostage situation.

    By marvelfan89, May 31, 2007

  • A remarkable start for a remarkable series

    By francklloyd, Jan 27, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Sgt. Esterhaus: Let's be careful out there.

    • Frank: I'm sending in Goldblume, see if we can open communication, diffuse the situation. It's by the book, Howard. Howard: (snorts) Goldblume! Goldblume couldn't diffuse a roll of kosher toilet paper.

    • Phil: But then I met Cindy. Overnight, my life turned around! Fay: (sniffling, drying her eyes from crying) Oh, yeah? All, that's terrific, I'm glad to hear that! Are you thinking of getting re-married? Phil: As soon as she graduates. Fay: She's a college student? Phil: High school. She's a graduating senior.

    • Esterhaus: You look flushed, Francis. I can keep shop; Cindy's at marching band practice until ten o'clock.

    • Dispatcher: Dispatch . . . We have a 911 . . . Armed Robbery in progress . . . See Surplus Store, corner Peoples' Drive, 124th Street . . .

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    Notes (11)

    • Originally, the characters of Hill and Renko were supposed to have died in this episode, but they proved so popular that the creators brought them back.

    • Hill Street Blues was the first weekly television series to receive $1,000,000 from the network to film a single episode.

    • The opening credit sequence was shot in Chicago.

    • Co-creator Steven Bochco and actors James Sikking and Joe Spano provided DVD commentary for this episode.

    • Gerry Black is credited in this episode as "Detective." He is not referred to as Detective Alfred Chesley until the second episode.

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