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  • "This police drama contains adult language and scenes with partial nudity. Viewer discretion is advised." The potential images those words created alone caused more controversy for this series, before it had even premiered. The "Bible Belt" was up in arms and no-one had even seen an episode. In most of those southern states the local ABC affiliates refused to carry the show, which was a shame because aside from a "little" bare flesh and a couple of harsh words, they missed out on a quality television show. Of course it wasn't long before they realized it really was no big deal. Late during the first season, Steven Bochco said during an acceptance speech at the 20th Annual People's Choice Awards: "In spite of those who seek to legislate what we can and cannot see on our own television sets in the privacy of our own homes. NYPD Blue has succeeded because the American people, properly so, prefer to judge for themselves." At those awards the show was voted "favorite new television dramatic series" and "favorite television dramatic series" the first year it was eligible. The show has been nominated for and won numerous awards. Check out this IMDb link for more information. Most notably the series has been nominated for an Emmy 84 times and has won 20 of those times and Dennis Franz has claim to four of those statues. Before this series, some of the stars had an affiliation with Steven Bochco from his previous highly acclaimed series Hill Street Blues. David Caruso had guest starred in two episodes and during the 3rd season, Dennis Franz guest starred as Det. Sal Benedetto in 5 episodes and was killed off in his last appearance. Franz officially joined the cast in that show's 6th season as Lt. Norman Buntz and stayed with the show until it ended. Then the Buntz character was brought back for a short-lived comedy series called Beverly Hills Buntz the following season. This series didn't last because it was erratically scheduled as a fill-in and then couldn't build an audience. James McDaniel also appeared in a Hill Street Blues episode and then also appeared in Steven Bochco's attempt at something new, a musical police drama called Cop Rock. When Caruso left early on in the series, another Bochco veteran was called upon; Jimmy Smits who played Victor Sifuentes on Bochco's L.A. Law was brought in to play new detective Bobby Simone. While other actors have left with big screen ambitions, two actors have left the series to move onto other Bochco created programs. In 1996 there was an attempt to launch a comedy that featured as one of the characters in the ensemble PAA John Irvin played by Bill Brochtrup. Public Morals only aired one episode and was pulled. I would hesitate to call it a spin-off, since only one (at that time) minor character from this series appeared on it, but I suppose an argument could be made. After all, Dennis Franz did take his Norman Buntz character from Hill Street Blues to Beverly Hills Buntz, a comedy series that lasted much longer than Public Morals did. Bill Brochtrup returned back to the 15th and made several guest appearances before becoming a full cast member in the 6th season. In 2001 Kim Delaney left this series (with a loophole that would allow her to come back) to star in Philly. That series wasn't too long lived and Det. Russell has subsequently returned for a guest spot or two. While this cast has undergone a rotation of lead actors, Dennis Franz was the glue that held this series together. Most of the show's run was at Tuesdays at 10pm ET on ABC. The show was simulcast in HDTV. With the 2000-2001 TV season, the show became ABC's first regularly scheduled entertainment series to be broadcast in high definition. First air date: September 21, 1993 Last air date: March 1, 2005 Original air time: Tuesday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)moreless

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  • S 12 : Ep 20

    Moving Day

    Aired 3/1/05

  • S 12 : Ep 19

    NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute

    Aired 3/1/05

  • S 12 : Ep 19

    Bale to the Chief

    Aired 2/22/05

  • S 12 : Ep 18

    Lenny Scissorhands

    Aired 2/15/05

  • S 12 : Ep 17

    Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Aired 2/8/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • Esai Morales

    Lt. Tony Rodriguez [ episodes 168 - 232 ]

  • Dennis Franz

    Det. (later Sgt.) Andy Sipowicz

  • Jimmy Smits

    Det. Bobby Simone [ episodes 27 - 115, episode 247 (uncredited) ]

  • John F. O'Donohue

    Sgt. Eddie Gibson [ episodes 233 - 241, recurring as Det. from 135 ]

  • Rick Schroder

    Det. Danny Sorenson [ episode 116 - 173 ]

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  • Quotes (66)

    • Kelly: I'm gonna bleed Marino till he gives up Giardella. Fancy: And what if he gives him up dead? Kelly: That's okay, too.

    • Costas: I'd say res ipsa locuitor if I thought you knew what it meant. Sipowicz: Ipsa this, you pissy little bitch!

    • Kelly: You think I could come upstairs? Laura: What for? Kelly: Well, uh, if I don't, I'm gonna lay down right here and you're gonna have to put traffic cones around me. Laura: Where's your friend from the other night? Kelly: Uh, that, uh, that's not gonna work out. I'll sleep on the couch. I don't wanna be alone tonight. Laura: Come up. We'll negotiate where you sleep.

    • Kelly: Andy. Stay cool, all right? Fancy wants to make sure you got your feet under you. That's all. Sipowicz: Oh, you think so, huh? I figure he's seeing if I can set a world's record for twiddlin' my thumbs.

    • (Laura is taking a shower and Kelly is standing outside the bathroom.) Kelly: Can I get you a towel? Laura: I can get one. Thanks. Kelly: Well, I just ran out of excuses for comin' in there. Laura: Since when did you ever need an excuse?

    • Kelly: What ho. Sipowicz: What ho. Kelly: What's going on in there? Sipowicz: Ah, Walker just caught a case. Now he's voicing some reservations to the lieutenant about me workin' backup. Kelly: This is gonna take some time, Andy. Sipowicz: Come on, John. Please, I understand my situtation. I spent a long period of time being sauced. I need to win back my colleagues' trust. I've got to exhibit a continuous positive approach. Even with this dim bulb here.

    • Laura: I was on my way to work. I wanted to thank you for the flowers. Kelly: Well, they had a special. The "John Kelly Gets Used to His Ex-wife Being a Prosecutor" special. Laura: It's important to me to still have you for a friend. Kelly: You got that. Laura: I want to be able to tell you what's going on in my life. Kelly: You got that, too.

    • Sipowicz: There's no rules in being a father.

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    Notes (122)

    • This episode originally aired in the UK Saturday, January 15, 1994 at 9:00 PM on Channel 4.

    • The much talked about controversial nude scene with David Caruso and Amy Brenneman in this pilot episode was #75 on "TV Guide / TV Land's 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in December of 2004.

    • Amy Brenneman and David Caruso were the first actors to appear nude on NYPD Blue.

    • Amy Brenneman liked working with Brad Silberling so much they eventually went out and later got married.

    • Markus Redmond's name was miscredited in this episode as Marcus.

    • Dan Hedaya also received an Emmy nomination for his work in this episode.

    • This is Michael DeLuise's first appearance as Andy Sipowicz Jr.

    • This episode won Dennis Franz his first of 4 Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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    Trivia (99)

    • This is the first of many episodes the opening season where Andy Sipowicz and Alfonse Giardella are at each other's throats. The irony is that the two characters are played by Dennis Franz and Robert Costanzo, who played brothers on the D.C. Airport Police Force in the 1990 Bruce Willis action film Die Hard 2.

    • The famous opening scene before the first time we ever see title credits has a unique history to it. According to the DVD extras on Season One, Sharon Lawrence reveals that originally, the role she played called for a man, listed only as "A.D.A.", and the way that is confirmed is because in the original pilot script, the line Andy is supposed to say was "Ipsa this you pissy little bastard." During the casting process, according to Lawrence, they opened the part up to women to read for, and when they hired Lawrence for the role, they changed Andy's line from bastard to bitch. For those wondering about Lawrence's line previous to Andy's, where she states, "I'd say 'res ipsa loquitur' if I thought you knew what that meant," the term 'res ipsa loquitur' translates from Latin as 'the thing speaks for itself'.

    • Luis Guzman and Nicholas Turturro play father and son in this episode. Guzman is only five years Turturro's senior.

    • The wedding scene was filmed in St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. In 2002, Sharon Lawrence actually got married in the very same church.

    • Dennis Franz got married to his wife Joanie some weeks before filming this episode. Nick Turturro, whose character sings My Way in Sipowicz's bachelor party, also sang at Franz's wedding.

    • Dennis Franz won the 1996 Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series' for his work in this episode

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Andrea Thompson as Det. Jill Kirkendall, a character created by Rift Fournier, the writer of this episode.

    • After the death of the Nigerian of the cocaine overdose when the camera pans out and Andy says welcome to America you can see the guy’s chest move from an inhalation.

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    Allusions (10)

    • Title: I Love Lucy I Love Lucy was a comedy show that ran on CBS from 1951 to 1957.

    • Sipowicz: Yeah that's what the Japanese say about the U.S. soldiers coming out of Bataan. Bataan is an island in the Philippines, where, during WWII the Japanese kept prison camps for American soldiers and Philippine POWS. The prisoners were starved and tortured among other things.

    • The episode title is a line from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

    • The title alludes to the classic 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" where Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable says, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

    • Title: Family Ties Family Ties was a comedy show that ran on NBC from 1982 to 1989.

    • Andy Sipowicz: "You just tell your client [Charles Carramaza] to stay away from that room service lasagna. You never know what's in it."
      Andy is making reference to how he got back at mobster Alfonse Giardella, who shot him in the pilot episode. In "Brown Appetit" Andy got a cook at the hotel where Giardella was being kept by federal marshals to plant dog turds (courtesy of Medavoy's dog Luther) in Giardella's lasagna, in exchange for Andy making an arrest for solicitation go away.

    • Medavoy & Vinelli: Medavoy: Don't you keep a daily log or something? Vinelli: Daily log? What do you think I am, Captain Kirk?
      Vinelli, the man at the MTA office, is making reference to the "Captain's Log" voice-overs that would usually open each episode of "Star Trek."

    • Craig Woodruff: calls Jones "Benson"
      "Benson" was a TV show starring Robert Guillaume. Refer to the TV Tome guide for...

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  • Fan Reviews (33)
  • regarding what the NYPD

    By pamelastamand5, Dec 27, 2014

  • Seasons 5-6 released, 7 being released soon

    By cjs123, Aug 18, 2014

  • Great cop show

    By sremnes, Mar 30, 2013

  • top cops

    By gregpearson18, Jan 21, 2013

  • I watched it for the nudity

    By BruceAllen2, Dec 12, 2012