Hill Street Blues

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NBC (ended 1987)

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Hill Street Blues

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This groundbreaking and award-winning NBC crime drama provided a very realistic view into the lives of the dedicated cops and detectives of an urban police station. From January 1981 to August 1986, the show ran on Thursdays at 10/9 Central, with occasional repeats on Saturdays at 10/9 Central. From August 1986 to August 1987 first-run episodes aired Tuesdays at 10/9 Central.
Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas

Lucille Bates

Kiel Martin

Kiel Martin

Det. Johnny "J.D." LaRue

Taurean Blacque

Taurean Blacque

Det. Neal Washington

Bruce Weitz

Bruce Weitz

Det. Mick Belker

Mimi Kuzyk

Mimi Kuzyk

Patsy Mayo (1984-1985, recurring otherwise)

Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz

Lt. Norman Buntz (1985-1987)

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  • The Music!

    10
    The show has a special place in my heart as well: the characters, the bluesy nature of fighting crime in a big city, the casting and all that made it my favorite cop show.



    But no one's mentioned the music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gW0VowzDHw shows the characters and the music by Mike Post. Guitar and piano caught the flavor of the show, none too optimistic but fighting to stay above it all, Hill St. Blues was one of a kind.moreless
  • The quintessential cop show

    10
    There is a very, very special place in my heart for this ground breaking, all time classic cop show. One of the best ever, and even though my own opinion that truth is stranger than fiction and is a recurring theme in my own writing, Hill Street Blues always did it's very best to make this point with every episode even though it was a work of fiction in itself. Alot of really great actors cut their teeth on this series and made names for themselves in this series, and it was a spring board for some very impressive careers in the years that came after the phenomenom known as Hill Street Blues. There is a place of honor for this series in my own personal video collection. What great memories this show brings back and always will!moreless
  • It is one of best shows ever.

    10
    It has everything. People who we can all associate with. The stories were always keeping up with the times. The everyday struggles of different people and how their lives interact through everyday routine. It made you go through an emotional roller coaster every week. The characters were awesome. I especially loved Belker. The way he treated the trash he cleaned off the streets. He acted the way toward criminals that we all like to see. All the actors were excellent. the way sgt. Esterhaus said "Let's be careful out there". It was always nice to her those words. Now when I watch the show, it's like visiting an old friend.moreless
  • Really best cop show that set the bar of other shows!

    10
    This show set the bar for other cops shows like NYPD Blue, Law & Order, and Homicide:Life on the Street. As it had great acting and writing. Along with an awesome ensemble cast. Led by the great Daniel J Travotti as the long-suffering but level-headed Captain Frank Furillo. As the cops battle both their professional and personal lives. While trying to bring the criminals down. Really loved Bruce Weltz's cop as he barked at the criminals as he was really cool. While future NYPD star Dennis Franz was on there. The show dealt with problems head on and come as you are type of shows that you just don't see these days.moreless
  • Fantastic show

    10
    Characters from this show are forever etched in my mind. The writers crafted such a wonderful collection of personalities--I doubt if they will ever be matched. I rarely send my crews out to a job site without first reminding them "Hey, let's be careful out there." Every now and then I pick up something too heavy and yell "Bobby, I think I done herniated myself!" My kids poo pooed the show as a relic from the 80's until they got me a season collection for Christmas. I made them sit down and watch a couple of episodes with me. They're hooked too. Our Hill Street collection is one of the few we travel with. Vacation, family visit, whatever, pop it in the player and you're wide awake and entertained for at least an hour!moreless
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    Themes

    city living, Crime, 80s, Classics, failed crime