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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Hill Street Blues is set in “Any City” and “Any Police Department”. The show was a fictional place that brought you to the action... and even closer to the emotions and hardships of the officers at Hill Street Station.
Hill Street Blues is a timeless show and still the pinnacle of police dramas. There will never be another show like it. Of this television series, most importantly,was the honesty and integrity that we witnessed in such an unscrupulous community. The lives of the men and women of this police precinct became important to us. The success and failures of the characters we bonded with brought elation... and sadness. We were allowed to ride along as silent partners of the “street cops”, and to be a fly on the wall behind the closed doors where the most important and private conversations were held. As Sergeant Phil Esterhaus might have said “As it were, Hill Street Blues is as close to perfect as mere mortals can get”.
This show was named from the police station that was situated on Hill St. This is another one of my favorite cops shows. It had a big cast so things stayed pretty fresh. One of NBC's great shows from their classic Thursday Night line up. So many of those shows have made a great impact on American TV and life. The best of the cast was probably Denis Franz as Norman "Norm" Buntz. It was a classic role. My favorite episode was when he knocked the guy out of the window as he was tied up on a chair. I always thought it was kind of funny that there was a cop with the last name of Hill. I wonder if it was supose to have a special meaning?
This show was showing us how hard it was to be a cop or detective they where trying to solve all types of crimes and they always stuck together and helped each other some times the show was really trying to hit some of the real life crimes that we encountered every day and then some times the personal problems where aired to show how human cops are it was a pretty good show
This is another one of my favorite cops shows. It would have to rank right up behind "The Shield" I would say. It had a lot of people wich kept thing pretty fresh. One of NBC's great show from their classic Thursday Night line up. So many of those shows have made a great impact on American TV and life. I loved Michael Warren as Bobby Hill, he was an ex basketball player. Ed Marinaro was really good and he was an ex football player. The best was maybe Denis Franz as Norman "Norm" Buntz. It was a classic role. I loved the episode when he knocked the guy out of the window as he was tied up on a chair.
A show very much of its time -- the 1980's -- "Hill Street Blues" set the bar for many TV shows that followed, from "NYPD Blue" to "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives". It took the cop-show format and expanded it in a number of ways. First it introduced a large ensemble cast, which necessitated many different storylines to feature them all. Next it allowed stories to span episodes, even entire seasons, allowing a slow buildup of incidents to culminate in dramatically powerful conclusions. Finally, it featured emotions, relationships and personal lives as strongly as the police action, creating a balance of elements of plot, character, setting, and theme.
The most magnificent program shown on TV. I am the biggest fan! Hill Stree Blues is a gritty police drama showing the daily operation of a police station in an unknown city; possibly New York, or Chicago. The first year episode will be availabe on DVD in
My favorite characters were Joyce Davenport and Captain Furillo, Renko, and Belker. The sexual tension between the Captain and Joyce was captivating which kept me tunning in on a weekly basis to see if their secret relationship would be exposed. Fablous program, well written, excellent acting with comedy, drama, action and romance.
What can be said about Hill Street Blues that hasn't already been said? Not much. It's a brilliant, groundbreaking show. That has inspired a multitude of other cop/crime dramas over the last 25 years.
For me though, this will always be a childhood favourite of mine. I watched HSB from the very beginning to the very end, and even after seeing almost every cop show from America and England that has been released after it - I can still say this will always be my favourite above all others. CSI, NYPD Blues ... none of them can hold a candle to Steven Bochco's masterpiece.
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