NYPD Blue

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 1993 on ABC
8.7
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Sipowicz's continual harassment of Giardella winds up getting him in trouble. Fancy tells Kelly it may be time for a new partner. Sipowicz is brought up before IAB. Laura wants to process their divorce and the neighbor in apartment 4B, where a mugging has recently happened, is doing the paperwork. Sipowicz gets drunk and meets his lady friend and is shot by Giardella in the process. Kelly begins to apply pressure on the local Mafia to try to get them to give Giardella up. Janice and John begin to have a relationship. "4B" is mugged in the laundry room. Marino wants Janice to kill Kelly.moreless

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  • A great start to what i hope will turn out to be a great series.

    9.9
    This was the pilot episode to NYPD Blue and i have to say i was supprised with how good it actually was. This episode was mainly about a man named Sipowicz's who is going through a rough time so when he harasses a man who he is trying to arrest he is shot several times and nearly killed. Meanwhile his parter Kelly is trying to sort out his life because his wife wants a seperation and then he tells Sipowicz's that he no longer wants to be his partner because he is holding him back. But when Sipowicz's is shot Kelly sets out to seek justice for this partner. I really liked this episode and i hope the next episode is better!moreless
  • Somewhat odd

    6.7
    Since I've completely missed out on watching NYPD Blue back on its original run, it is a strange experience to get into it now, over 10 years after the pilot was aired. What I knew about the show was all you got to because of its controversies. I never exactly knew why was controversial and today, after "The Shield" and "Rescue Me", it's even harder to see.



    The characters are done well enough, even though the writing is always too strong. The best acting comes from Caruso and Stringfield, while Brenneman seems a bit too eager to get into bed with Caruso (and the twist in the end doesn't help) and Franz is pretty annoying. I understand that he is the show's central character for its complete run, but as far as the pilot goes, I'm not sure I want to see someone like him for over 250 episodes. And it seems quite unnecessary to dwell on the suspense of this character's survival since we can be pretty sure that a regular won't die in the first episode.



    The camera style must surely be amazing back then, but now it's just silly. Sure, handheld shots are pretty common nowadays, but you can see pretty clearly that in this episode its a little bit too much. They wanted to do something new with the camera and went all the way, which isn't always working that well.



    The nudity is unusual (even today, since FX is the only public channel who does it similarly) enough, but the sex scene itself is somewhat ridiculous and clearly suffers from the time it comes from. Same goes for the music.



    I do not make the show sound very appealling but it actually is quite entertaining if somewhat dated and weird. I'm willing to see more and to see how the show develops over the years.moreless
Amy Brenneman

Amy Brenneman

PO Janice Licalsi [ episodes 1 - 24 ]

Sherry Stringfield

Sherry Stringfield

Laura Michaels [ season 1 only ]

Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz

Det. (later Sgt.) Andy Sipowicz

James McDaniel

James McDaniel

Lt. Arthur Fancy [ episodes 1 – 167 ]

Nicholas Turturro

Nicholas Turturro

Det. James Martinez [ episodes 1 – 138 ]

David Caruso

David Caruso

Det. John Kelly [ episodes 1 - 26 ]

Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Angelo Marino

Guest Star

David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer

Josh "4B" Goldstein

Guest Star

Shannon Cochran

Shannon Cochran

Lois Snyder

Guest Star

Tom Towles

Tom Towles

Inspector Anthony Lastarza

Recurring Role

Robert Costanzo

Robert Costanzo

Alfonse Giardella

Recurring Role

Joe Sabatino

Joe Sabatino

Marino Soldier

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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'.

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