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Hill Street Blues TV Show

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Television Show Summary

The groundbreaking 80's TV show Hill Street Blues is a drama series about an overworked, under-manned police precinct in an unknown inner city resembling Chicago.

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DVD Release Dates and Info for Hill Street Blues Series

01/31/2006 - Complete 1st Season
05/16/2006 - Complete 2nd Season

TV Show Plot For Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues was a groundbreaking crime drama in that it provided a very realistic view of the police personnel protrayed. The series ran from 1981 to 1987 on NBC. Hill Street Blues forever changed the TV cop show. The show was intense, fast-paced, and more realistic than the cop dramas that preceeded it.

Each episode of Hill Street Blues followed a day in the life of the characters on the Hill, from the early-morning roll call to a late-night recap of the day's events.

The series fared better with critics than with average 80's television viewers. Hill Street Blues was the lowest-rated television series during its first season to be renewed by the network. The show's first season grabbed six Emmy awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The series later achieved respectable ratings and garnered a loyal following among upscale viewers, which paid off well for NBC.

Hill Street Blues creator Stephen Bochco went on to make hit series like LA Law, NYPD Blue, Murder One and ER.

Cast of Hill Street Blues TV Show

Daniel J. Travanti - Capt. Frank Furillo
Bruce Weitz - Sgt. Mick Belker
Betty Thomas - Officer
Michael Warren - Officer Robert 'Bobby' Hill
Taurean Blacque - Det. Neal Washington
Kiel Martin - Officer John 'J.D.' LaRu
Charles Haid - Officer Andrew 'Andy' Renko
Veronica Hamel - Joyce Davenport
James Sikking - Lt. Howard Hunter
Joe Spano - Det. Henry Goldblume
Barbara Bosson - Fay Furillo
René Enríquez - Lt. Ray Calletano
Ed Marinaro - Officer Joe Coffey
Robert Hirschfeld - Officer Leo Schnitz
Michael Conrad - Sgt. Phil Esterhaus
Jon Cypher - Chief Fletcher Daniels

Trivia for the TV Show Hill Street Blues

The name of the city was never mentioned during Hill Street Blues' seven year history.

Hill Street Blues was the weekly TV series to cost $1,000,000 per episode to produce.

Top 20 Ratings Info for Hill Street Blues Series

1982-83 - 3rd Season - Ranked #21

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Hill Street Blues was televised from 01/15/1981 to 05/12/1987, on the NBC network.

Hill Street Blues TV Show Emmy Awards:

Robert Butler won best Directing, Drama for the 1980-81 episode Hill Street Station.

Daniel J. Travanti won best Lead Actor, Drama in 1980-81.

Barbara Babcock won best Lead Actress, Drama for the 1980-81 episode Fecund Hand Rose.

Hill Street Blues won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1980-81.

Michael Conrad won best Supporting Actor, Drama in 1980-81.

Michael Kozoll & Steven Bochco won best Writing, Drama in 1980-81.

Daniel J. Travanti won best Lead Actor, Drama in 1981-82.

Hill Street Blues won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1981-82.

Michael Conrad won best Supporting Actor in 1981-82.

Steven Bochco et al won best Writing, Drama for the 1981-82 episode Freedom's Last Stand.

Jeff Bleckner won best Directing, Drama for the 1982-83 episode Life in the Minors.

Hill Street Blues won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1982-83.

David Milch won best Writing, Drama for the 1982-83 episode Trial by Fury.

Corey Allen won best Directing, Drama for the 1983-84 episode Goodbye, Mr. Scripps.

Hill Street Blues won best Outstanding Drama Series in 1983-84.

Bruce Weitz won best Supporting Actor, Drama in 1983-84.

Alfre Woodard won best Supporting Actress, Drama for the 1983-84 episode Doris in Wonderland.

Betty Thomas won best Supporting Actress, Drama in 1984-85.

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