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Show Details

Broadcaster: DStv 
Show Genre: Police Procedural
Season Premiere: Saturday, July 19, 2008
Season Finale: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 23h00 - 00h00

Show Summary

NYPD Blue is an American television police procedural created by Steven Bochco and David Milch and set in New York City, which reveals the gritty reality of life in a New York City Police unit as the officers go about their work with a grim determination.

It was inspired by Milch's relationship with a former member of the New York City Police Department Bill Clark (who eventually became one of the show's producers).

The series originally aired in the USA on the ABC network from September 21, 1993 to March 1, 2005. There are 261 hour-long episodes in 12 seasons.

NYPD Blue originally premiered in South Africa on CCV (the forerunner to SABC1) on Thursday 20 October 1994, at 21h45. it continued on SABC1 for the next four seasons but was discontinued after Season 5. The series subsequently aired on DStv's M-Net Series channel, ending its run on Saturday 2 May, 2009.

The series later aired on DStv's FOX Crime channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.


The program explores the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Typically an episode covers a day and intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast.

The storylines generally show that none of the main characters are all good. They all struggle with moral decisions and sometimes choose the wrong path, but every decision leads to the drama of growth or in some cases personal or professional destruction.

Set against the gritty backdrop of New York City, NYPD Blue portrays realistic characters devoting themselves to the pursuit of justice while attempting to integrate their personal lives.


The series earned 27 Emmy nominations in its first season, won the coveted award for Outstanding Drama Series in its sophomore year and received Emmy Awards for writing and directing in its fourth and fifth seasons.

NYPD Blue received a total of 82 Emmy nominations, winning 20.


NYPD Blue gained notoriety for profanity and nudity never previously broadcast on American network television.

Fifty-seven of ABC's 225 affiliates pre-empted the first episode because of protests led by Rev. Donald Wildmon and his American Family Association (AFA). The pre-emptions were mostly in smaller markets, comprising 10-15% of potential viewers which limited the impact of the protest.

The show's ratings success led most affiliates (and advertisers) to end their opposition.

By the end of the first season the show was a Top 20 hit and protests by the AFA were countered by support from Viewers for Quality Television and recognition from Emmy and People's Choice Awards.

Dennis Franz (Detective Andy Sipowicz) is the only actor to appear in all 261 episodes.

During filming one day, a bank robber ran onto the set trying to escape from the real NYPD, saw himself surrounded by "cops" and surrendered to the cast. He realized his mistake when he recognized one of the main cast members and was so embarassed he sat and waited for the real police to show up.

A number of episodes poked fun at NBC's hit show Law & Order by mentioning corruption, laziness, or generally poor police work being performed by cops at the 27th Precinct, the precinct house that Law & Order takes place in.


Note: CCV became SABC1 in February 1996 and SABC1 discontinued the series after Season 5. Transmission details for M-Net Series are incomplete due to unavailability of information.

Season 1 (22 episodes)

Channel: CCV | Premiere: 20 Oct 1994 | Finale: 16 Mar 1995 | Thursdays, 21h45
Channel: FOX Crime | Premiere: 9 Jul 2013 | Finale: 6 Aug 2013 | Weekdays, 19h45

Season 2 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 16 Dec 1996 | Finale: 12 May 1997 | Mondays, 22h15
Channel: FOX Crime | Premiere: 7 Aug 2013 | Finale: 5 Sep 2013 | Weekdays, 19h45

Season 3 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 8 Jun 1999 | Finale: 2 Nov 1999 | Tuesdays, 22h30
Channel: FOX Crime | Premiere: 6 Sep 2013 | Finale: 7 Oct 2013 | Weekdays, 19h45

Season 4 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 7 Mar 2000 | Finale: 1 Aug 2000 | Tuesdays, 21h00

Season 5 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC1 | Premiere: 18 Feb 2002 | Finale: 15 Jul 2002 | Mondays, 20h30

Season 6 (22 episodes)

No broadcast details available

Season 7 (22 episodes)

No broadcast details available

Season 8 (20 episodes)

No broadcast details available

Season 9 (22 episodes)

No broadcast details available

Season 10 (22 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 16 Feb 2008 | Finale: 12 Jul 2008 | Saturdays, 23h00

Season 11 (22 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 19 Jul 2008 | Finale: 13 Dec 2008 | Saturdays, 23h00

Season 12 (20 episodes)

Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 20 Dec 2008 | Finale: 2 May 2009 | Saturdays, 23h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Det. Andy Sipowicz Dennis Franz
Det. Greg Medavoy Gordon Clapp
John Irvin Bill Brochtrup
Det. Diane Russell Kim Delaney
Det. Baldwin Jones Henry Simmons
Det. John Clark, Jr. Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Det. Rita Ortiz Jacqueline Obradors
A.D.A. Valerie Heywood Garcelle Beauvais
Det. Connie McDowell Charlotte Ross
Scott Grafton Kirk Acevedo
Troy Miner Dion Graham
Lt. Tony Rodriguez Esai Morales
Brad Riggs Kevin Chapman
Detective Kelly Ronson Jessalyn Gilsig
Ray Wilentz Nick Sandow
Capt. Pat Fraker, IAB Casey Siemaszko
Ron Szudarek Andreas Katsulas
Corey Mack Page Kennedy
Det. Carmen Olivera Vanessa Marcil
Andrea Miner Nicki Micheaux
Bob Drazin Don Stark
Carlotta Sarah Buxton
James Carlin Michael Reilly Burke
Brian Vaughn Federico Castelluccio
Lucy Wenner Tina Holmes
Det. Raymond Gerson David Marciano
Ken Gross Robert Gossett
Barry Tytel Saul Rubinek
Barry Driscoll Richard Kline
Susanna Howe Jane Lynch
Kamal 'Tim Garrity' Muhammad Sam Jaeger
Darnell 'DJ Drayno' Ellison Keith Robinson
Kelvin George Sterling K. Brown
Danny Puglisi Jerry Ferrara
Uniform #1 Ralph Garman
Gio Puglisi Louis Lombardi
Michelle Foster Deirdre Lovejoy
Jason Foster Doug Savant
Florence George Aloma Wright
Evan Grabber Anton Yelchin
Madison Bernstein Lyndsy Fonseca
Wilmer Lopez Michael Peña
Jonathan Lemon Joshua Cox
Bob Longano Jerry Doyle
Eva Warm Nichole Hiltz
Gloria Dawson Katie Mitchell
Donna Traylor Robin Weigert
Andrew Moss Mark Moses
Irma Pacheco Sara Ramirez
Officer Janet Grafton Lana Parrilla
Tammy Carlyle Paula Newsome
Norman Reese Mel Rodriguez
Pete Amici Theo Rossi
Tony Grimaldi Tony Denison
Rosa Tracy Vilar
Tim Keating Charles Esten
Courtney Bates Shannon Lucio
Dennis Ratner Frank Collison
Tim Lewis Taylor Sheridan
Steven Debrees Nick Offerman
Jerry Toback Dominic Fumusa
Susan Grady Stephanie Erb
Man #2 Jeris Lee Poindexter
Calvin Parker Derek Webster
Simon Clifton Dakin Matthews
Uniform #2 Michael Patrick McGill
Ray Spier John Gallagher, Jr.
Agent Marcus GregAlan Williams
Mickey Economides Arjay Smith
Det. Eddie Gibson John F. O'Donohue
James Sinclair Esq. Daniel Benzali
Hector Acevedo Robert LaSardo
Ann Marie Fusco Kathrine Narducci
Nathan Dale Erik LaRay Harvey

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