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Hill Street Blues

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Show Genre: Drama

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And with Sergeant Esterhaus’ words, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”, the iconic cop-show, Hill Street Blues was born.

From the creater, Steven Bochco, who brought shows like L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., NYPD Blue and recently, Commander in Chief to television screens around the world, Hill Street Blues wasn’t a glossy cop drama. It gave a realistic and harrowing view of the lives of cops and detectives so dedicated to their cause, they are prepared to sacrifice anything along the way, balancing their fierce determination with their own inner demons and failings in life provided much of the drama and emotion on the show.

There was the recovering alcoholic in Furillo, Hunter was the diehard leader of the S.W.A.T. team, Bates who had to try and prove herself as a good cop, while not wanting to sacrifice the fact that she was a woman, the manical undercover cop, Belker, and of course the father figure Sergeant Phil Esterhaus. Hill Street Blues shook viewers by portraying the lower social classes and the bitter pill they are forced to swallow in trying to survive day to day. For these desperate people at some point they faced interaction with the law and often intervention. The drama unfolded poignantly and with heartbreaking results often.

Hill Street Blues laid the foundation for cop shows like N.Y.P.D. Blue and the Law and Order series, and will remain a classic. In many ways it was also the landmark show to first introduce the ‘ensemble’ cast concept, with shows like N.Y.P.D. and ER resulting from this formula.

In its debut season it set an Emmy record by winning eight awards. And the theme tune, written by Mike Post, was so popular it reached the top 10 of the Billborad charts for pop singles.

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Det.Lt. Alf Chesley Gerry Black
Det. Neal Washington Taurean Blacque
Fay Furillo Barbara Bosson
Sgt. Phil Esterhaus Michael Conrad
Chief Fletcher P. Daniels Jon Cypher
Lt. Ray Calletano Rene Enriquez
Andy Renko Charles Haid
Joyce Davenport Veronica Hamel
Officer Joe Coffey Ed Marinaro
Det. Johnny "J.D." La Rue Kiel Martin
Lt. Howard Hunter James Sikking
Sgt.Lt. Henry Goldblume Joe Spano
Judge Alan Wachtel Jeffrey Tambor
Lucille Bates Betty Thomas
Captain Frank Furillo Daniel J. Travanti
Officer Bobby Hill Michael Warren
Det. Mick Belker Bruce Weitz
Tom John Diehl
Jill Thomas Lynn Whitfield
Gail Kennedy Gail Strickland
Sheila Roberts Daphne Maxwell Reid
Mrs. Uribe Lupe Ontiveros
West Virginia Karen Austin
Loomis - Corrupt South Ferry Cop John Karlen
Phony Cop Eric Server
Eddie Sims Jonathan Frakes
Robber Martin Ferrero
Joe Bustamonte Edward James Olmos
Emily Williams Janet DeMay
Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann David Caruso
Katy Moore Nancy Lenehan
Businessman #1 John Witherspoon
Photographer Daniel Zacapa
Jesse John Hudson Danny Glover
Tracy Renko Alley Mills
John Renko Morgan Woodward

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