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The original "ensemble drama," this is the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct in an anonymous inner city patterned after Chicago. We follow the lives of many characters, from the lowly beat and traffic cops to the captain of the precinct himself. This is the show that blazed the trail followed later by such notable ensemble dramas as "St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law." Written by
Contrary to popular belief, it was Renko who was supposed to have died in the shootout in the pilot, while his partner Hill survives. Charles Haid was originally a guest star in the pilot, as a favor for Steven Bochco. After he shot the "Hill Street" pilot he shot one for a proposed NBC hospital dramatic series, but it wasn't picked up by the network. He then asked Bochco if Renko could be resurrected and made into a regular in the series. See more »
During the opening credits when the police cars pull out of the garage, one of them has the overhead light bar on backwards. You can see that the others have the siren speakers between the lights facing front, while one has it facing to the trunk. See more »
Tough cops are everywhere!! This series did not officially designate a
city in which it took place, but, all indications point to "Hill Street
Blues" being set in the city of Chicago!! The Old Style beer sign
outside one of the bars that the television audience saw during the
introduction of the show sort of gave it away!! I loved this show, the
cast was a big reason!! Daniel Travanti was extremely likable just by
virtue of the fact that he was very faulted!! Veronica Hamel, was the
hard working feminist D. A. who attempted to dissect reality, it then
became a moot question as to whether or not she would be able to
stomach it!! Ed Marinaro was terrific as a Chicago cop, this is
absolutely remarkable considering the fact that he was a professional
football player from New York!! Betty Thomas was the ideal prototype
for a lady cop!! Kiel Martin was perfect as the sleaze ball working on
the right side of the law!! Last but not least, Bruce Wietz,
"Grrrrrrrr!!" he added an astutely hilarious perspective to the series
through his portrayal as the undercover guy!! One time, Kathy Bates
played his sister, she also made the noise "Grrrrrrrr!!" and used the
term "dog breath". "Hill Street Blues" was enormously popular
throughout the entire eighties decade because, it depicted tragedy in a
manner which portrayed it as something that does not simply disappear!!
Part of NBC's powerful Thursday night line-up, it always highlighted
the bothersome travesties which afflicted a precinct in a poverty
ridden section of the city!! So many ideas seemed complicated, until
the figureheads of the law came to grips with the fact that there was
no solution to most crimes, just aspects of mollification to them!! The
prevailing circumstances of adversity on this program are what gave all
of the characters in the show "Hill Street Blues" a tailor made
invitation to seek amelioration for their actions!! Many situations
that are very sad remain that way for both sides!! Victims of their
environment turned criminals by default, as well as the detectives and
policemen, all seem to be making deals with the devil!! Before "Law and
Order", before "L A Law", there was "Hill Street Blues"... Reality is
nauseating, reality is humorous, reality is perverse, reality has a
definite monotony, and, in this case, reality for effective television
programming was "Hill Street Blues". I thought this television show was
one of the best ever!! I wish there could be more shows like "Hill
Street Blues" on prime time television today!! "Hill Street Blues" was
a definite winner!!
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