Hill Street Blues (TV Series 1981–1987) Poster



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Followed by 

Beverly Hills Buntz (1987) (TV Series)

Edited into 


Hill Street Blues (1991) (Video Game)
Video-game adaption of the TV-series.


Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
The poster for the movie hangs in Captain Furrillo'soffice

Referenced in 

The Facts of Life: Fear Strikes Back (1981) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
Saturday Night Live: Daniel J. Travanti/John Cougar (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned and theme tune heard during Travanti's monologue.
Gimme a Break!: Glenlawn Street Blues (1983) (TV Episode)
The episode title is a pun on the title of this TV series
The Facts of Life: Take My Finals, Please (1983) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Garrett quotes the show's catch phrase: "Hey, let's be careful out there."
Gimme a Break!: Nell and the Kid (1983) (TV Episode)
The show is mentioned by name.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bob Newhart/James Stephens/Ronnie Porter (1983) (TV Episode)
Johnny comments on how NBC stuck with the series despite the poor ratings of its first season
Diff'rent Strokes: Rashomon II (1983) (TV Episode)
The policeman mentions it
Saturday Night Live: Betty Thomas/Stray Cats (1983) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Betty Thomas during her monologue and the goodnights.
Shades of Ecstasy (1983)
Julie and Jason make a date to watch Hill Street Blues together.
Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV Special)
Part of the "TV Stars" segment
Fortress (1985)
mentioned in a line of dialogue
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: No Sex Please, We're Brickies (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Charles Grodin/Dom Irrera/Tommy Walton (1986) (TV Episode)
Johnny displays various T-shirts with NBC series logos
Liian iso keikka (1986)
A character asks whether the police inspector's married to a lawyer like the character in this TV show.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)
Mentioned by Mrs. Feldman.
Super Gran: Chisleton Street Blues (1987) (TV Episode)
Variation on theme tune plays as the title Chisleton Street Blues appears on screen
St. Elsewhere: Slip Sliding Away (1987) (TV Episode)
The nurses meeting ends with the line "let's be caring out there", echoing the often spoken line "let's be careful out there" from Hill Street Blues
Growing Pains: Dance Fever: Part 2 (1988) (TV Episode)
Taurean Blacque accidently announces "Previously on Hill Street Blues" (which he would say over clips of the show) when Ben corrects him that the show is Growing Pains. He apologizes and corrects himself.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #1.4 (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Heart and Soul (1988) (Short)
Mentioned by Peter as his favorite TV show
Cop Rock: Cop-a-Felliac (1990) (TV Episode)
Lt. Howard Hunter appears
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Randall Without a Cause (1991) (TV Episode)
Sgt. Melman says, "Ever since I heard it on 'Hill Street,' I always wanted to say it."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) (TV Episode)
Tom: "What, 'Hill Street Blues'?!"
The Commish: In the Best of Families (1991) (TV Episode)
Tony mentions he was a fan of the show
Only Fools and Horses: Miami Twice (The American Dream) (1991) (TV Episode)
Show mentioned.
Laura Bow 2: The Dagger of Amon Ra (1991) (Video Game)
Among the notices in the police station there is "Let's be careful out there" - the line which seargent Phil Esterhaus always says in the end of his briefings.
Cop & ½ (1993)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Invasion USA (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Let's be careful out there."
Interflix: Ravenburg Hills Blues (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Biography: Mary Tyler Moore: All American-Girl (1995) (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name.
Wings: The Lady Vanishes (1996) (TV Episode)
Antonio says "Hey, let's be careful out there"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mike (as policemen leave the police station): "Hey, let's be careful out there."
Married... with Children: Kelly's Gotta Habit (1996) (TV Episode)
"Hey. Let's be careful out there."
Diagnosis Murder: Must Kill TV (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jackson Burley.
The Bunny Years (1999) (TV Movie)
Cast photo shown when Barbara Bosson talks about her career.
Policías, en el corazón de la calle: La memoria desfallecida (2000) (TV Episode)
Lola mentions the show as her inspiration ot become a cop.
Evolution (2001)
The Making of 'Dressed to Kill' (2001) (Video)
NYPD Blue: Jealous Hearts (2002) (TV Episode)
Pisano says "let's be careful out there."
Dog Eat Dog (2002) (Short)
Naked Movie (2002)
porn called "Hill Street Blacks"
Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) (TV Movie)
a still is shown
Reno 911! (2003) (TV Series)
Mentioned by Dangle
Wonderland (2003)
In montage of TV Guide listings
Joan of Arcadia: Requiem for a Third Grade Ashtray (2004) (TV Episode)
Will refers to the series.
High Chaparall: Charlene Tilton (2004) (TV Episode)
A newspaper article about Hill Street Blues can be seen in this episode
Law & Order: The First 3 Years (2004) (Video)
Noth mentions his work on HSB prior to his being cast on L&O.
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
The title is visible in a magazine article.
The Last Shot (2004)
Fanny Nash says she used to date one of the black guys on the show.
100 höjdare: Världens roligaste ögonblick 90-81 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
Dinner for Five: Episode #4.5 (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Dark Side of Porn: Debbie Does Dallas Uncovered (2005) (TV Episode)
Robert Kerman mentions that he got a role on this television series.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.13 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Arresting Television" category
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.85 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Street-Wise TV" category
Barnyard (2006)
At the end of the meeting near the start of the film, Ben says "Be Careful out There."
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Focus Group (2006) (TV Episode)
Jordan says that focus groups were unreliable when it came to 'All in the Family', 'Seinfeld', and 'Hill Street Blues'.
Psych: Meat Is Murder, But Murder Is Also Murder (2007) (TV Episode)
Uncle Burton mentions it.
Make or Break TV: EZ Streets (2008) (TV Episode)
Listed as one of Ken Olin's credits.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.43 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $16,000 question
The Closer: Fate Line (2009) (TV Episode)
Provenza says "You be careful out there."
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.115 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $500 question
The Game: Hill Street Blues (2009) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.33 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "TV Casts"
30 Rock: Let's Stay Together (2010) (TV Episode)
a page applicant sings a song that mentions the show
The Killing: Vengeance (2011) (TV Episode)
References to A.D.A. Bernstein.
80's Dan: The McDLT (2011) (TV Episode)
80's Dan remarks how he just came back from a "Hill Street Blues" marathon.
White Collar: Quantico Closure (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Jones
The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story (2014) (TV Movie)
There is a poster for the series at NBC.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jennifer Aniston/Bill Gates/Mario Batali (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy in the Mets Bucket Hat Guy segment
Good Witch: Starting Over... Again (2015) (TV Episode)
"You be careful out there," says Derek.
Good Witch: Apologies and Remembrances (2015) (TV Episode)
"You be careful out there," says Derek.
TV-Quizzen: Drama (2015) (TV Episode)
talked about
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Wesley Snipes/Randall Park/Martha Stewart/Stephen Perkins (2015) (TV Episode)
Wesley Snipes compares his brief early series "H.E.L.P." to the series
Too Much TV: Episode #1.18 (2016) (TV Episode)
Theme music played.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8883 (2016) (TV Episode)
The policeman at the station mentions the show to Kevin.
The Task: Pilot (2016) (TV Episode)
It is referenced.
Detectorists: Episode #3.3 (2017) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Lance
The Chronic Rift: Some Things to Think About (2018) (TV Episode)
Referenced in television review
Ghosted: The Wire (2018) (TV Episode)
One of the shows Leroy has finished watching
Kontio & Parmas: Vihaa ja rakkautta (2018) (TV Episode)
Features the line: "Let's be careful out there."
Trainwreckords: "Van Halen III" by Van Halen (2018) (TV Episode)
theme music composed by Mike Post
Family Guy: Regarding Carter (2018) (TV Episode)
The Griffins blissfully sing their version of the show's theme song
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Crime Scene (2019) (TV Episode)
A TV show about cops referenced by Jake
New Amsterdam: King of Swords (2019) (TV Episode)
After dispatching his staff to help people in need of medical assistance in the blizzard, he says, "And guys -- let's be careful out there. ... I always wanted to say that."
Corner Gas Animated: Hedge Your Debts (2019) (TV Episode)
When Karen and Davis set up shop in The Ruby, Lacey says "The energy in this booth is like Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, and Barney Miller rolled into one."

Featured in 

Shades of Ecstasy (1983)
Clip from the opening titles seen on Jason's TV set.
Lige min type (1986) (TV Movie)
footage used in the documentary
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999) (TV Movie)
clips from this show are used in this special
Frequency (2000)
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) (TV Special)
"Hill Street Blues" is #14.
20 Years of Must See TV (2002) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
TV's Most Censored Moments (2002) (TV Special)
Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005) (Video)
cop show distortion and tropes
Screenwipe: Screenwipe USA (2006) (TV Episode)
Clip shown.
Confessions of Captain Freedom (2006) (Video)
DVD Special Features
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 22 May 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Various clips of this TV show are featured during the segment with Ed Marinaro.
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) (TV Special)
Clips featured as part of Mary Tyler Moore tribute.
20/20: Best in TV: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time (2012) (TV Episode)
"Hill Street Blues" is the #5 Best Cop or Legal Show.
WatchMojo: Top 10 American Crime Shows (2015) (TV Episode)
Hill Street Blues is #7.
TV-Quizzen: Drama (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown
The Eighties: Raised on Television (2016) (TV Episode)
clips shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Crime Fighting Teams in Television (2017) (TV Episode)
Hill Street Precinct is #7.
EW Reunites: The Cast of Twin Peaks (2017) (TV Episode)
clip is shown
MsMojo: Top 10 TV Couples with Ridiculous Age Gaps (2018) (TV Episode)
Sgt. Esterhaus & Cindy are #2.

Spoofed in 

Saturday Night Live: Daniel J. Travanti/John Cougar (1982) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in Hill Street Blues sketch.
Thrill St. Blues (1985) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the TV series' title.
Canción triste de... (1989)
This is a spoof of "Hill Street Blues."
The Simpsons: The Springfield Connection (1995) (TV Episode)
The show's theme song is spoofed.
Dead Like Me: Send in the Clown (2004) (TV Episode)
Scene with Metermaids (featuring secondary character "Roxy") is a direct spoof of the opening Roll Call scenes from Hill Street Blues, down to the style of camera work, a balding cop running the meeting (finishing it with Hill Street Blues' Character Phil Esterhaus's signature line "be careful out there"), and finishing with the meter maid mini-trucks leaving the station ala the squad cars from Hill Street Blues (while the Hill Street Blues theme plays in the background). The officer running the meeting is named "Conrad", the last name of the actor Michael Conrad who played the Hill Street Blues' Character Phil Esterhaus.
Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (2009) (TV Short)
Spoofed as "Hill Street Jews".
The Other Guys (2010)
The Captain ends his briefing at Bed Bath and Beyond with, "Let's be careful out there", just like Sgt Esterhaus in Hill Street Blues.

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