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Homicide: Life on the Street 

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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

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Paul Attanasio
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Top Rated TV #191 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 wins & 82 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Richard Belzer ...  John Munch 122 episodes, 1993-1999
Clark Johnson ...  Meldrick Lewis 122 episodes, 1993-1999
Yaphet Kotto ...  Al Giardello 122 episodes, 1993-1999
Kyle Secor ...  Tim Bayliss 122 episodes, 1993-1999
Andre Braugher ...  Frank Pembleton 100 episodes, 1993-1998
Melissa Leo ...  Kay Howard / ... 77 episodes, 1993-1997
Reed Diamond ...  Mike Kellerman 69 episodes, 1995-1998
Sharon Ziman Sharon Ziman ...  Naomi 51 episodes, 1993-1999
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Storyline

A one-hour drama inspired by David Simon's acclaimed non-fiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." It is at once a mundane yet compelling look in and around a Homicide unit of the Baltimore Police Department, a group of determined individuals who are committed to their grim job at hand. Written by Karina Santos <tallulahg@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Homicide See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(122 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In 1988, a Baltimore Sun reporter named David Simon joined the Baltimore Police Homicide Unit as a civilian assistant, in order to chronicle a year in the life of a big city homicide squad. His extensive notes, interviews, and observations were eventually published as the book, "Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets." This book served as the inspiration for the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993). Much of the first and second seasons are taken from actual events recounted in the book. See more »

Goofs

A couple of times, reference is made to the other shift of the Homicide detectives as being the "night shift". However, at the time, the squads of the Homicide department regularly rotated shifts so that no one group of detectives would routinely have the night shift. See more »

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Det. Tim Bayliss: You still believe that my cousin killed that boy because he was an Arab?
Det. Frank Pembleton: Hikmet was not an Arab. Turks are not Arabs...
Det. Tim Bayliss: My cousin could not consciously kill someone.
Det. Frank Pembleton: I don't think it was premeditated. I think it was inherent. Jim's racism is so much a part of him, that he didn't have a chance to think about what he was doing. Jim is worse than a Klansman. 'Cause at least in their white sheets, they are recognizable. Your cousin's brand of bigotry is much more frightening because, like still ...
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The Power of the Loyal Viewer(and Critics)!
27 April 2005 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

This show is an excellent drama of which you will rarely find on network TV(perhaps NYPD Blue in its first five or six years,St.Elsewhere,L.A.Law,Hill Street Blues might compare). This show,set in the Homicide division(of course) of the Baltimore Police Department and centered around the elite detectives of the precinct was an edgy,intense show which took some big-time chances(For example:One episode was set exclusively around two of the detectives grilling a suspect)and it's time slot,Friday nights at 10 eastern/9 central,made this a constant candidate for the cancellation blocks,but the loyal viewer-ship and the loud protestations of TV critics helped keep this show afloat for the six and a half years it ran. The acting and writing were by far some of the best on network t.v.,the characters fleshed out by Andre Braugher,Yaphett Kotto(As the chief),Ned Beatty,Melissa Leo,Isabella Hoffman,Clark Johnson,Daniel Baldwin,Kyle Secor,Reed Diamond and long-time stand-up comedian Richard Belzer,who has found his niche as a dramatic actor(and as the SAME character,Detective John Munch,in no fewer than five TV shows,now on Law and Order:Special Victims UNit)stand out maybe the most! I believe they could even revive this show someday in the future with some different characters in the roles and,with roughly the same writing and exactly the same kind of no-hold-barred risk-taking,could be at least half as good,if not equal.


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