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There were no big stars on Hill Street Blues (or, for that matter, no little stars, as one of the cast members jokes during a near-hour-long reunion featurette included as a bonus feature on this three double-sided disc set). Each was an indelible character, among them Charles Haid as cowboy cop Andy Renko, Veronica Hammel as sexy public defender Joyce Davenport, Bruce Weitz as the untamed, animalistic Belker, Keil Martin as LaRue, whose descent into alcoholism is one of the season's most compelling dramatic arcs, and James Sikking as the gung-ho Howard Hunter. Once daring, Hill Street Blues seems almost quaint today, with none of the graphic sex or language that scandalized NYPD Blue (in one episode, a captured cat burglar, portrayed by a pre-L.A. Law Michael Tucker, makes a reference to "wolf pee-pee"). The ethnic portrayals, too, are not exactly nuanced. But the human dramas at the heart of Hill Street still make for arresting television. --Donald Liebenson
I used to like this show a lot - but for me, now, it's really dated and dull.Published 1 month ago by Hootypoot
Hill Street Blues - Season 1
Enjoyed this when it was on TV and now enjoying it all over again.
If you are a Hill Street Blues fan, you need to add this to your list.
This was one of the GREAT TV SERIES of all time. I just bought Season One to reorient me to the Hill Street Blues precinct and its fabulous cast of characters and the events that... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Noraxpat