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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
Dennis Franz is the glue that holds this old, but not dated series together. That is not to say the rest of the cast isn't good; they're great, but Franz's portrayal of a deeply flawed policeman, who despite his flaws, remains honest and true to his profession and his fellow policemen is one of the greatest character portrayals on any TV series of any time. Leading characters came and went, and they were good actors who gave outstanding performances and we missed them when they left, mourned them, but Franz' portrayal of Sipowitz remains the best. He's the character you love, even when his political incorrectness makes you wince. He is the policeman you wanted on your side when you were seeking justice and he is the policeman you'd least want to meet if you were the perp. NYPD Blue is an ensemble show, and as previously stated, all are great, but Sipowitz, with all his flaws, and all his humanity, remains the reason this is one of the greatest TV shows ever.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 19, 2013
The previous season to this one was rough for fans of NYPD Blue. Everyone knew Bobby Simone would be written out early in the season, as Jimy Smits had decided to move on. This knowledge in no way made the slow, sad death of Bobby any easier to bear. Then, shockingly, Andy's wife of several seasons, Sylvia, is gunned down before the season finale, adding to the list of tragedies heaped on his shoulders. Maybe because of the heaviness of these episodes, Season 7 has an overall lighter tone, while keeping the gritty nature the show was always known for. James Martinez exits the show after getting promoted to sergeant. To fill his spot, the character of Baldwin Jones, who would remain until the series' end, is introduced. Danny Sorenson has a relationship with fellow cop Mary Franco, but gradually gets closer to Diane. Danny's self-destructive tendencies become more evident, foreshadowing his downfall by the end of Season 8. Season 7 has some excellent episodes, and just like the rest of the seasons, benefits from incredibly high quality writing and acting. This was a fantastic season of one of TV's truly great dramas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2014
I no longer watch TV--no cable or satellite or even rabbit ears--and I don't have much of an internet connection, none of the fancy streaming stuff for me, so I'm totally dependent on DVD to be able to enjoy good old television, not to mention the best damn drama ever produced for that medium. I bought the first four seasons of NYPD Blue years ago and have begged and pleaded with everyone I could find to release the other eight seasons. Finally SHOUT came along and I quickly snatched up 5 and 6...but then the same old foot-dragging crap started again. There have been two 'delays' (so far) since I pre-ordered Season 7 and now it looks like I'm going to be starting on my 75th year before I get that package. Is there any chance I'll actually get the entire show, all 12 years, before I die? PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!! PLEASE!!!

...and I finally got it. This season of NYPD Blue aired in 2000 which was right around the time my growing disaffection with television was getting a firm foothold, and I learned as I watched this long-awaited DVD that while some of the episodes seemed a little like 'old friends long out of touch' others were completely new to me. All of them are great, of course, but I was especially happy to (a) see the gang do a totally comedic episode thanks to the guest appearance of the great Richard Libertini, (b) finally learn what actually happened, and how, to cause Andrea Thompson to leave the cast taking her Jill ("nobody counts except me and mine") role, which she admirably played to perfection, with her, and (c) catch a glimpse of Elizabeth Berkeley's (Showgirls) fine bare ass as she and Henry Simmons did a steamy bedroom scene....though of course that scene still doesn't hold a candle to the beautiful Sharon Lawrence's two nude scenes with star Dennis Franz--the shower scene and the even better "just don't do your Tarzan yell" bedroom scene. I just can't get enough of this show and I hope Shout! delivers the rest of the seasons before my time on this planet expires.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2014
I am re-watching this series from start to finish and falling in love with these characters all over again.

I recommend it for any "police show" lover

I love it so much, it makes me sad that I am on season 10 and it will soon be all over.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
The riveting series continues with a superb cast and intense situations, both professional and personal, that the detectives have to work through. The cast of this show it wonderful - all in the police department and all of the New Yorkers who are portrayed in the victims. their families, the bystanders, the onlookers. Kudos to the casting department - - - you have made this a very down-to-earth depiction of so many hard life situations in a large city. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2013
It needs captions.
Yes, we are of that age.
So when they mumble their slang terms it is very difficult to understand their dialog.
But this is one of the great drama series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
It was another season the was really the official season of change. And I think it showed to be a good transition like in season 2 for what you would come to expect in season 3. Season 7 though to me in more ways gave the best interest as far as how every thing would be handled with everyone made for this first episode of the season to be of interest story line wise. Andy Sipowicz now being a widower now taking care of his son and what could possibly happen there. And seeing how Danny Sorenson would possibly play off to everyone that watches NYPD Blue. This first episode of season proved that all to be true and to me was the real start to be every ones interest in the change that turned out to be good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
Normally a season will get 5 stars from me but episodes 18,19,21 and 22 bogged down around the flap about Kirendall's ex. Why it took this many episodes for a so-so plot, however interesting it may have been for the writers, to play out is a mystery. The cast of original characters is steadily dwindling down and it remains to be seen how their replacements fare.
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on March 27, 2015
Every season of this show, the finest police drama ever broadcast on network television (although, if it survives long enough, "Elementary" may give it a run for its money), gets five stars from me.

Some of my very favorite episodes of this whole series came in season 7. They sprinkled a little more comic relief into the mix, and I always like that aspect of this show. One episode in particular, entitled "Lucky Luciano," features the always amusing character actor Richard Libertini (Remember in the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin treat "All of Me?" He was the guy who said, "Back in bowl.") as the Italian immigrant Luciano, who Andy suspects killed his wife, or at least "egged on" his wife's cousin to do it. Andy also suspects that he is not really Italian and tries to startle him as he "takes a crap" (his words), trying to get him to shout out some exclamation without the accent by suddenly banging violently on the stall door. It doesn't work, but unbeknownst to any of us, Medavoy is trying to defecate in the next stall, and becomes rather disturbed at Andy's antics here.

Much of this season features Danny Sorensen screwing up his relationship with that nice Mary Franco despite her herculean efforts to keep him from doing it. The travails of Jill Kirkendall with her slimeball husband also set the stage for the coming of the painfully delicious Connie McDowell (Charlotte Ross) to the squad, who Andy later marries.

I am really glad that Amazon Prime is carrying this entire series, the later seasons of which are not yet available on DVD. The technical quality of their reproductions of the earlier seasons is noticeably higher than the one presented on the DVD sets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2014
One of my all time favorite televisions shows. It took way to long to get seasons 5,6,7, etc our to the market. Glad they are finally here. Enjoyed seeing this gripping season again after a long break. highly recommended!!!!
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