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Very Best of Hill Street Blues (4 VHS Boxed Set)
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The Very Best of Hill Street Blues showcases the magic of the long-running series: the wonderful ensemble cast headed by Daniel Travanti and Veronica Hamel, the consistently excellent writing, and the multi-episode plot lines, which were engaging and significant. The moving force behind the magic was Steven Bochco, whose ingenious concept for the look and the feel of the show changed the way television was made. This seven episode series is a testament to just how good a TV drama can be. --Brendan J. LaSalle
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Episode 1: "Hill Street Station," (January 15, 1981, written by Michael Kozoll & Steven Bochco) introduces us to beleaguered Captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti), who has to defuse a tense hostage situation despite the aggressive inclinations of the leader of his EATers, Lt. Howard Hunter (James B. Sikking) and the uneasy help of gang leader Jesus Martinez (Trinidad Silva). Meanwhile, Public Defender Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamill) tries to find a client lost in the system and boy are we surprised after watching Furillo and Davenport but heads all episode long to learn they are secretly lovers. Meanwhile, Sgt. Esterhaus (Michael Conrad), confides to Fay Furillo (Barbara Bosson) about his teenage girlfriend.Read more ›
Hill Street was the best show on TV by a mile, and to my mind is still the best police drama ever. This was the show which really did make Thursday night "must see TV". It had a fabulous ensemble cast, including D. Travanti, Veronica Hammel, Charles Haid, Mike Warren, and a host of others.
The writing was like nothing else ever on TV at the time. One episode sagely included here, "Trial By Fury" still was the most intense television I can recall, and when that story line ended with the execution of the mentally challenged murderer of a nun, words were inadequate to desrcibe the horror.
Hill Street also brought us the first look (to my recollection) at a great character actor who in several seasons portrayed two different slimeball cops: Bad Sal Benedetto and Norman Buntz. Both played to perfection by NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz.
Simply brilliant television. When will all the episodes be available on DVD or VHS to buy and enjoy.
Thamk you to the cast, writers and producers of Hill Street Blues for a wondeful show.
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Hill Street Blues was voted "the best series in the history of television" by a national survey of television critics. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Barry Francis
I am very pleased with my VHS tapes, I am very glad to have ventured in to the Amazon sit eto located this tape, I have been looking for it,until someone recommended Amaazon. Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by Huggyfox
Television as a medium is legitimized if by nothing else then by "Hill Street Blues," the personification of excellence. Read morePublished on April 2, 2002 by C. Ebeling
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