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Hill Street Blues

3 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (239) IMDb 8.2/10

The TV cop show that gave television viewers a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.

Starring:
Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren

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Season 1

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1. Hill Street Station

Captain Furillo has his hands full.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 15, 1981
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2. Presidental Fever

Captain Furillo summons the heads of the local gangs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 17, 1981
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3. Politics as Usual

LaRue gets in trouble after accepting a bribe.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 22, 1981
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4. Can WW III be an Attitude?

The cops face the possibility of an all-out assault from gangs.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 24, 1981
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5. Double Jeopardy (Dressed to Kill)

Officers Hill and Belker go undercover in drag.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: January 31, 1981
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6. Film at Eleven

Furillo searches for the suspect who wounded Hill and Renko.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 7, 1981
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7. Choice Cut

Furillo deals with a gang leader and trigger-happy commander.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 14, 1981
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8. Up in Arms

Sgt. Esterhaus receives a cryptic note from an ex-con.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 21, 1981
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9. Your Kind, My Kind, Human Kind

Furillo deals with the aftermath of a deadly shootout.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: February 28, 1981
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10. Gatorbait

Rumors circulate that Furillo will be promoted.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 7, 1981
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11. Life, Death, Eternity, Etc.

Furillo jeopardizes his promotion.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 14, 1981
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12. I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin

The department purchases a flame-throwing attack tank.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 21, 1981
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13. Fecund Hand Rose

Furillo strikes a deal with a dirty cop.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: March 25, 1981
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14. Rites of Spring - I

Hill and Renko arrest a young mother.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 19, 1981
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15. Rites of Spring - II

LaRue's excessive drinking on the job catches up with him.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 19, 1981
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16. Jungle Madness - I

Washington unearths evidence to clear a bigoted narcotics cop.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: May 26, 1981
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17. Jungle Madness - II

Officers Bates and Coffey are involved in a tragic shooting.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: May 26, 1981
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By C. Freeman on October 14, 2005
Format: DVD
I loved this show when it premiered and watched it eagerly every week. I was in the Air Force then and remember this show being one of the absolute best on television. To those who are quick to forget, Hill Street Blues set the precedent for cop shows to come. By killing off key characters occasionally the show had a sense of stark, gritty realism that made most of the cop shows of it's time seem like 'Car 54'. This show was in the forefront of bold, daring originality. True, when Michael Conrad died there WAS a decline in the show because he was such a well-loved character, but the show retained it's greatness nonetheless. In MY book Hill Street will always be remembered as the show that all other cop shows, and even non-cop shows, tip their hats to.
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Fans of this show wanted it so badly that the VHS release that was published a few years ago goes for as much as $200 in the amazon sellers (original price was around $30).

Anyway, it's been worth the wait, as this promises to be a real good DVD set: Not only the episodes are there (of course), but also commentary tracks, deleted scenes, a roll call featurette...

So...anyway, was this a good season? For starters, it was a short one: Only 17 episodes. But what episodes! Worth every minute! I won't spoil them for you though, whether you are an old fan who don't remember the show or someone who heard so much about it that are going to get the DVDs to watch the show for the first time.

Even if you aren't a Hill Street fan, you might want to pick this set just for the incredible guest star list... people that a few year later became real stars, with their own shows: Ken Olin (thirtysomething), David Caruso (NYPD Blue), Dwight Schultz (A-Team), Mimi Rogers (lots of things).
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When this series was first on in the '80's, it was pre-VCR for me. I loved it so much that I carried a portable TV with me in the car (ran off the cigarette lighter) to be able to catch each episode up until it's finish because I had to be in work at the hospital at 11:00p.m., which was when HSB finished for the evening. Also because I was such a fanatic for the show, I made little notes in a pad about dialogue snippets, plot elements, etc.

Time passed and because I never saw the show in reruns, I mostly forgot about it, except for a vague memory that I loved it dearly.

Then Season One comes out on DVD and my love affair starts all over again!!! I've seen very few dramas that combine such superb writing, acting and editing skills as HSB. The characters are immortal and stay with you long after. If you're a fan from the original broadcast run like I was, you'll have a great time having your memory rejogged by all the teriffic supporting characters and situations from the first time you saw them.

I just finished Seasons 1 & 2 and I couldn't be happier with the extras included, the transfer quality and the more-than-reasonable price for one of my TOP TEN TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME!!!

Can't wait for Season #3!
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Like so many of you who have written reviews, I too have waited nearly 20 years for this release. I was 12 when I first got hooked on HSB and I have to admit that I was worried that it would not live up to all the praise I have heaped upon it over the years. Boy, was I surprised -- the show is even better than I remember! Of course, it helps that I now understand some of the jokes and innuendo that went over my head then.

The characters, the writing, the direction and the actors are all superb. Dan Travanti is still so compelling as the moral center of the show -- Frank Furillo's humility and humanity are so real that you cannot help but be drawn into the never-ending saga of the Hill Street precinct. Of course, his scenes with Veronica Hamel are shockingly steamy given that this was filmed in the early '80s. It is hard to believe that some of this stuff got past censors -- but thank God for Bochco -- he must have given them some headaches. Joyce Davenport was my hero -- such a strong female character, who obviously had good looks but did not rely upon them for her success. The seven-year development and evolution of the love story between Furillo and Davenport makes the relationship one that continues to resound today.

I could go on and on about all the characters that you will come to love if you watch this dvd -- Esterhaus, Hill and Renko (can you say those names separately?), LaRue and Washington, Bates and Coffey, Belker, and the others. The incredible writing and depth of these characters puts every show that is currently on television to shame. But they all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to this ground-breaking show.
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I was in college when Hill Street Blues originally aired, and I remember life in the dorm coming to a halt on Thursday nights because everyone wanted to watch it. I had never seen the show, so I didn't bother getting all worked up about it and usually found something else to do. Now, 25 years later, this set fell into my lap and I am happy to say that I finally understand what all the fuss was about. The one thing that strikes me is that when the end credits roll after each episode, I always look up at the clock because I can't believe it's over already. This is one of the most engaging shows I've ever seen and I highly recommend it to those who never experienced it the first time around.
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