Hill Street Blues
was an award winning police drama that ran from 1981 to
1987 on NBC. This show set the precedent for future
crime shows on TV. Its debut season alone earned 8 Emmy
Awards, and is still considered by many to be the best
cop show ever created. Regardless of the show’s initial
critical acclaim, Nielsen ratings were not good, and the
show became the lowest rated show to ever be renewed for
a second season.
show was essentially about the goings on of a single
police precinct in some unknown city (on Hill Street).
Each episode of the show featured intertwined stories
that would often span multiple shows. Not only did the
show deal with the professional lives of the police
officers, who dealt with what police normally deal with,
but also about how their professional and personal lives
crossed. There were stories about corrupt cops, cops
that were killed in the line of duty, dealing with
gangs, dealing with serial killers, etc.
cast was rather large, even after many of the characters
were killed off. Some of the more consistent characters
were Captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti), Joyce
Davenport (Veronica Hamel), Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael
Conrad), Detective Mick Belker (Bruce Weitz), Sgt. Henry
Goldblume (Joe Spano), Officer Andy Renko (Charles Haid),
Officer Bobby Hill (Michael Warren0, Lt. Howard Hunter
(James B. Sikking), and many more.