Hill Street Blues:season 1

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Before NYPD Blue and The Shield came Hill Street Blues, the series that revolutionized the TV cop by giving television viewers a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station. Earning 98 Emmy nominations over its seven year run, Hill Street Blues was one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed shows of the 1980s.

"Let's be careful out there." So ends each roll call session at the Hill Street station house. As the cops and detectives head out to the streets, Captain Frank Furillo begins the delicate balancing act of providing enough protection for the law-abiding citizens without inciting the neighborhood gangs andilocal criminal elements who are openly hostile towards any police presence. Yet as dangerous as his inner city precinct can be, Furillo's biggest battles often involve protecting his own cops from the Public Defender's office, self-serving bureaucrats, and even each other.

Includes all 17 season one episodes.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202015621
UPC 024543223450
UPC 14 00024543223450
Format DVD
Release Date 8/5/2008
Rating NR
Television Programs
Television Shows
Television/TV Series
Editors Note
Note This groundbreaking crime drama from super-producer Stephen Bochco aired from 1981 to 1986, and followed one of the first ensemble casts on TV. Set in a fictional town based on Chicago, the action centered on a chaotic police precinct and provided a very realistic view of the private and work lives of characters who occupied every rung of the hierarchical ladder. The first season starts the action with a bang and doesn't let up, as Precinct Captain Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) has to defuse a hostage crisis. The rest of the season keeps up the pace, as Officer Larue (Kiel Martin) battles a drinking problem, Sgt. Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) questions his upcoming marriage, and Furillo finds his chances for promotion compromised by a city councilman's involvement in a murder.
Entertainment Weekly "The ensemble acting is impressive for the way clashing styles -- from Haid's laid-back Method mumbling to Hamel's earnest intensity -- mesh in long, chatty scenes." -- Grade: B 02/03/3006 p.59
Sight and Sound "[T]his trailblazing series mixes black humour, strident drama and vivid characterizations that set the standard for US cop shows to come." 05/01/2006 p.90
Daniel J. Travanti
Barbara Babcock
Betty Thomas
Cast & Crew
Betty Thomas - Actor
Bruce Weitz - Actor
Charles Haid - Actor
Daniel J. Travanri - Actor
Ed Marinaro - Actor
James B. Sikking - Actor
Kiel Martin - Actor
Michael Conrad - Actor
Michael Warren - Actor
Steven Bochco - Created By
Taureen Blacque - Actor
Veronica Hamel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1981
Catalog ID 2232345
UPC 00024543223450
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 850 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Emmy (1981) Steven Bochco, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Drama Series,Daniel J. Travanti, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series,Barbara Babcock, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series,Michael Conrad, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series,Michael Kozoll, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital Mono, English Spanish Subtitled, 3 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Hill Street Blues
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD

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