Hill Street Blues

1981, TV Show

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Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/13/1982

Season 2, Episode 18
Amid corruption, gang warfare, divorce and the murder of a promising young public defender, keeping the peace has never been this complicated or this chaotic for Captain Frank Furillo and Hill Street's men and women in blue.

Free | Hulu Aired: 1/15/1981

Season 1, Episode 1
Before "NYPD Blue" and "The Shield" came "Hill Street Blues," the series that revolutionized the TV cop show by giving television viewers a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives at an urban police station.

Free | Xfinity Posted: 12/26/2014

HILL STREET BLUES: THE COMPLETE SERIES arrives for the first time ever on home entertainment shelves April 29, 2014 from Shout! Factory. This handsomely packaged 34-DVD collector’s box set contains all 144 acclaimed episodes, a commemorative book and retrospective bonus content, featuring new interviews with Steven Bochco, the cast and more.

Free | Spike Posted: 12/11/2014

An interview with Dennis Dugan, who played one of the best loved characters on the show, Captain Freedom, although the part lasted only four episodes before he was killed off. Each episode of this classic show chronicled a day-in-the-life of the cops on the beat, starting with the infamous morning roll call and ending with a recap of the day's events. The first hard-hitting series of its kind, Hill Street Blues garnered 26 Emmy Awards including four for Outstanding Drama.Own the Complete Second Season on DVD now.

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Premiered: January 15, 1981, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Steven Bochco's landmark ensemble crime drama was an often electrifying mix of realism and humor within continuing storylines (in an unnamed big city), paving the way for gritty successors like `NYPD Blue' and `Homicide: Life on the Street.' `Hill Street Blues' copped more than two dozen Emmys, eight in its rookie season. With its gripping stories and complex characters, along with Mike Post's stirring theme music, this was television drama of a high order.

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