Rolling Stone

38 Hill Street Blues

NBC 1981-87


This ensemble cop series blended pieces of several seemingly incompatib­le genres — the serial storytelli­ng of daytime soaps, the raw camerawork of documentar­y films, the social consciousn­ess and twisted sense of humor of Seventies independen­t movies — into something that felt wholly new. Throw in a squad room full of memorable characters, including sensitive captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti), his public-defender sparring partner — and secret lover — Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamel), perp-biting undercover officer Mick Belker (Bruce Weitz), troublemak­ing alcoholic J.D. LaRue (Kiel Martin), and bruising detective Norm Buntz (Dennis Franz), and you had the blueprint for most of the dramas that followed it in TV’s second golden age of the Eighties and Nineties, including some, like L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, that came from Hill Street co-creator Steven Bochco.

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