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Hill Street Blues - Season 1
     

Hill Street Blues - Season 1

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Director: Arnold Laven, Corey Allen, Robert Butler

Cast: Steven Bochco

 
Known for revolutionizing the modern police procedural, the first season of the award-winning series Hill Street Blues offers a gritty look into the daily realities of the officers and detectives employed at an inner-city police station.

Overview

Known for revolutionizing the modern police procedural, the first season of the award-winning series Hill Street Blues offers a gritty look into the daily realities of the officers and detectives employed at an inner-city police station.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A quarter century after it debuted to glowing reviews and won instantaneous viewer acceptance, this groundbreaking series might not seem as impressive as it did back in 1981. But that's just because its innovations have become so thoroughly ingrained, not only in other cop shows but also in most hour-long TV dramas. BeforeHill Street Blues, police procedurals (as they were called within the industry) had a handful of principals and a few recurring characters. They followed a predictable pattern: crime, detection, pursuit, apprehension. These shows usually dealt with one crime per episode, with few digressions. Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll changed all that with Hill Street Blues by incorporating daytime serial plotting techniques into the prime-time, hour-long drama. There were more than a dozen principal characters and nearly as many minor ones, and as much as a half dozen plot threads were woven into a large, colorful tapestry. Launched as a midseason replacement, Blues got off to an eye-popping start when two of its regulars, Officers Bobby Hill (Michael Warren) and Andy Renko (Charles Haid), were shot by drug dealers. The pilot also found precinct captain Frank Furillo (series star Daniel J. Travanti) trying to defuse a hostage situation while his gung-ho SWAT team leader (James B. Sikking) agitated for decisive action. Additionally, the first episode introduced various detectives and officers who would shortly prove integral to the show's success. And they weren't all stalwart, iron-willed do-gooders, either: Detective Johnny LaRue (Kiel Martin), for example, had a drinking problem and was perpetually broke. Hill Street Blues completely revitalized the police drama, and if you carefully watch the 17 episodes collected in this DVD set, you'll realize just how influential it really remains.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
UPC:
0024543223450
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
14:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All season one episodes; Audio commentary on selected episodes; "Roll Call: Looking Back at Hill Street Blues" featurette

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Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:43]
2. Interface [5:13]
3. No Biting [2:15]
4. Liquor Store Hostages [6:04]
5. A Lousy Situation [5:40]
6. Detente [4:06]
7. Stay Cool [4:13]
8. The Law [3:37]
9. For Want of a Phone [1:50]
10. Emergency Action [4:53]
11. MIA [2:23]
12. Intensive Care/End Titles [4:03]
1. Roll Call [1:24]
2. Rusty/Main Titles [3:31]
3. New Hire [5:15]
4. Standoff [2:47]
5. Special Assistant [2:53]
6. A Lot of Figuring [6:41]
7. Different Worlds [4:45]
8. Sensitivity Training [3:57]
9. Lousy Alimony [2:58]
10. Summit [8:03]
11. Just Another Gang [4:52]
12. Two for Two/End Titles [2:00]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:55]
2. Unclear on the Concept [3:04]
3. Serious Money [6:34]
4. No Tour, No Treaty [2:53]
5. Matchmaker [3:17]
6. Out of Sorts [2:10]
7. Black and White [2:31]
8. How Romantic [2:11]
9. Scratching the Itch [4:30]
10. Back in Action [4:37]
11. Problem Solved [5:05]
12. Unbooked/End Titles [8:10]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:56]
2. Flair [4:14]
3. Suckered [3:40]
4. Implied Displeasure [2:14]
5. You, Me, Us [5:20]
6. Out of Line [4:53]
7. Cancellation [4:05]
8. The Hearing [5:08]
9. No Favors [4:51]
10. Under Siege [5:57]
11. Mr. President [1:59]
12. Softie/End Titles [2:29]
Disc #1, Side B -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:06]
2. Teflon Cop [2:58]
3. All Dressed Up [3:59]
4. Sly Dog [4:18]
5. Busting Up [2:18]
6. Flat Tire [7:05]
7. A Bill of Goods [3:30]
8. O.J. [3:47]
9. No Regrets [5:11]
10. Property Owner [1:36]
11. Double Dipping [4:13]
12. Piece of Cake [6:59]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:08]
2. Little Fish [3:55]
3. Dracula [3:36]
4. New Technology [2:06]
5. Standard Procedure [4:03]
6. Media Event [6:15]
7. Attorney of Record [4:12]
8. Stirring It Up [4:15]
9. On the Shelf [3:09]
10. Hung [3:50]
11. Lineup [7:52]
12. Stucky/End Titles [2:24]
Disc #2, Side A -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:25]
2. Woman With a Gun [5:04]
3. Good Will [2:13]
4. Hostage Situation [4:37]
5. Ace in the Hole [5:29]
6. Always Trouble [2:14]
7. Action News [6:46]
8. A Little Misdirect [3:10]
9. Eddie's Ex-Girlfriend [4:31]
10. Who the Hell Cares? [3:13]
11. Back at the Station [6:14]
12. Mouse Kisses/End Titles [1:04]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:20]
2. Merchants' Association [2:44]
3. Vigilantes [2:37]
4. On Edge [4:54]
5. A Philosphical Day [4:37]
6. Altering Reality [3:09]
7. Cut Loose [3:52]
8. Smoke and Words [4:48]
9. Appointment With Destiny [3:49]
10. Saved [3:25]
11. Art Class [5:16]
12. Whipped/End Titles [4:41]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:15]
2. Deeply Disturbed [5:51]
3. Out of Line [3:21]
4. Tagging Along [3:57]
5. Pop Psychology [3:47]
6. Hairy Afternoon [4:03]
7. Whose Bust? [3:38]
8. Career Advice [2:26]
9. Phony Stakeout [4:43]
10. A Need to Talk [3:56]
11. Confession [2:47]
12. Special Report/End Titles [5:44]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [5:38]
2. Protocol [2:42]
3. The Furrier [2:57]
4. Heavyweight [3:48]
5. Fluff 'N' Fold [3:33]
6. Under the Microscope [2:46]
7. Filth [6:09]
8. Making Nice [4:22]
9. Off the Record [2:15]
10. Merry Pranksters [5:39]
11. Shedding Some Light [5:15]
12. Politics/End Titles [3:25]
Disc #2, Side B -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:46]
2. Pervert [1:27]
3. Mental Health [2:13]
4. Old Score [2:57]
5. Cock 'N' Bull Story [4:19]
6. With His Boots On [4:24]
7. Panda [4:25]
8. From Little Acorns [3:56]
9. Au Naturel [2:28]
10. Chicken Soup [6:37]
11. Sex, Sex, Sex [4:50]
12. Live on TV/End Titles [6:07]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:20]
2. A Lot of Changes [3:25]
3. Blindsided [2:23]
4. Sniper Alley [3:53]
5. Life Is a Risk [4:58]
6. Panda on the Loose [5:06]
7. A Prince [3:17]
8. Breach of Confidentiality [4:51]
9. It's a Dude! [5:08]
10. Not Good Enough [4:51]
11. Stripped and Gutted [3:41]
12. Derailment/End Titles [2:08]
Disc #3, Side A -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:34]
2. Gang Fight [2:41]
3. State Witness [4:45]
4. The Cat Burglar [4:31]
5. Dead Man [3:02]
6. Belker & The Burglar [2:42]
7. Target: MacAfee [2:46]
8. Thinking out Loud [4:05]
9. Erotic Ponential [5:33]
10. Simple Hyperventilation [3:56]
11. The Wedding [6:46]
12. Just the Two of Us/End Titles [3:36]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [4:08]
2. Bad Heroin [6:46]
3. A Breed Apart [2:45]
4. Lunch [4:39]
5. Back at the Bar [2:05]
6. Coffee Break [3:05]
7. Old-Fashioned [2:50]
8. Brokering a Deal [6:10]
9. Going It Alone [5:23]
10. First Person [2:53]
11. Masquerade [4:14]
12. Freeze/End Titles [2:39]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [3:31]
2. Trigger Happy [3:35]
3. Out of Luck [4:26]
4. Credibility Gaps [4:12]
5. Domestic Disturbance [2:35]
6. Fence [2:58]
7. Time Off [3:51]
8. Take a Number [4:46]
9. It's a Scam [4:25]
10. Making an Effort [3:02]
11. Forty Minutes [1:51]
12. Out of Danger/Main Titles [7:26]
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [5:06]
2. New Boyfriend [5:01]
3. Busy [3:02]
4. A Liability [1:50]
5. Last Chance [5:09]
6. Wham, Bam [3:33]
7. Candid Camera [3:56]
8. Hustle [3:25]
9. Lat Again [5:37]
10. What a Coincidence [3:03]
11. Going Down [3:25]
12. Good Cop/End Titles [3:44]
Disc #3, Side B -- Hill Street Blues: The Complete First Season
1. Roll Call/Main Titles [5:00]
2. Weapons Roundup [4:41]
3. A Regular Genius [3:06]
4. Open Season [4:45]
5. Writeoff [2:14]
6. Case Closed [5:43]
7. Drunk and Broke [5:49]
8. Paydirt [4:21]
9. On and Off [3:18]
10. My Name Is John [1:36]
11. Persistent [2:25]
12. Regrets/End Titles [3:43]

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Hill Street Blues - Season 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Hill Street Blues is a cornerstone of great TV crime drama. Other great crime dramas that came after it such as all of the Law and Order series and CSI series owe it a debt of graditude. It was way ahead of it's time in the 1980's and still withstands the test of time today. Fantastic series. Does anyone know if/when the other great series of the early 1980's, St. Elsewhere is going to be released on DVD? Now that Hill Street Blues has begun to appear it only seems natural to release this ground breaking medical series that paved the way for today's great medical dramas such as ER.