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Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series

Released: April 29, 2014 • Available in US & Canada
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Synopsis

For the first time ever, the complete series of the landmark drama Hill Street Blues has arrived on DVD. Created by Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll and originally broadcast on NBC from 1981 to 1987, these 144 episodes represent compelling and groundbreaking television at its finest.

"Let's be careful out there," advises Sgt. Esterhaus every morning at roll call. And as the officers and detectives at the Hill Street Station patrol their city's streets, they must indeed maintain a careful balance between serving their citizens and inciting hostility from criminal elements. Yet as dangerous as their precinct is, the men and women of Hill Street often find that their biggest battles involve protecting themselves from the Public Defender's office, self-serving bureaucrats — and each other.

An incredible ensemble cast (including Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Bruce Weitz, Dennis Franz and Betty Thomas) and sharp, layered writing helped make Hill Street Blues the most acclaimed and influential series of its day. The winner of 26 Emmy Awards (including four for Outstanding Drama Series) and a mainstay on any roll call of the greatest television shows of all time, Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series is unquestionably a must-have for any fan of engrossing and classic television.

Why We Love It

Hill Street Blues transcends its era to remain tremendous TV… Watching the entire series on DVD, available in this form for the first time, it’s amazing just how easy it is to get lost all over again in the world of the Hill, all of the ways that the show invites viewers to consider its universe of complexity and class struggle, complication, and compassion… It’s in the cast of incredible characters that the show continues to resonate to this day.” – Todd VanDerWerff, The AV Club

Hill Street Blues helped define how sophisticated TV drama could be, telling fast-paced, blackly comic stories about jaded lawmen and vicious criminals while exploring what broadcast censors and FCC would allow….And creator Steven Bochco’s decision to tell open-ended stories, rare for prime-time dramas at the time, established the model that quality TV still follows. Shout! Factory’s Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series box set is a must for TV fans… ” – Chicago Red Eye

“Whether through shared actors, writers, directors or through stylistic and thematic complexity, its DNA can be found in nearly every great drama produced in the 30-plus years since it debuted….the complete series DVD set makes an airtight case for the show's place in television history, as well as for its role as a grand piece of entertainment. The show itself is that good, even all these decades later, and its groundbreaking elements still stand out as ideas that remain vital in so many of the great dramas we have today.” – Alan Sepinwall, HITFIX

Hill Street Blues was truly a groundbreaking show. Running from 1981 to 1987, it influenced the face of television and was arguably the show that blazed the trail for the Second Golden age of Television. With smart scripts, complex plots, and adult themes, Hill Street was one of the very first night time dramas to give the audience credit for having some intelligence and showed the world in shades of grey rather than black and white….Shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, and Breaking Bad owe a debt to Hill Street Blues. This was the show that started the trend towards more mature dramas on TV and it still plays well today. This is one of the very best TV dramas from the last century and it's great to have it all in one great set. If you enjoy engrossing, smart TV this is the set for you. It comes very Highly Recommended.” – John Sinnott, DVD Talk

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Bonus Features

  • The History Of Hill Street – Steven Bochco And Others Talk About The Creation Of The Show
  • Interviews With The Officers – Featuring Cast Members James B. Sikking, Dennis Franz, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid And Dennis Dugan
  • Writers On The Hill – A Discussion With Steven Bochco, Robert Crais, Jeffrey Lewis And Alan Rachins About Writing For The Show
  • Roll Call: Looking Back On Hill Street Blues
  • Gag Reel
  • Four Episode Commentaries – Including Creator Steven Bochco, Actors James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid And Dennis Dugan, Writer Jeffrey Lewis And Story Consultant Robert Crais

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Episodes

Episode Episode Title
Hill Street Blues: Remembrance Of Hits Past
Hill Street Blues: Larry Of Arabia
Hill Street Blues: I Want My Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues: Scales Of Justice
Hill Street Blues: Say It As It Plays
Hill Street Blues: Das Blues
Hill Street Blues: Two Easy Pieces
Hill Street Blues: The Virgin And The Turkey
Hill Street Blues: What Are Friends For?
Hill Street Blues: Fathers And Huns
Hill Street Blues: An Oy For An Oy
Hill Street Blues: Oh, You Kid
Hill Street Blues: More Skinned Against Than Skinning
Hill Street Blues: Fathers And Guns
Hill Street Blues: Amazing Grace
Hill Street Blues: Falling From Grace
Hill Street Blues: Say Uncle
Hill Street Blues: I Come On My Knees
Hill Street Blues: Bald Ambition
Hill Street Blues: It Ain't Over Till It's Over
Hill Street Blues: The Suitcase
Hill Street Blues: A Case Of Klapp
Hill Street Blues: The Best Defense
Hill Street Blues: Look Homeward, Ninja
Hill Street Blues: Slum Enchanted Evening
Hill Street Blues: Come And Get It
Hill Street Blues: Jagga The Hunk
Hill Street Blues: Iced Coffey
Hill Street Blues: The Cookie Crumbles
Hill Street Blues: Dogsbreath Afternoon
Hill Street Blues: A Pound Of Flesh
Hill Street Blues: The Runner Falls On His Kisser
Hill Street Blues: Days Of Swine And Roses
Hill Street Blues: Norman Conquest
Hill Street Blues: Sorry, Wrong Number
Hill Street Blues: Der Roachenkavalier
Hill Street Blues: City Of Refuse
Hill Street Blues: Somewhere Over The Rambo
Hill Street Blues: She's So Fein
Hill Street Blues: In The Belly Of The Bus
Hill Street Blues: Seoul On Ice
Hill Street Blues: Hacked To Pieces
Hill Street Blues: Grin And Bear It
Hill Street Blues: A Wasted Weekend
Hill Street Blues: Blues In The Night
Hill Street Blues: You're in Alice's
Hill Street Blues: Queen For A Day
Hill Street Blues: Personal Foul
Hill Street Blues: The Young, The Beautiful And The Degraded
Hill Street Blues: The Life And Time Of Dominic Florio Jr.
Hill Street Blues: El Capitan
Hill Street Blues: Passage To Libya
Hill Street Blues: Washington Deceased
Hill Street Blues: Some Like It Hot-Wired
Hill Street Blues: Zen And The Art Of Law Enforcement
Hill Street Blues: The Shooter
Hill Street Blues: G.Q.
Hill Street Blues: Eugene's Comedy Empire Strikes Back
Hill Street Blues: Spotlight On Rico
Hill Street Blues: Buddy, Can You Spare A Heart?
Hill Street Blues: A Hill Of Beans
Hill Street Blues: Here's Adventure, Here's Romance
Hill Street Blues: Ba-bing, Ba-bing
Hill Street Blues: The Long Arm Of The Law
Hill Street Blues: Death By Kiki
Hill Street Blues: Freedom's Last Stand
Hill Street Blues: Of Mouse And Man
Hill Street Blues: The World According To Freedom
Hill Street Blues: Pestolozzi's Revenge
Hill Street Blues: The Spy Who Came In From Delgado
Hill Street Blues: Chipped Beef
Hill Street Blues: Fruits Of The Poisonous Tree
Hill Street Blues: Davenport In A Storm
Hill Street Blues: Intestinal Fortitude
Hill Street Blues: Dr. Hoof And Mouth
Hill Street Blues: Of Human Garbage
Hill Street Blues: Last Chance Salon
Hill Street Blues: The Rise And Fall Of Paul The Wall
Hill Street Blues: Low Blow
Hill Street Blues: Fuched Again
Hill Street Blues: Blues For Mr. Green
Hill Street Blues: Ewe And Me, Babe
Hill Street Blues: Bangladesh Slowly
Hill Street Blues: Fowl Play
Hill Street Blues: Rookie Nookie
Hill Street Blues: Watt A Way To Go
Hill Street Blues: Mayo, Hold The Pickle
Hill Street Blues: Eva's Brawn
Hill Street Blues: Lucky Ducks
Hill Street Blues: Hair Apparent
Hill Street Blues: Nutcracker Suite
Hill Street Blues: The Count Of Monty Tasco
Hill Street Blues: Grace Under Pressure
Hill Street Blues: The Other Side Of Oneness
Hill Street Blues: Parting Is Such Sweep Sorrow
Hill Street Blues: The End Of Logan's Run
Hill Street Blues: Fuchs Me? Fuchs You!
Hill Street Blues: Nichols From Heaven
Hill Street Blues: Ratman And Bobbin
Hill Street Blues: The Last White Man On East Ferry Avenue
Hill Street Blues: The Second Oldest Profession
Hill Street Blues: Honk If You're A Goose
Hill Street Blues: The Russians Are Coming
Hill Street Blues: Up In Arms
Hill Street Blues: Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind
Hill Street Blues: Blood Money
Hill Street Blues: Jungle Madness
Hill Street Blues: Hearts And Minds
Hill Street Blues: Fecund Hand Rose
Hill Street Blues: Rites Of Spring
Hill Street Blues: I Never Promised You A Rose, Marvin
Hill Street Blues: Gatorbait
Hill Street Blues: Life, Death, Eternity
Hill Street Blues: Choice Cut
Hill Street Blues: Film At Eleven
Hill Street Blues: Double Jeopardy
Hill Street Blues: Midway To What?
Hill Street Blues: Praise Dilaudid
Hill Street Blues: Goodbye, Mr. Scripps
Hill Street Blues: Doris In Wonderland
Hill Street Blues: Life In The Minors
Hill Street Blues: The Belles Of St. Mary's
Hill Street Blues: Moon Over Uranus
Hill Street Blues: Moon Over Uranus: The Final Legacy
Hill Street Blues: Moon Over Uranus: The Sequel
Hill Street Blues: Gung Ho
Hill Street Blues: Santaclaustrophobia
Hill Street Blues: No Body's Perfect
Hill Street Blues: Phantom Of The Hill
Hill Street Blues: Little Boil Blue
Hill Street Blues: Requiem For A Hairbag
Hill Street Blues: A Hair Of The Dog
Hill Street Blues: Stan The Man
Hill Street Blues: Cranky Streets
Hill Street Blues: Officer Of The Year
Hill Street Blues: Rain Of Terror
Hill Street Blues: Heat Rash
Hill Street Blues: Domestic Beef
Hill Street Blues: Trial By Fury
Hill Street Blues: Invasion Of The Third World Body Snatchers
Hill Street Blues: Can World War III Be An Attitude?
Hill Street Blues: Presidential Fever
Hill Street Blues: Politics As Usual
Hill Street Blues: Hill Street Station
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Hill Street Blues: The Complete Series

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Barbara Bosson Actor
Betty Thomas Actor
Bruce Weitz Actor
Charles Haid Actor
Daniel J. Travanti Actor
Ed Marinaro Actor
James B. Sikking Actor
Joe Spano Actor
Kiel Martin Actor
Michael Conrad Actor
Michael Warren Actor
Rene Enriquez Actor
Robert Hirschfeld Actor
Taurean Blacque Actor
Veronica Hamel Actor
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