Hill Street Blues, first broadcast in 1981 on NBC, was not an instant hit. The drama had an ensemble cast, it used hand-held cameras that gave the episodes a documentary feel, and the dialogue had a natural flow that was unusual for TV dramas at that time. Most episodic crime dramas were self-contained. Hill Street Blues featured “long-form” storylines that extended over several episodes, another unusual feature at that time. But after a couple of seasons and several Emmy Awards, the TV audience found Hill Street Blues and stayed with it for seven seasons. This box set of the complete series includes all 144 episodes. Special features include:
THE HISTORY OF HILL STREET: Steven Bocho 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
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.
Commemorative 24-page book.