The BEST Episodes of Hill Street Blues

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Network: NBC

This groundbreaking and award-winning NBC crime drama provided a very realistic view into the lives of the dedicated cops and detectives of an urban police station. From January 1981 to August 1986, the show ran on Thursdays at 10/9 Central, with occasional repeats on Saturdays at 10/9 Central. From August 1986 to August 1987 first-run episodes aired Tuesdays at 10/9 Central.

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Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

#1 - Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 3, 1981

Night court interferes with "Monday Night Football" as LaRue and Washington are accused of entrapping a mugger; Bates and Coffey look for gang members responsible for the drive-by shooting of a child; Fay announces that she's getting married again.

star 8.86
65 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis
Freedom's Last Stand

#2 - Freedom's Last Stand

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 28, 1982

Bates plays in the interdepartmental poker finals; Fuchs refuses to help out one of his own men caught forging prescriptions; Henry goes undercover on a smash-and-grab purse snatching detail; Delgado admits he's afraid of testifying before the commission; Joyce chides Furillo for being naive about his supposed innocence protecting him against the commission; the scam saloon closes down after a gun battle; and a furious Furillo testifies before the commission and offers his resignation to Chief Daniels.

star 8.45
60 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis, Mchael Wagner, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
Hill Street Station (Pilot)

#3 - Hill Street Station (Pilot)

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 15, 1981

Precinct Captain Furillo tries to defuse a hostage situation despite the advice of his gung-ho Emergency Action Team leader and the temperament of a self-absorbed gang leader; public defender Joyce Davenport tries to find a client who has been lost in the bureaucratic maze; Detective LaRue gets a lapful of coffee; Sgt. Esterhaus confides to Fay about his teenage sweetheart; Officers Hill and Renko are shot in the line of duty.

star 8.30
162 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
I Want My Hill Street Blues

#4 - I Want My Hill Street Blues

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 6, 1986

Belker goes undercover to expose a corrupt parole officer; Goldblume clashes with Furillo over the demolition of some low-rent housing in his new neighborhood; Bates makes a deal with Vivian DeWitt; Jablonski tries to cope with a crew making a music video in the station house.

star 8.22
18 votes
Writers: Jacob Epstein, John Mankiewicz, Robert Ward, Russ Woody
It Ain't Over Till it's Over

#5 - It Ain't Over Till it's Over

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired May 12, 1987

Sid and Furillo work to find out who is setting up Buntz while Daniels publicly vilifies him; LaRue decides to beat a TV crew doing a live broadcast from a gangster's cellar to the punch; Bates agrees to go out with Sal the plumber; rumors are flying about what will happen to the station house after a three-alarm fire guts it.

star 8.17
18 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: David Milch, Jeffrey Lewis, John Romano
Pestolozzi's Revenge

#6 - Pestolozzi's Revenge

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 14, 1982

The Captain meets LaRue and Washington when he returns from a purse snatching; Renko (who has lost his service revolver) and Hill are rear-ended by a wedding party; Bates gets mad at Coffey when he stands her up for a breakfast date; Lou threatens again to remove his vending machines from the precinct house; Daniels tells Furillo to initiate a scam saloon in the South Ferry Precinct as a preemptive move against the corruption-seeking Sullivan Commission.

star 8.13
60 votes
Directors: Randa Haines
Writers: Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Kozoll, Michael Wagner, Steven Bochco

#7 - Suitcase

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 1986

Sid and Buntz wrestle with 80 lbs. of cocaine found in a suitcase at the site of a small plane crash; Goldblume looks into a suspected case of aspirin tampering; Belker goes under to look into a hotel owner scamming city housing chits from vagrants; Hill and Renko handle a domestic call concerning a woman abusing her invalid grandparents.

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Darrell Vienna, David Milch, John Romano
Remembrance of Hits Past

#8 - Remembrance of Hits Past

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 13, 1986

Joyce reflects on her past relationship with Furillo as she waits for him to come out of surgery after he's shot on the courthouse steps just prior to testifying against a recaptured gangster. Meanwhile, Belker is sent undercover at a meat packing plant while Buntz searches for the gunman.

star 8.06
16 votes
Directors: Ben Bolt
Writers: David Milch, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Robert Ward, Walon Green
Dogsbreath Afternoon

#9 - Dogsbreath Afternoon

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 17, 1987

Buntz tracks down Belker's snitch as the whole station house works to find out who shot Mick; Renko is forced to be honest with Daryl Ann by a blackmailing hooker; and Russo and Flaherty stalk a reported lion.

star 8.00
17 votes
Writers: George Goldsmith, Jeff Melvoin, Jerome Portman
Das Blues

#10 - Das Blues

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 23, 1986

Hunter hallucinates he's aboard a Russian submarine; Belker finally gets married; Renko busts his favorite country singer again; Furillo meets with a political power broker about the Chief's job; Hill takes his daddy home to St. Louis for his burial; Buntz' old partner comes asking for help with a loan shark; and LaRue and Washington use a lady tattoo artist to help them find a killer.

star 7.90
20 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: David Milch, Dick Wolf, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Robert Ward
Iced Coffey

#11 - Iced Coffey

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 6, 1986

Bates agonizes over identifying Coffey's killer; Hunter uncovers an unexpected thief in the station; a prostitute sells out Jesus and Attorney Brown in a bribery scandal; and Belker's harassed by an overzealous security guard.

star 7.88
17 votes
Writers: David Milch, Dick Wolf, Duncan Smith, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Robert Schlitt, Robert Ward
A Pound of Flesh

#12 - A Pound of Flesh

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 5, 1987

The Hill faces renewed gang violence when Jesus' sister is apparently kidnapped on the eve of her wedding to a Gypsy Boy; LaRue experiences emotional highs and lows when a perp's gun misfires three times in his face; Hunter is found, but his survival came at a high cost; IAD Shipman pursues a case against Buntz concerning a missing kilo of cocaine.

star 7.88
17 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Christian Williams
Fathers and Guns

#13 - Fathers and Guns

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 1986

Furillo faces a moral and emotional dilemma when his father is shot; LaRue sics the health department on a restaurant owner; Belker has nightmares about nuclear destruction and helps a father find his child; and a cemetery plot salesman solicits business at the station.

star 7.88
16 votes
Directors: Ed Sherin
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, Jerry Patrick Brown
Parting is Such Sweep Sorrow

#14 - Parting is Such Sweep Sorrow

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 16, 1984

A judge intent on elevating jail conditions releases the court's overflow back into the streets; Bates has a rocky start as roll call sergeant; another professional hit covers up the murder of Whitney Barnes; after his memorial service, Furillo follows Esterhaus' last wishes to scatter his ashes on the Hill.

star 7.85
20 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: David Milch, Jeffrey Lewis, Mark Frost (I), Michael Wagner, Steven Bochco
Scales of Justice

#15 - Scales of Justice

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 30, 1986

LaRue and Washington continue to stake out the tattoo parlor for a killer; Bates has a tough decision to make about Fabian; Jablonski tries to enforce a city ban on smoking in the station house; Hill meets someone special at his father's funeral; Chief Daniels surprises Furillo by offering to endorse him as his successor; Buntz cuts some corners to get a dealer selling killer synthetic heroin off the streets.

star 7.85
20 votes
Writers: David Milch, Dick Wolf, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Robert Ward
Der Roachenkavalier

#16 - Der Roachenkavalier

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 1987

Buntz worries over the state of Furillo's marriage; LaRue and Washington get lots of help in their quest for a prize winning cockroach; Belker chases down a purse snatching dog; and Goldblume continues to buck the system when he releases a felon in direct contradiction of city council guidelines.

star 7.83
18 votes
Writers: Bob Woodward, Christian Williams
Larry of Arabia

#17 - Larry of Arabia

Season 6 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 27, 1986

Coffey persuades Bates to file guardianship papers for Fabian; Furillo considers returning to work as Daniels asks him for help getting the consultancy job he wants; Buntz appears on a TV small claims court; an impatient old woman messes up Belker's undercover at a pawn shop; and Hill, Renko, LaRue, Washington and Goldblume stumble on a courier for an international arms purchaser and deal themselves into his action.

star 7.82
17 votes
Writers: David Milch, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Jerry Patrick Brown, John William See, Robert Ward
The World According to Freedom

#18 - The World According to Freedom

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 7, 1982

Belker meets an eccentric calling himself "Captain Freedom" while on a stakeout; LaRue gets more than he bargained for as a cell plant when he overhears an arson suspect taunting an accused child molester; and Furillo issues an ultimatum to the gangs after a savage massacre in a local tavern.

star 7.82
62 votes
Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Writers: Michael Wagner
Hearts and Minds

#19 - Hearts and Minds

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 29, 1981

A prostitute accuses a detective of blackmailing her for sex; Goldblume searches for a missing child; a former gang leader returns to the Hill as crusading social reformer; Belker busts a purse snatching orangutan and keeps in touch with an undercover rookie planted inside a volatile street gang; and Furillo and Esterhaus question their current romantic involvements.

star 7.82
39 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: Anthony Yerkovich, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
You're in Alice's

#20 - You're in Alice's

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 1985

Detective Phil Dugan cuts some corners to catch an elusive mobster; Goldblume pursues a solitary investigation into Gina's death; Hill and Renko try to help a homeless family caught up in red tape; Coffey gets to ride with Jablonski; Calletano and Hunter test for the captain's position; and everyone faces a random drug screening.

star 7.81
21 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: David Milch, Jacob Epstein, Jeffrey Lewis, Roger Director, Steven Bochco
Fathers and Huns

#21 - Fathers and Huns

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 1985

Belker's undercover at a bookie joint gets him involved in a protest against Nazis parading through the precinct; Furillo angers the chief and many others with his hard line pursuit of a senile drug king on trial for a relatively minor sale; Hill's father drifts into town claiming to be dying; and Jablonski tries to mediate between a priest and a scrap metal dealer.

star 7.80
20 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Walon Green
Slum Enchanted Evening

#22 - Slum Enchanted Evening

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 27, 1986

Wachtel sentences a slumlord to time in one of his dilapidated units; Furillo is warned that Cleveland stands to benefit from an investigation into Donahue's death; and Mary finally gives up the evidence needed by Buntz.

star 7.78
18 votes
Directors: Michael Switzer
Writers: Jonathan Lemkin, Michael Wagner, Robert Ward, Walon Green
The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue

#23 - The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 12, 1981

Hill and Renko handle a domestic call involving an old man threatening his neighbors with a shotgun; Hudson looks for the informer in his gang; and Joyce asks Furillo for advice about the Downey case.

star 7.77
66 votes
Directors: David Anspaugh
Writers: Anthony Yerkovich, Michael Kozoll, Robert Crais, Steven Bochco
The Runner Falls on His Kisser

#24 - The Runner Falls on His Kisser

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 7, 1987

A football star gets caught in a Hill Street hooker sweep; Prunella returns to look for the missing Hunter; Furillo's brother asks for a loan; Belker has a rocky return to duty; and LaRue sets up a syndicate to bet on the departmental firearms competition.

star 7.76
17 votes
Directors: Ken Lavet
Writers: Jody Taylor-Worth
Blood Money

#25 - Blood Money

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 5, 1981

Goldblume meets a lonely woman while driving a cab undercover; LaRue and Washington use a desperate snitch to solve a prostitute murder; Virgil reports on Hudson's takeover of the Black Arrow gang; and Furillo and Joyce meet socially after splitting up.

star 7.76
67 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
Writers: Anthony Yerkovich, Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco