The Best Episodes of Hill Street Blues

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

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.

It Ain't Over Till it's Over

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

Season 7 - Episode 22

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 8.50
12 votes
Directors: Stan Lathan
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, John Romano
I Want My Hill Street Blues

#2 - I Want My Hill Street Blues

Season 6 - Episode 15

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 8.50
12 votes
Writers: John Mankiewicz, Russ Woody
Remembrance of Hits Past

#3 - Remembrance of Hits Past

Season 6 - Episode 16

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 8.36
11 votes
Writers: Walon Green
Suitcase

#4 - Suitcase

Season 7 - Episode 1

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 8.36
11 votes
Writers: David Milch, John Romano
Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

#5 - Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 8.36
28 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis
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Das Blues

#6 - Das Blues

Season 6 - Episode 13

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 8.23
13 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, Jacob Epstein, Dick Wolf
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Fathers and Guns

#7 - Fathers and Guns

Season 7 - Episode 9

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 8.20
10 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis
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Hearts and Minds

#8 - Hearts and Minds

Season 2 - Episode 1

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 8.12
26 votes
Writers: Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich
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A Pound of Flesh

#9 - A Pound of Flesh

Season 7 - Episode 21

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 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Christian Williams
Iced Coffey

#10 - Iced Coffey

Season 6 - Episode 18

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 8.09
11 votes
Writers: Dick Wolf, Robert Ward, Robert Schlitt, Duncan Smith
Dogsbreath Afternoon

#11 - Dogsbreath Afternoon

Season 7 - Episode 18

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 8.09
11 votes
Writers: George Goldsmith, Jeff Melvoin
Freedom's Last Stand

#12 - Freedom's Last Stand

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 8.08
24 votes
Writers: Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich, Jeffrey Lewis, Mchael Wagner, Michael Wagner
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Jagga the Hunk

#13 - Jagga the Hunk

Season 6 - Episode 19

Jesus, scared of being pinned with Attorney Brown's murder, agrees to go undercover against a crooked judge; Hunter loses Prunella to a large Samoan; Belker poses as a loan shark in a roach coach; and Buntz' former partner asks another favor.

star 8.00
11 votes
Writers: David Milch, Walon Green, Dick Wolf, Jacob Epstein
Der Roachenkavalier

#14 - Der Roachenkavalier

Season 7 - Episode 14

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 8.00
12 votes
Writers: Christian Williams, Bob Woodward
In the Belly of the Bus

#15 - In the Belly of the Bus

Season 6 - Episode 4

Belker takes an unexpected bus ride to Springfield; Sid turns Louis Russ over to Buntz, which begins the unravelling of Keenan and Garibaldi's deaths; Jablonski tries to deal with an incompetent khaki officer; and Hunter makes a canine investment.

star 8.00
13 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, Walon Green, Jacob Epstein
The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr.

#16 - The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr.

Season 5 - Episode 19

An anti-abortion agitator sends a woman into premature labor; Jablonski can't get his 300 game sanctioned by the Bowling Congress; LaRue and Washington tape a home security video; Fay and Garibaldi resent Goldblume's relationship with Gina Srignoli.

star 8.00
11 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, Mark Frost (I), Jacob Epstein
Sorry, Wrong Number

#17 - Sorry, Wrong Number

Season 7 - Episode 16

Goldblume and Furillo clash over using a former gang member to obtain evidence against a gang leader in a murder case; Renko's mounting family problems affect his work; Bates, Flaherty and Joyce try to reconcile a Latin gigolo with his lady friend.

star 8.00
11 votes
Writers: Ron Koertge
The Runner Falls on His Kisser

#18 - The Runner Falls on His Kisser

Season 7 - Episode 20

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 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Ken Lavet
Writers: Jody Taylor-Worth
Scales of Justice

#19 - Scales of Justice

Season 6 - Episode 14

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 8.00
14 votes
Writers: David Milch, Jacob Epstein, Dick Wolf, Robert Ward
Hill Street Station

#20 - Hill Street Station

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 7.96
81 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Writers: Michael Kozoll, Steven Bochco
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You're in Alice's

#21 - You're in Alice's

Season 5 - Episode 22

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 7.94
16 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, Roger Director, Jacob Epstein
Parting is Such Sweep Sorrow

#22 - Parting is Such Sweep Sorrow

Season 4 - Episode 16

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 7.93
15 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, Michael Wagner, David Milch, Mark Frost (I)
Days of Swine and Roses

#23 - Days of Swine and Roses

Season 7 - Episode 19

A radio promotion spawns trouble for everyone; Hill and Renko are assigned to a computerized patrol car; Buntz helps Sid get out of an arm-breaking assignment for a shylock; Hunter's return to action as the EATer commander fizzles; and LaRue, Washington and Joyce work on opposite sides to protect the rights of a mentally disturbed young man and his frightened mother and sister.

star 7.91
11 votes
Writers: John Litvack
Slum Enchanted Evening

#24 - Slum Enchanted Evening

Season 6 - Episode 21

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 7.91
11 votes
Writers: Walon Green, Robert Ward
Larry of Arabia

#25 - Larry of Arabia

Season 6 - Episode 17

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 7.90
10 votes
Writers: Jeffrey Lewis, David Milch, Jacob Epstein, John William Sel