The Best Episodes of Hill Street Blues

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.

Fruits of the Poisonous Tree

#1 - 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 8.40
25 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
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Freedom's Last Stand

#2 - 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 8.16
19 votes
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Hill Street Station

#3 - 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 8.08
65 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
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The Spy Who Came in from Delgado

#4 - The Spy Who Came in from Delgado

Season 2 - Episode 10

Hunter uses pedigreed hounds to track wild city dogs; the scam saloon begins producing results, despite Captain Freedom's help; Fay fixates on cemetery plots; Frank becomes incresingly disgusted with his lawyer and Chief Daniels over the actions of the Sullivan Commission; and a suspicious Calletano learns the truth about a gorgeous new khaki officer.

star 7.95
20 votes
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Rites of Spring (2)

#5 - Rites of Spring (2)

Season 1 - Episode 15

Furillo and Neal go out of their way to help clear an obnoxious, racist narcotics detective accused of shooting an unarmed black man; LaRue's drinking gets really out of hand; and Hill and Renko try to help a young black woman accused of neglecting her children.

star 7.85
13 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Blood Money

#6 - Blood Money

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.79
24 votes
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Presidential Fever

#7 - Presidential Fever

Season 1 - Episode 2

Hill and Renko meet again for the first time since their shooting; Esterhaus tries to avoid Grace Gardner, the new police decorator; two transfer officers get themselves into trouble; Belker pursues rapists in the park; and Furillo must deal with Fay's demands for more money and an impending Presidential visit.

star 7.79
52 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue

#8 - The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.75
24 votes
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Chipped Beef

#9 - Chipped Beef

Season 2 - Episode 7

Furillo pushes Hill about his support of Nash; Belker goes under to catch a gang preying on automatic bank tellers; Fay's engagement ends abruptly; and a good samaritan faces arrest on old out of town warrants.

star 7.73
22 votes
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Choice Cut

#10 - Choice Cut

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hector Ruiz takes hostages again, this time at a supermarket; LaRue and Washington try to connect the gun that shot Hill and Renko with addict Eddie Hoban; and Cynthia Chase uses the hostage scene to stir up the local merchants.

star 7.70
30 votes
Directors: Arnold Laven
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Film at Eleven

#11 - Film at Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 6

A television reporter rides with Hill and Renko; Washington and LaRue find the gun that shot Hill and Renko; and Belker busts Kevin Herman Dracula for biting a prostitute.

star 7.69
35 votes
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Can World War III be an Attitude?

#12 - Can World War III be an Attitude?

Season 1 - Episode 4

Furillo backs LaRue in the bribery case brought by Macafee; Hill and Renko bust a car thief who's a mechanical whiz; and Esterhaus sees Grace in a new light when they share a crisis at the station house when the Presidential visit is cancelled and gang revenge is feared.

star 7.68
38 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
Pestolozzi's Revenge

#13 - Pestolozzi's Revenge

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.67
18 votes
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The World According to Freedom

#14 - The World According to Freedom

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.67
21 votes
Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind

#15 - Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind

Season 1 - Episode 9

The Dekker Avenue Merchants Association continues helping the police; Eddie Hoban finds himself out in the cold; Hill, Renko and Belker all have personal problems; Furillo tries to help a confused Santini decide what to do; and LaRue asks Cynthia Chase along on a dull stakeout that suddenly heats up.

star 7.65
26 votes
Fecund Hand Rose

#16 - Fecund Hand Rose

Season 1 - Episode 13

Esterhaus faces immense pressure as his wedding day to Cindy dawns and Grace shows him what he's giving up; Furillo resents providing protection for Ralph Macafee, who's now a state witness; Belker busts an entertaining professional cat burglar; and everyone scrambles to get ready for the wedding ceremony.

star 7.65
20 votes
Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Politics as Usual

#17 - Politics as Usual

Season 1 - Episode 3

Hill and Renko decide to split up as a team; LaRue is offered a bribe by a drug dealer who turns out to be a cop; Furillo tries to negotiate with the gangs to ensure a peaceful Presidential tour; Belker agrees to a blind date; and Fay is arrested in a hot tub.

star 7.63
40 votes
Directors: Robert Butler
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Gatorbait

#18 - Gatorbait

Season 1 - Episode 10

Renko gets put out when a Division homicide detective ridicules his efforts to learn who killed a 15-year-old prostitute; Furillo learns that he may be in line for a promotion to commander; LaRue and Washington have a surprise for Hunter during his annual Alligator hunt in the city sewers; and Fay asks Furillo's help with an obscene phone caller.

star 7.60
25 votes
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Of Mouse and Man

#19 - Of Mouse and Man

Season 2 - Episode 12

Joyce's fellow PD Pam Gilliam is gunned down; Hill's position as VP for the Black Officers' Coalition puts a strain on both him and Renko; Goldblume tries to deal with an abusive landlord; Fay threatens to bring WAD to the Hill; LaRue and Washington trade up from a cocaine dealer to a PCP lab.

star 7.56
18 votes
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Jungle Madness (2)

#20 - Jungle Madness (2)

Season 1 - Episode 17

Neal continues to investigate the Weeks shooting, despite pressure from the Chief to drop it because of the bad publicity; LaRue goes from one shady scam to another as he tries to raise money; Belker's sham fence operation nets a surprise; Shirrett Anders leaves her children again; Furillo warns LaRue to get help for his drinking problem after he ruins a drug bust; and Joe Coffey, Lucy's new partner, is shot.

star 7.53
15 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
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Life, Death, Eternity

#21 - Life, Death, Eternity

Season 1 - Episode 11

Furillo's chances for promotion are threatened when a city councilman is implicated in the murder of the teenage prostitute; LaRue continues to look for money for his "saloondramat"; Fay's obscene caller breaks into her home; and Belker confronts an anti-Semitic cop just transferred to the Hill.

star 7.52
23 votes
Directors: Jack Starrett
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Up in Arms

#22 - Up in Arms

Season 1 - Episode 8

Furillo gets orders to deal with a neighborhood merchants association; Esterhaus goes out to meet a criminal he helped put away; Harris and Santini get into trouble with the deadly black van; and Hoban's lie detector results are inconclusive.

star 7.52
25 votes
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Cranky Streets

#23 - Cranky Streets

Season 2 - Episode 6

Hill covers for an old friend with personal problems who uses excessive force on an arrest; Coffey arrests an old family friend during a visit to his old neighborhood; Fay introduces her fiance; and negotiations breakdown between the police union and the city.

star 7.50
24 votes
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I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin

#24 - I Never Promised You a Rose, Marvin

Season 1 - Episode 12

Furillo pushes the investigation of Councilman McAuley; LaRue's business dream comes to a bitter end; Lt. Hunter gets his chance to test out an "urban tank" in sniper alley.

star 7.48
25 votes
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Jungle Madness (1)

#25 - Jungle Madness (1)

Season 1 - Episode 16

Neal continues to investigate the Weeks shooting, despite pressure from the Chief to drop it because of the bad publicity; LaRue goes from one shady scam to another as he tries to raise money; Belker's sham fence operation nets a surprise; Shirrett Anders leaves her children again; Furillo warns LaRue to get help for his drinking problem after he ruins a drug bust; and Joe Coffey, Lucy's new partner, is shot.

star 7.47
19 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
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