Hill Street Blues

The WORST episodes of Hill Street Blues

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 5/6/2022Network: NBC
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Of Mouse and Man
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6.79
61 votes

#1 - Of Mouse and Man

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/11/1982

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.

Directors: Thomas Carter
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Low Blow
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6.95
21 votes

#2 - Low Blow

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/29/1984

Jablonski's female nemesis comes to the Hill for a final showdown; the vacationers are stranded in Las Vegas with Myrna Schnitz; Furillo has to persuade Biff Lowe to help incriminate the Berlettas; and the Cisco Kid returns as an Indian and takes Fay hostage.

Directors: Rick Wallace
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Heat Rash
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7.00
33 votes

#3 - Heat Rash

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/14/1982

Hill and Renko arrest councilman Detweiler for drunken driving; Belker is joined by actor Jon Gennaro on his undercover job; Fay goes to work as a crime reporter for an advertising weekly; and Furillo looks into the charges made against his men by a bitter Lou Hogan.

Directors: David Anspaugh
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Blues for Mr. Green
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7.00
20 votes

#4 - Blues for Mr. Green

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/1984

Belker plans to accompany a prisoner to Las Vegas; Mayo and Garibaldi follow a juvenile murder suspect who has threatened witnesses; Hill faces an IRS audit, with tips from Ray; LaRue and Washington catch a guy with stolen airline ticket forms; Joyce works with a burned out P.D. on the defense of Escobedo and Munoz on assault charges; and Coffey and Bates bust a young black boy for shoplifting.

Directors: Bill Duke
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More Skinned Against Than Skinning
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7.16
19 votes

#5 - More Skinned Against Than Skinning

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/23/1986

Racial tensions rise again when a white undercover officer shoots his black partner; a temporarily blind Buntz goes undercover with Belker as a beggar; Hill and Renko find several skinned bodies; and Joyce tries to defend a shopkeeper who has adapted Nazi paraphernalia as a deterrent against robbers.

Directors: Dale White
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Domestic Beef
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7.17
36 votes

#6 - Domestic Beef

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/7/1982

Belker forgets his mother's birthday; Hill and Renko look into urban cattle rustling; LaRue and Washington apply for jobs in the Bahamas; and Furillo sits on a board of rights for a fellow captain accused of neglecting his duties.

Directors: Jeff Bleckner
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Rookie Nookie
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7.17
23 votes

#7 - Rookie Nookie

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/18/1984

Furillo calls Goldblume off the murder investigation of his wife's rapist; Bates has problems with an insolent rookie; Mayo and Garibaldi bust a bogus cable TV installer; Belker goes undercover in a chicken suit and is plagued by a mime; and Hunter insults a female khaki officer, who barricades herself in the john.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Watt a Way to Go
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7.21
24 votes

#8 - Watt a Way to Go

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/4/1984

Goldblume takes the law into his own hands when his ex-wife Rachel is raped and refuses to press charges; Belker's undercover at the Stratford Hotel ends with Calletano and the Fimpels taken hostage; Hunter tries to defend an EATer's callous remarks during the taking of a sniper; and Joyce continues to work for Celestine's life.

Directors: Rick Wallace
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Here's Adventure, Here's Romance
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7.23
30 votes

#9 - Here's Adventure, Here's Romance

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/13/1983

The only witness to a massacre in a gay bar is an off duty cop; the Cisco Kid ties up traffic; and Goldblume offers to be Fay's natural childbirth coach.

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A Case of Klapp
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7.26
19 votes

#10 - A Case of Klapp

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/9/1986

On his way to work, Hunter shoots a boy robbing a convenience store; Jablonski refuses to follow his doctor's orders about heart surgery ; the P.D.'s go on strike over job cuts by the city council; Belker struggles to protect senior citizens victimized by a violent mugger; and LaRue and Washington stake out a luscious young woman suspected of being a fence.

Directors: Scott Brazil
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Gatorbait
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7.26
68 votes

#11 - Gatorbait

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/7/1981

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.

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Praise Dilaudid
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7.27
26 votes

#12 - Praise Dilaudid

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/17/1983

A pair of sweet junkie lovers create a hostage situation; the Robson arrest blows up in Daniels' face; and Wachtel shows up at the Wonderland as Murray's lawyer.

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Up in Arms
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7.29
73 votes

#13 - Up in Arms

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/21/1981

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.

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Eva's Brawn
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7.30
23 votes

#14 - Eva's Brawn

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/17/1984

Belker's loan sharks commandeer a prison bus and demand him in exchange for their hostages; Goldblume tries an unusual video-dating service; Renko has second thoughts as his wedding approaches while Coffey "invests" the wedding present money.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind
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7.30
69 votes

#15 - Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/28/1981

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.

Directors: Arnold Laven
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No Body's Perfect
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7.31
26 votes

#16 - No Body's Perfect

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/9/1982

The governor's dog is found; Eddie's role as an informant leaks out; Furillo tries to stop coroner Nydorf from testifying; and Crawford decides on his future course as a policeman.

Directors: Randa Haines
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The Other Side of Oneness
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7.32
19 votes

#17 - The Other Side of Oneness

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/9/1984

Goldblume is fascinated by a call girl held on murder charges whose elite clientele has newspapers bidding for her story and her fearful clients threatening her life. Also, tributes to Esterhaus continue to roll in.

Directors: Alexander Singer
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Hair Apparent
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7.35
23 votes

#18 - Hair Apparent

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/3/1984

Garibaldi tries to save himself some money by doing some unofficial police work for a guy whose car he rearended; Belker is left exposed on his latest undercover by agents from another agency; and the mayor's gang appointee to the Youth Commission comes under fire for favoritism.

Directors: Corey Allen
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Moon Over Uranus
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7.36
28 votes

#19 - Moon Over Uranus

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/27/1983

A veteran cop's daughter is raped; a terrified woman asks Goldblume for help with her vindictive ex-boyfriend; Hunter looks for the rat that bit Daniels; Bates and Coffey answer a call about a survivalist; and Renko gets busted down to a moped and traffic ticket duty.

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Choice Cut
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7.36
78 votes

#20 - Choice Cut

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/14/1981

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.

Directors: Arnold Laven
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Mayo, Hold the Pickle
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7.36
25 votes

#21 - Mayo, Hold the Pickle

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/27/1984

New roll call sergeant Jablonski is called out by a woman; Mayo handles a messy assault case against an elderly couple; the impending execution of Celestine Grey upsets Furillo and Goldblume; Fay tries to help an out of town couple who've lost everything to muggers; and Laura Ann Renko is born.

Directors: Rick Wallace
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Bangladesh Slowly
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7.37
19 votes

#22 - Bangladesh Slowly

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/1984

Jablonski deals with a woman who has lost her cat; Renko suffers after a TV newswoman exposes his fondness for doughnuts; LaRue looks very bad to IAD after shooting Caroline Reynolds' former lover; Goldblume pushes to tie Buttman to the hooker killing; Washington fumes over the firing of Garfield; everyone tries a new Bengali restaurant.

Directors: Rick Wallace
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Queen for a Day
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7.37
19 votes

#23 - Queen for a Day

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/11/1985

A hooker sweep for gays and straights attracts Coffey's former high school coach; Renko joins Belker on his drug undercover, which is interrupted by Hunter and his tank; Davenport rejoins the Public Defenders office as Connie Chapman leaves; and Goldblume's happiness with Gina Srignoli dies.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Grin and Bear It
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7.37
19 votes

#24 - Grin and Bear It

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/16/1985

Belker's drycleaners undercover catches Dugan, who offers them Joe Keenan and a major ring of police corruption; Furillo copes with the results of the random drug test; Goldblume wrestles with Gina's estate; Hill and Renko spend the day escorting Officer McBear.

Directors: Gregory Hoblit
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Spotlight on Rico
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7.37
27 votes

#25 - Spotlight on Rico

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/28/1983

The brutal Benedetto comes to the Hill on a loan sharking assignment; Furillo and Goldblume question a murder suspect who may have multiple personalities.

Directors: Rick Wallace
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