Hill Street Blues

10 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.

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Hill Street Blues - S6E14

#15 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 16 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S1E15

#14 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 18 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S6E13

#13 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 16 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E22

#12 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 18 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E19

#11 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 11 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S2E11

#10 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 28 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S2E1

#9 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 31 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S7E18

#8 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 15 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S7E9

#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.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 14 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S6E18

#6 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 14 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S7E1

#5 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 15 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S2E5

#4 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.23 from 31 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S6E16

#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.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 13 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S7E22

#2 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.35 from 17 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S6E15

#1 - 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.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 14 votes.

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