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Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues

NBC 1981

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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The 10 Worst Episodes of Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues - S5E9

#1 - Low Blow

7.00

Season 5 - Episode 9

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S3E3

#2 - Heat Rash

7.04

Season 3 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 27 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E7

#3 - Blues for Mr. Green

7.06

Season 5 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E3

#4 - Rookie Nookie

7.11

Season 5 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 18 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S7E10

#5 - More Skinned Against Than Skinning

7.13

Season 7 - Episode 10

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.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S4E1

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

7.17

Season 4 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 24 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E23

#7 - Grin and Bear It

7.21

Season 5 - Episode 23

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.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 14 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S3E2

#8 - Domestic Beef

7.23

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 30 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S5E2

#9 - Watt a Way to Go

7.26

Season 5 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 19 votes.

Hill Street Blues - S2E16

#10 - Personal Foul

7.29

Season 2 - Episode 16

Belker and Washington go undercover at a porno theater; Hill and Renko answer a domestic call concerning a suicidal man holding his wife and child hostage; a pickup basketball game between the cops and the gangs calls for full-scale negotiations.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 28 votes.

#11 - Praise Dilaudid
7.29
Season 4 - Episode 6

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 21 votes.

#12 - Blues in the Night
7.31
Season 6 - Episode 1

Bates gets to know an art teacher; Coffey, Renko, LaRue and Washington bet on who can drive to work the fastest; Renko has to bust his favorite singer for cocaine possession; Goldblume is taken hostage by a militant on the edge of sanity bombarding his neighbors with a high decibel barrage of words.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

#13 - A Case of Klapp
7.31
Season 7 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

#14 - Eva's Brawn
7.32
Season 4 - Episode 22

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.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 19 votes.

#15 - No Body's Perfect
7.33
Season 3 - Episode 11

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.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 21 votes.

#16 - Oh, You Kid
7.33
Season 6 - Episode 6

Buntz catches a mugger only to lose him when the victim won't press charges; a sculptor refuses to let anyone remove his obscene work of art; Lynnetta pushes Neal about commitment to her and her son with tragic results; Belker goes undercover to learn why so many vagrants have fallen from high buildings recently.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 15 votes.

#17 - Ratman and Bobbin
7.37
Season 4 - Episode 11

Bates and Coffey take over a storefront police/community relations project; a cop killer seems to be roaming the streets; Daryl Ann buys the wrong motorcycle for Renko; Joyce behaves oddly about buying a house; Leo and Ray try out an unorthodox method to get rid of the rats; and Daniels tries to short circuit Cleveland's corruption task force by exposing a network within the special Vice detail.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 19 votes.

#18 - Seoul on Ice
7.38
Season 6 - Episode 3

A runner trying to raise money for cancer research is victimized; Daniels asks Furillo to head up an internal investigation of corruption arising out of Keenan's death; Garibaldi's death shakes the station house; Lee Cleveland comes to the end of his rope; and Howard gets a shock from his latest love.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 16 votes.

#19 - Doris in Wonderland
7.38
Season 4 - Episode 5

Commander Ozzie Cleveland enters the mayoral race; Officer Perez accidentally shoots a little boy; Daniels begins "Operation Tenderloin" out of a sexual cafeteria; and Mahoney tries to make political capitol for Daniels out of the Robson shooting.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 21 votes.

#20 - Buddy, Can You Spare a Heart?
7.39
Season 3 - Episode 21

Washington goes undercover on Benedetto's loan shark scheme; Hill and Renko, desperate for cash since the payroll talks are stalled, find a suitcase full of temptation; and LaRue tries to clean up in the body parts pool for the missing Buddy Genett.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Hill Street Blues from 18 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

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