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NYPD Blue

NYPD Blue

ABC 1993

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of NYPD Blue

NYPD Blue - S5E15

#1 - Don't Kill the Messenger

6.64

Season 5 - Episode 15

Bobby and Andy investigate the murder of a nurse. Suspects include an actor, a crazy man and eventually a uniform, Tommy Richardson, from the 15th precinct. During their investigation, Andy's doctor comes to the squad to see Andy, who won't return his calls. He wants to help Andy confront what's happening to him; however, Andy goes off him because he would rather not deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Greg and Jill look into the death of a bicycle messenger who was just trying to help a man whose backpack was stolen. They determine that the backpack contained drugs. When they get a suspect in custody who won't talk, Jill figures out a clever way to get an ID. At the end of the day, Andy and Bobby's investigation points toward Richardson.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 28 votes.

NYPD Blue - S5E13

#2 - Twin Petes

6.97

Season 5 - Episode 13

Bobby, Diane (and later Andy) investigate two stickup murders held at ATMs. When they get a line on a possible suspect, they use Jill to appeal to his mother to help them reach out to him. Meanwhile, Greg attempts to sort out a case where he can't determine if there really is a twin, when a man comes in to report that his twin brother has threatened violence against his former girlfriend. All along, Andy contends with a medical problem involving his prostate and he is less than forthcoming with what the doctor has told him about his condition. Sylvia tells Andy that she is ready to get back to work.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 38 votes.

NYPD Blue - S9E19

#3 - Low Blow

7.17

Season 9 - Episode 19

Since the Captain has found out about the grudge match, the fight between Laughlin and Clark Jr. is off the card for tonight's fight. McDowell wants to discuss flights to Orlando with Sipowicz, but he doesn't want the whole world (at least the squad) to know about their trip together with Theo. He'll talk to her later; meanwhile Clark Jr. catches a rape case, so they are off to the hospital to begin their investigation. One of the cops at the hospital makes a clucking noise as Clark Jr. is walking away. Back at the squad, Clark Jr. puts a call in that he wants to talk with Laughlin. McDowell decides that she needs to talk to Sipowicz now about her perception of his embarrassment at being on a vacation with her. She tells him she's not going to go. Clark Jr. and Sipowicz interview a registered sex-offender who lived in the area of the rape their investigating. Jones and Medavoy start investigating the shooting of a man who has an ID that indicates he is a doctor; but later it is

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 30 votes.

NYPD Blue - S7E18

#4 - Lucky Luciano

7.23

Season 7 - Episode 18

A woman reports to Russell and Kirkendall that her twin sister is missing and the body is found in the trunk of a car an hour later. The car only reveals one fingerprint, that of Marcus Potter. Sipowicz, Sorenson, Medavoy and Jones meet Anthony a boy-looking man who lives across the hall who has a few opinions for the detectives regarding their investigation into the murder of a man's wife. The woman's son comes into the squad and establishes his alibi with Fancy. The son was at a convention for the vitamin company that Fancy's wife was working for a few years ago and Sipowicz still has an issue with why Fancy wouldn't sell him any of those vitamins. Meanwhile, the husband and his cousin are brought in for questioning and Sipowicz doubts the husband is really Italian. Russell and Kirkendall get Marcus Potter brought in so they can question him about the body in the trunk. With help from Medavoy and Jones, Potter reveals what he knows about the trunk. Sipowicz and Sorenson eventually ge

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 31 votes.

NYPD Blue - S8E15

#5 - Love Hurts

7.24

Season 8 - Episode 15

A cop, allegedly working a second job gets shot, allegedly in a carjacking. The cop's story begins to unravel when during the course of the investigation the detectives find out about his mistress and her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Medavoy and Jones investigate a shooting at a small business where he knows the owner. The owner fired shots with an unregistered gun, so Medavoy tries to help him out by telling him that his story should be that the gun he fired was carried by the suspects who robbed him. That story doesn't last long, when it is discovered that one of the storeowners' gunshots hit an innocent victim. Diane runs into Dr. Carreras, Bobby's doctor, and they make plans to have dinner that evening. The shot cop tells Sipowicz and Sorenson that he was with a hooker that morning. A suspect is brought in and after Rodriguez interrupts the interrogation and brings it to a close, Sipowicz has a few words for him out in the hall. Then Sipowicz and Sorenson go to the hospital to tell th

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 34 votes.

NYPD Blue - S9E3

#6 - Two Clarks in a Bar

7.33

Season 9 - Episode 3

Det. Daniel Eric Sorenson is laid to rest and the squad returns to work, catching two cases from night watch. Rodriguez wants Sipowicz to partner with Clark, but Sipowicz declines citing just burying his previous partner and having a previous partner named John. He suggest for now he partner McDowell and Junior can tag along. Medavoy and Jones look into a DOA found in a fire, where they meet a "whack job", the victim's roommate, Sally and a friend, Candy. Sipowicz, McDowell and Clark meet Gibson at the scene of a woman's stabbing. When the victim's husband, Phil Carlson, returns home he feels harassed by the detectives, who make him a prime suspect when his alibi doesn't check out. On his day off, Clark's father stops by the squad to find out how his son is doing on his first day. Clark Sr. exchanges a few words with Sipowicz who again calls him by his nickname "Dutch Boy". Clark Sr. asks Clark Jr. to tell him about his first case. After Clark Sr. leaves, Clark asks to about t

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 33 votes.

NYPD Blue - S11E3

#7 - Shear Stupidity

7.33

Season 11 - Episode 3

Sinclair has brought to the stand Hector Acevedo, the man who Rodriguez roughed up when he found it was Acevedo who broke into his mother's apartment and robbed and beat her. Then he calls Det. Olivera to the stand, the one witness to Rodriguez's treatment of Acevedo. Haywood asks for a sidebar and gets sometime to prepare for this witness, whose testimony might be damaging, but Rodriguez isn't worried. The detectives are on the scene of the assault of Ron Szudarek. They interview the victim's next door neighbor, but the guilt on his face is only caused by the fact he is smoking behind his wife's back. Back at the squad there is discussion about Olivera and the trial as well as what information they've gathered on their case. Medavoy and Jones are reported to be on their way to interview Bob Drazin, an employee of the victim's barber shop. In the meantime, a woman comes into the squad to report that her husband is missing; Sipowicz and Clark agree to look into it for her, even th

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 27 votes.

NYPD Blue - S8E9

#8 - Oh Golly Goth

7.36

Season 8 - Episode 9

Sorenson is given modified duty which lets him sit as his desk and catch up on paperwork, he has a chance to be reinstated if the DA's office decides they have enough information to press charges against Sid Thompson. Det. Connie McDowell reports to the precinct for temporary duty and is partnered with Diane. They begin to investigate the stabbing of man in hotel room who claims he was attacked in his room. It is revealed that he was in the company of a trio of Goths. The one Goth left in the hotel room is brought in, but cites one of the others as the probable stabber as he was passed out at the time. The other two are eventually found, one a runaway teenager from Minnesota, the other her mentor and eventually proven to be the stabber. Meanwhile, the father of one of the victim's of Sid Thompson's attack, the case that Sorenson blew, comes in asking about the investigation and the whereabouts of the son's crucifix. So Sipowicz takes a "vacation day" and follows up on the necklace, hop

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 39 votes.

NYPD Blue - S8E8

#9 - Russellmania

7.42

Season 8 - Episode 8

Fancy comes down on Russell and Sorenson for yesterday's display in the squad room. He assigns Sorenson to work with Medavoy and Jones on a subway double homicide and Russell is to get assistance on her apparent murder-suicide case from Sipowicz. Russell runs into Denby while canvassing some of the employees at the courier company, she indicates to him that the relationship with Danny didn't work out and that piques his interest. Further investigation into the murder-suicide reveals that the murder victim was operating a drug distribution network using the courier service, and it now appears as though Harry Denby has taken it over. Det. Olivo, an old friend of Sorenson's from narcotics, meets Sorenson to inform him that the case that is being worked in their squad may jeopardize a case their task force is building. He has to refer Olivo to Russell and Sipowicz, since he is working another case; however his knowledge of Russell getting involved with this case, puts him on edge. The susp

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 33 votes.

NYPD Blue - S12E1

#10 - Dress for Success

7.44

Season 12 - Episode 1

After another late night out Clark arrives late at a crime scene, wearing the same clothes he wore the day before. Sipowicz comments that his new lifestyle doesn't suit him. Back at the squad, Det. Laura Murphy has joined the detectives as Ortiz's new partner. She comes from a group that did background checks on future cops, no real detective work according to Sipowicz. She assures him that her three years as a uniform have prepared her for working on the street. They are also anticipating the arrival of a new CO. The morning's victim, a Dr. Miller, was reported to be in New York researching a book and he received two phone calls that the detectives are going to follow up. Sipowicz receives a package containing a dead rat and a note "PAB", which Clark laughs off. Out on the street, Ortiz and Murphy go to the scene of another homicide, where Murphy runs into Off. Keogh, someone she went to the academy with. The victim, a homeless man, was observed by a witness to be hanging out

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 32 votes.

#11 - Waking Up is Hard to Do
7.45
Season 8 - Episode 2

It's the morning after and Danny and Diane talk about not talking about it at work. Gee, hasn't Diane been here before? The results of Theo's blood test are positive, they're not perfect but it is enough to put Andy in an unnaturally good mood. Andy and Danny catch a homicide involving a cab driver, part of wave of attacks on cab drivers. Since their shooting resulted in a homicide, Bass creates a task force and takes over Fancy's office. DiSalvo reaches out to Russell from Rikers and Sipowicz reminds that he was the guy that jammed Bobby up with IAB. Danny follows up at Rikers and the meeting with Denby. Andy, Baldwin and Diane follow leads in the cab shootings. DiSalvo offers Danny a hit on Don Kirkendall, and Denby provides a lead on the whereabouts of Lauren. A lead in the cab shootings results in a stakeout, which leads to the capture of a suspect. Diane finds Lauren, but she has little memory of the incident, but she will be glad to say whatever they want. Without her as a witn

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 33 votes.

#12 - Better Laid Than Never (1)
7.45
Season 9 - Episode 22

The morning after his return from Florida with McDowell and his son, Sipowicz picks up a case with a missing child and gets a "thumbs up" from one of the uniforms. He arrives at the scene of the missing child's home, only to meet the mother, Catherine Lowe, gathers a few details of the case and gets a "your my hero" from one of the other uniforms. Back at the squad the father of a friend of the missing boy (Tommy Dwyer, a guy retired off the job) stops by to tell the detectives what he knows. He doesn't believe the boys are together anywhere, since he knows his son was at school. He also mentions the missing boy wasn't thrilled with his homelife; preferring to live with his father over his mother. A man, Ted Munns, who believes he has information about their missing child case. He tells them about his suspicions about a man who's online and lives near where the missing boy lived. Jones and Medavoy talk with him and then they lay out a plan to capture this predator, which they su

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 33 votes.

#13 - Death by Cycle
7.47
Season 10 - Episode 5

Clark Jr. and Sipowicz respond the scene of the death a boy who was murdered for his bicycle. Jones and Medavoy join them and start the canvas, while Clark Jr. and Sipowicz deal with the boy's bereaved father who's just arrived on the scene. The father tells them about his boy's bicycle and is angered when they ask if son was involved in any gang activity. McDowell finds out that her brother-in-law has made bail; and she decides she needs to end this situation. A uniform brings up a man caught dumping a bicycle in front of the precinct. The bike is the type owned by their victim; Clark Jr. and Sipowicz question him and he reluctantly gives them a lead on where to find the guy who sold it to him. McDowell questions the clerk at the hotel, where her sister and brother-in-law were staying. She gets him to give her the key and she finds her sister lying injured in her hotel bed, with her husband nowhere to be found. Clark Jr. and Sipowicz find their possible suspect at the pool hal

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 32 votes.

#14 - These Shoots are Made for Joaquin
7.47
Season 7 - Episode 5

Jill seeks advice from Diane about her current situation with Don. The detectives investigate the death of a man who was shot in front of his wife and the victim's brother, Joaquin is happy to help the detectives know about his brother's background. Martinez tells Medavoy that he's passed the sergeant's exam and since he scored well he expects to get the promotion. Preston Ross (from Latent Prints) is impressed enough with his work in getting prints off the gun used in the murder, so much so, that he delivers the results in person, much to Andy's delight. Medavoy allows Martinez's pending promotion to distract him. An officer from narcotics questions Russell in an attempt to get information that will help them with their case against Don Kirkendall. Mary Franco comes downstairs from anti-crime, causing Sorenson to become a little flustered evidently she got her promotion. After talking with Jill, Diane agrees to meet with Denby to get a better feeling for him. During her meeting with h

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 36 votes.

#15 - Sheedy Dealings
7.50
Season 5 - Episode 7

Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of two roommates. A guy that Medavoy knows comes in with story about a man wanting to hire a hit man. Medavoy wants to play the part of the hit man when they go to arrest him; since nobody thinks he looks the part, Martinez gets the role. Kirkendall and Russell investigate the claim of a wealthy woman that her maid did not accidentally donate the diamond necklace that the woman kept in a safe place disguised as a soup can. Diane reports to Bobby that she is 4 days late.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 36 votes.

#16 - Writing Wrongs
7.50
Season 8 - Episode 6

Alyssa, a 15-year-old schoolgirl is strangled and Russell, Jones and Medavoy investigate. Two of Alyssa's friends are brought in to help gather some background information, but one of them seems reticent to talk. Some essays that Alyssa wrote point to her having had sexual encounters. Her teacher can offer no assistance except a name cited in her last essay. The name mentioned leads the detectives to a suspect who is a registered sex-offender, but his alibi checks out. Later the reticent girl comes forward and reveals there was a relationship between Alyssa and her teacher. His story to the detectives reveals that he was trying to stop Alyssa's obsession with him, which he says started because of the encounters cited in her essays. Meanwhile, Sipowicz and Sorenson investigate the death of a man, where the only witness to the crime is a slightly crazy homeless guy with a TV and a microwave. Their investigation doesn't lead to a conclusive suspect, so they decide to keep their key witnes

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 36 votes.

#17 - In-Laws, Outlaws
7.50
Season 8 - Episode 7

A body is found in an alley. The victim is Nicholas, the homeless guy that was supposed to be in lockup overnight. Sorenson has some words with the desk sergeant when he returns to the house. Fancy negotiates a deal with the desk sergeant, to keep the peace and to keep Sorenson out of trouble. All Sorenson has to do is apologize, given his current state of mind it might not be too easy. Mauricio is brought back in from Rikers' to get him to give up the location of Diego who is still their prime suspect in the Jefe homicide and now perhaps Nicholas's murder. Nicholas's family comes in and it is revealed that with the money he had he probably could have had a Park Avenue address. They later return when it is discovered that Nicholas made a phone call to them shortly before his death and Nicholas's brother-in-law admits to taking the call. While on a stakeout for Diego Medavoy asks Jones is he's ever thought about asking ADA Haywood out. Jones doesn't want to discuss the topic. They captu

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 32 votes.

#18 - Nariz a Nariz
7.50
Season 8 - Episode 14

The daughter of an ex-cop is found strangled in the apartment, the evidence points toward the ex-cop, who is an abusive alcoholic. Eddie Gibson confesses to Andy that he mislead Andy last week, so he could find out where he stood with his niece. When the ex-cop comes to and can finally answer some questions, he puts Sipowicz and Sorenson onto a lead involving his daughter's ex-boyfriend or pimp, since his daughter had also been hooking. It turns out to be nothing, but a pattern of other homicides is found. Something of Rodriguez's past comes up; it is revealed he was a hero cop in narcotics. Cynthia comes to the squad to talk with Andy. They talk and determine that relationship is over. Members of Brooklyn Homicide join the investigation at the 15th, to determine if this homicide matches the pattern that they've found. At initial look it does and Lt. Rodriguez lets the Brooklyn commander know that while they are in his precinct, he and his guys are in charge. While canvassing, Russell

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 34 votes.

#19 - Guns & Hoses
7.50
Season 9 - Episode 15

The detectives begin looking into the fire-bombing of an abortion clinic that killed a security guard. While waiting to talk with the woman in charge of the clinic, Clark Jr. asks Sipowicz if Theo has an interest in blondes, intimating that he is aware that Sipowicz and McDowell appear to spending time together. When they ask the woman in charge of the clinic to open her record books to help them get a lead on who may have committed the crime. Citing the need for patient confidentiality she denies their request. McDowell & Ortiz catch their own case and go off to investigate the homicide; meanwhile Sipowicz and Clark Jr. question the leader of an anti-abortion group that leads them nowhere. Medavoy and Jones look into gun that a guy found in a car he obtained from his late uncle. Ortiz recognizes their homicide victim as the woman her husband Don was having an affair with. This makes them interested in looking into the whereabouts of the victim's husband and Ortiz's husband. The

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 30 votes.

#20 - Porn Free
7.50
Season 11 - Episode 4

The detectives are on the scene of a dump job, as always Medavoy wants to talk about the trial, whose outcome is as yet unknown, because it is only 8:00 AM. While Medavoy and Jones examine the body, Sipowicz and Clark talk to the swimmer (in a Speedo) who found the body. Sipowicz tries to get the swimmer covered up, but cries "Uncle" when the swimmer bends over. Back at the squad another dump job comes in, while the detectives run their case by Rodriguez. Though he tries to hide it, Rodriguez is distracted by fact that the jury is still out. McDowell and Ortiz get to the scene of the other dump job, meanwhile the male detectives go to the first victim's apartment and find themselves distracted by their victim's neighbor, who is wearing thong underwear during their interview. In the midst of all that distraction, she tells them they should look for the victim's son, Michael Woodruff, which Sipowicz send Medavoy and Jones off to do. McDowell and Ortiz interview their victim's husba

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of NYPD Blue from 26 votes.

Last updated: feb 23, 2021

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Loved this show. It's been years since it was on but I recall the middle seasons - the Jimmy Smits years - being the best. It kept a high quality till the end though and it was a highlight of the week to watch this. Some indelible memories from this show. 9/10

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