About This Site (please take a moment to read this page in full)
It was first broadcast in 1981 and was entertainment like none of us around the world, had ever seen before. Although it did not register at the time, it was entertainment that would change television for ever. It received poor reviews in its first season and was often shifted around the scheduling of many TV companies, but the viewers themselves started to spread the word, that this was something very special. If you have forgotten just what was so special about it and how well crafted it was, take a moment to download this short clip (featuring Joyce and Fay) and remind yourself.
Guests and Performers
When you look down the list of the
cast, semi regulars and even guests, it is surprising to see how well
most of them have done. With a few expectations they were largely
unknowns when they joined 'The Hill', but many have since built careers
in the industry, and not always in acting. Of course there are also
many who are now sadly lost to us forever.
As well as the actors many of the brilliant of writers who breathed life into it, have 'gone on' to produce some of finest television series and films, of the last twenty five years. Most look back fondly on their time working on 'The Hill' and you will sometimes see a reference to it, in their current work (do you know that Miami Vice was originally conceived with Hill and Renko as its main characters and that the name 'Sonny Crockett' was first used on Hill Street Blues?)
So why the website?
In 2005 I was holidaying in the USA (from the UK where I live) and had the chance to go to Chicago. I knew that the famous Hill Street Precinct House was there, having been involved in an internet petition to save it from demolition some years earlier. However to my amazement, I was unable to find any worthwhile information about the building on the internet.
What was even more incredible, was that I could not find any good Hill Street Blues dedicated websites. What little there was, seemed to have been neglected for years and the names Hill Street Blues dot tv, net or org, had never even been registered. The Hill Street Blues Cast seemed to have faired slightly better, with numerous cast list mentioning their part in the show.
I have produced as a hobby a few websites (see here for examples if you are interested), but decided that this is one that 'has to be done'. So in October 2005 I created and launched the Hill Street Blues website. Late in 2006 Fox Entertainment Group themselves (by now owners of the brand) also produced a very poor one, which we all watched hoping it would become a bit more than a launch platform for sales of their DVD's. However in 2008 it disappeared again , presumably because the DVD sales had not gone as well as they had expected.
I am sorry to say that so far nothing I have ever seen about FOX has convinced me, that they have the remotest idea what a popular and historically important 'little gem' they own.
Can you help?
Also if you have a website, you can help by giving us a link back to http://www.hillstreetblues.net (it all helps with our search engine rating).
Lastly at this moment a few of the
images used on this site, have been found on the internet. If you feel
that any infringe copyright, please tell me and they will be removed.
If you are a 'perp' the only thing scarier
than having 'a Belker' rip your lungs out,
is to have
two Belkers do it!
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