Hill Street Blues Series 1 [Import anglais]
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The Hill Street Blues - Series 1 DVD contains all episodes from the first series of the ground-breaking TV cop show from legendary producer/writer Steven Bochco. One of the most innovative and critically-acclaimed series of its time, Hill Street Blues ran from 1981 to 1986 and has been influential in shaping later cop shows such as "NYPD Blue" and "L.A. Law". Set in a fictional locale patterned after Chicago, it tells the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct and provides a realistic view of the personal and work lives of its characters, which occupy every rung of the hierarchical ladder. Throughout the series, Captain Frank Furillo juggles the delicate balancing act of protecting the jurisdiction's law-abiding citizens, without inciting the local gangs and criminal elements, which are openly hostile to any police presence. As dangerous as his inner-city neighbourhood may be, however, Furillo's biggest battles often involve protecting his own cops from the Public Defender's Office, self-serving bureaucrats, and even each other.
'Let's be careful out there.' So ends each roll-call session at the Hill Street station house. In Hill Street Blues Series 1 the action gets off to a flying start with Precinct Captain Frank Furillo having to defuse a hostage crisis. The rest of the season keeps up the pace, as Officer Larue battles a drinking problem, Sgt. Esterhaus questions his upcoming marriage, and Furillo finds his chances for promotion compromised by a city councilman's involvement in a murder.
Created by Steven Bochco and one of television's most influential series, Hill Street Blues was not your father's cop show. The Emmy-winning pilot episode, "Hill Street Station," immediately established the series as less a police procedural than an up-close and personal "interface with the police experience." To establish gritty, documentary-like realism, the show featured sequences, such as the pre-credit roll call, that were filmed with a hand-held camera. There was chaotic, overlapping dialogue. There were sudden, shocking bursts of violence that claimed popular characters. Story lines were not wrapped up at the end of the hour, but instead, unfolded serially throughout the season. It's no wonder that Hill Street, while championed by most critics, was initially not embraced by viewers. It was, in the beginning, one of television's lowest rated shows, its case not helped by NBC's criminal practice of juggling it in its primetime schedule). But there is justice in Hollywood. Hill Street Blues won the Emmy for best drama in its first season. Also honored were several members of the ensemble, including Daniel J. Travanti as the compassionate and incorruptible Precinct Capt. Frank Furillo, Michael Conrad as the avuncular Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (whose cautionary, "Let's be careful out there," became the show's pop culture signature), and Barbara Babcock as the wildly sexual Grace Gardner, who rocks Esterhaus's world (particularly in the episode that earned her statuette, "Fecund Hand Rose").
There were no big stars on Hill Street Blues (or, for that matter, no little stars, as one of the cast members jokes during a near-hour-long reunion featurette included as a bonus feature on this three double-sided disc set). Each was an indelible character, among them Charles Haid as cowboy cop Andy Renko, Veronica Hammel as sexy public defender Joyce Davenport, Bruce Weitz as the untamed, animalistic Belker, Keil Martin as LaRue, whose descent into alcoholism is one of the season's most compelling dramatic arcs, and James Sikking as the gung-ho Howard Hunter. Once daring, Hill Street Blues seems almost quaint today, with none of the graphic sex or language that scandalized NYPD Blue (in one episode, a captured cat burglar, portrayed by a pre-L.A. Law Michael Tucker, makes a reference to "wolf pee-pee"). The ethnic portrayals, too, are not exactly nuanced. But the human dramas at the heart of Hill Street still make for arresting television. --Donald Liebenson
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La série, c'est l'interaction entre tous ses personnages, y compris même entre les personnages et le bâtiment lui-même (pour ceux qui s'en souviennent, même la chaudière, qui ne fonctionne pas l'hiver et atteint des sommets de chaleur l'été est un personnage à part entière), entre le poste d'Hill Street et les gangs, entre le Poste d'Hill Street et le monde judiciaire, qui tous ont un point de vue différent sur des faits similaires. Hill Street Blues, c'est un microcosme passé sous l'oeil de la caméra, un îlot qui fait tout pour résister au milieu d'un océan de chaos.
Bref, c'est du quotidien, de la sociologie, de la psychologie, et pourtant cela reste une série policière.
PS : mention spéciale pour la musique de Mike Post, sans doute l'une de ses plus belles réussites.
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All the cast without exception were excellent , and the scripts full of pathos and humour ie the squad gathered at midnight to spread the ashes of Sergeant Esterhaus over the streets he had served, then with heavy hearts all driving off into the night.
Camera then pans somberly over the ashes of the great man as the theme tune from the blues heralds the end of another show, then from around the corner comes the street sweeping machine to suck old Esterhaus up and dump him in the bin. Priceless.
The characters, the writing, the direction and the actors are all superb. Dan Travanti is still so compelling as the moral center of the show -- Frank Furillo's humility and humanity are so real that you cannot help but be drawn into the never-ending saga of the Hill Street precinct. Of course, his scenes with Veronica Hamel are shockingly steamy given that this was filmed in the early '80s. It is hard to believe that some of this stuff got past censors -- but thank God for Bochco -- he must have given them some headaches. Joyce Davenport was my hero -- such a strong female character, who obviously had good looks but did not rely upon them for her success. The seven-year development and evolution of the love story between Furillo and Davenport makes the relationship one that continues to resound today.
I could go on and on about all the characters that you will come to love if you watch this dvd -- Esterhaus, Hill and Renko (can you say those names separately?), LaRue and Washington, Bates and Coffey, Belker, and the others. The incredible writing and depth of these characters puts every show that is currently on television to shame. But they all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to this ground-breaking show. When the West Wing won its fourth emmy and was being compared to Hill Street Blues, the producers of the West Wing didn't want anyone to make that comparison because the West Wing, as good as it is, is no Hill Street Blues.
As for the DVD, I too wish that Fox had made more of an effort in the production -- more commentary, liner notes and extras would be great. I hope for more as they release future seasons. Previously unseen footage or interviews would be great.
All in all -- this is 5 stars. If you somehow missed this in its first run, or were too young to watch -- give yourself a gift. You will watch the pilot and honestly, you will never be the same. I envy you the experience to watch this for the very first time.