TV Series | TV-14 | | Drama
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.
The title refers to the blue uniforms worn by many police officers in the U.S., and is perhaps an intentional pun on the musical style "blues," which is depressing in its tone ("Hill Street" is the name of the precinct). The phrase is uttered only once within the series, by Detective Emil Schneider in Hill Street Blues: Gatorbait (1981). Schneider says it in a slightly mocking tone, in reference to officers Hill and Renko, whom he feels are out of their league at a particular crime scene. It should be noted, however, that the precinct bowling team is the "Hill Street Blue Ballers."
Detective Mick Belker:
Would you like to sit down, hairball, or would you prefer internal bleeding?
During the opening credits when the police cars pull out of the garage, one of them has the overhead light bar on backwards. You can see that the others have the siren speakers between the lights facing front, while one has it facing to the trunk.
After the credits it shows the MTM kitten wearing a policeman's hat to match this show.