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NYPD Blue Dates : 1993 - 2005
261 episodes of 43 min
First broadcasting : 03 Juillet 1994
Creator(s) : Steven Bochco et David Milch
Producer(s) : Steven Bochco, David Milch, Grégory Hoblit et Mark Tinker
Music : Mike Post, Danny Lux et Edward Rogers
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Each week viewers see the gritty reality of life in a New York City Police unit as the officers go about their work with a grim determination. Two partners, Detectives Andy Sipowicz and John Kelley (later replaced by Bobby Simone), are the central characters in this weekly police drama, and personify very different approaches to their difficult job. Sipowicz's brash gruffness (covering an emotional vulnerability) is tempered by the precise and controlled demeanor of the two partners with whom he has worked.

The Actors

Rick Schroder - Danny Sorenson

Rick Schroder

(Danny Sorenson)

Mark-Paul Gosselaar - John Clark Jr

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

(John Clark Jr)

Jimmy Smits - Bobby Simone

Jimmy Smits

(Bobby Simone)

Dennis Franz - Andy Sipowicz

Dennis Franz

(Andy Sipowicz)

Kim Delaney - Diane Russell

Kim Delaney

(Diane Russell)

David Caruso - John Kelly

David Caruso

(John Kelly)

Andrea Thompson - Jill Kirkendall

Andrea Thompson

(Jill Kirkendall)

James McDaniel - Lieutnant Arthur Fancy

James McDaniel

(Lieutnant Arthur Fancy)

Gordon Clapp - Greg Medavoy

Gordon Clapp

(Greg Medavoy)

Jacqueline Obradors - Détective Rita Ortiz

Jacqueline Obradors

(Détective Rita Ortiz)

Jacqueline Obradors - Détective Rita Ortiz

Jacqueline Obradors

(Détective Rita Ortiz)


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The exterior of the 9th Precinct station house is used to represent the fictional 15th Precinct's station house. It is the same building used to represent the station house on "Kojak" (1973).

The character of Detective John Kelly was originally named Flinn and intended for Jimmy Smits, who turned down the role. Ironically, Smits later played Kelly's replacement, Detective Bobby Simone.

The man we see playing the violin just before the closing credits of this show (and most other Steven Bochco productions) is Bochco's father. They computer animated a portrait of him to make it appear he's playing the violin.

Just like an earlier Steven Bochco series, "Hill Street Blues" (1981), most of the episodes were written to take place over the course of a single day.

The footage of the Chinese parade (dragon, fireworks, drums) that's shown in the opening credits was used in the opening scenes of Year of the Dragon (1985).

The character 'Andy Sipowicz' was ranked #31 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).

Before joining the cast as Detective Connie McDowell, 'Charlotte Ross' appeared in the fifth season as the abused wife of a cop suspected by Simone and Russell of killing a prostitute. When 'Andrea Thompson' left the series, producer Steven Bochco remembered Ross and wrote the part of McDowell for her.

John F. O'Donohue (Det. Eddie Gibson) was a real-life NYPD detective before retiring to pursue an acting career.

The sets on this show of the "New York streets" are on the back lot of Twentieth Century Fox and were originally built for Hello, Dolly! (1969) in 1968. Some location work each year is actually done in New York City.

Before joining the cast as Lt. Thomas Bale (2004-2005 season), Currie Graham appeared in the fourth season (episode title "Emission Impossible") as a street punk murderer.

'Dennis Franz' (Detective Andy Sipowicz) is the only cast member to stay with the series throughout its entire run and the only actor to appear in all 261 episodes.

'Dennis Franz' (Detective Andy Sipowicz) and Gordon Clapp (Detective Greg Medavoy) are the only actors to appear in all twelve seasons.

Despite having appeared on the show since the second season, Scott Allan Campbell's character IAB Sgt. Martens did not get a first name (Jerry) until the twelfth and final season.

According to Steven Bochco, Sherry Stringfield asked the producers to release her from her contract after the first season because she said she was not enjoying being a TV actress and wanted to return to New York. Less than a week after being let out of the contract she was hired as a regular cast member for the new TV series "ER" (1994).

Sharon Lawrence later got married in the same church where her character Sylvia's wedding was filmed.

Prior to the show's premiere and immediately afterward there was enormous controversy over what was perceived to be high levels of offensive language and nudity. Many affiliates refused to air the show and several advertisers boycotted it. Steven Bochco negotiated intensely with the network for a certain amount of language and nudity to be allowed. He has said that because of the pressure on the network from this criticism the show would likely not have survived had it not been an instant hit.


Filming locations:

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

New York City, New York, USA

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