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Hill Street Blues was a television drama which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1987. The series chronicled the lives of police officers in an unnamed city's police precinct. The show received a total of 98 Emmy Awards, and was surpassed only by The West Wing in the number of Emmys won by a series in its first season.
- In the season 3 episode 12 "Santaclaustraphobia", a Cookie Monster plush are seen in the background on a vending machine.
In a Sesame Street sketch (EKA: Episode 2628), the series was parodied as "Hill Street Twos." The spoof featured Grover and Ernie as police officers in a precinct where the sergeant is having difficulty getting the force to split into pairs of two.
- Rosalind Cash played Leona Cleveland in "Hacked to Pieces" (1985)
- François Chau played a gang leader in "A Pound of Flesh" (1987)
- Edouard DeSoto played a store patron in "Here's Adventure, Here's Romance" (1983) and a merchant in "Death by Kiki" (1983)
- Dennis Franz played Detective Sal Bendatto (five episodes, 1983) and Lt. Norman Buntz (regular, 1985-1987)
- Panchito Gomez played Hector Ruiz (1981-1983)
- Frances McDormand played Connie Chapman (six episodes, 1983)
- Ilka Tanya Payan played Teresa in "Choice Cut" (1981)
- Reni Santoni played John Pescator in "Blues for Mr. Green" (1984) and Danny Santana (three episodes, 1986)
- Jeffrey Tambor played Judge Alan Wachtel