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The Very Best of Hill Street Blues

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More moving than ER, more eccentric than Ally McBeal, Steven Bochco’s cop show Hill Street Blues did not just liberate ensemble TV drama with multiple story lines and handheld cameras. As this selection of one episode from each of its seven seasons suggests, Hill Street made a place for characters who knew intractable grief and oratorical flourish and who were much too human to change easily. Included in The Very Best of Hill Street Blues are the pilot, last episode, and the marvelous sixth-season show in which we finally learn how Frank and Joyce met. A

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