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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 1993
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11 , 12
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  • Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
  • Summary: David Caruso and Dennis Franz star has New York cops in this gritty, realistic drama that explores its characters with more depth than previous cop shows had in the past.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
  • Creator: Ann Donahue, Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 21, 1993
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 26, 2013
    100
    Strikingly shot, wonderfully cast, this tough, taut, atmospheric show is the season's best new series.
  2. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Apr 3, 2013
    100
    Take away the nude lovemaking scene, the revolutionary level of potent cussing, the curiosity-stirring controversies surrounding Steven Bochco's premeditated shock elements, and NYPD Blue remains one helluva cop show. [21 Sept 1993, p.35]
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 3, 2013
    100
    A compelling and sometimes harrowing hour of high-tension urban trauma, different from Bochco's "Hill Street Blues" and at least as good as any other drama series now on the air. It delivers a good, stiff shock now and then, and what's wrong with that? It's surely preferable to shows that lull you into numbness. [21 Sept 1993, p.D1]
  4. 90
    NYPD Blue is telling a tough, engrossing story about several fascinating characters...Chief among them is the grimly determined but not humorless Kelly, played by David Caruso with an irresistibly cool, understated intensity. Caruso's performance is the perfect counterpoint to that of Dennis Franz as the constantly fuming, embittered Detective Andy Sipowicz, Kelly's partner. [19 Sept 1993, p.TV-6]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    90
    A crackling good TV show, probably Bochco's best since Hill Street Blues. Better than Hill Street in some ways: sleeker, more focused, less distracted by those often annoying comic interludes.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Westbrook
    Apr 3, 2013
    80
    The acting is strong. The music is urgent. The on-location shooting - with many exteriors - has a gritty Gotham authenticity. And the directorial style is crisp and energized. [21 Sept 1993, p.H1]
  7. Reviewed by: Marilynne S. Mason
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    The show is a mixed bag. The story line is formulaic, but the dark tone is skillfully shaded in gray. The approach to sex is basically gratuitous, sexist, and tiresome - more banal male fantasies. The handling of violence is at least concerned with consequences. There are too many stock characters, and the speedy pace is manipulative, but the camera work is excellent in the pilot, and the character development of the show's protagonist is one of the most interesting ever created for a weekly cop show. [21 Sept 2003, p.13]

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