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NYPD Blue was an American police drama series set ion a fictional police precinct on Manhattan Island. The series was created by legal drama experts Steven Bachco and David Milch for U.S. network ABC; the show proved so successful that its 12 season run is still the longest ever completed for a one hour drama on ABC.

Bochco and Milch originally produced the series as a starring vehicle for David Caruso and his character of John Kelly; although he would later become the main character in the ensemble Denis Franz Sergeant Andy Sipowicz began the first season as a secondary character. Davis Caruso decided to leave the show after the first season, shifting the focus from the character of Kelly to the entire cast in the squad room of Manhattan's 15th Precinct. The struggles of Andy Sipowizc to remain sober and not break the rules of being a police officer became the main focus; so much so that the character of Sipowicz is the last character seen in the series finale broadcast in 2005. Following the departure of Caruso Denis Franz was paired with a series of younger officers played by Jimmy Smits, Rick Schroder and Mark-paul Gosselaar.

Beginning transmission in 1993 NYPD Blue completed 261 episodes and won numerous Golden Globe and Emmy's; each episode was broadcast over an hour and without commercials runs approximately 44 minutes. Despite being set in New York NYPD Blue was largely shot in Los Angeles with the production switching to New York only for the filming requiring the depiction of the city's famous landmarks. The record setting run of NYPD Blue was not without its difficulties with on set problems leading to the departure of a number of the cast who refused to have their contracts renewed. The experiences of producer Bill Clark as a New York Police Officer were used as the main inspiration for the creation of the series.

12 Seasons, 263 Episodes - Canceled
September 21, 1993
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  • As he begins his new job as squad commander, Sipowicz disobeys orders and keeps a murder investigation open... even though a Japanese man with diplomatic immunity has confessed to the crime.

  • Bale offers to recommend Sipowicz for the squad commander position; Ortiz and Murphy investigate the death of an Arab woman; and detectives search for the man who shot Bale.

  • A squad member is shot while storming an apartment; Clark and Jones investigate the bludgeoning death of a woman whose wealthy husband was going to finance a friend's salon business.

  • Clark and a member of the Army Criminal Investigation Department try to determine who shot a recruiter; a homeless man's body is discovered inside a dumpster; and Medavoy decides to retire.

  • The detectives investigate the smothering death of an elderly man married to a voluptuous woman in her 20s; and a state judge pressures Medavoy and Jones to find out who poisoned her mother.

  • The detectives search for a suspect who killed a businessman by blowing up his car; and Ortiz and Murphy investigate the beating death of a student.

  • Sipowicz and Clark investigate the stabbing death of a coffee-shop owner who was attracted to young girls; Ortiz tries to keep her cousin out of trouble; and Medavoy and Jones link a murder to a paralyzed police officer and his family.

  • The detectives continue their search for a serial killer who targets alcoholics trying to get sober; and Clark and Jones investigate a homicide linked to a woman with whom Clark had a one-night stand.

  • A call-girl's death is linked to other murders involving women who'd gone through rehab; Ortiz and Murphy investigate the death of an artist who'd been carrying on an affair with a wealthy man married to two other women.

  • While investigating a murder, Sipowicz discovers a secret about Bale; and Ortiz and Murphy investigate a shooting tied to a talented up-and-coming basketball player.

  • A man who cared for his brain-damaged brother is found dead; Medavoy falls for a wealthy woman while investigating an apartment rental scam; Bale tries to nail a man who offered the detectives a bribe.

  • Jones becomes a murder suspect after Michael's father is shot to death; and Ortiz and Murphy investigate a molestation case that might involve a priest; Medavoy gets his hearing in trial court.

  • A gunman tries to kill a witness after a mistrial is declared in the Simon Kerensky arson case; and Jones goes to extremes to stop Craig from adopting Michael.

  • The detectives protect a scared witness testifying in a felony murder trial; Michael's father wants to regain custody; Bale finds out about Medavoy's job at the bar.

  • While investigating a random stabbing, Sipowicz becomes obsessed with his own mortality after he's nearly gunned down by a murder suspect; Medavoy takes a job as a bouncer.

  • After being shot outside a bar, Sipowicz discovers the identity of the person who's been harassing him.

  • The detectives investigate the death of a phone-sex operator and the kidnapping of a wealthy man's son; and Clark's tryst with a murder suspect is used to derail the prosecutor's case.

  • When a convicted rapist is found shot to death, his victims become suspects in the murder investigation; and Sipowicz searches for answers when a stranger targets Theo as he walks home from school.

  • The detectives tie the death of a pregnant woman to an adoption scam; Medavoy and Jones interview a woman who claims a masked assailant stole her valuable ring; and someone poisons Sipowicz's beloved fish.

  • Sipowicz and Clark investigate the murder of a sexologist whose death is linked to one of his former patients; Ortiz and her new partner question a wealthy woman about her participation in a homeless outreach program and the death of a transient.

  • Sipowicz investigates a murder involving the victim's current husband and ex-husband; a longtime informant gives Ronson information about an illegal gun shipment, but the suspect's father is being followed by the FBI; Jones gets into a fight with Craig after he's acquitted of murder charges; and Sipowicz is the proud father of a baby boy.

  • As they continue investigating the Cindy Clifton case, Sipowicz and Clark focus on one of her former teachers; a tourist who reports his wife's expensive necklace as stolen is tied to an Internet scam; Michael testifies against his father in court; and Clark searches for Devlin after she flees a hospital.

  • Sipowicz and Clark continue tracking down leads as they attempt to solve a rape-homicide case that sent an innocent man to prison for eighteen years.

  • Sipowicz and Clark reopen an eighteen-year-old murder case after DNA evidence exonerates the man originally convicted of the crime; a man who survived being shot in the head develops complete amnesia, stymieing Medavoy and Jones' investigation.

  • When an old murder case is reopened, Sipowicz comes to believe he helped convict an innocent man who served eighteen years in prison; Ortiz and the newest member of the squad, Kelly Ronson, investigate the disappearance of a little girl.

  • After Hatcher's uncle transfers Sipowicz to the morgue, Sipowicz sets out to prove that Hatcher killed his wife by rigging her car with a bomb; and Clark, Medavoy, and Jones investigate the death of a dominatrix.

  • Sipowicz searches for the truth when Hatcher is shot by a man who mistook him for a burglar; and a former pharmacist dies in a flophouse when someone fires a bullet into his room.

  • A new detective, Stan Hatcher, joins the squad; the detectives investigate a shooting death that Hatcher believes is linked to a dispute between gang members; and a man insists that his young daughter has been kidnapped.

  • Sipowicz and Clark investigate the shooting death of a jogger who'd been having an affair with a police officer; and Medavoy and Jones search for answers when the body of a comedy club owner is found in the trunk of a stolen car.

  • Sipowicz and Clark search for an African-American driver who fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident after unwittingly running over an Italian mobster's young daughter.

  • When a Jewish jewelry-store owner is murdered, the detectives focus their investigation on two suspects: a Caucasian man who converted to Islam, and a rap star whose expensive jewelry turned out to be fake.

  • A man armed with a bomb walks into the station house and handcuffs himself to McDowell; unless the detectives release a Russian mobster from jail in one hour, the bomb will detonate.

  • Sipowicz and Clark search for two burglars who terrorized a retired cop and his wife; Medavoy and Jones assist an author who wrote a book on how to avoid paying income taxes; and Jones deals with Michael's father.

  • A woman survives the serial killer's attack, and her account prompts the detectives to focus on Carlin, his partner, and a bodyguard; Medavoy and Jones investigate when an off-duty officer kills a man; and McDowell comforts Russell during a biopsy.

  • Sipowicz, Russell, and Clark attempt to connect the murder of a young woman to two other killings; Medavoy and Jones investigate the shooting death of a mother whose children feared her.

  • The detectives investigate a strangulation murder that may be tied to one of Diane Russell's cases; Russell consults a doctor when she discovers a lump in her breast; Medavoy and Jones investigate an arson linked to two boys.

  • The detectives investigate the strangulation death of a former porn star; a thirteen-year-old boy holds the key in implicating his father in his mother's murder; and the jury reaches a verdict in the Captain Fraker trial.

  • Sipowicz and Clark investigate the death of a transvestite whom a friend insists was having a relationship with a married man; a surgeon's hand is badly cut during a robbery; and Rodriguez testifies in the Fraker trial.

  • The detectives investigate the shooting death of a man whose brother is a registered sex offender; and when Captain Fraker's trial gets underway, Sipowicz worries that his own testimony may have harmed the prosecution's case.

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