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  • TV-14
  • 1993
  • 12 Seasons
  • 7.7  (16,068)

NYPD Blue is an American police procedural drama television series that aired from 1993 to 2005. Set in New York City, the show revolves around the 15th precinct of the New York City Police Department's detective squad. The show follows the lives of a group of detectives as they investigate and solve various crimes in the city. The main character of the show is Detective Andy Sipowicz, portrayed by Dennis Franz, who goes through a series of personal and professional struggles throughout the show.

David Caruso played Detective John Kelly in the first season of the show, but he left after that to pursue a movie career. He was replaced by Jimmy Smits, who played Detective Bobby Simone. Both characters were Sipowicz's partners and added their own unique flavor to the show.

Other main characters include James McDaniel as Lieutenant Arthur Fancy, the precinct's commanding officer; Sherry Stringfield as Assistant District Attorney Laura Michaels; Amy Brenneman as Detective Janice Licalsi; Nicholas Turturro as Detective James Martinez; Sharon Lawrence as Assistant District Attorney Sylvia Costas; Gordon Clapp as Detective Greg Medavoy; Gail O'Grady as Donna Abandando, a police administrative aide; Justine Miceli as Detective Adrienne Lesniak; and Kim Delaney as Detective Diane Russell.

Throughout its run, the show tackled various social issues such as racism, homophobia, and police corruption. It was known for its gritty and realistic portrayal of police work and received critical acclaim for its writing and acting.

The show was also notorious for its use of nudity and explicit language, which caused controversy and led to some advertisers pulling out. Despite this, it remained popular and won numerous awards including 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards.

As the show progressed, new characters were introduced such as Andrea Thompson as Detective Jill Kirkendall, Bill Brochtrup as Police Administrative Aide John Irvin, Ricky Schroder as Detective Danny Sorenson, Henry Simmons as Detective Baldwin Jones, Garcelle Beauvais as Assistant District Attorney Valerie Heywood, Charlotte Ross as Detective Connie McDowell, Esai Morales as Lieutenant Tony Rodriguez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Detective John Clark Jr., Jacqueline Obradors as Detective Rita Ortiz, John F. O'Donohue as Detective Eddie Gibson, Currie Graham as Lieutenant Thomas Bale, and Bonnie Somerville as Detective Laura Murphy.

The show ended after 12 seasons, with its final episode airing on March 1, 2005. It left a lasting impact on the television landscape and paved the way for other realistic police procedural shows such as The Wire and Law & Order.

In conclusion, NYPD Blue was a groundbreaking and critically acclaimed police procedural drama that tackled social issues and portrayed police work in a gritty and realistic manner. Its talented cast and strong writing garnered it numerous awards and made it a staple of television for over a decade.

NYPD Blue is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (263 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 1993.

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Moving Day
21. Moving Day
March 1, 2005
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.
NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute
20. NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute
March 1, 2005
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Bale to the Chief
19. Bale to the Chief
February 22, 2005
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.
Lenny Scissorhands
18. Lenny Scissorhands
February 15, 2005
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.
Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band
17. Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band
February 8, 2005
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.
Old Man Quiver
16. Old Man Quiver
February 1, 2005
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.
La Bomba
15. La Bomba
January 25, 2005
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.
Stratis Fear
14. Stratis Fear
January 18, 2005
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.
Stoli with a Twist
13. Stoli with a Twist
January 11, 2005
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.
I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid
12. I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid
December 21, 2004
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.
Bale Out
11. Bale Out
December 14, 2004
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.
The Dead Donald
10. The Dead Donald
December 7, 2004
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.
The 3-H Club
9. The 3-H Club
November 30, 2004
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.
I Like Ike
8. I Like Ike
November 23, 2004
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.
My Dinner With Andy
7. My Dinner With Andy
November 16, 2004
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.
The Vision Thing
6. The Vision Thing
November 9, 2004
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.
You're Buggin' Me
5. You're Buggin' Me
October 26, 2004
After being shot outside a bar, Sipowicz discovers the identity of the person who's been harassing him.
Divorce Detective Style
4. Divorce Detective Style
October 19, 2004
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.
Great Balls of Ire
3. Great Balls of Ire
October 12, 2004
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.
Fish Out of Water
2. Fish Out of Water
September 28, 2004
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.
Dress for Success
1. Dress for Success
September 21, 2004
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.
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  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 1993
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (16,068)