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Series Summary
This Steven Bochco-produced series pulls few punches in portraying the day-to-day lives of cops in New York's 15th Precinct. Characters' personal lives intertwine with the cases they work, which often deal with the worst elements the city has to offer. Many characters came and went during the show's 12-season run but one constant throughout the series was Det. Andy Sipowicz, portrayed by Dennis Franz.

Air Dates: 1993 - 2005

Genres: Crime drama

Network: ABC

  • Season 12, Ep. 20 : Moving Day Mar 1, 2005

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    Sipowicz has to make some tough decisions as he starts a new chapter in his life.

  • Season 12, Ep. 19 : Bale to the Chief Feb 22, 2005

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    The squad's temporary boss cares more about golf than solving crimes; Ortiz and Murphy suspect a man of stabbing his young Muslim bride to death; Bale recommends Sipowicz as new squad commander for the precinct.

  • Season 12, Ep. 18 : Lenny Scissorhands Feb 15, 2005

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    Sipowicz, Murphy and Clark investigate the shooting of a fellow police officer; Clark and Jones probe the beating death of a woman whose religious husband owns a jewelry store.

  • Season 12, Ep. 17 : Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band Feb 8, 2005

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    A U.S. Army sergeant is shot to death, and Detective Clark suspects the brother of a soldier killed in Iraq.

  • Season 12, Ep. 16 : Old Man Quiver Feb 1, 2005

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    Sipowicz and Clark investigate the smothering of an elderly millionaire with a trophy wife 52 years younger than he was.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • 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] show more

  • Sex and violence certainly have their place here, but they're placed in the context of a vivid city that, as dangerous, seamy, and profane as it can be, is a place you want to revisit every week. show more

  • Even the smaller parts are skillfully sculptured. James McDaniel, trailing outstanding stage performances in "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me," is quietly controlled as the police lieutenant who must cope with Sipowicz's racist outbursts, among other things. And Nicholas Turturro, John's kid brother, is engaging as a young and eager policeman named Martinez. show more

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