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 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: ABC

  • Season 10, Ep. 15 : Tranny Get Your GunFeb 18, 2003

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    Medavoy and Jones suspect a Pakistani girl was murdered by her father to "save face"; a married insurance adjuster is suspected of stabbing a transvestite prostitute.

  • Season 10, Ep. 14 : Laughlin All the Way to the ClinkFeb 11, 2003

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    Officer Shannon tells Sipowicz that Laughlin framed Clark; detectives investigate the murder of a community activist by a gang member; a wealthy gay man is found shot in the head.

  • Season 10, Ep. 13 : Bottoms UpFeb 4, 2003

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    Sipowicz suspects a fellow officer planted drugs in Clark's car; Ortiz and McDowell investigate a series of rapes.

  • Season 10, Ep. 12 : Arrested DevelopmentJan 14, 2003

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    Clark is arrested for possession of heroin; a woman is beaten to death with a drill; Theo regresses when he and his father move in with Connie.

  • Season 10, Ep. 11 : I Kid You NotJan 7, 2003

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    A woman says a dead man tried to hijack her car; Ortiz and McDowell investigate a case of child endangerment; Rodriguez is informed that his wife has been found dead.

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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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