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Within the first few minutes of the pilot episode, it's clear what made NYPD Blue stand out from the rest of the cop show pack, as the characters express themselves in startlingly colorful language. This, combined with glimpses of nudity, earned NYPD Blue the reputation as R-rated television--but just about every episode demonstrates the propulsive storytelling and superb ensemble acting that put substance behind the flash. The show revolves around two detectives: Tough, moralistic, but passionate John Kelly (David Caruso) and hair-trigger Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), who wrestles with booze and racist tendencies. Caruso rose to prominence as the star, but his intensity bleeds too easily into preening self-righteousness; it's Franz, with a much more complex role, who really drives the show.

NYPD Blue's writers skillfully navigate both single-episode criminal cases (ranging from tense procedural sequences like Kelly slowly drawing a confession out of a man who killed a cab driver, to lighter cases like a stolen Oscar statuette) and storylines that stretch dizzily across the entire season. These sustained plots are the real meat of the show: Kelly's hardline ethics are humanized by watching him clumsily come to a professional relationship with his ex-wife Laura (Sherry Stringfield) and work through an affair with Officer Janice Licalsi (Amy Brenneman), who is herself entangled with mobsters; while Sipowicz's near-death in the pilot has repercussions that crop up throughout the series, threatening his sobriety and his developing relationship with a lawyer (Sharon Lawrence)--and then there's his tense relationship with African American Lt. Fancy (James McDaniel), which affords some trenchant looks at racism inside and outside the department. The writing, directing, and acting only gets more subtle and complex as the show goes on, making this set a must for any fan. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • All 22 season one episodes on 6 discs
  • One-hour "Making of Season One" documentary with never-before-seen footage
  • All-new "Love on NYPD Blue" and "Cast Blotter" featurettes
  • Selected episode commentaries
  • Script-to-screen comparison
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

David CarusoDet. John Kelly
Dennis FranzDet. Andy Sipowicz
James McDanielLt. Arthur Fancy
Sherry StringfieldLaura Michaels Kelly
Amy BrennemanOfficer Janice Licalsi
Nicholas TurturroDet. James Martinez
Joe SantosAngelo Marino
David SchwimmerJosh '4B' Goldstein
Daniel BenzaliJames Sinclair Esq.
Shannon CochranLois
Vincent GuastaferroSgt. Vincent Agostini
Robert CostanzoAlfonse Giardella
Sharon LawrenceA.D.A. Sylvia Costas
Brad GrunbergLeon the Bartender
Wendie MalickSusan Wagner
Michael RapaportJaime Dileo
Chris EllisMarshal #1
Jack KehlerHoward
Luis GuzmanHector Martinez
Tobin BellJerry the Artist
Dean NorrisFather Jerry Downey
Zach GrenierRudolf Wentz
Dan HedayaLou the Werewolf
Clifton PowellLewis Futrel
Bradley WhitfordNorman Gardner
Wendy MakkenaDet. Sharon LaSalle
Anna GunnKimmy
Noah EmmerichEddie
Stephen RootIAB Sgt. Fulmer
Michael Ian BlackJoey Diaz

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Carol Banker
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 1176 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 21, 1993
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 25, 2004
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