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Crime History: 'Hill Street Blues' makes television debut

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On this day, Jan. 15, 1981, "Hill Street Blues," one of the most innovative and critically acclaimed cops shows, debuted on NBC. "Hill Street Blues" revolutionized the television drama. While previous cop shows focused on officers who always got their man, the regulars on Hill Street Blues rarely solved cases in a single episode. Each episode began with a roll call led by Sgt. Phil Esterhaus,...

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