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NYPD Blue was a long-running American television police drama. It was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, and inspired by Milch's interactions with a former member of the New York City Police Department named Bill Clark (who eventually became one of the show's producers). Its episodes were originally broadcast on the ABC network from September 21, 1993 to March 1, 2005. Since 2001, episodes of the series have also been rerun on Court TV and Turner Network Television.

The program explored the constant internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Typically, an episode covers a single day's events, and intertwines several subplots involving an ensemble cast of characters.

Dennis Franz, as "Andy Sipowicz", a veteran New York City Police detective, played the show's main character for the duration of its run. His principal co-stars included David Caruso as "John Kelly" (1993-1994), Jimmy Smits as "Bobby Simone" (1994-1998), Rick Schroder as "Danny Sorenson" (1998-2001) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as "John Clark Jr." (2001-2005). Each of these characters has been paired with Franz's Sipowicz, providing a younger and more suave foil to the abrasive, tragedy-prone detective.

The show is noted for the use of tight close-up shots and frenetic camera work.

NYPD Blue gained notoriety for profanity and nudity never previously broadcast on American network television. As Milch noted in a May 2002 interview:

It took an extra year to get on the air to negotiate with ABC what could and could not be done. The good thing about that delay was that I got to spend an extra year with cops to research and come to understand more about what it meant to be a New York City cop. The delay did little to defuse the controversy. Fifty-seven of ABC's 225 affiliates preempted the first episode because of protests led by Rev. Donald Wildmon and his American Family Association (AFA). The preemptions were mostly in smaller markets, comprising 10-15% of potential viewers, which limited the impact of the protest. The show's ratings success lead most affiliates (and advertisers) to end their opposition. By the end of the first season, the show was a Top 20 hit, and continued protests by the AFA were countered by support from Viewers for Quality Television and recognition from Emmy and People's Choice Awards. The program earned Franz a best-actor Emmy for Franz for the first season (one of four he eventually received for the role), and a best drama series Emmy for the show's second season.

According to one fan site [1] (, cast members who appeared nude include: Caruso, Stringfield, Brenneman, Franz, Smits, Lawrence, O'Grady, Delaney, Miceli, Thompson, Schroder, Simmons, Ross, Gosselaar, and Obradors.

According to NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute, a retrospective first broadcast on the same night as the last episode, the controversy wasn't limited to what was on the screen. David Milch, the show's co-creator and head writer, was a controversial figure on the set during the seven years he was with the show. His working style and tendency to leave writing to the last minute contributed to a frustrating working environment for some of the cast and crew. Smits left the show when his contract ended because of his frustrations with the working environment. Milch cites his alcoholism and other addictions as factors contributing to the difficult environment. In spite of the controversy, Milch is usually credited as a major creative force during the years he worked on the show; Milch won two Emmy Awards for his writing, shared another as executive producer and shared in a further ten nominations for his writing and production work.

It is interesting to note that the show's "bad language" and partial nudity garnered more public controversy than its tacit approval of police brutality and torture.

March 1, 2005 saw the show's 261st and final episode, "Moving Day", bringing an end to the show's successful 12 year run. Rather than have another huge controversial event or kill off a character, the decision was to have the final episode be like just another day on the job only with Andy as the new squad room leader. In the final scene, previous squad leader Lieutenant Bale wishes Andy good luck with his new position, looks around his old office and says "It's yours." Then all the detectives come in, one by one, to wish Andy goodnight. The last one to say goodbye is Clark. Andy surveys his new office, puts his reading glasses on, and begins to go through the paper work on his desk. The camera then moves out through the 15th precinct squadroom and out the door, it moves up and the we see the squad room sign over the door one last time.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Mar 01, 2005
Premiere September 21, 1993
Episodes 261
Network ABC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
> Cast 
Garcelle Beauvais....   ADA Valerie Heywood (as Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) (2001-2004)
Andrea Thompson....   Det. Jill Kirkendall (1996-2000)
Michael B. Silver....   ADA Leo Cohen (30 episodes)
Sharon Lawrence....   ADA Sylvia Costas (1993-1999)
Justine Miceli....   Det. Adrianne Lesniak (1994-1996)
Dennis Franz....   Det. Andy Sipowicz
Henry Simmons....   Det. Baldwin Jones (2000-2005)
Henry Simmons....   Det. Baldwin Jones (2000-2005)
Jimmy Smits....   Det. Bobby Simone (1994-1998)
Charlotte Ross....   Det. Connie McDowell (2001-2004)
Rick Schroder....   Det. Danny Sorenson (1998-2001)
Kim Delaney....   Det. Diane Russell (1995-2001)
Gordon Clapp....   Det. Greg Medavoy (1994-2005)
Nicholas Turturro....   Det. James Martinez (1993-2000)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar....   Det. John Clark, Jr. (2001-2005)
David Caruso....   Det. John Kelly (1993-1994)
Bonnie Somerville....   Det. Laura Murphy (2004-2005)
Jacqueline Obradors....   Det. Rita Ortiz (2001-2005)
Gail O'Grady....   Donna Abandando (1994-1996)
Scott Campbell....   IAB Sgt. Jerry Martens (31 episodes)
Bill Brochtrup....   John Irvin (1995-1996, 1998-2005)
Ray Latulipe....   Josh Astrachan (58 episodes)
Sherry Stringfield....   Laura Michaels Kelly (1993-1994)
James McDaniel....   Lt. Arthur Fancy (1993-2001)
Currie Graham....   Lt. Thomas Bale (2004-2005)
Esai Morales....   Lt. Tony Rodriguez (2001-2004)
Henry Murph....   N.D. 'Hank' Harold (1996 -)
Amy Brenneman....   Officer Janice Licalsi (1993-1994)
Michael Sabatino....   Officer Martelli (34 episodes)
James McBride....   Officer Mike Shannon (1995 -)
Billy Concha....   Officer Miller (37 episodes)
John O'Donohue....   Sgt. Eddie Gibson (2003-2004)
Austin Majors....   Theo Sipowicz (1999 -)

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