NYPD Blue (season 1)
|NYPD Blue (season 1)|
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||September 21, 1993 –|
May 17, 1994
The first season of NYPD Blue, an American television police drama set in New York City, aired as part of the 1993–94 United States network television schedule for ABC, premiering on 21 September 1993 and concluding on 17 May 1994. The show explores the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast. The season led to a record 26 Emmy nominations. and six awards.
John Kelly and Andy Sipowicz are detectives in the 15th squad. Sipowicz is the elder partner but is a drunk and a threat to the partnership lasting much longer. Kelly has a genuine affection for his partner but becomes increasingly exasperated by Sipowicz's behavior. In the pilot, Sipowicz is shot by Alphonse Giardella, a defendant he insulted in court. This leads to his decision to sober up and save his job.
While his partner is recuperating, Kelly is teamed up by the squad's Lieutenant, Arthur Fancy, with a young cop from Anti-Crime, James Martinez. Kelly's personal life is no less frenetic as he is going through a divorce from his wife, Laura, and is embarking on an affair with a uniformed cop, Janice Licalsi. To complicate matters further, Licalsi has been ordered to do a 'hit' on Kelly by mob boss Angelo Marino, otherwise Marino will turn in Licalsi's father, who is on his payroll. Instead, Licalsi murders Marino and the repercussions come back to haunt both her and Kelly.
Sipowicz sobers up and begins a relationship with A.D.A. Sylvia Costas while another detective in the squad, Greg Medavoy, embarks on an affair of his own with the squad's new police administrative aide (P.A.A.), Donna Abandando.
|Actor||Character||Main cast||Recurring cast|
|David Caruso||John Kelly||entire season||N/A|
|Dennis Franz||Andy Sipowicz||entire season||N/A|
|James McDaniel||Arthur Fancy||entire season||N/A|
|Sherry Stringfield||ADA Laura Michaels||entire season||N/A|
|Amy Brenneman||Janice Licalsi||entire season||N/A|
|Nicholas Turturro||James Martinez||entire season||N/A|
|Sharon Lawrence||ADA Sylvia Costas||N/A||Episodes 1, 4, 6-9, 11, 13-16, 18-22|
|Gordon Clapp||Greg Medavoy||N/A||Episodes 3, 5-6, 8-19, 21-22|
|Gail O'Grady||PAA Donna Abandando||N/A||Episodes 8-22|
Recurring guest roles
Season 1's recurring guest roles include:
- David Schwimmer as Josh '4B' Goldstein (Episodes 1-4), Laura Michaels' neighbor, whose stint as a vigilante ends badly. Dies in episode 4.
- Robert Costanzo as Alphonse Giardella (Episodes 1-3, 5-7), a mobster who, after shooting and nearly killing Sipowitz in the pilot, turns State's evidence. Assassinated in episode 7.
- Larry Romano as Richie Catina (Episodes 2, 9-12), 
- Daniel Benzali as James Sinclair, Esq. (Episodes 1, 22)
- Luis Guzman as Hector Martinez (Episodes 5, 9), Detective Martinez' father
- Michael Harney as Detective Mike Roberts (Episodes 6, 8-9, 15, 18)
- Michael DeLuise as Andy Sipowicz, Jr. (Episode 7, 19, 22)
- Bradley Whitford as Norman Gardner (Episodes 13, 21), a crusading reporter.
Each NYPD Blue episode entry includes its original airdate in the United States, the writing and directing credits, and a plot summary. The credits and airdates are taken from the pamphlet accompanying the Region 1 Season 1 DVDs.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : David Milch & Steven Bochco |
Teleplay by : David Milch
|September 21, 1993||0K01/5101||22.80|
|2||2||"4B or Not 4B"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : David Milch & Steven Bochco |
Teleplay by : David Milch
|September 28, 1993||0K02/5102||20.30|
As Sipowicz slowly recovers from his wounds he says that he cannot remember who shot him. Kelly appears in court on behalf of a man whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting. Laura Kelly's neighbour, Josh Goldstein, carries a concealed weapon hoping to surprise the person who mugged him.
|3||3||"Brown Appetit"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : David Milch & Steven Bochco |
Teleplay by : David Milch
|October 5, 1993||0K03/5103||21.00|
Kelly and Martinez investigate a strangulation murder; Fancy releases Sipowicz to full duty and he joins the investigation. Fallout from the Marino case implicates Licalsi's father in wrongdoing. Kelly moonlights as a bodyguard for the wife of a millionaire. Sipowicz exacts his own unique revenge on Giardella.
|4||4||"True Confessions"||Charles Haid||Story by : Art Monterastelli, David Milch & Steven Bochco |
Teleplay by : David Milch & Art Monterastelli
|October 12, 1993||K506/5105||21.20|
Kelly and Sipowicz investigate a double homicide at a liquor store. Mrs. Wagner seeks revenge against her husband and Goldstein fatally ignores Kelly's warnings about confronting criminals.
|5||5||"Emission Accomplished"||Michael M. Robin||Ted Mann||October 19, 1993||0K11/5111||19.60|
Martinez discovers that his brother has lost his job and continuing to use drugs. As James plans to send him to a Detox program, the two encounter the building superintendent who according to Roberto is forcing Tenants out of the building for money. Martinez then discovers that the superintendent turns out to be an officer from another precinct named Jack Hanlon who came up through the NYPD with John Kelly's father. A gambling addicted detective spends the last of his savings staging elaborate practical jokes at the precinct much to the ire of Lt. Fancy. Following the death of another tenant in Roberto's building, a disgusted Kelly helps Martinez in bringing Hanlon to justice saving Martinez from spending the rest of his career in IAB.
|6||6||"Personal Foul"||Brad Silberling||Story by : David Milch |
Teleplay by : Burton Armus
|October 26, 1993||0K08/5108||22.20|
Kelly is forced to arrest a close friend after a dispute on a basketball court results in death. Sipowicz suspects a husband may be concealing the truth in the drive-by shooting of his wife. Licalsi's quick thinking saves Kelly's life during a drugs raid.
|7||7||"NYPD Lou"||Gregory Hoblit||Ted Mann||November 2, 1993||0K07/5107||19.70|
Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the disappearance of a young boy. Sipowicz's estranged son announces his engagement to a woman that raises the father's suspicions. Laura is the sole witness when an assassin ambushes Giardella. A man who claims to be a werewolf may have witnessed a murder.
|8||8||"Tempest in a C-Cup"||Daniel Sackheim||Gardner Stern||November 16, 1993||0K10/5110||19.80|
Kelly interrogates a man suspected of committing a string of taxi robberies, one of which resulted in the shooting death of a cab driver. Sipowicz goes undercover at a topless bar. Lt. Fancy hires Donna Abandando, a civilian, as the precinct's receptionist and administrative assistant for the squad.
|9||9||"Ice Follies"||Dennis Dugan||W.K. Scott Meyer||November 30, 1993||0K09/5109||18.50|
When Roberto, Martinez's brother, dies of a drug overdose, their father vows revenge. Licalsi receives a blackmail threat from the mob. Medavoy, seeking a distraction from his troubled marriage, accepts Donna's offer to go ice skating.
|10||10||"Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"||Brad Silberling||Ted Mann & Gardner Stern||December 7, 1993||0K12/5112||17.50|
Kelly investigates the brutal robbery-murder of a wealthy family and a Hollywood screenwriter reports that his Oscar has been stolen. Meanwhile, Licalsi ignores Kelly's advice and informs Lastarza that she is being blackmailed by the mob.
|11||11||"From Hare to Eternity"||Eric Laneuville||David Milch & Burton Armus||December 14, 1993||0K13/5113||19.00|
|Fancy is harassed by Borough Commander Haverill who accuses him of mismanaging the detectives. Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the kidnapping of a young girl while a destitute mother with a questionable past agrees to testify against a man who is suspected of committing armed robbery. Sipowicz realizing that Haverill is trying to move Fancy out for bogus reasons blackmails Haverill over an unsolved mob murder. The precinct staff collects gifts for a Christmas party they are hosting for some needy children.|
|12||12||"Up on the Roof"||Michael M. Robin||George D. Putnam||January 4, 1994||0K14/5114||20.70|
|A manhunt ensues when Tommy Linardi's dead body is discovered inside a nightclub. A robber uses a fake ATM to rob unsuspecting customers of their savings and Fancy tries retaining temporary custody of a young boy whose mother only recently finished a drug rehabilitation program.|
|13||13||"Abandando Abandoned"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : David Milch & Steven Bochco |
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Gardner Stern
|January 11, 1994||0K15/5115||20.50|
Detectives investigate the shooting death of a man whose wife recently transferred to the precinct. A woman claims she wants her husband prosecuted for spousal abuse but never follows through on her threat. Elsewhere, Medavoy begins an affair with Donna.
|14||14||"Jumpin’ Jack Fleishman"||Rick Wallace||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Ted Mann, Gardner Stern & Burton Armus
|January 18, 1994||0K16/5116||21.70|
|The detectives search for a cross-dressing killer, while a sexual assault victim fears her husband will blame the attack on her provocative style of dress. Sipowicz's dental appointment is interrupted when a doctor threatens to commit suicide.|
|15||15||"Steroid Roy"||Félix Alcalá||Ann Biderman||February 8, 1994||0K17/5117||23.50|
A detective becomes the prime suspect in the suspicious suicide of a police informant. Laura believes Kelly may have overlooked evidence in a homicide investigation and a detective obsessed with his physique is tested for substance abuse.
|16||16||"A Sudden Fish"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
|February 15, 1994||0K18/5118||15.80|
|The girlfriend of a terminally ill millionaire is blackmailed by her ex-lover and Sipowicz investigates the robbery of a disabled Vietnam veteran.|
|17||17||"Black Men Can Jump"||Jesús S. Treviño||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Ted Mann
|March 1, 1994||0K19/5119||22.20|
The detectives investigate the slaying of a young black teenager whose father takes matters in his own hands when a likely suspect escapes. Sipowicz suspects a private investigator is taking advantage of a man whose daughter disappeared 2½ years earlier.
|18||18||"Zeppo Marks Brothers"||Michael M. Robin||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Ann Biderman
|March 22, 1994||0K20/5120||19.90|
After a witness is gunned down in the street, the detectives scramble to save their case against the two brothers who have also planned a hit on Laura.
|19||19||"Serge the Concierge"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Story by : Bill Clark |
Teleplay by : David Milch, Gardner Stern & Burton Armus
|March 29, 1994||0K21/5121||21.20|
Kelly, Medavoy, and Martinez lead a search for a girl's body in a Staten Island landfill, finding another body in the process. Sipowicz attempts to clear Andy Jr.'s name after his son is arrested for selling drugs.
|20||20||"Good Time Charlie"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Ann Biderman
|May 3, 1994||0K22/5122||19.00|
|Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the death of one of Charlie Lear's many mistresses. Licalsi receives an unexpected promotion. Sipowicz has a rough night after meeting Costas' family at a birthday party. Fancy's wife tells her husband that she is pregnant.|
|21||21||"Guns ‘N’ Rosaries"||Michael M. Robin||Story by : Steven Bochco & David Milch |
Teleplay by : Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
|May 10, 1994||0K23/5123||22.80|
|Medavoy and Martinez narrowly escape injury when a disgruntled driver tries to shoot them, then face the wrath of angry African Americans who believe that they have killed a black man without reason. Licalsi confesses to murdering Marino and his driver and Andy attends an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Meanwhile, Medavoy moves out once again after he discovers his wife has been cheating on him.|
|22||22||"Rockin' Robin"||Gregory Hoblit||Story by : Jody Worth |
Teleplay by : Jody Worth & Ted Mann
|May 17, 1994||0K24/5124||23.20|
Detectives investigate the murder of a priest whose body was discovered in a park frequented by male prostitutes. Sipowicz reopens an investigation into the disappearance of a friend's daughter. While Kelly and Robin become lovers, Licalsi wins release on bail.
The series was nominated for 26 Emmy nominations and won six awards:
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series to Dennis Franz
- Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series to Ann Biderman, for her work on "Steroid Roy"
- Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series to Daniel Sackheim, for his work on "Tempest In A C-Cup"
- Creative Arts Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Single Camera Production" to Stanford C. Allen, for his work on "Tempest In A C-Cup"
- Creative Arts Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series" to production designer Paul Eads and set decorator Mary Ann Biddle, for their work on "Serge, The Concierge"
- Creative Arts Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Casting" for casting executives Junie Lowry-Johnson and Alexa L. Fogel
The season also led to Golden Globe Awards for Best TV Series - Drama and Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama (David Caruso); a Directors Guild of America Award for Gregory Hoblit for the pilot episode; two People's Choice Awards for ""Favorite New TV Dramatic Series" and "Favorite TV Dramatic Series"; PGA Awards for Steven Bochco, David Milch, and Gregory Hoblit; and two Viewers For Quality Television Awards.Awards for NYPD Blue from Internet Movie Database.
- N.Y.P.D. Blue Receives 26 Emmy Nominations from The New York Times