Pilot (NYPD Blue)

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NYPD Blue episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Written by David Milch
Steven Bochco
Original air date September 21, 1993
Guest appearance(s)
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NYPD Blue (season 1)

"Pilot" is the first episode of the American serial drama NYPD Blue.


In the series premiere, John Kelly takes on the mob after his partner, Andy Sipowicz, is shot by a vengeful gangster. Kelly's wife wants a divorce.

Awards and honors[edit]

This episode won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series and was a nominee for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.


  • *A quarter of ABC's 225 member stations preempted the pilot.