Pimpin’ Riker! I love everything about this the clothes (sunglasses, caramel jacket and brown driving gloves, the plaid scarf, the collared shirt with turtleneck, all this just on Frakes!) the hair (big ole fro) the wood paneling, the cocaine!
This episode also featured Edward James Olmos (not in the same scenes) and Jeffrey Tambor.
In 1981, NBC presented a new police series calledHill Street Blues – a pivotal show in the history of quality television. It’s just been released on DVD, in its entirety, for the first time – and our TV critic, David Bianculli, says the show was a game changer –
“Before NBC televised Hill Street, most continuing drama series were presented as stand-alone, interchangeable hours, starring the same characters. Every week, Mannix or Kojak or Baretta would investigate a crime, catch the villains, and wait for next week to do it again. Hill Street borrowed from daytime soap operas, and presented sequential story lines, which carried over from week to week.
There were other innovations, too. Instead of one or two central stars, Hill Street featured a large ensemble cast. Camerawork was often hand-held and frantic, more like a documentary.Dialogue overlapped and sounded natural, as in a Robert Altman movie. Scenes of intense drama sometimes were followed by moments of broad humor. And the crimes themselves, and the solving of them, usually took a back seat to the private lives of the cops, officers and lawyers who populated the show.”