A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
1/15/1981 Hill Street Blues premieres
January 15, 1981. One of TV's best cop shows premiered on this night on NBC, in 1981. It won eight Emmys the first year, and scored a total of 98 nominations in its eight years on the air. The style and production techniques influenced TV for decades to come, with its overlapping conversations, many-episode arcs, and over a dozen regular characters to keep track of. Do you remember the episode in which regular Howard Hunter faced the camera while pointing a gun at his head, and then (just after the camera went black, as it did at the end of each show), pulling the trigger?