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Let's Have a Hill Street Blues Reunion

December 19, 2020 --

LPR recently added old television dramas to revisit by You Tube, as well as operatic and symphonic works.  These dramas include Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner," and BBC's "Morse," starring the late John Thaw and Kevin Whately.   Alas, LPR could not tap into full episodes of "Mission: Impossible," with Steven Hill (starring as Dan Briggs, not as "Adam Schiff").  (Is there a congressman named Dan Briggs?) During the first year of MI, Hill became a Sabbath observer and was replaced by Peter Graves for the second year (brother of Gunsmoke's James Arness.)

Hill, whose real name was Solomon Krakovsky, started on his path to Orthodox Judaism when he was starring in a play about Sigmund Freud, "A Far Country," which brought home to him his own Jewish identity.

Getting back to Hill Street Blues, for LPR, this is the best ensemble series in the history of television drama.  The episodes are classic, as relevant now as then. Many of the cast members are now in their mid-seventies, some in their 80's, and LPR has a hunch a reunion, either around a story-theme, or as documentary, would draw a phenomenal tv audience, even for the many people who were yet to be born when the show went off the air, after seven seasons.   

For more on this idea, please see the second question on the current LPR Poll.