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''NYPD Blue'' is a CopShow with [[CrimeTimeSoap Soap Opera elements]] that ran on ABC from 1993 to 2005. Originally a star vehicle for David Caruso (who left after the first season to pursue a movie career), the show evolved into an [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ensemble]], with Det. Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) as the focus character.

The show courted controversy from the start with its [[TooSexyForThisTimeSlot liberal use of nudity]] (mostly sideboob and butts, with the occasional steamy love scene) and salty language (one of Sipowicz's first lines is calling A.D.A. Sylvia Costas a "pissy little bitch", and it was one of the first shows to use the word "shit" on network television). The [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] was formed primarily because of this show. It was also noted for resurrecting the careers of those (besides Caruso) who played Andy's partners ([[LALaw Jimmy Smits]], and former child stars [[SilverSpoons Rick Schroder]] and [[SavedByTheBell Mark-Paul Gosselaar]])

The show was created by producer StevenBochco, and is considered the SpiritualSuccessor to his earlier, similarly ground-breaking ensemble cop show [[strike:CopRock]], ''HillStreetBlues''.
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!!This show contains examples of:
* AnyoneCanDie -- Especially if they're connected to Sipowicz. [[spoiler: 2 partners, his elder son, and a wife. And his boss, almost.]]
* AshesToCrashes -- a detective who used to work in the squad died and his widow wants the squad to store half of his ashes there, because that was the man's last wish. "Just put the urn in the back of a file cabinet or something, it wouldn't be any trouble." But the Lieutenant refuses on the grounds that it isn't regulation. Sipowitz manages to get the ashes stirred into the plaster being used to repair the bathroom, so he'll be there forever.
* AspectMontage
* {{Auction}}
* BadBoss -- Lt. Fancy's short-lived (one episode) replacement
* BaldOfAwesome: Sipowicz.
* BerserkButton -- Andy Sipowicz was a veteran of TheVietnamWar. So ''please'', do not lie to him about having fought in that war if you weren't actually there.
* BetweenMyLegs -- This shot is taken of Charlotte Ross in her infamous shower scene, showing the reaction of the kid that walked in on her through her legs.
* TheBoxingEpisode
* BreakoutCharacter: Sipowicz, who started out second banana to John Kelly and ended up as one of the most famous TV detectives of all time. (Dennis Franz's ''four'' Emmys for the role certainly didn't hurt.)
-->'''[[TheSimpsons Marge]]:''' Homer, I don't think you should wear a short-sleeved shirt with a tie.
-->'''Homer:''' But Sipowicz does it.
-->'''Marge:''' If Detective Sipowicz jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?
-->'''Homer:''' Ohh... wish I was Sipowicz.
* ButICantBePregnant -- Connie's Season 11 pregnancy
* BuffySpeak -- The dialogue during the period where David Milch's drug problem was at its worst and he had Sipowicz ranting about a ringmaster whipping an ostrich.
* ButtMonkey -- Medavoy (who usually got the "Odd" case of the week)
** Subverted in the episode where he's fueled by disgust for the sexually motivated murder case he catches, does a great job investigating it and interrogating the perpetrator, and gets a commendation.
** Also subverted to a degree by the circumstances of his retirement at the end of the series.
* CastTheExpert -- Consultant and former New York detective Bill Clark was seen a few times as a cop.
* CaptainObvious -- Medavoy
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: It can be a little strange, after watching the later seasons, to look back at season one and behold a Sipowicz who frequents prostitutes and strip joints. He even ''smiles'', which later on seems to nearly [[PerpetualFrowner break his face]].
* ChillyReception: When Simone replaces Kelly, Sipowicz gives him an extremely cold reception. This was actually intentionally [[BatmanGambit engineered]] by the writers -- they figured that if Sipowicz took an immediate, irrational dislike to Simone, it would leave the audience saying "Come on, Andy, give the guy a ''chance''." It worked.
* {{Costumer}} -- One of the series' most reviled episodes.
* CrimeAndPunishmentSeries
* DeathIsDramatic - Bobby Simone's death
* ADeathInTheLimelight - Simone
* DeusAngstMachina -- Sipowicz has had a dead wife, a dead son, two dead partners (and a third resigning in disgrace), and TWO cancer scares (his own and his youngest son's)
* DroppedABridgeOnHim -- Rick Schroder's character was murdered off-screen by his stripper girlfriend's ex.
* DuelingShows -- with ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* EarnYourHappyEnding -- Whilst the final episode makes it very clear that life and work will go on as usual for Andy Sipowicz, he is far better off at the end than he was at the beginning.
* FairCop -- Nearly all of the female detectives, with Baldwin Jones as a rare male example.
* FanService -- The show often pushed the boundaries of how much skin (or sexuality) you could show on network TV.
* {{Gayngster}}: Jimmy Del Marco in "A Tushful of Dollars."
* GeodesicCast -- Andy and his current partner, Medavoy and his, often a third female duo.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sipowicz.
* LyingToThePerp
* LongBusTrip -- Though it was never followed up, David Caruso's departure from the series was certainly open-ended enough that for a couple of seasons afterwards it wouldn't have been unexpected to have seen Detective Kelly walk right back through those doors.
** Particularly strange was his complete non-appearance at Sipowicz's wedding. Apparently the writing staff were tempted to [[PutOnABusToHell put John Kelly on a bus to hell]] following the way Caruso had treated them, as a TakeThat to the actor. But ultimately they felt that whatever problems they had to deal with as far as the actor was concerned, the ''character'' of Detective John Kelly deserved more respect than that, so they allowed him to have a dignified departure with no repercusions.
* MediaWatchdog -- one of their go-to targets
* NewYorkCityCops
* NobleBigotWithABadge -- Sipowicz (He gets better)
* NoEnding -- Done deliberately.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent -- Dennis Franz's Chicago accent coming from Brooklyn boy Sipowicz.
* NotInFrontOfTheParrot -- Sgt. Gibson's obnoxious parrot. (Made more obnoxious by Andy secretly training it to say nothing but "douchebag")
* PetHomosexual -- John
* PointyHairedBoss -- Blatantly unqualified Sgt. Gibson (though it was made clear that it was temporary and by default, due to a shortage of qualified Sergeants and Lieutenants)
* PoliceBrutality: There's rarely an episode that passes without a suspect getting "tuned up". Sometimes it's as minor as a [[DopeSlap slap upside the head]]. Sometimes it gets pretty bad (and the suspect gets off because of it), especially early in the series.
* PreviouslyOn
* RabidCop -- Sipowicz (again, he gets better)
* RadarSystems -- the show was frequently rapped for its language and nudity, but rarely for the just as frequent violence.
* RapeAsBackstory: Sylvia, though it's not really an ongoing trauma.
* SafeHarbor - One of the few shows on network TV to exploit this.
* SexySecretary: Donna
* SoapOperaDisease: [[spoiler: Bobby Simone]] had a a terminal case.
* SevenDirtyWords -- Used four or five of them regularly
* UglyGuyHotWife -- Sipowicz. ''Twice'' (at least Sylvia was his age).
** Sylvia's actress, Sharon Lawrence, was seventeen years younger than Dennis Franz.
*** Which goes to show how egregious the case with the second wife played by Charlotte Ross was, that Sylvia is the one considered Sipowicz's age.
* VanityPlate
* WhipPan
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver


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[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Show_Logo_870.jpg]]

''NYPD Blue'' is a CopShow with [[CrimeTimeSoap Soap Opera elements]] that ran on ABC from 1993 to 2005. Originally a star vehicle for David Caruso (who left after the first season to pursue a movie career), the show evolved into an [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters ensemble]], with Det. Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) as the focus character.

The show courted controversy from the start with its [[TooSexyForThisTimeSlot liberal use of nudity]] (mostly sideboob and butts, with the occasional steamy love scene) and salty language (one of Sipowicz's first lines is calling A.D.A. Sylvia Costas a "pissy little bitch", and it was one of the first shows to use the word "shit" on network television). The [[MoralGuardians Parents Television Council]] was formed primarily because of this show. It was also noted for resurrecting the careers of those (besides Caruso) who played Andy's partners ([[LALaw Jimmy Smits]], and former child stars [[SilverSpoons Rick Schroder]] and [[SavedByTheBell Mark-Paul Gosselaar]])

The show was created by producer StevenBochco, and is considered the SpiritualSuccessor to his earlier, similarly ground-breaking ensemble cop show [[strike:CopRock]], ''HillStreetBlues''.
----
!!This show contains examples of:
* AnyoneCanDie -- Especially if they're connected to Sipowicz. [[spoiler: 2 partners, his elder son, and a wife. And his boss, almost.]]
* AshesToCrashes -- a detective who used to work in the squad died and his widow wants the squad to store half of his ashes there, because that was the man's last wish. "Just put the urn in the back of a file cabinet or something, it wouldn't be any trouble." But the Lieutenant refuses on the grounds that it isn't regulation. Sipowitz manages to get the ashes stirred into the plaster being used to repair the bathroom, so he'll be there forever.
* AspectMontage
* {{Auction}}
* BadBoss -- Lt. Fancy's short-lived (one episode) replacement
* BaldOfAwesome: Sipowicz.
* BerserkButton -- Andy Sipowicz was a veteran of TheVietnamWar. So ''please'', do not lie to him about having fought in that war if you weren't actually there.
* BetweenMyLegs -- This shot is taken of Charlotte Ross in her infamous shower scene, showing the reaction of the kid that walked in on her through her legs.
* TheBoxingEpisode
* BreakoutCharacter: Sipowicz, who started out second banana to John Kelly and ended up as one of the most famous TV detectives of all time. (Dennis Franz's ''four'' Emmys for the role certainly didn't hurt.)
-->'''[[TheSimpsons Marge]]:''' Homer, I don't think you should wear a short-sleeved shirt with a tie.
-->'''Homer:''' But Sipowicz does it.
-->'''Marge:''' If Detective Sipowicz jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?
-->'''Homer:''' Ohh... wish I was Sipowicz.
* ButICantBePregnant -- Connie's Season 11 pregnancy
* BuffySpeak -- The dialogue during the period where David Milch's drug problem was at its worst and he had Sipowicz ranting about a ringmaster whipping an ostrich.
* ButtMonkey -- Medavoy (who usually got the "Odd" case of the week)
** Subverted in the episode where he's fueled by disgust for the sexually motivated murder case he catches, does a great job investigating it and interrogating the perpetrator, and gets a commendation.
** Also subverted to a degree by the circumstances of his retirement at the end of the series.
* CastTheExpert -- Consultant and former New York detective Bill Clark was seen a few times as a cop.
* CaptainObvious -- Medavoy
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: It can be a little strange, after watching the later seasons, to look back at season one and behold a Sipowicz who frequents prostitutes and strip joints. He even ''smiles'', which later on seems to nearly [[PerpetualFrowner break his face]].
* ChillyReception: When Simone replaces Kelly, Sipowicz gives him an extremely cold reception. This was actually intentionally [[BatmanGambit engineered]] by the writers -- they figured that if Sipowicz took an immediate, irrational dislike to Simone, it would leave the audience saying "Come on, Andy, give the guy a ''chance''." It worked.
* {{Costumer}} -- One of the series' most reviled episodes.
* CrimeAndPunishmentSeries
* DeathIsDramatic - Bobby Simone's death
* ADeathInTheLimelight - Simone
* DeusAngstMachina -- Sipowicz has had a dead wife, a dead son, two dead partners (and a third resigning in disgrace), and TWO cancer scares (his own and his youngest son's)
* DroppedABridgeOnHim -- Rick Schroder's character was murdered off-screen by his stripper girlfriend's ex.
* DuelingShows -- with ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* EarnYourHappyEnding -- Whilst the final episode makes it very clear that life and work will go on as usual for Andy Sipowicz, he is far better off at the end than he was at the beginning.
* FairCop -- Nearly all of the female detectives, with Baldwin Jones as a rare male example.
* FanService -- The show often pushed the boundaries of how much skin (or sexuality) you could show on network TV.
* {{Gayngster}}: Jimmy Del Marco in "A Tushful of Dollars."
* GeodesicCast -- Andy and his current partner, Medavoy and his, often a third female duo.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sipowicz.
* LyingToThePerp
* LongBusTrip -- Though it was never followed up, David Caruso's departure from the series was certainly open-ended enough that for a couple of seasons afterwards it wouldn't have been unexpected to have seen Detective Kelly walk right back through those doors.
** Particularly strange was his complete non-appearance at Sipowicz's wedding. Apparently the writing staff were tempted to [[PutOnABusToHell put John Kelly on a bus to hell]] following the way Caruso had treated them, as a TakeThat to the actor. But ultimately they felt that whatever problems they had to deal with as far as the actor was concerned, the ''character'' of Detective John Kelly deserved more respect than that, so they allowed him to have a dignified departure with no repercusions.
* MediaWatchdog -- one of their go-to targets
* NewYorkCityCops
* NobleBigotWithABadge -- Sipowicz (He gets better)
* NoEnding -- Done deliberately.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent -- Dennis Franz's Chicago accent coming from Brooklyn boy Sipowicz.
* NotInFrontOfTheParrot -- Sgt. Gibson's obnoxious parrot. (Made more obnoxious by Andy secretly training it to say nothing but "douchebag")
* PetHomosexual -- John
* PointyHairedBoss -- Blatantly unqualified Sgt. Gibson (though it was made clear that it was temporary and by default, due to a shortage of qualified Sergeants and Lieutenants)
* PoliceBrutality: There's rarely an episode that passes without a suspect getting "tuned up". Sometimes it's as minor as a [[DopeSlap slap upside the head]]. Sometimes it gets pretty bad (and the suspect gets off because of it), especially early in the series.
* PreviouslyOn
* RabidCop -- Sipowicz (again, he gets better)
* RadarSystems -- the show was frequently rapped for its language and nudity, but rarely for the just as frequent violence.
* RapeAsBackstory: Sylvia, though it's not really an ongoing trauma.
* SafeHarbor - One of the few shows on network TV to exploit this.
* SexySecretary: Donna
* SoapOperaDisease: [[spoiler: Bobby Simone]] had a a terminal case.
* SevenDirtyWords -- Used four or five of them regularly
* UglyGuyHotWife -- Sipowicz. ''Twice'' (at least Sylvia was his age).
** Sylvia's actress, Sharon Lawrence, was seventeen years younger than Dennis Franz.
*** Which goes to show how egregious the case with the second wife played by Charlotte Ross was, that Sylvia is the one considered Sipowicz's age.
* VanityPlate
* WhipPan
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver


24th Oct '12 6:51:31 AM thenightmareman
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* BaldOfAwesome: Sipowicz.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sipowicz.
5th Oct '12 2:30:15 AM Freezer
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* AnyoneCanDie -- Especially if they're connected to Sipowicz. [[spoiler: 2 partners, his son, and a wife. And his boss, almost.]]

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* AnyoneCanDie -- Especially if they're connected to Sipowicz. [[spoiler: 2 partners, his elder son, and a wife. And his boss, almost.]]
28th Jun '12 4:03:13 PM Temmere
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-->'''[[TheSimpsons Marge]]:''' Homer, I don't think you should wear a short-sleeved shirt with a tie.
-->'''Homer:''' But Sipowicz does it.
-->'''Marge:''' If Detective Sipowicz jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?
-->'''Homer:''' Ohh... wish I was Sipowicz.
22nd Jun '12 8:14:26 AM Temmere
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* {{Gayngster}}: Jimmy Del Marco in "A Tushful of Dollars."
9th Jun '12 3:47:11 PM Temmere
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* BreakoutCharacter: Sipowicz, who started out second banana to John Kelly and ended up as one of the most famous TV detectives of all time. (Dennis Franz's ''four'' Emmys for the role certainly didn't hurt.)
26th May '12 2:29:54 PM Temmere
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* RapeAsBackstory: Sylvia, though it's not really an ongoing trauma.
17th Jan '12 4:01:42 PM TwoGunAngel
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* BetweenMyLegs -- This shot is taken of Charlotte Ross in her infamous shower scene, showing the reaction of the kid that walked in on her through her legs.

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* BerserkButton -- Andy Sipowicz was a veteran of TheVietnamWar. So ''please'', do not lie to him about having fought in that war if you weren't actually there.
* BetweenMyLegs -- This shot is taken of Charlotte Ross in her infamous shower scene, showing the reaction of the kid that walked in on her through her legs.
8th Jan '12 12:18:47 AM randomsurfer
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* FanService -- The show often pushed the boundaries of how much skin (or sexuality) you could show on network TV, and is even credited with being the first to show a bare backside on network television.

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* FanService -- The show often pushed the boundaries of how much skin (or sexuality) you could show on network TV, and is even credited with being the first to show a bare backside on network television.TV.
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