* YouFailGunSafetyForever: Averted in titles and throughout. EG - titles - one of the VERY FEW times you see the trigger finger properly indexed outside trigger well unless intending to fire - check Mary Beth's hold on her Smith and Wesson Model 10 at about 25 seconds in. One of the very few series until the 2000s that had the characters handle weapons in a truly professional and SAFE manner.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The theme song ([[ReplacedTheThemeTune actually the show's second theme song]]) written by Bill Conti. Dig those saxes!
* HarsherInHindsight: The episode where Creator/JudithBarsi plays an abuse victim, becomes this after her murder at the hands of her abusive father.
* RetroactiveRecognition
** Hm. So that's why [[Series/BurnNotice Mama Westen]] is so badass.
** There was an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'' where the actress that played Lacey guest-starred.
** One of the other detectives in the precinct runs a [[Film/TheKarateKid karate dojo]] where he tells his students "Mercy is for the weak."
** [[Creator/CarlLumbly His partner]] also helped [[Series/{{Alias}} Sydney Bristow]].
** In addition, the precinct's desk sergeant is [[Film/{{Meatballs}} Tripper Harrison's]] boss.
** This also applies to people working off camera as well. Series producer Terry Louise Fisher later went on to co-create ''Series/LALaw'' alongside Creator/StevenBochco.
** DaChief is the ''KingOfKensington''.
** [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Juan Epstein]] is a cop!
* SavedByTheFans: A letter-writing campaign resurrected the show from a 1983 cancellation.

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