YMMV: Hill Street Blues

  • Ear Worm: Mike Post's iconic instrumental theme. If you grew up in the 1980s, you will recognize the first few bars of this tune.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Dominique Dunne, daughter of writer Dominick Dunne and best known as the older daughter in Poltergeist, appeared on the show as a teenage mother and victim of parental abuse. Some of her bruises were real, having been inflicted by her violent boyfriend the night before. He murdered her shortly afterward.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Let's be careful out there." Several other cop shows have paid homage to the line.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: As groundbreaking as the show was in 1981, nowadays it can look downright quaint compared with the later shows it inspired (NYPD Blue, Homicide, The Wire).
  • Sending Stuff To Save The Show: A success story.
  • Values Dissonance: The first episode notoriously features the show putting the blame for a man molesting his stepdaughter on his new wife for not putting out. Similar '80s sexism pervades many other episodes.