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NYPD Blue (season 1)

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Season 1
NYPD Blue season 1.jpg
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1993 (1993-09-21) –
May 17, 1994 (1994-05-17)
Season chronology
Next →
Season 2
List of NYPD Blue episodes

The first season of NYPD Blue, an American television police drama set in New York City, aired as part of the 1993–94 United States network television schedule for ABC, premiering on 21 September 1993 and concluding on 17 May 1994. The show explores the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast. The season led to a record 26 Emmy nominations.[1] and six awards.


John Kelly and Andy Sipowicz are detectives in the 15th squad. Sipowicz is the elder partner but is a drunk and a threat to the partnership lasting much longer. Kelly has a genuine affection for his partner but becomes increasingly exasperated by Sipowicz's behavior. In the pilot, Sipowicz is shot, and nearly killed, by Alphonse Giardella, a gangster whom Sipowicz, while drunk, insulted badly in public. This leads to his decision to stay sober (after involuntarily drying out while in a coma) and save his job. While his partner is recuperating, Kelly is teamed up by the squad's Lieutenant, Arthur Fancy, with a young cop from Anti-Crime, James Martinez.

Kelly's personal life is no less complicated, as he is reluctantly going through a divorce from his wife, Laura, and is embarking on an affair with a uniformed cop, Janice Licalsi. To complicate matters further, Licalsi has been ordered to do a 'hit' on Kelly by mob boss Angelo Marino, otherwise Marino will turn in Licalsi's father, who is on his payroll. Instead, Licalsi murders Marino and the repercussions come back to haunt both her and Kelly.

Sipowicz begins a relationship with A.D.A. Sylvia Costas while another detective in the squad, Greg Medavoy, embarks on an affair of his own with the squad's new police administrative aide (P.A.A.), Donna Abandando.



Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
David Caruso John Kelly entire season N/A
Dennis Franz Andy Sipowicz entire season N/A
James McDaniel Arthur Fancy entire season N/A
Sherry Stringfield ADA Laura Michaels entire season N/A
Amy Brenneman Janice Licalsi entire season N/A
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez entire season N/A
Sharon Lawrence ADA Sylvia Costas N/A Episodes 1, 4, 6-9, 11, 13-16, 18-22
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy N/A Episodes 3, 5-6, 8-19, 21-22
Gail O'Grady PAA Donna Abandando N/A Episodes 8-22

Recurring guest roles

Season 1's recurring guest roles include:

  • David Schwimmer as Josh '4B' Goldstein (Episodes 1-4), Laura Michaels' neighbor, whose stint as a vigilante ends badly. Dies in episode 4.
  • Robert Costanzo as Alphonse Giardella (Episodes 1-3, 5-7), a mobster who, after shooting and nearly killing Sipowitz in the pilot, turns State's evidence. Assassinated in episode 7.
  • Joe Santos as Marino (Episodes 1-2), head mobster who wants Kelly dead for continued "business" interference. Murdered in episode 2.
  • Larry Romano as Richie Catina (Episodes 2, 9-12),
  • Daniel Benzali as James Sinclair, Esq. (Episodes 1, 2, 22)
  • Luis Guzman as Hector Martinez (Episodes 5, 9), Detective Martinez' father
  • Michael Harney as Detective Mike Roberts (Episodes 6, 8-9, 15, 18)
  • Michael DeLuise as Andy Sipowicz, Jr. (Episode 7, 19, 22)
  • Bradley Whitford as Norman Gardner (Episodes 13, 21), a crusading reporter.


Each NYPD Blue episode entry includes its original airdate in the United States, the writing and directing credits, and a plot summary. The credits and airdates are taken from the pamphlet accompanying the Region 1 Season 1 DVDs.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Gregory HoblitStory by : David Milch & Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : David Milch
September 21, 1993 (1993-09-21)0K01/510122.80[citation needed]

In the very first episode of the series, the hotheaded and alcoholic Detective Andy Sipowicz is determined to get mafia soldier Alphonse Giardella in prison, leading to Sipowicz attacking Giardella outside his restaurant. Suspended for his wreckless actions, Sipowicz meets up with a prostitute and is lured into a trap by Giardella and shot nearly to death. A vengeful detective John Kelly, Sipowicz's younger partner who is going through a divorce, decides to take on the mob himself while starting a relationship with Officer Janice Licalsi.


  • First appearance of David Caruso as John Kelly, Dennis Franz as Andy Sipowicz, James McDaniel as Arthur Fancy, Sherry Stringfield as Laura Michaels, Amy Brenneman as Janice Licalsi, Nicholas Turturro as James Martinez and Sharon Lawrence as Sylvia Costas.
  • Guest starring Daniel Benzali as James Sinclair, Joe Santos (Rockford Files) as Head Mobster Marino and David Schwimmer as Josh '4B' Goldstein.
  • A quarter of ABC's 225 member stations preempted the pilot.
  • The pilot earned a DGA Award; the competition included two other episodes from the season, "True Confessions" and "From Hare To Eternity".
  • A Recurring guest-star during NYPD Blue (season 1) was actor Robert Costanzo as the mafia soldier Alphonse Giardella. Costanzo was also a guest on Friends, playing the character Joey Tribbiani Sr in the first season episode The One With the Boobies. Costanzo and Schwimmer are two Friends actors who appeared in multiple NYPD Blue episodes in the first season.
  • The famous opening scene between Sipowicz and ADA Costas includes her saying the line "I would say 'Res ipsa loquitur' if I thought you knew what it meant," to which Sipowicz replied, "Hey, ipsa this you pissy little bitch", while grabbing his crotch. The phrase Costas is referring to is latin meaning 'the thing speaks for itself'.
  • In 1996, TV Guide included this episode as part of its "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History", ranking it # 83.
22"4B or Not 4B"Gregory HoblitStory by : David Milch & Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : David Milch
September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)0K02/510220.30[citation needed]

As Sipowicz slowly recovers from his wounds he says that he cannot remember who shot him. Kelly appears in court on behalf of a man whose son was killed in a drive-by shooting. Laura Kelly's neighbour, Josh '4B' Goldstein, carries a concealed weapon hoping to surprise the person who mugged him.


33"Brown Appetit"Gregory HoblitStory by : David Milch & Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : David Milch
October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05)0K03/510321.00[citation needed]

Kelly and Martinez investigate a strangulation murder; Fancy releases Sipowicz to full duty and he joins the investigation. Fallout from the Marino case implicates Licalsi's father in wrongdoing. Kelly moonlights as a bodyguard for the wife of a millionaire. Sipowicz exacts his own unique revenge on Giardella.


44"True Confessions"Charles HaidStory by : Art Monterastelli, David Milch & Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : David Milch & Art Monterastelli
October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)K506/510521.20[citation needed]

Kelly and Sipowicz investigate a double homicide at a liquor store. Mrs. Wagner seeks revenge against her husband and Goldstein fatally ignores Kelly's warnings about confronting criminals.


55"Emission Accomplished"Michael M. RobinTed MannOctober 19, 1993 (1993-10-19)0K11/511119.60[citation needed]

Martinez, come to take his brother to detox, discovers the super is also a cop. The super is harassing the tenants illegally to force them out. Following the death of a tenant in Roberto's building, a disgusted Kelly helps Martinez in bringing Hanlon to justice, saving Martinez from spending the rest of his career in IAB. A gambling addicted detective spends the last of his savings staging elaborate practical jokes at the precinct.


66"Personal Foul"Brad SilberlingStory by : David Milch
Teleplay by : Burton Armus
October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)0K08/510822.20[citation needed]

Kelly is forced to arrest a close friend after a dispute on a basketball court results in a death. Sipowicz suspects a husband may be concealing the truth in the drive-by shooting of his wife. Licalsi's quick thinking saves Kelly's life during a drugs raid.


  • Guest starring Tobin Bell as Jerry.
  • There is a commentary for this episode by Brad Silberling on the DVD release.
  • James Pickens Jr. guests stars as a postal worker named Nathan Foster, Pickens would appear again in Season 7 playing a different character, a Police Lieutenant named Joe Abner.
77"NYPD Lou"Gregory HoblitTed MannNovember 2, 1993 (1993-11-02)0K07/510719.70[citation needed]

Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the disappearance of a young boy. Sipowicz's estranged son announces his engagement to a woman that raises the father's suspicions. Laura is the sole witness when an assassin ambushes Giardella. A man who claims to be a werewolf may have witnessed a murder.


88"Tempest in a C-Cup"Daniel SackheimGardner SternNovember 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)0K10/511019.80[citation needed]

Kelly interrogates a man suspected of committing a string of taxi robberies, one of which resulted in the shooting death of a cab driver. Sipowicz goes undercover at a topless bar. Lt. Fancy hires Donna Abandando, a civilian, as the precinct's receptionist and administrative assistant for the squad.


99"Ice Follies"Dennis DuganW.K. Scott MeyerNovember 30, 1993 (1993-11-30)0K09/510918.50[citation needed]

When Roberto, Martinez's brother, dies of a drug overdose, their father vows revenge. Licalsi receives a blackmail threat from the mob. Medavoy, seeking a distraction from his troubled marriage, accepts Donna's offer to go ice skating.


1010"Oscar, Meyer, Weiner"Brad SilberlingTed Mann & Gardner SternDecember 7, 1993 (1993-12-07)0K12/511217.50[citation needed]

Kelly investigates the brutal robbery-murder of a wealthy family and a Hollywood screenwriter reports that his Oscar has been stolen. Meanwhile, Licalsi ignores Kelly's advice and informs Lastarza that she is being blackmailed by the mob.


  • Guest starring Renee O'Connor as Rebecca Sloane
  • There is a commentary for this episode by Brad Silberling on the DVD release.
1111"From Hare to Eternity"Eric LaneuvilleDavid Milch & Burton ArmusDecember 14, 1993 (1993-12-14)0K13/511319.00[citation needed]
Fancy is harassed by Borough Commander Haverill who accuses him of mismanaging the detectives. Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the kidnapping of a young girl while a destitute mother with a questionable past agrees to testify against a man who is suspected of committing armed robbery. Sipowicz realizing that Haverill is trying to move Fancy out for bogus reasons blackmails Haverill over an unsolved mob murder. The precinct staff collects gifts for a Christmas party they are hosting for some needy children.
1212"Up on the Roof"Michael M. RobinGeorge D. PutnamJanuary 4, 1994 (1994-01-04)0K14/511420.70[citation needed]
A manhunt ensues when Tommy Linardi's dead body is discovered inside a nightclub. A robber uses a fake ATM to rob unsuspecting customers of their savings and Fancy tries retaining temporary custody of a young boy whose mother only recently finished a drug rehabilitation program.
1313"Abandando Abandoned"Gregory HoblitStory by : David Milch & Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Gardner Stern
January 11, 1994 (1994-01-11)0K15/511520.50[citation needed]

Detectives investigate the shooting death of a man whose wife recently transferred to the precinct. A woman claims she wants her husband prosecuted for spousal abuse but never follows through on her threat. Elsewhere, Medavoy begins an affair with Donna.


1414"Jumpin' Jack Fleishman"Rick WallaceStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann, Gardner Stern & Burton Armus
January 18, 1994 (1994-01-18)0K16/511621.70[citation needed]
The detectives search for a cross-dressing killer, while a sexual assault victim fears her husband will blame the attack on her provocative style of dress. Sipowicz's dental appointment is interrupted when a doctor threatens to commit suicide.
1515"Steroid Roy"Félix AlcaláAnn BidermanFebruary 8, 1994 (1994-02-08)0K17/511723.50[citation needed]

A detective becomes the prime suspect in the suspicious suicide of a police informant. Laura believes Kelly may have overlooked evidence in a homicide investigation and a detective obsessed with his physique is tested for substance abuse.


1616"A Sudden Fish"Lesli Linka GlatterStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
February 15, 1994 (1994-02-15)0K18/511815.80[citation needed]
The girlfriend of a terminally ill millionaire is blackmailed by her ex-lover and Sipowicz investigates the robbery of a disabled Vietnam veteran.
1717"Black Men Can Jump"Jesús S. TreviñoStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann
March 1, 1994 (1994-03-01)0K19/511922.20[citation needed]

The detectives investigate the slaying of a young black teenager whose father takes matters in his own hands when a likely suspect escapes. Sipowicz suspects a private investigator is taking advantage of a man whose daughter disappeared ​2 12 years earlier.


  • There is a commentary for this episode by Bill Clark on the DVD release. Clark notes that the only roles that were initially cast were Franz as Sipowicz and McDaniel as Fancy. After Clark saw Mad Dog and Glory he suggested to the show's creators that David Caruso play Sipowicz's partner; Clark then found out that Caruso was already under consideration.
1818"Zeppo Marks Brothers"Michael M. RobinStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ann Biderman
March 22, 1994 (1994-03-22)0K20/512019.90[citation needed]

After a material witness escapes, again, from protective custody, and is gunned down in the street, the detectives scramble to save their case against the two brothers he was to testify against -- who have also planned a hit on Laura.


1919"Serge the Concierge"Lesli Linka GlatterStory by : Bill Clark
Teleplay by : David Milch, Gardner Stern & Burton Armus
March 29, 1994 (1994-03-29)0K21/512121.20[citation needed]

Kelly, Medavoy, and Martinez lead a search for a girl's body in a Staten Island landfill, finding another body in the process. Sipowicz attempts to clear Andy Jr.'s name after his son is arrested for selling drugs.


  • The episode earned production designer Paul Eads and set decorator Mary Ann Biddle a Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series".
2020"Good Time Charlie"Gregory HoblitStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Ann Biderman
May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)0K22/512219.00[citation needed]
Kelly and Sipowicz investigate the death of one of Charlie Lear's many mistresses. Licalsi receives an unexpected promotion. Sipowicz has a rough night after meeting Costas' family at a birthday party. Fancy's wife tells her husband that she is pregnant.
2121"Guns 'N' Rosaries"Michael M. RobinStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
May 10, 1994 (1994-05-10)0K23/512322.80[citation needed]
Medavoy and Martinez narrowly escape injury when a disgruntled driver tries to shoot them, then face the wrath of angry African Americans who believe that they have killed a black man without reason. Licalsi confesses to murdering Marino and his driver and Andy attends an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Meanwhile, Medavoy moves out once again after he discovers his wife has been cheating on him.
2222"Rockin' Robin"Gregory HoblitStory by : Jody Worth
Teleplay by : Jody Worth & Ted Mann
May 17, 1994 (1994-05-17)0K24/512423.20[citation needed]

Detectives investigate the murder of a priest whose body was discovered in a park frequented by male prostitutes. Sipowicz reopens an investigation into the disappearance of a friend's daughter. While Kelly and Robin become lovers, Licalsi wins release on bail.



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