Hill Street Blues (1982) – Phantom of the Hill, and No Body’s Perfect

While the dog hunt continues things take some interesting turns for the precinct in Phantom of the Hill. Written by Michael Wagner and David Milch from a story by Steven Bochco, Anthony Yerkovich, and Jeffrey Lewis it first aired on 2 December, 1982. Grace (Barbara Babcock), who we haven’t seen in a while, pops up…

Hill Street Blues (1981) – Fecund Hand Rose, and Rites of Spring

Alan Rachins wrote Fecund Hand Rose which first aired on 25 March, 1981. The creepy Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) storyline about dating a newly turned eighteen-year-old gets pulled a little into the light. It doesn’t get treated for what it is, he’s been grooming her through high school. They were dating before he turned eighteen! They…

The Rockford Files (1977) – Quickie Nirvana & Irving the Explainer

  Jim Rockford (James Garner) finds himself in all manner of trouble in this week’s episodes. First up is Quickie Nirvana, which aired 11 November, 1977 and was written by David Chase. The phone gag this time around featured someone calling, complaining about having left a message a few times, and wondering if Jim still…