Homicide: Life on the Street

Homicide: Life on the Street

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Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, and was succeeded by a TV movie, which also acted as the de facto series finale. The series was originally based on David Simon’s book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Many of the characters and stories used throughout the show were based on events depicted in the book, which was also part of the basis for Simon’s own series, The Wire on HBO.

Although Homicide featured an ensemble cast, Andre Braugher emerged as the series’ breakout star through his portrayal of Frank Pembleton. The show won Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Drama in 1996, 1997, and 1998. It also became the first drama ever to win three Peabody Awards for best drama in 1993, 1995, and 1997. In 1997, the episode “Prison Riot” was ranked No. 32 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, it was listed as one of Time magazine’s “Best TV Shows of All-TIME.” In 1996 TV Guide named the series ‘The Best Show You’re Not Watching’. The show placed #46 on Entertainment Weekly’s “New TV Classics” list.

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Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, and was succeeded by a TV movie, which also acted as the de facto series finale. The series was originally based on David Simon's book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Many of the characters and stories used throughout the show were based on events depicted in the book, which was also part of the basis for Simon's own series, The Wire on HBO.

Although Homicide featured an ensemble cast, Andre Braugher emerged as the series' breakout star through his portrayal of Frank Pembleton. The show won Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Drama in 1996, 1997, and 1998. It also became the first drama ever to win three Peabody Awards for best drama in 1993, 1995, and 1997. In 1997, the episode "Prison Riot" was ranked No. 32 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. In 2007, it was listed as one of Time magazine's "Best TV Shows of All-TIME." In 1996 TV Guide named the series 'The Best Show You're Not Watching'. The show placed #46 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.

Original Name: Homicide: Life on the Street
Number of Seasons: 7
Number of Episodes: 122
Status: Ended

Rating: 7.2
Vote Count: 39
Type: Scripted
Network(s): NBC
First Air Date: January 31, 1993
Last Air Date: May 21, 1999
Episode Runtime: 45 mins
Primary Year: 1993
Created by: Paul Attanasio
Genres: Mystery, Drama, Crime
IMDB Link: tt0106028
Production Companies: Thames Television, Fatima Productions, NBC Studios, Baltimore Pictures, MCEG/Sterling Entertainment
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United States of America

Seasons:

  • Season 0 — 15 Episodes — Air Date: January 1, 1993
  • Season 1 — 9 Episodes — Air Date: January 31, 1993
  • Season 2 — 4 Episodes — Air Date: January 6, 1994
  • Season 3 — 20 Episodes — Air Date: October 14, 1994
  • Season 4 — 22 Episodes — Air Date: October 20, 1995
  • Season 5 — 22 Episodes — Air Date: September 20, 1996
  • Season 6 — 23 Episodes — Air Date: October 17, 1997
  • Season 7 — 22 Episodes — Air Date: September 25, 1998
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