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Homicide: Life on the Street is an American television drama series chronicling the life of a fictional Baltimore police homicide unit. It ran for seven seasons on the NBC network from 1993 to 1999, plus a 2000 TV-movie. The series was based on David Simon's nonfiction book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, and many characters and plots in the series are directly based on individuals and events depicted in the book.

Homicide was developed by Paul Attanasio and included film director Barry Levinson as an executive producer, but writer-director Tom Fontana is largely recognized as the guiding hand behind the series.

Homicide featured a no-nonsense police procedural look at the workings of a homicide unit: From answering telephone calls to the investigation of crimes, to the professional and personal drama in the unit, to the dominant use of handheld cameras to film the series, Homicide developed a trademark feel and look that distinguished itself from its contemporaries. The series was filmed entirely on location in Baltimore (except for parts of crossover episodes of Law & Order which were filmed in New York City and one or two trips to Washington, D.C.); the city practically became a character. Homicide was responsible for several television innovations, including being the first show to regularly use the technique of playing a musical number over a montage of scenes.

The series got off to a shaky start on the schedule with a nine-episode first season on NBC. Despite premiering in the coveted post Super Bowl timeslot, the show had lackluster ratings. Two Emmy Awards (for Levinson's direction and Fontana's writing) and the success of another police drama NYPD Blue were responsible for NBC giving it another chance, though the four episode renewal was the smallest in network television history. Despite critical acclaim, ratings were poor. NBC kept Homicide on the air for five full seasons.

Hoping to improve ratings, NBC insisted on frequent changes that have been criticised as harming the program, such as mandating that Jon Polito be dropped from the cast, and clamoring for more romance and violence. NBC sometimes aired episodes out of order, often to the detriment of story arcs that developed over several episodes or even entire seasons.

Hailed by many critics as one of the best, most realistic cop shows and one of the very finest dramas ever produced and propelled by strong writing and a stellar ensemble cast, Homicide garnered three straight television critics awards for outstanding drama from 1996 to 1998 and was the first drama ever to win three of the prestigious Peabody Awards for best drama (1993, 1995, 1997).

The series has been syndicated on Lifetime and Court TV, and the first six seasons are available on DVD. One DVD set combines the first two seasons, while separate sets contain the complete third, fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. The DVDs contain the episodes in the producers' intended order, and not necessarily the order in which NBC aired them.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing May 21, 1999
Premiere January 31, 1993
Episodes 122
Network NBC
Format/Time Color / 60 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Daniel Baldwin....   Det. Beauregard 'Beau' Felton (1993-1995)
Andre Braugher....   Det. Francis Xavier 'Frank' Pembleton (1993-1998)
Richard Belzer....   Det. John Munch
Callie Thorne....   Det. Laura Ballard (1997-1999)
Clark Johnson....   Det. Meldrick Lewis
Reed Diamond....   Det. Michael Scott 'Mike' Kellerman (1995-1998)
Jon Seda....   Det. Paul Falsone (1997-1999)
Michael Michele....   Det. Rene Sheppard (1998-1999)
Ned Beatty....   Det. Stan 'The Big Man' Bolander (1993-1995)
Jon Polito....   Det. Steve Crosetti (1993-1994)
Peter Gerety....   Det. Stuart Gharty (1997-1999)
Toni Lewis....   Det. Terri Stivers (1998-1999)
Kyle Secor....   Det. Timothy 'Tim' Bayliss
Melissa Leo....   Det./Sgt. Kay Howard (1993-1997)
Michelle Forbes....   Dr. Julianna Cox, CME (1996-1998)
Max Perlich....   J.H. Brodie (1996-1997)
Yaphet Kotto....   Lt. Al 'Gee' Giardello
Isabella Hofmann....   Lt./Capt./Det. Megan Russert (1994-1996)
Giancarlo Esposito....   Special Agent Mike Giardello (1998-1999)

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