The NYPD Blue Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) List, Short Version

By Alan Sepinwall
Last modified February 21, 2006

There are a lot of frequently asked questions about "NYPD Blue," but if you're in a hurry, these are the ones that get asked the most. To learn lots more about the show, try the full version of the FAQ, which can be found at http://www.stwing.upenn.edu/~sepinwal/faq.html

Now that the show's over, what happens to the website?

Absolutely nothing, both positively and negatively. The site is not going anywhere, but odds are that it won't be updated again, with one exception: if there is ever any news about future DVD sets, I'll post it here.

Beyond that, there really won't be anything else to do. (I suppose if the rerun schedule on TNT and Court TV changes, I could probably be motivated to change that in the FAQ), but beyond that, that's all, folks. I've devoted 11 years to this website, and I'm a bit tired. The show is over, and while a few sections of this website are still uncomplete -- the season one reviews, biographies of a few of the later actors and characters -- I feel comfortable leaving things be.

What about the actors' next projects?

At the moment I'm writing this, a couple of them have things lined up (Gordon Clapp is doing a "Glengarry Glen Ross" revival on Broadway, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is doing a pilot for Fox), but I don't have time to keep track of everyone's extracurricular projects now. If you want to know what someone's up to, go to IMDb.

So can I still e-mail you?

Sure. If you have a question that isn't here or in the long version of the FAQ, or if you just want to send along a comment, feel free. If I know the answer and/or have the time and energy, I'll write back.

Will you or Amanda be reviewing other shows?

Sorry, but no. Our lives are both much busier than they were when we each began this job, and the last few years, we've been barely able to squeeze in some reviewing time out of loyalty and a desire to finish what we started. In an ideal world, Amanda would move on to reviewing "Deadwood" and I'd be writing up "The Wire" (or vice versa), but jobs and families have to take precedence now.

(NOTE: Amanda has since e-mailed me to say that she could be talked into reviewing another show -- again, "Deadwood" is her fave -- but it'd have to be a paying gig at this point in her life.)

Why did you and Amanda do this in the first place?

Long story short: we really loved the show and wanted to write about it. Long story longer: I wrote about the origin of the website and these reviews in my review of the final season premiere. Amanda wrote something similar in her review of the series finale.

Help!!!! I missed the finale! How can I get a tape? Will ABC rerun it?

Try asking on the alt.tv.nypd-blue newsgroup. If you can't access Usenet directly, you can go to it via Google.

I've made it a policy for years not to respond to request for tapes, as has Amanda, so please don't e-mail us about this.

As of now, there are no plans for any Blue episodes to ever air again on ABC, though there's a slim chance some could turn up on the summer schedule. So you may have to wait till fall to catch it on TNT or Court TV.

Will there be more DVD sets?

Well, the third season finally came out on Feb. 21, 2006, more than two years after season two hit stores, and a fourth one is in the works, and could come out as early as May or June. Season three was done on a lower budget (dual-sided discs, fewer commentaries), but if that's the compromise required to keep the series going on DVD -- and this one needs to sell better than the others for that to happen -- than we have to go with that.

Isn't Gordon Clapp an original castmember?

Technically, no. In every other way, yes. Medavoy didn't appear until the third episode, which makes Dennis Franz the only original castmember to make it all the way through from the pilot to the finale. But 12 years later, I'm thinking those first two episodes shouldn't be held against Gordon. So I'm changing my answer to yes.

Where can I find cable reruns of the show?

The cable channels Court TV and TNT will be sharing the "NYPD" rerun rights for the forseeable future.

Both channels recently shuffled their schedules, so here are the new timeslots for the repeats: Court TV airs the show from Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m. and airs back to back episodes at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. TNT, meanwhile, airs the show at 2 p.m. on all weekdays, in addition to a latenight bloc of shows that airs every Monday (technically early Tuesday morning) from midnight to 5 a.m.

What's the address for fan mail?

With the show over and done with, I don't know. I suppose you could keep writing to Bochco Productions and hope someone will forward your message along, but I have no way of knowing whether that'll happen. Anyway, that address is:

What the heck does "skell" mean?

"NYPD Blue" makes use of a lot of official and unofficial cop lingo. There's a semi-complete dictionary as part of the larger version of the FAQ, but since the question of "skell" pops up a lot, here are two definitions:

Where is the 15th Precinct?

"NYPD Blue" is set (of course) in New York City, New York, U.S.A. The detectives work in the (fictional) 15th precinct, which covers an area larger than your average real NYPD precinct, including parts of Chinatown, Little Italy, the East Village and Alphabet City (for the non-New Yorkers, all these neighborhoods are on the lower east side of Manhattan).

The NYPD stationhouse exterior for the 15th Precinct is really the old 9th Precinct house at 321 East 5th St. between 1st & 2nd Ave., which is the same one that was used on the 70s cop series "Kojak." The real 9th Precinct moved to a new location further east, while the original building was recently demolished. Fortunately, a mock-up of the precinct facade existed on a Los Angeles backlot, so the show didn't need to use the old building in the later years.

Why did XXX leave? Why didn't they ever bring XXX back?

"NYPD Blue" had a relatively high rate of cast turnover over its years on the air. Here's a quick rundown of who left before the end, why, what they're doing now, and what happened to their character:

I want to know more about the show. Where can I go?

I maintain a website at

http://www.stwing.upenn.edu/~sepinwal/nypd.html

that features all manner of material about the show, including episode reviews, pictures, cast biographies, and a much longer version of this FAQ.

-Alan Sepinwall