NYPD Blue  Top notch police drama.  Caruso and Franz at their best "reaching out" to solve crimes.

NYPD Blue Top notch police drama. Caruso and Franz at their best "reaching out" to solve crimes.

Dennis Franz wasn't always wearing his NYPD blues. Drafted after college into the Army, he served for 11 months in Vietnam. We are guessing people liked him in uniform because Franz went on to play at least a dozen police officers before getting the role of Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue," earning him four Emmy Awards.

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Dennis Franz wasn't always wearing his NYPD blues. Drafted after college into the Army, he served for 11 months in Vietnam. We are guessing people liked him in uniform because Franz went on to play at least a dozen police officers before getting the role of Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue," earning him four Emmy Awards.

When Jimmy Smit's character on NYPD Blue died, I bawled, still do watching the reruns playing now on cable.  Best tv death scene.

When Jimmy Smit's character on NYPD Blue died, I bawled, still do watching the reruns playing now on cable. Best tv death scene.

Sipowicz * Dennis Franz's character from the long-running cop drama NYPD Blue.

Andy Sipowicz

Sipowicz * Dennis Franz's character from the long-running cop drama NYPD Blue.

NYPD Blue Cast - Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel

NYPD Blue Cast - Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.    Creators:  Steven Bochco, David Milch  Stars:  Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp and Bill Brochtrup

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit. Creators: Steven Bochco, David Milch Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp and Bill Brochtrup

Cast Reunions 2012: Ricky Schroder, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, and David Caruso, NYPD Blue

Cast Reunions: 7 Bonus Portraits

Cast Reunions 2012: Ricky Schroder, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, and David Caruso, NYPD Blue

NYPD Blue - ran for 12 amazing seasons and didn't miss a beat

NYPD Blue - ran for 12 amazing seasons and didn't miss a beat

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