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"Recalling the depature of David Caruso, it seemed at the time that NYPD Blue was a lost cause. But just when things looked bleak, along comes Jimmy Smits to put his stamp on the show and help take NYPD Blue to a whole new level. The turnover is handled superbly (and explained on the commentary for the episode "Simone Says" by David Milch) with Bobby Simone crossing out Kelly's name on the locker and writing in his own while the always excellent Dennis Franz (Andy) complains to the Lieutenant that this just can't possibly work out after one "how ya doin'?"The entire set is great with the last episodes of John Kelly leading off the season. The set is packaged well and includes a few extras and insightful commentaries.Why NYPD Blue RIP at the top? Because the idiots at Fox did not make enough money on the release of seasons one and two and appear in no hurry (and probably unlikely) to release any other seasons! Disappointing to say the least. There should be someone to complain to."
NYPD Blue Season 3
Ron Gijzen | Bonaire, Neth. Antilles | 08/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this on "tvshowsondvd.com", dated 7/01/2004:
They often say, "No news is good news," but that's not the case when it comes to DVDs. If a studio has been releasing a show on DVD and then you don't hear anything about a subsequent season, the assumption is that the sets were selling poorly and no further sets are planned. When Fox removed the January 13th listing for season 3 from their consumer site, things were looking grim for the series. We all assumed the worst: that Season 3 wouldn't be released.
Earlier today we got some good news from Fox; they plan on releasing the set, they're just looking for a good time to do so. With the TV-on-DVD schedule becoming crowded, Fox wants to find a release date where the title will get good exposure and sell enough copies so they can continue releasing the series. We don't know when that'll be, but we wanted to bring NYPD Blue fans some good news, since our previous news was rather depressing."
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
""NYPD Blue" never fully recovered from the abrupt exit of David Caruso in Season Two (1994-95). Despite his solid performance as Bobby Simone, it was impossible for Jimmy Smits to fill the void created by Caruso's departure. Nevertheless, Dennis Franz's complex portrayal of Andy Sipowicz remained integral to the series - thanks to the guiding hand of creators Steven Bochco and David Milch. The six-DVD set is worth having for the final Caruso episodes and the evolving chemistry between Franz and Smits. However, the dramatic uniqueness of "NYPD Blue" was dead and gone after Detective John Kelly left the 15th Precinct."
Bring on Season 3!!!
Jess Rankin | Cumberland, MD | 02/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought Season 1 and 2 on DVD last week! I watched both of them and am wanting more... Where's Season 3, 4, 5...??? Does anyone know if they are planning on releasing the next seasons? I agree with the other post, the show is ending in 2 days. It would be a fitting and ideal time to release the next season. The execs really could have marketed it and advertised it on the final show's commercials. But, anyways, these two DVD sets (1 & 2) are worth buying! "
It was the best of times....it was the worst of times
J. K. Walton | Trenton, NJ | 01/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Let me preface by saying how much I loved the entire run of NYPD Blue. Even after David Milch left and took with him the best of the show's writing, I still had a loyalty to this show unlike almost any other on television. Season Two's beginning episodes are as good as any from the first season. Say what you want about David Caruso, but his character was magnetic. It's hard to believe that the guy currently chewing scenery on CSI: Miami is the same powerful, gripping actor that manned John Kelly. Add in Dennis Franz's Sipowicz who was still at his un-PC best and you had two compelling, completely opposite leads. With the entrance of Smits, the show lost a degree of the edge it radiated in its first season and later recovered with the casting of Rick Schroder as Danny Sorenson. Smits is a cool customer, but his minimalist approach to dialogue is not a welcome change. While he had his moments (I don't think anybody but Smits could have pulled off the scene with the serial killer), Smits never captivated me in the way that Caruso or even Schroeder did. Still, the writing is great and the set is well worth purchasing."