Barney's wife Elizabeth has always been concerned about his job as a police captain. But today she may have a point as a junkie holds the station captive at gunpoint.
Fish finds himself feeling old after trying to keep up with a younger suspect. But the precinct is glad to have him around as a unknown bomber is set to blow up the building at exactly 5:00 PM. Also, a gay shoplifter is arrested.
The weather may be freezing as the building loses its heater. But things soon warm up when a retailer asks the 12th precinct to keep watch over their payroll, since the armored car drivers are on strike, and Wojo is left responsible. Meanwhile, Chano arrests a severely depressed flasher who is intent on committing suicide.
A former detective, now a member of Internal Affairs, has accused the 12th precinct for being on the take. Chano is obsessed with catching an obscene phone caller.
Wojo needs Barney's advice when he falls in love with a hooker he arrested. Barney's daughter tries to convince him it's time she moved out.
A secret stakeout turns into more of a picnic when the tenants of an apartment building stop by to say hello.
A visiting bureaucrat from Washington D.C. ends up a prisoner in the 12th precinct after being arrested for drunkenness. Meanwhile, Wojo turns in a local deli to the health inspector for code violations, causing their shut down.
A female cop assigned to the 12th precinct finds herself frustrated after being forced into desk duty by the all-male squad. Chano gets a lead on the obscene caller.
Chano finds himself searching for an irate citizen, who is beating up the muggers. Inspector Luger makes a visit to complain that the locals don't hate their precinct enough. Wojo apprehends a transvestite trucker.
The 12th precinct is assigned the duty of protecting a star witness against a crime syndicate group from being silenced. Wojo eats a poisoned sandwich, meant for their prisoner. Meanwhile, Chano asks the squad for money to make a "can't miss" drug bust.
The guys at the precinct are honored to host a famous escaped prisoner in their humble cell. Harris becomes an author, penning a police novel. A wacky inventor is arrested as a jumper, insisting he was going to fly.
Guardeno, a transfer from narcotics assigned to the 12th precinct, refuses to shave off his beard and cut his long locks, to fit in with the other men. Bernice wants to know why Fish is spending so much time at a massage parlor.
Chano fights depression after being honored as a hero for shooting a pair of bank robbers. Meanwhile, Barney's wife apprehends an eight-year-old thief.
A citizen holds the station hostage with a belt of dynamite strapped to his body, requesting the immediate arrest of the Governor and all city officials. The squad room plumbing has conked out. Wojo arrests a man who pretends to be a priest.
Barney is worried when Elizabeth takes a job in the Bronx as a social worker. The 12th precinct holds a master forger as prisoner.
Barney is ordered to layoff three officers just as a city-wide crime wave has begun. A manicurist assaults one of her clients. Also, an unemployed stockbroker has turned to snatching women's purses.
The squad is upset to discover that the citizens did not come to Nick's aid after being shot on the streets. Meanwhile, Barney is offered a Chief of Police job in sunny Florida.
Wojo and Harris need to don dresses during a heat wave, to help Wentworth and Bailey apprehend a rapist. Meanwhile, a wife claims she was assaulted by her husband.
Harris tries psychology to apprehend an arsonist who has plagued the area. Meanwhile, Chano arrests a man for shooting at a candy machine.
Wojo and Wentworth pose as a couple at a swanky hotel to capture the thief who has been robbing its patrons. Also, a college student is booked after registering in with an underage girl.
One of the 12th precinct detectives is accused of extorting a member of the gay community. Also, Det. Fish has been declared dead by the department computer.
2 pounds of marijuana is missing after being locked in the 12th precinct's store room, leaving one of the detectives as the prime suspect. Meanwhile, a rat is seen reeking havoc in the station. Plus, a vagrant is caught living in a department store.
New York's bicentennial celebration includes a horse thief, a tourist sporting a black eye, and a streetwalker trying to sell $60 bicentennial buttons, hiding her true intention.
An endless downpour of rain has the men of the12th precinct worried about the roof collapsing. An awful comic is held as a prisoner at the station.
A pair off off-duty policewomen cause trouble for Barney and the squad when they step in and make arrests at a college campus. A confused man believes a picture of Jean Harlow is long-lost wife.
A rumor is swirling around that the 12th precinct is to be shut down. Meanwhile, a protection racket has arisen around the area. Also, a man claims to have committed a crime that is impossible to solve.
New Year's Eve finds the usual group of jumpers, pick pockets and drunks, along with a pregnant shoplifter who is going into labor.
Fish is involved with a couples dispute concerning a man who claims he will fly them to Saturn. Meanwhile, a sniper takes a potshot at Wojo and Luger outside the station.
Chano receives all the credit after Wentworth busts a would-be assassin at a block party.
Wentworth is sent undercover in a massage parlor, where she busts a male prostitute. An old lady is charged with a mugging.
A psychiatrist is convinced that Wojo's recent aggressive outbursts makes him unfit to carry a weapon.
A citizen who found a lost wallet arrives to claim the contents. Meanwhile, a mother of a young pickpocket catches Det. Fish's eye.
Wojo and Harris chase a suspect through the city sewers. Fish is worried over an upcoming operation he needs.
A man is apprehended that remained held up in his home for 3 decades to avoid serving on jury duty. His cell mate is a man who claims doom and gloom is upon them all.
Det. Fish goes undercover as a street Santa Claus. Barney invites Inspector Luger for a Christmas dinner. Yemana is smitten with an Asian hooker.
A woman in the squad room strikes a relationship with a graffiti artist who designs obscene artwork. Meanwhile, Fish takes it easy during a first stage smog alert.
A lawyer accuses Barney of harassing a blind shoplifter after his arrest and booking. A homeless man goes after his former landlord with an antique musket.
A distraught couple turn to Barney for help after kidnapping their daughter away from a cult. Yemana's bookie is a prisoner of the 12th precinct.
A man is shot by his wife after seeing a sex surrogate. Harris is upset when a band of ruffians soil one of his designer suits.
Barney makes a discovery that Harris has been moonlighting. Dietrich arrests a priest who serves as a fence for stolen goods. A retarded kid is used as a numbers runner.
A Russian defector asks for Wojo's help for political asylum. Marty is in violation of probation when he is arrested with an ounce of marijuana.
The Army recruiting office is being threatened by a mad bomber. It's Det. Fish's turn at mugging detail, which includes dressing in drag.
Detective Sergeant Phil Fish faces mandatory retirement. But on his last day of work, he is nowhere to be found! Barney and his squad try to control Bruno Binder's vigilante group.
Fish finally shows up for work. having refused to acknowledge his own retirement. This leaves Barney in the unenviable position of negotiating Fish's departure, which he does with some help from Bernice, Fish's wife.
An exterminator discovers a different sort of bug - a listening device - in the squadroom, leaving the detectives to wonder whether Internal Affairs or someone even more highly placed planted the device...
Arrested for vandalizing a chemical plant, an environmentalist faces the company's high-powered lawyer - and threatens to commit suicide as a protest against environmental contamination.
A man steals his best friend's corpse from a local mortuary, and then hides it and refuses to tell anywhere where to find it. Retired Detective Sergeant Fish returns to help Barney locate the deceased.
A drunk thief forgets to take his weapon to a holdup. Another criminal gets ideas for his crimes from police-themed television shows, prompting Yemana to seek the clues needed to nab him from his TV Guide magazine.
A blizzard paralyzes the city, forcing the detectives of the 12th to retain custody of a corpse longer than they'd like, and a prophet of doom claims that the storm marks the beginning of a new ice age.
Internal Affairs Lieutenant Ben Scanlon, once again certain there's corruption in the 12th, enlists a drug dealer to help him ferret it out. Wojo borrows a taxi to chase a robbery suspect - and wrecks the vehicle.
A man winds up in custody after he stabs his brother-in-law during a dispute over a piece of Thanksgiving turkey. Meanwhile, three mental patients escape custody and visit an automat for their meal, causing chaos.
Wojo attempts to trap a burglar who is trying to tunnel into the diamond exchange, and is trapped when the man's tunnel collapses! The squad's telephones go dead, and Harris continues his quest for the elusive "good apartment in New York."
A college graduate student constructs a functional atomic bomb as part of his physics class project - all it needs is fissionable material. Barney doesn't believe the device is real until jack-of-all-trades expert Dietrich recognizes it immediately. Then Barney must deal with the FBI...
A suspect claims that a poltergeist (named Julius) plagues him, but the detectives do not believe him. Then they lock him up and strange things begin to happen around the squad room...
A bounty hunter past his prime and a self-proclaimed sugar addict plague the squadroom. Yemana doubles over with stomach pain from appendicitis; the detectives rush him to the hospital.
A woman brings a charge of rape against her husband. Faced with an uncertain prosecution, Barney seeks out a female district attorney and persuades her to handle the case. Meanwhile, a master of disguise embarks on a crime spree, and Yemana takes advantage of New York's newly legal off-track betting parlors.
Barney refuses to enforce a court ordered eviction; the residents of the condemned hotel are poor and have few options. Inspector Luger ponders how best to spend his vacation.
After the poor tenants refuse to leave their condemned home, and Barney refuses to force them out, the department relieves him of command and brings in a SWAT team. But Barney is the only man the tenants will talk to; if the city wants a non-violent solution, Barney will have to provide it.
Wojo has a problem that strikes many men at one time or another in the era before a little blue pill could fix it... and he brings it to Barney, who would have rather never known about it! Detective Roslyn Licori joins the squad and the detectives must deal with her very jealous husband. A shoplifter escapes - in his wheelchair!
An irate woman regards an exhibit of art that contains nudes as pornography and demands the prestigious museum hosting it remove it. Barney and his wife Elizabeth face a marital crisis over her concern for the hazards of his job.
A gunman imprisons the detectives in their own holding cell, which they must share with a ventriloquist who claims he is not responsible for the utterances of his foul-mouthed mannequin. Harris finally finds and apartment that he likes in the Village.
Harris arrests an assailant who will not provide his name, only a number. Vandals strike a "mon and pop" pornography shop - and their identity surprises mom and pop. Meanwhile, the detectives sweat as Barney prepares evaluations of their performance.
A woman reports her husband because she objects to his turning all their assets into gold. Wojo arrives to work late. His excuse? He was tracking a UFO that he saw over Staten Island.
The mayoral inauguration creates mayhem at the 12th. The detectives investigate a possible suicide, study hate mail directed at the mayor, and learn Harris will leave the squad to join the new mayor's staff.
A political extremist kidnaps the owner of a department store. His demand? That the man give his merchandise to the public. Meanwhile, Wojo arrests a prostitute and her customer - a visitor for Arkansas.
Conclusion. Barney must defuse the kidnapping of a department store executive by a crazed activist who wants him to give away his merchandise.
The squad tries to help a woman find her father - who has been missing for 28 years. Harris must part with his beloved mustache so that he can cross-dress to help trap a mugger preying on women. Detectives must arrest popular children's show host Mr. Science.
Wojo busts an illegal dog fighting ring and a German Shepherd bites him. It may be rabid, so Wojo must overcome his fear of needles so he can receive the vaccinations. Barney's impending separation has him down in the dumps.
Sometimes the process of adoption fails certain people for one reason or another, and they turn to other approaches. Such is the case in this episode, when a childless couple arranges through a lawyer to adopt the child a young German girl carries. Their problem is that she no longer wishes to surrender her baby, and instead plans to flee the country, so they try to stop her and the 12th squad winds up in the middle. Other matters include a man writing a book on obscenity, and Officer Levitt, who is flying on pep pills so that he can complete a thirty-six hour shift, another in his many schemes for reaching the rank of detective.
Yemana must arrest a rabbi who has set up an illegal casino in his synagogue, despite the cleric's claim that the profits go to charity. A lonely woman accuses Dietrich of "improper conduct:" prompting an unpleasant visit from the rat squad's Lieutenant Ben Scanlon.
A paroled convict has trouble adjusting to life on the outside and decides he liked it better behind bars. A cat burglar's widow decides she wants to continue the "family business." Barney receives embarrassing from the chaplain.
Harris arrests a fourteen year old loan shark, and then tries to offer him advice. After twenty years on the force, Yemana begins to feel taken for granted. A tattoo artist refused to remove his work from a client having second thoughts.
Someone vandalizes the squadroom, and Barney comes to believe Levitt is the culprit! An unhappy television viewer takes out his ire on a network executive he meets in a coffee shop.
Harris seethes, suspecting racism, after a rookie officer assumes he's a felon and shoots at him. Wojo arrests a beggar who has a wife, children and a nice house! He's a former stockbroker who left that business to become a beggar on purpose...
The squad arrests a man who turns out to be a famous radical who disappeared in the 1960s. He's disappointed that his arrest has not generated more controversy. Inspector Lugar argues himself into a possible heart attack debating the man. Harris collars a rotund burglar.
Investigation of a toy store burglary reveals the problem might just be overzealous competition. A claustrophobic prisoner claims he cannot withstand the holding cell. Barney faces his first holiday since separation from his wife Elizabeth.
Detectives investigate a strange sort of thief: he steals the shoes right off a woman's feet. An old Indian wishes to die in Central Park; Wojo must arrest him and take him to Bellevue but refuses to do so, instead waiting with the old man until he dies as he wished to.
A furrier files a robbery report that Barney comes to suspect may not be genuine. The never welcome Lieutenant Scanlon visits; he's after police corruption with his latest tool, a lie detector. All of the detectives pass their lie detector examinations, save one...
A spy holds the detectives and some civilians hostage. Is he the victim of a government conspiracy, or is he simply paranoid? Other detectives bring in a disorderly mime.
A man tells his wife he is leaving to become a mercenary, leading to the discovery of an organization that recruits such "soldiers of fortune." Wojo tries to decide if he should move in with his latest lady, a reformed prostitute.
Conclusion. The detectives investigate a mercenary group while Wojo struggles to decide whether to move in with a reformed prostitute.
Dietrich arrests an aging decathlon hopeful for practicing the javelin toss in Central Park. A thief robs a Hassidic diamond trader of a fortune in stones. Barney begins to feel his own approaching middle age - and his men don't help the transition when they start to express concern for his physical and mental well-being.
The detectives catch an old counterfeiter, and Harris sees a goldmine of story ideas, prompting him to pump the man for his life's history. The husband of a plastic surgery client, unsatisfied with the work, attacks the surgeon.
The precinct hosts an open house that attracts only vagrants; Wojo and Harris try to identify an arsonist but their efforts are thwarted when the man's psychiatrist refuses to reveal his patient's name; Barney prepares to move back home, but the hotel manager where he's staying refuses him a refund.
The detectives nab a thief, and then the Justice Department comes calling. It seems the man is in the Witness Protection Program, and Justice wants the NYPD to make the theft charge go away. Dietrich saves Harris' life, and that burden bears down on Harris.
Dietrich catches an embezzler in the computer room of his employer, but they may have difficulty recovering the money. Harris is shocked when he meets an educated young doctor who believes himself under a voodoo curse.
An angry tourist learns about the NYPD from the inside; Harris starts a new police novel; a man believes that if he falls asleep he will be possessed by a succubus.
A look back at actor Jack Soo (Nick Yemana), who passed away in 1979. The remaining cast gather to tell their favorite stories and pay the last respects to their fellow cast mate. Clips are shown containing the best of Yemana.
An angry customer destroys a store's Muzak machine; the ever-odious Lieutenant Scanlon, acting on an anonymous tip, hunts the precinct for a gay officer.
A self-proclaimed Jesus Christ chastises the pimps on 8th Avenue for using woman as harlots. An elderly mugger poses as a charming photographer.
The new vacation schedule causes a ruckus in the squad room. When a man refuses to donate a kidney to his brother, a dispute erupts. Meanwhile, a number of false reports has the officers believing a sniper is planning an attack.
A monk is worried about foul play after one of his fellow brothers disappears in New York City. Dietrich must take his turn in drag with mugging detail.
A traffic accident reveals that a limo driver is indentured to a Burmese diplomat. Harris regards this as slavery and objects.
A man believes he is due to spontaneously combust. A new strip club irritates the owner of a book store, who claims it will ruin his sales.
Harris' publisher demands a signed release before he will publish the detective's new novel, but Harris has a problem getting all the detectives to sign. A suicide hotline operator decides to kill himself. A store owner sells Wojo a sick parrot. When the bird dies, Wojo learns the man has a strict no-returns policy.
A once brilliant thief is now a mere shell of his former self after undergoing a partial lobotomy. An Amish man was unable to ask for help after a mugging since he didn't know how to use a telephone.
An attorney files charges against a judge who has assaulted him with his gavel. A confused woman believes she has witnessed a crime, which is discovered to be the plot of a daytime TV soap opera.
A research laboratory is missing a dangerous disease culture slide. Meanwhile, a woman claims her husband must have been replaced by an identical clone.
A woman accuses her dentist of taking advantage of her while under she was under anesthesia. Wojo arrests a man who annoys people by making disgusting sounds with his hands.
A census taker takes matters into his own hands when he breaks into the apartments of uncooperative citizens. A group of vigilantes hold a thief prisoner in a basement cell.
Harris disappears while posing as a vagrant to investigate a rash of missing homeless men. A woman settles for Wojo or Dietrich to be a father of her baby.
Harris returns after solving the mystery of the missing bums. Inspector Luger must choose between a demotion or retirement.
A young boy is kidnapped by his own father, Darryl Driscoll, a friend of Marty. A man claiming to be from the future arrives at the 12th precinct.
Wojo fears that Luger is planning suicide after accepting a demotion. A gun collector robs a liquor store using a classic dueling pistol. A citizen robs the vault after arriving to claim his stolen TV set.
It's time for the annual department mandated uniform day, but Harris refuses to participate, arriving instead in his usual dapper duds.
An anti-nuclear protest lands a defiant Dietrich in a cell. Meanwhile, a man causes a disturbance after throwing his lottery winnings from a window. Barney finds himself priced out of his apartment when the owners convert it to a condominium.
Harris is forced to book a defiant Dietrich after his arrest at an anti-nuclear rally, and that attracts the unwholesome attention of Lieutenant Scanlon. Meanwhile, a nuclear engineer sprays the protesters with what is believed to be radioactive waste water.
An architect would rather see his building bombed into rubble, than see the planned changes put forth.
Wojo is put under hypnosis in order to remember key information to a case. Meanwhile, an inventor is accused of stealing the blueprints to his own creation.
A foggy day is the backdrop to this day as a street musician is accused of assaulting a string quartet who moved in on his corner. Meanwhile, Barney is apparently hiding his feelings after being passed over for promotion to deputy inspector.
A man confesses to murdering his barber after receiving a horrible hair cut. Meanwhile, a woman decides to cancel the contract she had with a hit man to kill her husband.
The squad must hunt down a man scheduled to be killed by a hit man. Also, Harris is smitten with the new crime photographer.
A newly assigned officer is discovered to be an impostor. A disorderly vagrant seems to be left over from the 1976 Democratic Convention.
The men of the 12th precinct try to convince a new detective that they are not on the take. A man from an anti-smoking clinic complains that their methods are actually harmful to people's health.
When an apartment complex goes clothing optional, one woman puts up a protest. A Vietnam vet claims his problems all stem from being exposed to Agent Orange.
Dorsey plays the protector of a young prostitute. A hooker gives Harris financial stock advice. Dietrich is thinking about becoming celibate.
After shooting a robbery suspect, Dietrich is consumed with guilt. A playwright assaults an actor he believes is ruining his work.
Internal Affairs receives incriminating evidence from inside the 12th precinct. A burglar celebrates his fiftieth anniversary of robbing homes, while Harris helps him reunite with his wife who had reported him missing many years earlier.
A veteran radio newsman is charged with assaulting an inept TV anchorman. The department asks Harris to create a short pornographic movie.
Harris proudly displays his wildly over-budgeted, spectacular porno flick to the men of the 12th precinct and their guests, a blind mugging victim and an overly enthusiastic charity collector.
A linguist defaces an advertising billboard as a protest over their use of horrid grammar. Meanwhile, a psychic stops a purse snatching before is happens.
Wojo's pursuit of a looter ends with both men jumping into the Hudson River. Meanwhile, a deaf woman is arrested as a prostitute.
To keep things quiet, a librarian brings a loaded gun to work. A novelty store owner is being harassed daily by a gypsy.
A sporting goods store operator concocts an elaborate and dangerous anti-theft system. Shyster lawyer Arnold Ripner returns with a lawsuit against Harris for using him in his novel, without consent. Wojo wants to ask Barney's daughter Rachel out for a date.
Refusing to reveal the name of an informant has Barney charged with contempt of court. A man contends that he was refused service in a restaurant because he was deemed too ugly.
Barney's absence puts Harris in charge of the 12th precinct.
A priceless antique doll is held for a ransom. An naive optician claims he bought a ticket to ride on the space shuttle. Inspector Luger wants to add Barney as a beneficiary of his will.
Sgt. Fish pays a visit to the 12th precinct. Harris loses his libel lawsuit with shyster lawyer Arnold Ripner. A quiet woman reveals that she has a homemade bomb in her purse and wants to blow up the 12th precinct.
When Inspector Luger takes charge of a small disturbance of Hasidic Jews against the police department it turns into a full blown riot. A city steam tunnel is the home of a pair of urban survivalists.
The officers are against wearing the new bullet proof vests issued by the department. Inspector Luger writes down the squads personal information for the purpose of writing their obituaries.
An old man is apprehended during a ceremony in Washington Park, who was hired by the city officials as a rain maker to end a city-wide drought.
Harris must sell everything he owns in order to raise the $320,000 he lost to lawyer Alan Ripkin in a libel suit.
A purse is stolen from a beauty queen. A movie goer vandalizes a theater which runs snuff films, and a women charges Wojo with a paternity suit, only to make a upsetting discovery.
Inspector Luger asks for Barney's assistance in writing a letter to his mail-order bride. A couple are threatened by the winner of the lottery after losing his winning ticket. Harris signs a deal to pen another novel.
A litterbug is threatened at gunpoint by a sanitation cop. Levitt performs a heroic act concerning a child. A car thief confesses 25 years after the crime, and still has the evidence in mint condition.
A man charged with disorderly conduct believes he is possessed by the devil, in which is exercised by a department chaplain. A man is charged with assault after forcing his full figured wife into a pair of designer jeans.
A recruiter for the Peace Corps goes berserk during a job fair. Barney fears Dietrich has been shot when a new stress analyzer sets off a alert.
An Army WAC is supplementing her income as a prostitute in Greenwich Village. A created of video game chips is accused of being a KGB spy.
Christmas eve finds a group of homeless people gathering for shelter at the 12th precinct. An upset greeting card designer loses his job. A merchant is arrested for using a cattle prod on a vagrant.
One of the two survivors of a tontine plans to commit suicide so his cousin can enjoy the money he would receive.
Inspector Luger roughs up a suspect, and then chastises Barney for being too soft. Meanwhile, the officers are on the streets in uniform while Levitt and others take a sergeants examination.
Street clowns are being single out for a rash of serial muggings. A bureaucrat eases jail overcrowding by releasing the prisoners from Madison Avenue onto the streets during the dark of night.
A wealthy mugging victim catches Lt. Scanlon's eye. The owner of a restaurant is charged with breaking into his business. Harris and Dietrich are forced to share a hotel room with the only witness to a murder.
Harris and Dietrich are driving each other insane while watching over an uncooperative witness to a homicide. A wealthy robbery victim charges Lt. Scanlon with harassment.
An activist holds a hunger strike as a protest to the nuclear arms race. Dietrich assists a man who is either speaking a foreign language, or is truly psychotic. Barney decides not to accept a nomination for promotion.
Inspector Luger's mail-order bride finally arrives, and will meet for the first time. A man claims he was mugged by an elderly woman. Petty crimes are being committed by a man with a genius IQ.
A citizen is angered when a local newspaper prematurely prints his obituary. A chicken thief models himself as a modern day Robin Hood.
When the administrator for an exclusive school denies a child a place in the kindergarten class, the parents retaliate with violence. Wojo is charged with unnecessary violence during an arrest, causing an investigation with Internal Affairs.
A has-been, former child actor assaults his former agent with a telephone. An old college flame of Dietrich's, spends the day with him.
When shyster lawyer, Alan Ripkin threatens Harris with a second law suit, he retaliates with physical harm. A mugging victim confesses she has had a romantic spark for Barney the past 25 years.
An Indian is arrested after he steals an ancestral bone from a museum exhibit. A Boy Scout master apprehends a mugger. Meanwhile, the 12th precinct's plumbing has once again shut down.
A buyer is interested in purchasing the 12th precinct after Wojo discovers an ancient weapon hidden away. A South American immigrant requests a return home after being released as a political hostage. An unemployed man is robbed while at an ATM machine.
Dietrich shuts down a school for criminals and a pair of its students. Inspector Luger decides he doesn't want to get married to Perlita. The 12th precinct is sold to a real estate developer.
Old faces stop by the 12th precinct to bid farewell to Barney and the squad. Harris decides to resign instead of being reassigned to Flushing Meadow.