NYPD blue is one of just a few shows that manage to stand the test of time. Unhindered by changing fashions, well crafted plots that stretch character arcs not just across episodes but across entire series all brought together by top class acting, this is a show to be returned to with relish and that once bought can be enjoyed again and again.
In season 4 the main people continue to develop, Sipowiscz's defective detective remains grumpy and yet likeable, a fine portrait of a man fighting a losing battle with his own imperfections. His partner Simone remains his complete opposite, easy going and charming and patient.
The chief, (lt. Fancy), struggles to keep a fair balance, the female detectives are fighting for their share of the spoils and poor old Greg remains the resident schmuck,( in this series what he thinks is a promising friendship turns itself on its head and finds him being used),.
The stories are interesting and uncompromising, the attack on a colleague, a detective with 2 wives, spying on the mob, and of course all sorts of murders are intertwined with everybodies lives.
Series 4 is a standout from the previous 3,(all 5 star and superb), because of the finale which while utterly gripping is just so sad, and illustrates so well just how NYPD blue is still the standard set for all cop shows. Sorrow, anger and helplessness are displayed by everyone involved in a completely believable fashion.
I agree with the other reviewers that this is a region 2 con as it is overpriced and slow in getting here for no good reason. so enter region 1 and buy yourself the far more reasonable US version from Amazon and enjoy one of the most complete and well produced television shows ever produced.
This is not a season to leave you with a smile on your face, the total opposite in fact, but thats reality isn't it?