To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need. Some find it in the community where they live; others get a sense of it in small groups, while a few lucky ones discover it at work. That certainly is the case for the 13 characters in Hill Street Blues, the series that was recently voted the best in the history of television in a national survey of critics.

This collector's set of four videos contains seven episodes. The men and women of an urban police station depend on each other as they struggle against unrelenting waves of crime and chaos. Their camaraderie serves them well in the face of daily doses of senseless death and destruction. Hill Street Blues shows that work can be something that centers us, roots us, and gives us a chance to express the best within us — along with the worst.

Viewing these episodes again, you will appreciate the human foibles and the quest for meaning, truth, and justice in the lives of the steadfast Captain Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti), the idealistic Goldblum (Joe Spano), the competent Lucy (Betty Thomas), the emotional Belker (Bruce Weitz), the conflicted Buntz (Dennis Franz), and the crusading lawyer Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamel).