One of TV’s most prolific writer and producers, Steven Bochco was innovating on the small screen well before the days of “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men.” But you’d be surprised by some of the series the four-time Peabody winner helped bring to life.
Arguably considered to be one of the first great TV dramas, “Hill Street Blues” was groundbreaking for its time, developing complicated characters and more challenging plotlines than in past years.
With 171 episodes and 15 Emmy awards, “L.A. Law” was the show that ensured that Bochco was a TV powerhouse.
Yep: Bochco didn’t just showcase lawyers and cops, but doctors as well, including doctors of the teen variety, launching the career of one very young Neil Patrick Harris.
A monolith of ABC’s line-up for over a decade, “NYPD Blue” combined gritty police work with challenging storylines, including some groundbreaking instances of nudity.
A relatively notorious experiment in genre experimentation, “Cop Rock” didn’t quite work but proved Bochco’s propensity for taking big swings with his shows.
Ostensibly another show about lawyers and murder, “Murder One” stood out for its one case a season structure, bringing serialized storytelling to broadcast television very early into the golden age of television.
Bochco created this war drama with Chris Gerolmo for FX, right in the thick of the Iraq War — the first time a TV show had been made about an active overseas conflict.
Yep, Bochco helped produce this series devoted to a truly nuts notion: What if a woman became President of the United States? Despite the star power of Geena Davis, this one failed to take off.
In the 2000s, Bochco began exploring more opportunities in the basic cable realm, which led to this two-season legal drama starring Zack Morris himself (Mark-Paul Gosselaar for TNT.