With two groundbreaking series, "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law," producer Steven Bochco took TV drama in new directions in the 1980s, broke taboos, liberated the storytelling form and had a major impact on film making.
"Hill Street Blues" had the most influence. Created by Bochco and Michael Kozoll, it came about when Fred Silverman, then president of hard-pressed NBC, approached them to create a different kind of cop show.
In 1981, "Hill Street Blues" exploded into the public consciousness and became the rock on which NBC built its climb to the top.
"Hill Street Blues" was a fast-moving, ensemble show that mixed drama with comedy touches as it interwove multiple stories of the personal and professional lives of big-city cops with blunt, gritty, often shocking realism.