36. NYPD BLUE 

Created by David Milch & Steven Bochco  

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Aired: ABC, 1993-2005

Steven Bochco made more creative elbow room on network television with NYPD Blue, which debuted amid “viewer discretion” hype before settling into what it was – one of the last important primetime cop series. Over 12 seasons, NYPD Blue came to seem a bellwether for the more sophisticated storytelling emerging on cable. David Milch, an executive producer following his work with Bochco on Hill Street, was the series’ conscience, poring aspects of himself into the characters while also trying to stay true to his organic sense of the writing process. Speaking of an Emmy-winning episode in which a father is revealed to have molested and killed his son, Milch said his own experience as a victim of sexual abuse played into the writing. “I was able to find a kind of forgiveness for the perpetrator of the murder in that script which turned out to be a real blessing for me, as well.”

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