My all time favorite show. I had just started working for DFCS in Georgia in April of 1980. The show began in 1981 and mirrored the craziness I was experiencing in my career serving our clients. It resonated with me. I tried to learn as much as I could about the people in the show as well as the creative talent behind the series. When I learned his name was Steven Bochco, I tried to find out what else he was responsible for. I hunted for Columbo and other works he had done. I became a fan of his work and if his name was on it, I was there. Such a pioneer for NBC and "Must See" TV. I will miss his creative talent.
The man was 20 years ahead of the game. Because you just know after the success of Glee and Empire, someone wanted to do a police procedural musical show but the unfair brush Cop Rock was painted with stopped them.
Bochco came and spoke at the AFI to my TV writing workshop. I had a scene in a script where my undercover detective had gone to great lengths to get the clothes of a plumber and also to borrow a plumbing truck. Bochco said: "Cut those scenes. Have your undercover guy already in uniform in the truck. Audiences will accept it." And then he gave me one of the best pieces of dramatic writing advice I've ever received: "Do everything sooner."
Graduated HS in '94 & really got into NYPD Blue in college, which was a perfect police-focused counterpart to ER. I watched Cop Rock as a freshman in HS (along with Hull High) in '90, as I was interested in those dramatic musicals that year.
I've since been making my way through Hill Street & LA Law as DVDs have been released over the years. RIP Bochco.
R.I.P. to a very talented man. Never got into Hill Street Blues (though its influence was undeniably huge), but was a BIG fan of NYPD Blue for most of its run, and I thought the first season of Murder One was pretty damn good at the time. And his 70s Columbo scripts were classics.
Ahead of the Game is an apt description of Mr. Bochco, who well knew 'The Name of The Game' too !
pre 'Columbo', pre 'Silent Running' the young Steven got one of his first major TV jobs in 1970 as story editor and writer on the Robert Stack third season segment of 'The Name of The Game'
(as also did Steven Spielberg directing the Gene Barry segment third season episode; 'LA 2017')
Steven Bochco wrote and script edited the Robert Stack episode;
'So Long Baby And Amen' re a drug treatment programme and senate inquiry - if that Columbo 'Murder By The Book' was written in 1971 then this episode made in 1970 is an even earlier Steven Bochco solo effort
note the identical yellow episode credits lettering as Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife etc all had the following year...!
although they don't actually meet up here as such re any dialogue exchanges Robert Stack and his 'Untouchables' right hand man Paul Picerni (Agent Lee Hobson) both appear in this RS episode, Paul doing the drugs issue presentation at approx 7 minutes 56 secs into the episode
The ill fated Sal Mineo also appears in this episode
I SO wish NBC Universal would at least put out a selection of episodes of 'The Name of The Game' in a DVD set even if the entire 76 episodes (1968-71) and 1966 pilot TV movie; 'Fame is The Name of The Game' starring Tony Franciosa, and introducing Susan Saint James are not ready for any release....
Bumping this up-- this might be a bit of useless trivia, but I thought you'd like to hear it anyway: while one of Steven's two hit NBC series spanned two NBC logos (Hill Street Blues, which was with the Proud N for its first six seasons [1981-86], and today's Bird for its final one [1986-87]), the other was broadcast entirely with today's Bird (L.A. Law, 1986-94).