NYPD Blue (ABC 1993-2005, Dennis Franz, Rick Schroder)

Hugely popular crime drama series NYPD Blue detailed the cases of a group of tough detectives and uniformed officers of the New York Police Department.

Set against the gritty and volatile backdrop of New York City, NYPD Blue powerfully portrays realistic characters devoting themselves to the pursuit of justice while struggling to sustain an ever-elusive sense of humanity. In spite of — or perhaps because of — the bleakness of the streets, the chaos of the squad room and the fragility of their own private lives, the members of the 15th Precinct share a strong commitment to the job and each other. Veteran actor Rick Schroder brought a new energy and intensity to the series with his arrival. He joined cast members Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Kim Delaney, Nicholas Turturro, Gordon Clapp, Andrea Thompson and Bill Brochtrup.

Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. the show broke every record with 27 Emmy nominations in its first season; won the coveted award for Outstanding Drama Series in its second year, and received Emmy Awards for writing and directing in the fourth and fifth seasons.

The show was created by Steven Bochco and David Milch and was inspired by Milch’s relationship with Bill Clark, a former member of the New York City Police Department who eventually became one of the show’s producers. The series was broadcast on the ABC network from its debut on September 21, 1993‚ and aired its final episode on March 1, 2005. It remains ABC’s longest-running primetime one-hour drama series.


production details
USA | ABC – TCF – Bochco | 261×50 minutes | Broadcast 21 September 1993 – 1 March 2005

Creators and Executive Producers: Steven Bochco, David Milch
Music: Mike Post
Producer: Ted Mann

Dennis Franz as Andy Sipowicz
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as John Clark Jr.
Gordon Clapp as Greg Medavoy
Henry Simmons as Baldwin Jones
Bill Brochtrup as John Irvin
Jacqueline Obradors as Rita Ortiz
Currie Graham as Thomas Bale
Bonnie Somerville as Laura Murphy
Mary Page Keller as Brigid Scofield

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