California Mourns The Passing of an Acclaimed Creative Talent

A long time resident of California passed away from leukemia on April 1, 2018. Producer and television writer Steven Bochco, a co-creator of the hit television series NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues died at the age of 74. He worked from an office in Ssnta Monica for many years.

A Television Writer

Born in 1943, Steven Bochco began his career in New York City. He spent his childhood in Manhattan, where his parents worked in artistic fields. He attended New York University and the Carnegie Institute of Technology as a theater student.

After graduation, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he began working as a writer for several television series produced by Universal Studios. One of his earliest efforts as a series creator occurred between 1969 and 1973, when he joined Richard H. Landau and Paul Mason in developing The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, a medical drama starring David Hartman, E.G. Marshall, and John Saxon.

An Important Figure in Ensemble Television Productions

During his career, he helped create several award-winning television series. One of his most successful shows, Hill Street Blues, aired between 1981 and 1987. It provided a gritty police drama based around daily life in a busy urban precinct. The series starred Daniel J. Travanti and a large ensemble cast of regularly recurring characters.

Between 1986 and 1994, Steven Bochco collaborated with Terry Louise Fisher to create the hit series L.A. Law, a celebrated legal drama based around the activities of a large Los Angeles law firm. In 2002, the series spawned a television movie. Between 1993 and 2005, he created NYPD Blue, a police series which relied upon some of the earlier characters developed during the Hill Street Blues Series. Many of the series created by Steven Bochco employed large casts. Some of his television shows tackled controversial topics; the use of ensemble casts helped infuse the productions with character conflicts.

An Influential Producer

Steven Bochco won many prestigious awards during his career in the television industry. His writing and series development efforts helped impact trends in network television towards the use of large ensemble casts during the 1980s and 1990s. During recent years, he worked on a number of limited series produced for cable and streamed media.


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