Hill Street Blues Creator Loses Cancer Battle

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The man who brought you the groundbreaking police series ‘Hill Street Blues’ in 1981 to our TV screens has died.

Steven Bochco was 74 and had been fighting cancer. Bochco won ten prime time Emmy awards – and also created other popular shows including ‘L.A. Law’ – ‘NYPD Blue’ and ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’

Tributes flowed freely from far and wide in fulsome praise of Bochco’s influence on modern television drama.

He was described as the catalyst that helped to launch the ‘golden age of TV’ and sustain it. One US TV critic said ‘Every great modern drama owes ‘Hill Street’ a debt.”

Bochco’s ensemble dramas often centered around various subjects pertaining to the law — and gained a reputation for pushing the boundaries in terms of language and nudity that could be shown on broadcast TV.

He is survived by his third wife, Dayna Kalins, his children Melissa Bochco, Jesse Bochco and Sean Flanagan, and two grandchildren.