Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco
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Birth name Steven Ronald Bochco
Born December 16, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA
Notable Shows Hill Street Blues
L.A. Law
Doogie Howser, M.D.
NYPD Blue
Awards 10 Emmy Awards
2 Humanitas Prizes
1 Edgar Award
1 Directors Guild of America Award
1 Writers Guild of America Award

Steven Ronald Bochco is an American television producer and writer.

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Biography

Bochco was born in New York City to Mimi, a painter, and Rudolph Bochco, a concert violinist. He was educated in Manhattan at the High School of Music and Art. He enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1961, and later merged with the Mellon Institute in 1967, to study playwriting and theater. In 1966, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, having also a MCA Writing Fellowship.

Bochco's career began when he went to work for Universal Pictures as a writer and then as a story editor for shows including Ironside, Columbo, McMillan & Wife, and the short-lived Griff, as well as Delvecchio and The Invisible Man. He wrote the story and teleplay for the Murder by the Book episode of Columbo and the teleplay for several other episodes. He also wrote the screenplay for The Counterfeit Killer and has worked on Silent Running and Double Indemnity.

In 1978, Bochco left Universal to go work for MTM Enterprises, where he had greater scope for producing. His first effort at his new workplace was the short-lived CBS police drama Paris, which was the first time James Earl Jones was cast as the lead role. He then achieved major success for NBC with the police drama Hill Street Blues, which ran from 1981 to 1987. Bochco was credited as co-creator, wrote some episodes and produced. This was the series that had earned considerable critical acclaim and many awards, being nominated for 98 Emmy Awards throughout its six year run. After the failure and cancellation of Bay City Blues, Bochco was fired from MTM in 1985.

Bochco then moved to 20th Century Fox where he co-created and produced L.A. Law, which ran on NBC from 1986-1994. The hour-long legal drama became acclaimed and had become a regular award winner, with higher ratings than Hill Street Blues.

In 1987, Bochco co-created the ABC half-hour dramedy Hooperman, starring John Ritter, which ended up getting cancelled after two seasons, despite the fact that Bochco was offering direct day-to-day control for a third season. Hooperman was part of a lucrative deal with ABC in 1987 to create and produce ten new shows. This prompted Bochco to form his self-titled company Steven Bochco Productions. From the deal came Doogie Howser, M.D., starring Neil Patrick Harris, which ran from 1989 to 1993, and the short-lived musical police drama Cop Rock, which combined police drama with Broadway singing and dancing. Cop Rock became one of his most high-profiled failures. In 1992, Bochco co-created an animated series for ABC titled Capitol Critters, along with Nat Mauldin and Michael Wagner, also starring Harris.

After a lull, Bochco co-created the long running police drama NYPD Blue, running from 1993 to 2005, with David Milch. NYPD Blue was initially controversial at the time, but was created with the express intention of changing the nature of network drama to compete with the adult fare broadcast on cable networks.

Roles

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Hill Street Blues #3 in Police Lineup (uncredited) 1x13 - Rites of Spring (1) May 19, 1981

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
33rd Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 13, 1981 Primetime Emmy Awards
34th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 19, 1982 Primetime Emmy Awards
35th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 25, 1983 Primetime Emmy Awards
36th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 23, 1984 Primetime Emmy Awards
39th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 20, 1987 Primetime Emmy Awards
41st Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 17, 1989 Primetime Emmy Awards
50 Years of Television: A Golden Celebration Himself November 24, 1989
Twin Peaks/Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes Himself September 1990
16th People Choice Awards Himself March 11, 1990 People's Choice Awards
L.A. Law's 100 Episode Celebration Himself February 6, 1991 L.A. Law
46th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 11, 1994 Primetime Emmy Awards
52nd Golden Globe Awards Himself January 21, 1995 Golden Globe Awards
47th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 10, 1995 Primetime Emmy Awards
22nd People's Choice Awards Himself March 10, 1996 People's Choice Awards
49th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 14, 1997 Primetime Emmy Awards
50th Primetime Emmy Awards Himself September 13, 1998 Primetime Emmy Awards
From Yesterday to Today Himself 1999
Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm Himself February 19, 2000 Entertainment Tonight
32nd NAACP Image Awards Himself February 23, 2001 NAACP Image Awards
63rd Golden Globe Awards Himself January 16, 2006 Golden Globe Awards

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Media Show Episode 101 March 18, 1987
Jimmy Kimmel Live Episode 3265 February 28, 2005
Tavis Smiley (2004) February 28, 2005
The O'Reilly Factor July 26, 2005
Inside Edition October 13, 2006
Entertainment Tonight August 21, 2008
Tavis Smiley (2004) November 25, 2013

Writer

Episodes Written

Series Episode Airdate
The Name of the Game 3x01 - So Long Baby, and Amen September 18, 1970
Columbo 1x01 - Murder by the Book September 15, 1971
Griff 1x02 - Death by Prescription October 6, 1973
McMillan & Wife 4x04 - Guilt by Association December 8, 1974
The Invisible Man (1975) 1x01 - The Klae Resource September 8, 1975
The Invisible Man (1975) 1x06 - Go Directly to Jail November 3, 1975
Delvecchio 1x14 - One Little Indian January 30, 1977
McMillan & Wife 6x05 - Affair of the Heart March 20, 1977
The White Shadow 1x05 - Pregnant Pause January 1, 1979
Paris (1979) 1x01 - Paris (Pilot) September 29, 1979
Paris (1979) 1x02 - Dear John October 6, 1979
Paris (1979) 1x04 - Dead Men Don't Kill December 4, 1979
Hill Street Blues 1x01 - Hill Street Station January 15, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x02 - Presidential Fever January 17, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x03 - Politics as Usual January 22, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x04 - Can World War III Be an Attitude? January 24, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x05 - Double Jeopardy January 31, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x08 - Up in Arms February 21, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x13 - Rites of Spring (1) May 19, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x14 - Rites of Spring (2) May 19, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x15 - Jungle Madness (1) May 26, 1981
Hill Street Blues 1x16 - Jungle Madness (2) May 26, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x16 - Personal Foul March 25, 1982
Hill Street Blues 2x17 - Shooter May 6, 1982
Hill Street Blues 2x18 - Invasion of the Third World Body Snatchers May 13, 1982
Hill Street Blues 3x09 - A Hair of the Dog November 25, 1982
Hill Street Blues 3x12 - Santaclaustraphobia December 16, 1982
Bay City Blues 1x01 - Pilot October 25, 1983
L.A. Law 1x01 - Pilot September 15, 1986
L.A. Law 1x02 - Those Lips, That Eye October 3, 1986
L.A. Law 1x09 - The Venus Butterfly November 21, 1986
Hooperman 1x01 - Hooperman September 23, 1987
Hooperman 1x02 - The Answer Is My Friend is Passing in the Wind September 30, 1987
Hooperman 1x03 - Don We Now Our Gay Apparel October 7, 1987
L.A. Law 2x14 - Pettycoat Injunction February 18, 1988
L.A. Law 2x16 - Fetus Completus March 3, 1988
L.A. Law 2x17 - Belle of the Bald April 14, 1988
L.A. Law 2x19 - Leapin' Lizards! April 28, 1988
Hooperman 1x21 - Nick Derringer, P.I. May 4, 1988
L.A. Law 3x01 - Hey, Lick Me Over November 3, 1988
L.A. Law 3x10 - The Plane Mutiny February 9, 1989
L.A. Law 3x12 - The Accidental Jurist February 23, 1989
L.A. Law 3x14 - Leave It to Geezer March 30, 1989
L.A. Law 3x16 - His Suit Is Hirsute April 27, 1989
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1x01 - Pilot September 19, 1989
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1x03 - A Stitch Called Wanda September 27, 1989
L.A. Law 6x10 - Back to the Suture January 16, 1992

Movies Written

Title Release Date
The Counterfeit Killer May 1968
Silent Running March 10, 1972
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife October 11, 1972

Teleplays

TV Movies

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
Double Indemnity 1973 Teleplay

Episodes

Series Episode Airdate
Columbo 1x05 - Lady in Waiting December 15, 1971
Columbo 1x07 - Blueprint for Murder February 9, 1972
Columbo 2x01 - Étude in Black September 17, 1972
Columbo 2x08 - Double Shock March 25, 1973
Columbo 3x06 - Mind over Mayhem February 10, 1974
Delvecchio 1x06 - Wax Job October 24, 1976
Delvecchio 1x07 - The Silent Prey October 31, 1976
Delvecchio 1x08 - Thicker Than Water November 7, 1976
Delvecchio 1x11 - Red Is the Color of My True Love's Hair December 12, 1976
Delvecchio 1x13 - Dying Can Be a Pleasure January 23, 1977
Delvecchio 1x17 - The Madness Within (1) February 20, 1977
Delvecchio 1x18 - The Madness Within (2) February 22, 1977
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye 1x03 - A Title on the Door and a Carpet on the Floor March 31, 1978
Turnabout 1x01 - Pilot January 26, 1979
Hill Street Blues 1x09 - Your Kind, My Kind, Humankind February 28, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x01 - Hearts and Minds October 29, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x02 - Blood Money November 5, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x03 - The Last White Man on East Ferry Avenue November 12, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x04 - The Second Oldest Profession November 19, 1981
Hill Street Blues 2x10 - The Spy Who Came in from Delgado January 21, 1982
Hill Street Blues 2x11 - Freedom's Last Stand January 28, 1982
Hill Street Blues 2x12 - Of Mouse and Man February 11, 1982
Hill Street Blues 2x15 - Some Like It Hot-Wired March 18, 1982
Hill Street Blues 5x03 - Rookie Nookie October 18, 1984
Hill Street Blues 5x05 - Bangladesh Slowly November 1, 1984

Producer

Staff Producer

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Lieutenant Schuster's Wife 1972 Producer M
Griff 1973 Producer 1
Richie Brockelman, The Missing 24 Hours 1976 Executive Producer M
Delvecchio 1976 –1977 Producer 1
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye 1978 Executive Producer 1
Operating Room 1978 Co-Executive Producer M
Paris 1979 Executive Producer 1
Vampire 1979 Executive Producer M
Hill Street Blues 1981 –1985 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5
Every Stray Dog and Kid 1981 Executive Producer M
L.A. Law 1986 –1992 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 –1991 Executive Producer 1 2
Cop Rock 1990 Producer 1
Civil Wars 1991 Executive Producer / Producer 1
Capitol Critters 1992 Producer 1
NYPD Blue 1993 –2005 Executive Producer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
The Byrds of Paradise 1994 Producer 1
Murder One 1995 –1997 Executive Producer 1
Public Morals 1996 Executive Producer 1
Brooklyn South 1997 Executive Producer 1
Total Security 1997 Executive Producer 1
City of Angels 2000 Executive Producer 1 2
Philly 2001 –2002 Executive Producer 1
NYPD 2069 2004 Executive Producer M
Blind Justice 2005 Executive Producer 1
Over There 2005 Executive Producer 1
Hollis & Rae 2006 Executive Producer M
Raising the Bar 2008 –2009 Executive Producer 1 2
Murder in the First 2014 –2016 Executive Producer 1 2 3

Episodes Produced

Series Producer Credit Episode Airdate
Banacek Associate Producer 1x00 - Detour to Nowhere March 20, 1972
The Invisible Man (1975) Producer 1x01 - The Invisible Man May 6, 1975
Delvecchio Co-Producer 1x12 - APB: Santa Clause December 26, 1976
Delvecchio Producer 1x16 - Licensed to Kill February 13, 1977
Bay City Blues Executive Producer 1x01 - Pilot October 25, 1983
Bay City Blues Executive Producer 1x08 - Play It Again, Milt July 8, 1984 (12:30am)
Hooperman Producer 1x09 - Blues for Danny Welles December 2, 1987

Story

Staff

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
Columbo 1971 –1972 Story Editor 1
McMillan & Wife 1974 –1976 Executive Story Consultant
Hill Street Blues 1981 –1985 Story
Philly 2001 –2002 Story 1
Commander in Chief 2005 –2006 Story 1
Murder in the First 2014 Story 1

Episodes

Series Producer Credit Episode Airdate
The Name of the Game Story Editor 2x02 - A Hard Case of the Blues September 26, 1969
The Name of the Game Story Editor 2x05 - Chains of Command October 17, 1969
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye Story 1x03 - A Title on the Door and a Carpet on the Floor March 31, 1978
NYPD Blue Story 1x02 - 4B or Not 4B September 28, 1993
NYPD Blue Story 1x17 - Black Men Can Jump March 1, 1994
NYPD Blue Story 1x18 - Zeppo Marks Brothers March 22, 1994
NYPD Blue Story 2x01 - Trials and Tribulations October 11, 1994
NYPD Blue Story 2x05 - Simone Says November 15, 1994
NYPD Blue Story 2x22 - A.D.A. Sipowicz May 23, 1995
NYPD Blue Story 6x08 - Raging Bulls December 15, 1998
Blind Justice Story 1x01 - Pilot March 8, 2005
Raising the Bar Story 1x01 - Pilot September 1, 2008

Creator

Series Premiere Date Creation Credit
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors September 19, 1969 Co-Creator
The Invisible Man September 8, 1975 Co-Creator
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye March 17, 1978 Co-Creator
Paris September 29, 1979 Creator
Hill Street Blues January 17, 1981 Co-Creator
Bay City Blues October 25, 1983 Co-Creator
L.A. Law September 15, 1986 Co-Creator
Hooperman September 23, 1987 Co-Creator
Doogie Howser, M.D. September 19, 1989 Co-Creator
Cop Rock September 26, 1990 Co-Creator
Capitol Critters January 31, 1992 Co-Creator
NYPD Blue September 21, 1993 Co-Creator
Murder One September 19, 1995 Co-Creator
Brooklyn South September 22, 1997 Co-Creator
City of Angels January 16, 2000 Co-Creator
Philly September 25, 2001 Co-Creator
Blind Justice March 8, 2005 Co-Creator
Over There July 27, 2005 Co-Creator
Raising the Bar September 1, 2008 Co-Creator
Murder in the First June 9, 2014 Co-Creator

Miscellaneous Crew

Series Year(s) Producer Credit Season(s)
L.A. Law 1989 –1994 Executive Consultant 4 5 6 7 8

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (1981)
Hill Street Blues
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (1982)
Hill Street Blues
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series (1983)
Hill Street Blues
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series (1984)
Hill Street Blues
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (1987)
L.A. Law
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series (1989)
L.A. Law
  • Won: Outstanding Drama Series (1995)
NYPD Blue

Humantis Prize

  • Won: 60-minute Category (1981)
Hill Street Blues
  • Won: 90-minute Category (1999)
NYPD Blue

Edgar Awards

  • Won: Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay (1982)
Hill Street Blues: Hill Street Station
  • Won: Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay (1995)
NYPD Blue: Simone Says

People's Choice Awards

  • Won: Favorite New Television Series (1990)
Cop Rock
  • Won: Favorite New Television Dramatic Series (1995)
  • Won: Favorite New Television Dramatic Series (1996)

Writers Guild of America

  • Won: Diversity Award (1999)

Trivia