101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: ABC, 1993-2005

Steven Bochco made more creative elbow room on network television with NYPD Blue, which debuted amid "viewer discretion" hype before settling into what it was one of the last important primetime cop series. Over 12 seasons, NYPD Blue came to seem a bellwether for the more sophisticated storytelling emerging on cable. David Milch, an executive producer following his work with Bochco on Hill Street, was the series' conscience, poring aspects of himself into the characters while also trying to stay true to his organic sense of the writing process. Speaking of an Emmy-winning episode in which a father is revealed to have molested and killed his son, Milch said his own experience as a victim of sexual abuse played into the writing. "I was able to find a kind of forgiveness for the perpetrator of the murder in that script which turned out to be a real blessing for me, as well."

Credited Writers

Franklyn Ajaye
Kevin Arkadie
Burton Armus
Greg Ball
Bill Barich
Edward Allen Bernero
Ann Biderman
Buzz Bissinger
Steve Blackman
Steven Bochco
Rosemary Breslin
Victor Bumbalo
Jason Cahill
John Chambers
Bill Clark
Larry Cohen
Alexandra Cunningham
Michael Daly
Barry Douglas
Charles Eglee
Keith Eisner
T.J. English
William Finkelstein
Rift Fournier
Stephen Gaghan
Leonard Gardner
Channing Gibson
Robert Glaudini
Jill Goldsmith
Michael A. Graham
Walon Green
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Lee Hubbard
Adisa Iwa
Jonathan Robert Kaplan
Hugh Levick
Jonathan Lisco
Ted Mann
Ami Canaan Mann
Bonnie Mark
Bernadette McNamara
Christopher McQuarrie
W.K. Scott Meyer
David Milch
David Mills
Art Monterastelli
William L. Morris
Thad Mumford
Eric Newman
Kim Newton
Matt Olmstead
Doug Palau
Michael Perry
Greg Plageman
Sonny Postiglione
George D. Putnam
Theresa Rebeck
Eric Rogers
Elizabeth Sarnoff
David Shore
Ted Shuttleworth
David Simon
Gardner Stern
Kevin Stevens
Meredith Stiehm
Catherine Stribling
Harold Sylvester
Tom Szentgyorgyi
Tom Towles
Jane Wallace
Robert Ward
Scott Williams
Dennis Woods
Nicholas Wootton
Jody Worth