Ever since Hill Street Blues,Bochco’s first successful series, about an inner-city police precinct,the veteran producer has pretty much stuck to his crime-and-punishmentformula. Sometimes it’s worked; sometimes it hasn’t. See which showshit the bull’s-eye, which ones missed the mark, and which ones weremisunderstood. -- K.P.P.

The Good

HILL STREET BLUES
(1981 to 1987)
Thiscop drama allowed stories to unfold in a semi-serial fashion. It wouldset the standard for nearly every other Bochco series that followed.

L.A. LAW
(1986 to 1994)
This more stylish version of Hill Street was set in a law firm instead of a police station. It came at a time when greed was good; the drama lasted eight seasons.

NYPD BLUE
(1993 to 2005)
For12 seasons, this Dennis Franz–led police drama drove censors batty withits nudity and foul language, but it was a critical darling and aratings success.

The Bad

COP ROCK (1990)
It was a tough-minded drama in which cops and murderers broke into song. No, really.

PUBLIC MORALS (1996)
This flop was like an updated version of Barney Miller but without a sense of humor and in poor taste.

The Misunderstood

HOOPERMAN
(1987 to 1989)
Wasthis show, about the life of a policeman, a half-hour drama withoccasional laughs or a comedy with elements of drama? Either way,audiences didn’t get it.

MURDER ONE
(1995 to 1997)
Thishigh-concept legal drama spent an entire season slowly unwrapping onecase. Viewers craved more action. It got the ax after only two seasons.