“We’ll do this pilot for you on the condition that you leave us completely alone to do whatever we want.” In today’s TV landscape, such a demand by a TV writer-producer wouldn’t seem that outlandish. But when Steven Bochco made the demand about Hill Street Blues, it was unthinkable. Lucky for viewers – and the future of TV – NBC gave him what he wanted. Steven Bochco, creative force behind Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74. (Sidenote: Hill Street Blues is now available on Hulu.)

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