I just started bingewatching NYPD Blue (Amazon Prime!), and a couple of thoughts occurred to me.
1. David Caruso can act. Forget CSI:Wherever, I’m putting out the idea that John Kelly goes down as one of the best cops on TV; Caruso’s portrayal gives out the complexity of the role wonderfully.
2. Dennis Franz may be a 1.5 trick pony, but he does that trick very very well, and the Sipowicz arc is terrific.
3. Milch and Bocho are up there with the best writing teams. See also Deadwood and John From Cincinatti.
4. NYPD Blue should be up there when we discuss “best shows ever”; Sopranos, Wire, H:LOTS, The West Wing – it’s up there. Sure, some shonky stuff, but did anyone watch Season 5 of TWW?
There’s been some great cops ‘n robber shows. This, Sweeney… Who else is up there?