Behind The Desk: The True Story You Never Knew About Hill Street Blues

The Creators Didn’t Want To Make Another Cop Show

the creator of Hill Street Blues.jpg

Photo Credit: Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Created by Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, Hill Street Blues almost never got made. When NBC approached the veteran television writers with the idea, they didn’t want to do it. Having worked on multiple on cop shows prior, Kozoll and Bochco weren’t interested in a new one.

Then NBC pitched the actual idea. Hill Street Blues was a show about the personal lives of cops, not only their existence on the street. Bochco and Kozoll liked the idea and agreed to do the show if NBC gave them full freedom. NBC approved, and now it’s regarded as one of the most influential shows of all time.