Steven Bochco

Producer, Screenwriter, Director
Widely considered one of the most prominent and influential television producers of all time, Steven Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking dramas that pushed the boundaries for acceptable content, while ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (29)

Murder in the First 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Evolution 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

City of Angels 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Civil Wars 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Commander in Chief 1986 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

L.A. Law 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Murder One 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

NYPD Blue 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Raising the Bar 1988 - 2003, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Blind Justice 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Over There 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Philly 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Total Security 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Byrds of Paradise 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cop Rock 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bay City Blues 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Every Stray Dog and Kid 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Paris 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Vampire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Delvecchio 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Producer

The Invisible Man 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Producer

The Invisible Man 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

Griff 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Producer

Lieutenant Schuster's Wife (TV Show)

Producer

Richie Brockelman: Missing 24 Hours (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (18)

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Revolution 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dennis Franz: Out of the Blue 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is a Producer? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Color Adjustment 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks & Cop Rock: Behind the Scenes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

The Name of the Game 1968 - 1972, 1986 - 2003, 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Story Editor

Public Morals 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Creator

Capitol Critters 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Creator

Uneasy Lies the Crown 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Hooperman 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

Columbo 1971 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

McMillan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Double Indemnity 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The Doctors 1969 - 1973 (TV Show)

Creator

McMillan & Wife 1971 (TV Show)

Writer

Silent Running 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Counterfeit Killer 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Widely considered one of the most prominent and influential television producers of all time, Steven Bochco has been responsible for groundbreaking dramas that pushed the boundaries for acceptable content, while underscoring the human frailty that exists in those who perform our toughest jobs. After working as a journeyman writer on such noted detective shows as "Columbo" (NBC, 1971-78) and "Delvecchio" (CBS, 1976-77), Bochco branched out on his own, creating his first Emmy-winning hit, "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87), the first show of its kind to depict police officers as human beings rather than heroes with a badge. But because of its tough subject matter and occasionally gruff language, Bochco routinely battled with network censors over the content of the show. After he left, he created his second Emmy-winning hit, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), perhaps one of the most beloved shows of its day. Hot on the heels of that success, he created what many feel was the greatest police drama ever made, "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005), which ran afoul of all manner of advocacy groups for its routine nudity and coarse language. While actively pushing for his creative vision, Bochco always claimed never to have pushed boundaries for its own sake - he was always interested in creating shows that realistically portrayed their worlds, giving him acclaim for being a true innovator in a medium not typically known for its artistry.

Relationships

Rudolph Bochco

Father
Once played with the NBC Symphony under Toscanini

Mimi Bochco

Mother

Melissa Bochco

Daughter
born on January 8, 1970 mother, Barbara Bosson

Jesse Bochco

Son
born on March 2, 1975 mother, Barbara Bosson

Barbara Bosson

Wife
born on November 1, 1939 married in 1969 a regular on such Bochco-produced series as "Hill Street Blues", "Hooperman" and "Murder One" separated in 1997 Bochco filed for divorce in April 1998 divorced

Dayna Flanagan

Wife
runs Bochco's production company married on August 12, 2000

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1966
later renamed Carnegie-Mellon University

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1961

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1966
later renamed Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

2005

Took over production of ABC'S hit White House drama "Commander in Chief" from creator Rod Lurie

2005

Executive produced the drama series "Over There," (FX) a contemporary war drama about U.S. troops in Iraq and their families back home

2001

Returned as producer of "NYPD Blue"

2001

Served as executive producer of the fall drama series "Philly", starring Kim Delaney

1999

Filed lawsuit against 20th Century Fox claiming "NYPD Blue" was licensed to a Fox cable outlet at below market value; suit requested $61.6 million in compensation

1995

Signed exclusive three-year deal with Paramount to develop and produce feature films

1993

Co-created, wrote and executive produced the controversial ABC series "NYPD Blue"

1990

Created, executive produced and wrote premiere episode of most notable failure, ABC's musical police drama series, "Cop Rock"

1987

Sued by Terry Louise Fisher, creative partner on both "L.A. Law" and "Hooperman" after negotiations to have her take over his position as executive producer failed and she was barred from the set

1985

Fired as executive producer of "Hill Street Blues" after he resisted efforts by MTM Enterprises to reduce the show's production costs; show continued without him

1976

Co-created and co-executive produced (with Stephen J. Cannell) short-lived detective series, "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" based on the TV-movie the two had written and produced two years before

1973

Produced and wrote for short-lived ABC detective series, "Griff"

1968

Became story editor for the popular TV series, "The Name of the Game" (date approximate)

1968

Co-created (with Paul Mason and Richard Landau) NBC drama series, "The Doctors", which ran till 1973

1965

Broke into TV when he parlayed an MCA fellowship into a writing job at Universal Studios between his junior and senior years in college (date approximate)

Co-created, executive produced and wrote for the landmark NBC police drama series, "Hill Street Blues"

Created and executive produced first TV series, "Paris", a short-lived CBS police drama starring James Earl Jones (also served as writer)

Created and executive produced the CBS drama "Brooklyn South"

Created, wrote premiere episode and served as creative consultant on ABC "dramedy", "Hooperman"

Made pact with ABC to create ten primetime TV series for them

Created, executive produced, wrote for and served as creative consultant on popular NBC drama series, "L.A. Law"

Created, executive produced and wrote for ABC drama series, "Doogie Howser, M.D."; series continued after he left

Shared first writing credit with Rod Serling; adapted Serling script "A Fade to Black"

Created and executive produced unsuccessful NBC baseball comedy-drama, "Bay City Blues"

Co-wrote screenplays for the crime thriller, "The Counterfeit Killer" (1968) and the ecological sci-fi psychodrama, "Silent Running" (1971)

Produced the short-lived drama, "The Invisible Man" for NBC

Worked as a writer on such early 1970s detective and crime dramas as "Columbo" (for which he wrote the first series episode) and "MacMillan and Wife"

Co-created, wrote and executive produced the groundbreaking ABC series "Murder One" which followed one murder case over the TV season; format was changed during the second season

Bonus Trivia

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For his early TV writing on the series "Columbo", Bochco received two Emmy nominations (1971/72 and 1972/73), a Writers Guild Award, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Bochco has also received two Humanitas Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards and a second Writers Guild Award.

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Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

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"Steve has always been one to break the rules. He does it more cleverly, even diabolically, than anyone else. He rocks the boat as a hobby." --Former NBC chairman Grant Tinker on Bochco, quoted in Time, May 2, 1988.

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