- 12 Seasons
NYPD Blue was an American police drama series set ion a fictional police precinct on Manhattan Island. The series was created by legal drama experts Steven Bachco and David Milch for U.S. network ABC; the show proved so successful that its 12 season run is still the longest ever completed for a one hour drama on ABC. Bochco and Milch originally produced the series as a starring vehicle for David Caruso and his character of John Kelly; although he would later become the main character in the ensemble Denis Franz Sergeant Andy Sipowicz began the first season as a secondary character. Davis Caruso decided to leave the show after the first season, shifting the focus from the character of Kelly to the entire cast in the squad room of Manhattan's 15th Precinct. The struggles of Andy Sipowizc to remain sober and not break the rules of being a police officer became the main focus; so much so that the character of Sipowicz is the last character seen in the series finale broadcast in 2005. Following the departure of Caruso Denis Franz was paired with a series of younger officers played by Jimmy Smits, Rick Schroder and Mark-paul Gosselaar. Beginning transmission in 1993 NYPD Blue completed 261 episodes and won numerous Golden Globe and Emmy's; each episode was broadcast over an hour and without commercials runs approximately 44 minutes. Despite being set in New York NYPD Blue was largely shot in Los Angeles with the production switching to New York only for the filming requiring the depiction of the city's famous landmarks. The record setting run of NYPD Blue was not without its difficulties with on set problems leading to the departure of a number of the cast who refused to have their contracts renewed. The experiences of producer Bill Clark as a New York Police Officer were used as the main inspiration for the creation of the series.