Production and Crew
Produced by 20th Century Fox and Steven Bochco Productions, film production primarily took place in the greater Los Angeles area. The show did film in New York but only for exterior shots that used New York landmarks. In the final season the show was filmed only in Los Angeles to save money.
- Steven Bochco – Executive Producer/Writer
- David Milch – Executive Producer/Writer
- Steven DePaul – Supervising Producer/Director
- Matt Olmstead – Executive Producer/Writer
- Nicholas Wootton – Executive Producer/Writer
- Bill Clark – Executive Producer/Writer
- Mark Tinker – Executive Producer/Director
- Hans VanDoornewaard – Executive Producer
- William M. Finkelstein – Executive Producer
- Gregory Hoblit – Executive Producer/Director
- Kathy Bates - Director
- Leonard Gardner – Producer/Writer
- Mike Post – Music
- Edward Rogers – Music
The show was initially a vehicle for David Caruso. In a departure from previous Bochco series, John Kelly was the main character and the first season revolved around him and his professional and personal lives (promo shots for the show depicted Caruso in the foreground and other first-season characters set off behind him). Season 2 saw the departure of John Kelly, and with his departure, the decision was made to return to a more ensemble series. Dennis Franz, as Andy Sipowicz, a veteran New York City Police detective, eventually evolved into the show's lead character, taking more and more of a mentorship role as the series progressed (to the point of finally being promoted to sergeant and running the detective squad at the end of the series finale). His principal co-stars included (Season 2 and beyond) Jimmy Smits as Det. Bobby Simone (1994–1998), Rick Schroder as Det. Danny Sorenson (1998–2001) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Det. John Clark Jr. (2001–2005). Each was paired with Franz's Sipowicz, providing a younger and more suave foil to the abrasive, tragedy-prone detective.
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