Hill Street Blues
One of my favorite TV shows growing up. Just ordered season one on Amazon. I forgot just how politically heavy handed the agenda is. I mean, it's not the liberalism that troubles me, it's some of the downright evil that is justified in this show. For example...
First episode: the cops catch somebody in the act of statutory rape (and I don't mean an 18 year old with a 15 year old, but a 40 year old man with a 15 year old girl.) The man's wife has pulled a knife on the girl, who is her own daughter and the man's stepdaughter. The cops calm the wife down, get her to put down the knife, and then simply offer this advice: they tell the woman not to press charges on the man because that would "break up the family." They tell the stepdaughter to stop walking around naked in front of the stepfather. And they tell the mother to start giving her husband more sex so that he won't be tempted by the stepdaughter.
I'm not kidding. And this is portrayed as good police work. Enough to drive conservatives and liberals both insane, and for very different reasons.
But aside from the absurd social commentaries and political agenda, I still love the show. Probably more because of nostalgia than anything else. Watching it brings back lots of memories. And the acting is very good. Easily Steven Bochco's best work as a writer and producer. I look forward to binge watching season one.