Monday, September 21, 2015
9/21/1993 NYPD Blue
One of the oddities of the show was that it was intended as a star vehicle for David Caruso, but he left at the start of the second season. While he was replaced by Jimmy Smits and a trail of other good-looking leading men, it became clear that the soul of the show was Andy Sipowicz, the bigoted, alcoholic older detective played by Dennis Franz. Andy survived the loss of three partners and a wife and somehow turned into a decent person along the way.
The show had behind the scene problems. (Caruso was allegedly very hard to work with. And in a later season a producer was supposedly making up dialog while the actors stood on the set waiting for it.) But the show was a heck of a ride.