It’s difficult to pinpoint a moment when mainstream network television officially became more “adult.” But with its realism, rough language, and then-controversial shots of bare butts, NYPD Blue may have been that moment. The David Caruso and Jimmy Smits seasons are considered the drama’s best. But if you’re a cop-show junkie, you’ll want to stick around for the Rick Schroder and Mark-Paul Gosselaar seasons, too. 12 seasons, 191 hours.
Available for purchase on Amazon. Select seasons available for purchase on iTunes.