This article is from the NYPD Blue FAQ, by Dave Chapman, Alan Sepinwall and Jeff Knapp with numerous contributions by others.
NYPD Blue is the latest contribution to the TV police drama genre
by Emmy award-winning producer Steven Bochco and his frequent
writing partner David Milch. It focuses on the personal and
professional lives of the members of the detective's squad in the
New York Police Department's 15th Precinct.
Before it premiered in the fall of 1993, the series got a lot of
publicity because of its daring use of nudity and profanity - men's
buttocks, women's breasts, and the word "asshole" all appeared for
the first time in an American prime-time series on NYPD Blue.
However, people who actually bothered to watch the show (and not
protest it blindly) discovered that there was a lot more to it than
just tits, ass, and swear words. It's a dark, moving series about
trying to hold onto your morals and ideals in a corrupt and evil