This article is from the NYPD Blue FAQ, by Dave Chapman, Alan Sepinwall and Jeff Knapp with numerous contributions by others.
"Favorite Television Dramatic Series" - 20th Annual People's
The show was nominated for a record 26 Emmys for its first
season, and won 6, including Best Actor for Dennis Franz, Best
Writing (Steroid Roy) and Best Direction (Tempest in a C-Cup).
The previous record for most nominations was 21, set by Hill
Street Blues in 1980.
The show's Emmy nominations fell to a mere 12 this year,
though that was still the second best showing of any series
(after ER). While the show did poorly in the early goings of
the ceremony, it did pull a bit of an upset by beating strong
favorite ER for Best Drama Series. Some have speculated that
it was an "apology award" from the Academy to make up for Blue
losing to Picket Fences the year before.
The 1997 Emmy's had Dennis Franz taking home the Best Actor in
a Dramatic Series trophy, while Kim Delaney grabbed the "Best
Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series" trophy. The episode
"Where's Swaldo" Mark Tinker won Outstanding Directing for a
Drama Series for his work on "Where's Swaldo." David Milch,
Stephen Gaghan, Michael R. Perry took home the Outstanding
Writing for a Drama Series for their work on "Where's Swaldo."