Cop/Detective/Mystery Series


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Cop/Detective/Mystery series describes shows featuring recurring protagonists who engage in solving or preventing crimes.

Highlights
Sharon Gless on getting letters from female cops who went into the field because of Cagney & Lacey
01:09
Steven Bochco on the elements that defined NYPD Blue
13:20
Harve Bennett on the genesis and influence of The Mod Squad
06:12
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
14:12
Angela Lansbury on the audience who watched Murder, She Wrote
03:03
Nina Tassler on the development of CSI: Cyber
03:23
Who talked about this genre

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Dragnet
02:17
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Fugitive
01:34
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for I Spy
01:48
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mission: Impossible
01:29
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mod Squad
02:06
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Untouchables
02:08
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles and special effects for Charlie's Angels
01:19

John Astin

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John Astin on directing CHiPs
01:44

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on directing Hawaii Five-O
10:01
Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta; on the character "Tony Baretta"
14:01

George Barris

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Custom car designer George Barris on making prop police cars street-legal
02:47

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on the creation of Magnum, P.I.
12:27
Donald Bellisario on specific episodes of Magnum, P.I.
15:05
Donald Belisario on creating JAG
05:41

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett on the genesis and influence of The Mod Squad
06:12
Harve Bennett on writing and producing The Mod Squad  and its effect on popular culture 
08:50

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on working on writing features for Universal and creating Johnny Staccato 
04:54
Dick Berg on being under contract to Universal and deciding the get into producing on the series Checkmate
07:20
Dick Berg on writing SuspicionAlfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Third Man
01:21

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on the elements that defined NYPD Blue
13:20
Steven Bochco on L.A. Law
13:38
Steven Bochco on his early interest in portraying the private lives of cops
01:02
Steven Bochco on the casting of Hill Street Blues
03:18
Steven Bochco on the pilot of Hill Street Blues and how it ultimately defined the series in terms of violence and consequence
02:42
Steven Bochco on Cop Rock
04:09
Steven Bochco on creating NYPD Blue
02:00

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing black and white and color episodes of The Fugitive; on directing The Fugitive episode "Corner of Hell"
07:44
Robert Butler on directing several episodes of The Twilight Zone
04:42
Robert Butler on directing Columbo  
06:17
Robert Butler on directing and creating the trademark style elements of Hill Street Blues
28:51
Robert Butler on working with the cast of Hill Street Blues; on why he stayed as a regular director on Hill Street Blues
08:24
Robert Butler on directing the pilot of Moonlighting
12:37

Stephen J. Cannell

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Stephen J. Cannell on the genesis of 21 Jump Street  and working with a newly created Fox network
04:39

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
08:44
Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
08:44
Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
08:44
Reuben Cannon on casting Moonlighting
18:42

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caronon creating Moonlighting and casting the leads
09:21
Glenn Gordon Caron on the premise, pilot, and music of Moonlighting
28:32
Glenn Gordon Caron on recurring gags, the writers' room and production problems on Moonlighting
29:40
Glenn Gordon Caron on memorable episodes of Moonlighting, leaving day-to-day operations, and the legacy of Moonlighting
15:13

Thomas Carter

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Thomas Carter on directing Hill Street Blues
19:09
Thomas Carter on directing Miami Vice  (Part 1)
07:02
Thomas Carter on directing Miami Vice (Part 2)
03:36

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on starring in The Commish at the age of 27; on his character "Tony Scali" and the show's production schedule
11:32
Michael Chiklis on auditioning for and playing "Detective Mackey" on The Shield
28:46
Michael Chiklis on the challenges of playing "Detective Vic Mackey" on The Shield; on the look and tone of the show; on the finale
31:36

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on scoring Moonlighting  (Part 1)
03:42
Alf Clausen on composing the score and recording the music for Moonlighting (Part 2)
20:16

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on auditioning for and shooting Hawaiian Eye
03:29

Jeanne Cooper

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Jeanne Cooper on working on suspense and detective series
05:01
Jeanne Cooper on working on L.A. Law with her son Corbin Bernsen
02:22

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on pitching Cagney & Lacey in 1974 and on being involved in the women's movement at the time
05:11
Barbara Corday on creating Cagney and Lacey
20:20
Barbara Corday on Cagney & Lacey
27:21

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on directing The Rockford Files, starring James Garner and guest-starring Rita Moreno
00:38

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for Moonlighting
09:25
Judy Crown on styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY
03:53

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on playing "Joanne Webster" in the series Unforgettable  
04:02

Richard Donner

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Richard Donner on directing Kojak
04:02

David Dortort

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David Dortort on being President of the Writers Guild of America, producing The Restless Gun, and on his career as a novelist
07:32

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Medical Center, and on directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr
03:40
Charles S. Dubin on directing Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord
08:34
Charles S. Dubin on directing Kojak, starring Telly Savalas
07:38

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on appearing on Kojak
03:52
Hector Elizondo on appearing on Columbo
01:27
Hector Elizondo on appearing on The Rockford Files with James Garner
02:31
Hector Elizondo on guest-starring on Monk
01:59

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging The Mod Squad produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas
03:29

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her guest appearance on Murder, She Wrote
02:25

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on appearing on Homicide: Life on the Street
01:14
Edie Falco on appearing on Law & Order
00:57

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on executive producing The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
18:50

Mike Fenton

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Mike Fenton on casting Vega$ with Robert Urich 
01:17

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on writing and producing Homicide: Life on the Street
18:16
Tom Fontana on writing and producing Homicide: Life on the Street (Part 2)
23:58

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on providing the voice of "Charlie" on Charlie's Angels
09:48

Eddie Foy, III

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Eddie Foy III on casting Charlie's Angels 
01:39
Eddie Foy III on casting Hill Street Blues
01:59

Dennis Franz

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Dennis Franz on bringing authenticity to his role on N.Y.P.D. Blue
00:27
Dennis Franz on working on Hill Street Blues
28:47
Dennis Franz on working on Hill Street Blues
14:47
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
14:12
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
29:13
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
21:00

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for Starsky and Hutch
07:10

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on Ziv Productions producing Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford
03:46

Arthur Gardner

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Arthur Gardner on producing The Detective s starring Robert Taylor
00:27

James Garner

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James Garner on playing "Jim Rockford" on The Rockford Files
28:35

David Gerber

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David Gerber on going to work for Columbia Pictures Television and producing Police Story
05:56
David Gerber on producing Police Story
14:38
David Gerber on producing Police Woman
07:32
David Gerber on producing Joe Forrester 
03:13
David Gerber on producing David Cassidy: Man Undercover
01:34
David Gerber on shepherding In the Heat of the Night  starring Carroll O'Connor
07:56
David Gerber on shepherding In the Heat of the Night
01:58

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Herschel Burke Gilbert on supervising the music for The Detectives
02:29

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on playing "Dave Starsky" on Starsky and Hutch  (Part 1)
23:53
Paul Michael Glaser on playing "Dave Starsky" on Starsky and Hutch (Part 2)
27:57

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on the lead-up to getting Cagney & Lacey; on meeting future husband Barney Rosenzweig
13:31
Sharon Gless on fine-tuning the character of "Christine Cagney" on Cagney & Lacey
02:55
Sharon Gless on creating a realistic cop show, and on Tyne Daly and Gless being honored by the New York Police Department for Cagney & Lacey
01:09

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on producing Starsky and Hutch
09:23
Leonard Goldberg on the creation of Charlie's Angels, originally titled "The Alley Cats" 
03:39
Leonard Goldberg on the final Spelling-Goldberg production, T.J. Hooker
05:14

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on composing the theme and incidental music for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
01:43
Jerry Goldsmith on composing for Jericho and being nominated for Emmy Awards for composing for Thriller  and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
01:38
Jerry Goldsmith on composing the theme for The WaltonsBarnaby JonesPolice Story, and Hawkins
03:36

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on writing spec scripts for The  Alfred Hitchcock Hour
01:07

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on directing Perry Mason and working with Raymond Burr
07:01
Arthur Hiller on directing The Third Man
02:47
Arthur Hiller on directing The Detectives with Robert Taylor and Adam West
02:32
Arthur Hiller on directing Route 66 and Naked City
14:05
Arthur Hiller on Route 66, Naked City, and Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse
14:47

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on doing stunt work for Police Story
02:08
Leslie Hoffman on a stunt she performed on Columbo  involving a spiral staircase
02:47
Leslie Hoffman on performing stunts for The Hardy Boys Mysteries
01:14
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Charlie's Angels
01:05
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for CHiPs
00:46
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Remington Steele
08:37

Monica Horan

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Monica Horan on her first TV role on L.A. Law
01:43

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
04:40
Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
05:08
Roy Huggins on creating The Fugitive 
08:15
Roy Huggins on writing Baretta
02:03
Roy Huggins on co-creating The Rockford Files  with Stephen J. Cannell
02:40

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on working with Peter Falk on Columbo
02:47
Kim Hunter on guest starring on Murder, She Wrote
00:37

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on writing a treatment for 21 Jump Street and appearing on the episode
07:28

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing several episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel and Naked City
06:26
Lamont Johnson on directing Peter Gunn, and on working with show creator Blake Edwards
04:30

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Naked City
05:08

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O
06:17

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on being story editor for The Mod Squad
11:12
Rita Lakin on creating The Rookies with producer Aaron Spelling
06:32

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on Murder, She Wrote
27:34
Angela Lansbury on Murder, She Wrote
18:18

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on writing for McCloud
07:37
Glen A. Larson on creating Magnum, P.I.
08:56

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on Shades of Blue
03:15

Judith Light

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Judith Light on playing the recurring character "Elizabeth Donnelly" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
01:43

William Link

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Co-creator (with Richard Levinson) William Link on the genesis and production of Mannix
07:20
Co-creator (with Richard Levinson) William Link on the legacy of Columbo
06:53

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being stage coordinator for Americana  and Barney Blake, Police Reporter
04:19
Stewart MacGregory on acting as stage coordinator for Armstrong Circle Theatre  and Martin Kane, Private Eye
05:28

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on directing Moonlighting
14:30
Will Mackenzie on directing the Moonlighting episode "Atomic Shakespeare"
13:31

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on appearing on the pilot of Law & Order, and the shooting style of the show
00:56

Bob Markell

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Bob Markell on working on the show Danger
02:26
Bob Markell on working on Danger
03:00
Bob Markell on the comparison between Perry Mason and The Defenders
01:34
Bob Markell on working on the pilot for Hawk
03:34
Bob Markell on working on N.Y.P.D.
13:22

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on directing Bourbon Street Beat
05:57
Leslie H. Martinson on directing 77 Sunset Strip
01:48
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Hawaiian Eye
03:16
Leslie H. Martinson on the declining years of Warner Bros. and directing The Roaring 20's
02:10
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Mannix
02:06
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Cannon
02:41
Leslie H. Martinson on directing CHiPs
02:09
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Ironside
05:11

David Milch

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David Milch on writing for Hill Street Blues
30:00
David Milch on co-creating and writing NYPD Blue (Part 1)
17:10
David Milch on co-creating and writing NYPD Blue (Part 2)
27:30

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on writing Foreign Intrigue, his first writing job for television
03:48
Paul Monash on writing for Desilu, and on writing "The Scarface Mob," the pilot for The Untouchables
01:32
Paul Monash on writing "The Scarface Mob," the pilot for The Untouchables
01:33
Paul Monash on writing Cain's Hundred
07:06

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing 77 Sunset Strip
01:22
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Untouchables, Adventures in Paradise, and The FBI
10:53
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing Batman
02:36

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on his dramatic work including appearances on ER and Hill Street Blues and Hunter
00:47

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on how Hill Street Blues changed the television industry
06:33
Horace Newcomb on Magnum, P.I.'s cumulative narrative
04:56

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on being cast as "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice
11:39
Edward James Olmos on playing "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice
42:17

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Martin Kane, Private Eye
00:40

Rita Riggs

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Rita Riggs on costuming V.I.P.
02:08

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on Remington Steele
12:56

Meta Rosenberg

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Meta Rosenberg on developing the series Ironside
02:46
Meta Rosenberg on developing and executive producing The Rockford Files
19:28
Meta Rosenberg on executive producing The Rockford Files
20:20

Barney Rosenzweig

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Barney Rosenzweig on the idea for and several cast changes for Cagney & Lacey
37:59
Barney Rosenzweig on what Cagney & Lacey was about at its core and social issues addressed on the show
06:14
Barney Rosenzweig on the cast and the legacy of Cagney & Lacey and what it did for the portrayal of women on television, and on how it changed television
11:55

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on becoming director of photography for Mrs. Columbo
03:58
Thomas Del Ruth on being director of photography for Simon & Simon
05:21
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography for JAG
06:09

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on how the Italian-American reaction to The Untouchables led to ABC agreeing to not use the term "mafia"
03:46
Alfred Schneider on regulating portrayals of violence in Roots versus S.W.A.T. and The Six Million Dollar Man
01:55

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on directing four episodes of The Fugitive starring David Janssen and the success of the series
07:27

William Shatner

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William Shatner on starring in T.J. Hooker
01:09

Sid Sheinberg

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Sid Sheinberg on MCA's syndication and television business in the '80s and the series Law & Order
03:43

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing one episode of Cagney & Lacey
02:25
James Sheldon on why he enjoyed directing Route 66 and Naked City
01:23
James Sheldon on trying to connect with Rock Hudson over James Dean on the set of MacMillan and Wife
02:21

David Shore

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David Shore on writing for NYPD Blue
02:04

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on The Rookies being the first show he worked on and getting the job through his then-brother-in-law, Georg Stanford Brown
01:12
Mark Snow on writing the theme song for the third season of Starsky and Hutch
03:35
Mark Snow on writing the theme song for Hart to Hart
02:56
Mark Snow on composing for Hart to Hart
05:12
Mark Snow on composing for Blue Bloods
05:06

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on the legacy of Desilu's productions, including Mission: Impossible and The Untouchables
01:40

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on Charlie's Angels
10:35

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on writing the pilot for Perry Mason
05:14

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on developing Moonlighting
05:16

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on buying CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as an executive at CBS
03:44
Nina Tassler on the then-upcoming end of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
02:47
Nina Tassler on the development of CSI: Cyber
03:23

Lou Weiss

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Lou Weiss on Richard Diamond, Private Detective 
01:12

John Wells

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John Wells on executive producing Southland
06:43

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on working on The FBI, and Gunsmoke, and on joining the union
08:05

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on the appeal of police and medical dramas
03:15

Frederic Ziv

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Frederic Ziv on producing Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford; on problems with Broderick Crawford
04:17