1986 – L.A. Law is first broadcast

Steven Bochco’s popular lawyer drama L.A. Law premiered at 10PM EST, on Thursday, September 15, 1992. It was replacing Hill Street Blues (also a Bochco creation), and expectations on the part of both viewers and the network were high.

Fortunately, it lived up to them. The show ran for eight years, and for the first six its Nielsen Ratings placed it in the top 30 shows. In its time, it was often controversial – which probably helped its popularity no end.

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My Generation (Part II) – Todd Snider