December 5th, 2008

Just Me

This was a flop because Americans are stupid.

In 1990, Stephen Bochco, fresh from his triumph with Hill Street Blues, offered something never before seen on series television:

A dark, gritty, cynical, dangerous cop show... That was a musical.

Critics laughed, and audiences shunned the series.

They were idiots. The fact of the matter is, this series was an amazing piece of writing, and the songs, more often than not, carried the weight and force of Shakespearian Soliloquies.

Here, as an example, is Rod McClarty performing a song that completely defines his character, and remakes how we'll view and understand him for the rest of the series: