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This was a flop because Americans are stupid.

Posted on 2008.12.05 at 22:43
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: 

 

Comments:


knic26
knic26 at 2008-12-06 13:38 (UTC) (Link)
I remember (and watched) Cop Rock, though I was much too young to "get it". I don't know that the most original ideas are always the most celebrated. Usually it's the mediocre things just left of center that get the praise.
dome36
dome36 at 2008-12-06 13:53 (UTC) (Link)
Aaaah! The Great and Only Hill Street! I was a dedicated fan!

Do you know if Hill Street is edited on DVD?

Dome
Ashaherazade
ashaherazade at 2008-12-07 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
I'd already given up on television pretty much by '90 so I didn't even know this existed but gosh it looks like it had real potential. Then again, me liking a show is practically the kiss of death from what I've seen. Since I've started watching television a bit again I'm surprised nobody has found out and offered me money to NOT watch their productions *wry grin*
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