LOS ANGELES — Steven Bochco, a writer and producer who created seminal television dramas in the 1980s, including ‘‘Hill Street Blues’’ and “L.A. Law,’’ died Sunday, a family spokesman said. He was 74,
The Los Angeles Times reported that he had been battling leukemia for several years. In 2014, he received a stem cell transplant that was credited with prolonging his life.
He won 10 primetime Emmys, and also created “NYPD Blue’’ and ‘‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’’
“Even though the network is supposed to be the authority, I always looked at Steven as my teacher, my mentor, the genius that led me to the best decision,” Ted Harbert told the Times. Harbert worked with Mr. Bochco when he brought “Doogie Howser, M.D” and “NYPD Blue” to ABC.
At NBC, Mr. Bochco expanded the idea of a broadcast television cop show when he created “Hill Street Blues” with Michael Kozoll in 1981, and he did it again at ABC with “NYPD Blue” in 1993.
“What we did with ‘NYPD Blue’ opened up the world,” he told the Times in 2014. “We were certainly aware of advancing the agenda.’’
Details of a memorial service were not immediately released.