'Homicide: Life on the Street,' 1993-99

I dare you to name a drama with a better cast than the first one that included Ned Beatty, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto and Clark Johnson. You might also note that three of those four actors are African-American. This series, which I consider the absolute apotheosis of the network cop drama, one of my favorite genres, made a difference.

( Handout courtesy NBC )

I dare you to name a drama with a better cast than the first one that included Ned Beatty, Andre Braugher, Yaphet Kotto and Clark Johnson. You might also note that three of those four actors are African-American. This series, which I consider the absolute apotheosis of the network cop drama, one of my favorite genres, made a difference.

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