Bochco was best known as the creator of Hill Street Blues, which garnered a record-setting 27 Emmy nominations in its first season. It went on to win 26 Emmys over the course of its seven-season run. The show has been heralded as pioneering television as a form of continuous storytelling, breaking from the traditions of sitcoms where each episode could stand alone.
He was also a creative force behind shows like L.A. Law, NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser, M.D.
A number of Hollywood colleagues have paid their respects to Bochco. See a selection of social media tributes below.
Steven Bochco sat with Jake Kasdan and myself before we started Freaks and Geeks and let us grill him for advice. We used all of it. He was a great man and will forever be an inspiration. https://t.co/IWT2Zfr3Nf— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 2, 2018
So sad to hear of Steven Bochco's passing. He was a pioneer, a gentleman, and gave me my first job in prime time tv. Rest well, sir. You will be missed. #RIP— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 2, 2018
It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV. It was being on #NYPDBlue that made me love working on TV. Thank you and rest well Steven Bochco. You were one of a kind. https://t.co/jTqhyAuO0k— Sharon Lawrence (@sharonlawrence) April 2, 2018
I was 28, married, & the father of a baby boy when the creator of 'Hill St. Blues' came to NYC to cast a show about minor league baseball. Steven Bochco gave me my first break on 'Bay City Blues' and brought me to Hollywood. I'm eternally grateful to him for my career. RIP boss.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) April 2, 2018
Steven Bochco Dies at 74 https://t.co/4L1lFXhIJF via @thr This man meant the world to me. Mentor is not a strong enough word. Nor is friend. He taught me so much about the business, and life, and always had my back. I'm so sad.— Reginald Hudlin (@reghud) April 2, 2018
As a kid, "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A. Law" were rituals in my house. All of us who grew up watching great TV and have benefited from the ground he broke owe pioneer Steven Bochco a debt of gratitude. RIP— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) April 2, 2018
So sad to hear Steven Bochco passed. Gave me my first real job on TV on NYPD Blue. RIP.— dean norris (@deanjnorris) April 2, 2018
Steven cast me in my very first job right out of school. The show was called: Murder One. He was so kind & brilliant. He took a chance on an unknown black kid who had never before acted professionally. Thank you for this life Steven. 🙏🏾#StevenBochco #RIPStevenBochco 💔— DB Woodside (@dbwofficial) April 2, 2018
Steven Bochco started my career, taught me alI i needed to know about putting everything in the correct perspective. He was my hero. RIP— Mary McCormack (@marycmccormack) April 2, 2018
Hill Street Blues changed everything when it came on TV in 1981. Heart breaking, gritty, funny, real... It inspired me in a giant way. Thank you Steven Bochco.#RIPStevenBochco— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) April 2, 2018
VERY SAD to hear that Steven Bochco passed away on Sunday. Steven hired me on LA LAW and changed the trajectory of my life and career. There are opportunities available to me today because he took a chance on a kid like me, long ago. I'll forever be grateful to him. RIP Steven. pic.twitter.com/8jMvxoenAq— Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) April 2, 2018
Just heard Legendary tv producer Steven Bochco passed away. His groundbreaking storytelling was a big influence on me pursuing a career as a professional actor. Was blessed to get to direct one of his shows and tell him in person. RIP Mr. Television— Eriq La Salle (@EriqLaSalle23) April 2, 2018
Steven Bochco: Today, our industry lost a visionary, a creative force, a risk taker, a witty, urbane story teller with an uncanny ability to know what the world wanted. We were long-term colleagues, and longer term friends., and I am deeply saddened.— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 2, 2018
I will be forever grateful to Steven Bochco for the key to the lock that opened the door to a career. At the same time he taught me more about our humanity; our faults and strengths, how they survive side by side, despite our human insistence on seeing them as opposing forces.— Corbin Bernsen (@corbinbernsen) April 2, 2018