There were a lot of nice shows back then. More laid back than the stuff now, which even when very good is usually overly violent or extreme in one way or another (every doctor show has to have the most horrendous illinesses, the most severely traumatic events for the characters, etc) and they're very slick. Some are so good it doesn;t matter, but i find that the slickness and technical perfection of a lot of shows distracts one from the story, while those were all story, few special effects, fancy camerawork, etc. I, alas, was already in Italy and never got to see them except very rarely and dubbed. bla. I remember I also enjoyed seeing "st elsewhere" and "cagney and lacey", but there were probably others in that period that were also good but weren;t imported.
I really liked the captain of hill st blues, who was long-suffering and not at all glamorous, dealing with hard decisions, and a crappy personal life in a shabby office in a shabby police station.
I find it particularly annoying that in all the crime shows there are always people working late in offices with practically no lighting, even in the crime labs!!! there are two or three tiny blue desk lamps in a totally dark office. Now who, having to work all night, would stay in semi darkness? you'd fall asleep and how can you see what you're working on??? Any sane person would turn on the overhead lights. Same when they go into an apartment at night to look for clues, they NEVER turn on the lights, but hold flashlights that light up about 2 square inches of space and yet are combing the place for miniscule clues! Don;t they have some large lights to bring in, and why not turn on the central lighting when it's a working apartment?? I prefer when they create drama with the plot not with these tricks/
And do all lawyer's offices have totally glass walls? no privacy for their clients???