Serialized Drama w/ Cinematic Elements: Hill St. Blues
Contemptible Protagonist: NYPD Blue
EXTREMELY weak comparisons. Hill Street Blues can't sniff The Sopranos in terms of production value, writing, or cinematic elements. Not even close.
And the only comparison between Andy Sipowicz and Tony Soprano is that they were both fat and balding. Are you seriously going to sit there and tell me the characterization and depth we got from Tony is the same as Andy? Sipowicz was a 'contemptible' cop, Soprano was a sociopathic killer... and the sociopathic killer is BY FAR more iconic than the 'contemptible' cop.
Come on. Now you're just arguing just to argue. Nothing to see here.
My only advice to you is to give Boardwalk Empire a chance before you write it off, especially considering the talent involved in its production.
And there haven't been that many films or tv series about 1920s prohibition. Not good ones at least. The Untouchables is the only one I can remember off the top of my head, but this looks much different.
Hill St. Blues popularized the serialized format and at the time had production value similar to films. Handheld cam usage first saw heavy use on that show. The show is one of the most award winning shows in television history, and was Stephen Bochco's first smash.
You are arguing just to argue. If all you can argue that a corner cutting cop who knowingly sent innocent people to jail on occasion is not contemptible enough.