1981 started the definitive police series of 80's . It tells a strory of all the staff of police station with over 30 central characters. Before Hill Street Blues there was Sherlock Holmes type of polices or buddy-byddy series. This started a long chain of police series - such as NYPD Blue and The Shield.
In the Heat of the Night - (1988-1995). Starring: Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Carl Weathers, Alan Autry, Anne-Marie Johnson, Lois Nettleton, David Hart, Geoffrey Thorne, Hugh O'Connor, Crystal R. Fox, Denise Nicholas and Christian LeBlanc.