Some of the most highly rated cop television shows include "Cops," "The Wire," "Law and Order," and "CSI." Critics and viewers alike consistently rank shows created by Dick Wolf, Anthony Zuicker, Stephen Bochco and David Simon in the top 20 police series of all time.
The "Law and Order" and "CSI" franchises together generated nine separate series and over a thousand episodes each. Stephen Bochco created two series generally considered to be the foundation for the cop show revolution: "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue." Writer David Simon's "Homicide Life on the Street" and "The Wire" also rank among the most-watched and most-acclaimed series on television.