David E. Kelley's surreal slice of small-town Wisconsin life centered on the Brock family: the town's sheriff, his physician wife and their three kids. There was some conventional murder and mayhem, along with dark humor. The occasionally bizarre story lines (like a 'serial bather' sneaking into homes) were often juxtaposed with ruminations on a variety of social issues (among them, bigamy and euthanasia). While never much of a ratings hit, this was a critical darling, winning 14 Emmys.
This mob drama was inspired by the fact-based film 'Donnie Brasco' and focuses on the dangerous double life of FBI agent Joseph Pistone. He struggles to maintain a normal relationship with his wife and two daughters while working undercover as Joe Falcone, an up-and-coming mobster in a New York crime family.
'Trapper' John McIntyre is chief of surgery at a San Francisco hospital, mentoring (and, occasionally, knocking heads with) his maverick colleague, Dr. Gonzo Gates, in this popular medical drama very loosely spun off from 'M*A*S*H,' which was set some 30 years earlier.
An absorbing medical series set in a top-flight Chicago hospital. Created by David E. Kelley, it debuted in September 1994 on CBS, opposite another new hospital drama, 'ER.' While never as popular as its NBC competition, the edgy ensemble series did receive a steady stream of Emmy nominations (and the occasional win) and remained on the air for six seasons, despite many cast changes.