Insightful, candid, and utterly entertaining, Steven Bochco’s memoir TRUTH IS A TOTAL DEFENSE: My Fifty Years in Television reveals the mad genius, vision, mayhem, and brilliance behind his groundbreaking, widely popular hits (and near misses). Sparing no one, including himself, he shares insider anecdotes from his triumphs—“Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and “NYPD Blue”—and turbulent times in broadcast TV.

He started reading and synopsizing scripts, plays, and books for Sam Goldwyn, Jr. Moving through his 10-Emmy Award career (so far), to his hot, homicide detective show “Murder in the First” now on TNT, the prolific and successful TV writer and producer describes generous, tough, and conniving mentors and moguls. He shares the how-tos and better-nots of working with highly talented writers, directors, actors, and remembrances of building remarkable television and a memorable life.

Combining discerning and from-the-hip thoughts on the business of television writing and production, tales from the wild side, and personal lessons from his life-threatening and altering battle with a rare form of leukemia, Steven Bochco delivers a revealing, wryly humorous page turner.


Ten-time Emmy-award winning television producer and writer Steven Bochco “owned” Thursday night at 10:00 for 15 years. For 25 years, his shows “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and “NYPD Blue” were enormously successful must-watch TV that irrevocably changed the landscape of television. More than 30 million people watched the premiere of “LA Law.” His hot, homicide detective TNT show “Murder in the First” premiered its third season in late June.


Also by Steven Bochco, Death by Hollywood, a suspenseful, shocking, and darkly comic crime novel about a screenwriter, a billionaire’s wife, a murder, and, of course, a cop. Available now on Amazon.



share on