I came across this series because of the interview with Ryan. He talks openly with TVGuide about what inspired him to write The Shield (ride-alongs for Nash Bridges plus the Rampart Scandal), how it came to be on F/X, and it's influence as a catalyst for the recent cable drama boom. The ever humble Ryan doesn't claim credit, but is happy his show is usually singled out as the forerunner.
I do think [The Shield] had a big impact, but I'm also aware that the impact was ready to happen. The conditions existed for it to happen, and if The Shield never happened, it would have happened with a different show. It was going to happen. I'm grateful that we got there first and got credited with changing the perception, but you just look back and cable TV was ready to explode like that.
Very interesting series. I'm definitely going to read the other interviews.