Rolando at Urbanite brought back a memory for me with a post on The Equalizer from 1985. As he notes, The Equalizer shows Times Square in all its pre-Giuliani glory. (Via Jeremiah)
Here's a clip I found from the show's opening (New York looks so SCARY!):
And where was the Olde Garden, which you see at the 21-second spot?
Oh, and all this makes me think of Cagney & Lacey from 1982 (and what happened to Meg Foster?):
Still, I prefer the gritty realism of other shows. (ACID RAIN in MANHATTAN! @ the 2:26 spot)