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Law & Order 

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Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

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Dick Wolf
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
S. Epatha Merkerson ...  Lieutenant Anita Van Buren / ... 391 episodes, 1991-2010
Sam Waterston ...  E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy / ... 368 episodes, 1994-2010
Jerry Orbach ...  Detective Lennie Briscoe / ... 274 episodes, 1991-2004
Steven Hill ...  D.A. Adam Schiff 229 episodes, 1990-2000
Jesse L. Martin ...  Detective Ed Green 198 episodes, 1999-2008
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Storyline

The show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. Written by Mike Menditto

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law & Order Prime See more »

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Runtime:

(456 Episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The show was based on and inspired by a BBC 4 part drama about the British legal system broadcast in 1978 and seen by Dick Wolf. The drama looked at an event ( a corrupt Scotland Yard detective frames a known criminal for an armed robbery) from four different perspectives: the policeman's, the criminal's, the prosecution and defence lawyers and finally life in prison for the unfairly convicted villain. Wolf liked the innovative idea of following a crime from both the police investigation and then the lawyers perspective through to the trial and verdict. See more »

Goofs

When the detectives are interviewing someone or working a crime scene, they are never seen taking notes. Real detectives are constantly taking notes. The notes are so important that they are occasionally booked into evidence to ensure the originals will be available for review before trial. See more »

Quotes

Detective Lennie Briscoe: We had a deal, you son of a bitch!
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When the 15th season episode "Gunplay", originally aired in October 2004, was rebroadcast in March 2005, it ran with the opening credits showing Annie Parisse, even though the episode features Elizabeth Rohm who was originally credited. As a result, Rohm is uncredited in the rebroadcast of this episode. See more »

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A Diatribe Of Political Correctness
3 December 2004 | by leftyguns2See all my reviews

Though generally entertaining I find L & O to be the epitome of a diatribe of Political correctness. In particular the characters portrayed by Sam Waterson as ADA McCoy, and two of his second chairs Jill Hennesy as Claire Kincaid, and Elizabeth Rohm as Serena Southerlyn.

Sam Waterson comes on as a stereotypical unbending, intolerant outspoken PC guru, and is not outdone by obnoxious Jill Hennessy, and ultra-obnoxious Elizabeth Rohm. In the case of Rohm is a pity since she's extremely attractive, in par with Carey Lowell. But the role she plays is of an extremely enforcer, more of PC than the law.

This series' is never-the-less very realistic with it's police characters. All are very much typical of a large city detective. All with one ironic exception. Dennis Farina. ironic because he actually was a Police Officer in real life, as I was. But his persona is more in tune with a 70's television police character, than with a present day large city detective. He's too flamboyant, too "colorfull" a character more in tune with Colombo, and Starsky and Hutch. He replaced however the best most real character. Briscoe, excellently played by Jerry Orbach, who along with Green, Greevey, who with the outstanding support of Dann Florekl, the later Epatha Marketson as Captains Cragan, and VanBuren respectively make for very realistic portrayals of police brass. On the downside if only the arrests were more realistic. When making an arrest officer's priority is to secure prisoner cuff him/her and pull out of the area. A prisoner is not advised of his rights while being arrested. In real life this is done at the station under a more controlled setting.

Though with great potential the series is plaged by it's strict adherence to "political correctness"


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