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The show follows a crime, usually 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.

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 Anita Van Buren / ... (391 episodes, 1991-2010)
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 Jack McCoy (368 episodes, 1994-2010)
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 Lennie Briscoe / ... (274 episodes, 1991-2004)
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 Adam Schiff (229 episodes, 1990-2000)
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 Ed Green (198 episodes, 1999-2008)
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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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13 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The show was known for underplaying the background stories of its characters. During the 1995-96 season, hints were dropped that the characters of Jack McCoy and Claire Kincaid were lovers (a fact confirmed in a later episode). Many fans enjoy spotting where and when these subtle hints occur in each episode. However, when Elisabeth Röhm's character Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn came out as gay in her very last line on the show (after she is fired, Southerlyn asks, "Is this because I'm a lesbian?") after absolutely no other indication of her character's sexual orientation had been given during her 4 years on the show, the writers came in for widespread derision from TV critics (including Slate's Dana Stevens, USA Today's Robert Bianco, and Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle) and on internet message boards for using the revelation of her orientation for its shock value instead of allowing it to be any part of her character. See more »

Goofs

In real life the same group of police officers working with the same group of prosecutors in one year is highly unlikely. Also the same could be said of the police and prosecutors getting through 22-24 cases per year. See more »

Quotes

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Capt. Donald Cragen: Freakin'
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Crazy Credits

After the attack on the World Trade Center the opening was changed for one episode to reflect the sacrifices of the NYPD and the NYFD. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #15.50 (2011) See more »

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I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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The Original is the Best!
13 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You don't have to look far to find quality TV. Law and Order has been doing it for almost 20 years. Forget about CSI and Cold Case and other imitators out there nothing tops Law and Order. Even though recently new characters that have been coming into play (almost the entire cast has changed in just the last 3 seasons leaving Lt. Van Buren and new DA Jack McCoy as the only long standing characters with Detective Ed Green's sudden departure last season)the show is still going strong and is still interesting. Even the reruns are great to watch. There are some episodes that you can really just get into.

If you haven't seen it then check it out. It is still one of the best shows out there 10 of 10


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