Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution 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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In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. See more »


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13 September 1990 (USA)  »

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(456 Episodes)

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At the time of the show's creation, one-hour dramas were going through a slump, with sitcoms being more popular, and much more likely to get strong syndication deals for re-runs. Dick Wolf thought that it might be easier to sell the show in thirty-minute segments, and came up with the concept of the first half of the show being the police investigation and the second half the legal procedure. Dramas started rebounding in popularity shortly after Law & Order debuted, so this never ended up becoming an issue with re-run deals. See more »

Goofs

In several episodes in the first season, Sgt. Greevey shows his credentials to identify himself, however the badge in the wallet is a NYPD "detectives" shield which is different from a Sgt's shield. See more »

Quotes

ADA Jack McCoy: Sometimes Lennie Briscoe doesn't hit it out of the park.
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Some (but not all) episodes show a disclaimer emphasizing the fictional nature of the story just prior to the closing credits. This is particularly important on those episodes that were inspired by well-known real- life legal cases. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Law & Order: Justice Is Served (2004) 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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5 August 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I have to hand it to you Americans - when it comes to decent TV shows, you have us Brits beaten, hands down; Sopranos, Six Feet Under and this, Law & Order.

It's an excellent show which makes for firmly compulsive viewing, with great scripts and solid acting. The icing on the cake for me is the stunningly beautiful Angie Harmon as an Assistant D.A.

It's a top show - if you haven't seen it already, then make sure you see it next time it's on - well worth a look.


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