Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV Series  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 21,267 users  
Reviews: 157 user | 34 critic

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.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 24 Jan 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 14 Oct 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 15 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 31 Jan 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Law & Order" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Law & Order (1990–2010)

Law & Order (1990–2010) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Law & Order.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



20   19   18   17   16   15   14   13   12   … See all »
2010   2009   2008   2007   … See all »
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 43 wins & 176 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The third "Law and Order" series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

Stars: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Dann Florek
Law and Order (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Frame Johnson already cleaned up Tombstone and hopes to settle down near Cottonwood. But a marshal's work is never done...

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone, Preston Foster
Law & Order: LA (TV Series 2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Stars: Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina
Without a Trace (2002–2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The cases of an FBI unit specializing in missing persons investigations.

Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The series shows the workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment and continuing through the lawyers process of building a case, investigating leads and preparing witnesses and defendants for trial.

Stars: Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo
Law & Order: UK (TV Series 2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

UK version of the long-running U.S. TV drama that tells the stories of two separate yet equally important groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the attorneys, who prosecute the offenders.

Stars: Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter
CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.

Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez
Criminal Minds (TV Series 2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The cases of the BAU an elite group of profilers that analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson
Numb3rs (2005–2010)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Working for the FBI, a mathematician uses equations to help solve various crimes.

Stars: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch
NYPD Blue (1993–2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Lt. Anita Van Buren / ... (391 episodes, 1991-2010)
...
 Jack McCoy (368 episodes, 1994-2010)
...
 Detective Lennie Briscoe / ... (274 episodes, 1991-2004)
...
 D.A. Adam Schiff (229 episodes, 1990-2000)
...
 Detective Ed Green (198 episodes, 1999-2008)
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Law & Order Prime  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(456 Episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Madsen was a finalist for the role of Det. Mike Logan. 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

Lt. Anita Van Buren: If he's not Fallon, who the hell is he?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Well the FBI says he's not in the witness protection program but they mighta had their fingers crossed.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Lonely Scent of a Lean Cuisine (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not Driving Anymore
(Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
(UK Version)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Still compelling after all these years
5 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only started watching L&O a few years ago, and am hooked on the brilliant writing, acting, and direction that have made this show so popular for so long. Jerry Orbach is great as Lennie, and I was stunned to learn that he also played the voice of Lumiere, the French candlestick in Beauty and the Beast! His sarcastic one-liners never fail to get me laughing, and he and his new partner, Jesse L. Martin as Ed Green, have a good rapport and are believable as partners. On the "Order" side, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, and Elisabeth Rohm are equally compelling. New cast member Rohm has gotten better as she's gone along; she had big shoes to fill as Angie Harmon's replacement. Because the stories are all driven by the plots, and not the characters' personal lives, it makes the constant cast turnover more believable. It's a testament to Dick Wolf and co. that such a smart, sharp show has stayed on the edge after almost 12 years! My only beef is I'm tired of hearing "Ripped from the headlines" in every promo. That, though, is a minor quibble. Wednesday nights wouldn't be the same without it!


22 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
L&O Message Board Surprises: Jamie a bitch? Abbie's voice? levit-miles
Best use of actors that come back in different roles julesmagnini
WGN America FAIL! ggdenny
Episode Where a Young Blonde Girl is Wrongly Accused... pricelessdoll
Recurring plot mistake yastepanov
The Fertility Doctor shadaif
Discuss Law & Order (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page