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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13 September 1990 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Prior to becoming an actor, Dennis Farina, who portrays Detective Joe Fontana, was a Detective in the Chicago Police Department for 18 years. He got into acting through his former partner and police commander, Chuck Adamson, who had retired and became a police consultant on movies and TV shows. See more »

Goofs

Number of times "ballistic fingerprinting" has been used to ID a murder weapon in New York = 0. See more »

Quotes

Adam Schiff: People see the devil as an allegory.
ADA Jack McCoy: I'm not so sure I do.
Abbie Carmichael: Horns and a pitchfork, Jack?
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the season one episode "Torrents of Greed, Part 2" the customary "In the criminal justice system..." opening monologue and screen title were replaced with a monologue and screen title about manipulation of the legal system. See more »

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Followed by Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) 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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