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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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 44 wins & 196 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Law & Order Prime  »

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(456 Episodes)

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Prior to becoming an actor, Dennis Farina (Detective Joe Fontana) was a Detective in the Chicago Police Department for eighteen 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 television shows. See more »

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When the Detectives want to "bring in" or "pick up" someone for questioning are usually located instantly. That might work if they had a consistent schedule they followed faithfully every day, but there are few people who do that. Also, many of the people they are looking for are homeless or otherwise itinerant, and even they don't know where they will be tomorrow. See more »

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[Opening narration]
Narrator: 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.
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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

Spoofed in Back at the Barnyard: Hypno-a-Go-Go/Fowl Play (2007) 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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Watch it for Briscoe and McCoy!
12 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To be honest, I didn't become a real fan of the series until Jerry Orbach (Detective Briscoe)and Sam Waterston(EADA McCoy)came into the picture. This is when the series starts to pick up steam. Watching the show, you can't help but laugh at Briscoe's remarks or feel the passion of McCoy. Both of these men want justice, and will do everything within limits to bring the wrongdoers to justice. What I really like about the show is the wonderful twists and turns that they throw to the audience, as well as the "ripped from the headlines" episodes. Even though you have 2 more in the "Law And Order" franchise, the original is STILL the best!


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