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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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 complex process of determining a verdict, lives will often hang in the balance. See more »


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13 September 1990 (USA)  »

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(456 Episodes)

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Trivia

During the 2008 Presidential election season, TNT stopped re-running episodes of Law & Order that featured Fred Dalton Thompson as District Attorney Arthur Branch. Thompson was running for the Republican nomination for President, and due to federal election law, TNT would have been required to give other candidates equal air time. Thompson eventually dropped out of the race. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, the detectives (or the Crime Scene Unit Forensic Technicians) are able to ID a bullet caliber from the wound size. In reality this is impossible. A 9mm, .38, .40 and even a .45 all make wounds that are indistinguishable from each other on a body. The police also often look at a bullet and ID the pistol from it. While possible, this requires forensic analysis and is generally not very conclusive because the bullet is too deformed. The conformation of a particular bullet coming from a particular gun using "ballistic fingerprinting" has never resulted in a conviction. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lennie Briscoe: [in disgust to Det. Ed Green] Ed, I sold my plantation over a century ago.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Simpsons: Helter Shelter (2002) 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 Definition of Drama
18 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

There are many shows that are known for some sort of drama. For example, for the genre SCI-FI is Stargate: SGI or even STAR TREK. For the Drama area would be Law & Order. Lined up through drama from the 27th precinct to the court-room and the DA'S office, it is everywhere. The show is designed in a specific design. The first half of the show focuses on the police of, now in its eighteenth season, has Detective Ed Green and Detective Curtis Lupo under Lieutenant Van Buren. The second half deals with the DA'S office which, now in its eighteenth season, has ADA Cutter with ADA Rubirosa under DA McCoy, who originally since season five was the ADA. All the drama for anything comes from this show. This is the show to look up to, with all the success and popularity it has had everywhere. It is the most known Crime-Drama show ever and currently the most long-running show on television.


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