This third Law & Order series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view.

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 Alexandra Eames (144 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Robert Goren (141 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 James Deakins (111 episodes, 2001-2006)
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 Ron Carver (111 episodes, 2001-2006)
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 Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers (110 episodes, 2001-2011)
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 Danny Ross (61 episodes, 2006-2010)
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This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York. It also puts a new twist to the "Law & Order" formula: now, in each episode, we see the crimes as they are planned and committed. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories. See more »


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Beginning with season five, episodes' cast and opening credits alternate between Goran and Eames (Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe) and Logan and Barek (Chris Noth and Annabella Sciorra). In season six, Julianne Nicholson replaced Sciorra, and in season eight, Jeff Goldblum replaced Noth. See more »

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Alexandra Eames routinely wears her hair long and high heel boots. Neither would worn by a female police officer working the streets as they could allow them to become injured by a suspect or during a foot chase. See more »

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Mr. Smythe: Four counts of manslaughter. That's what I get for overestimating the intelligence of a grand jury.
Detective Alexandra Eames: Just be grateful the D.A. let you off with a plea bargain.
Mr. Smythe: I don't consider shutting down my website a bargain. All right, Joanie and Chachi, right? This is the last chat I have for them.
Detective Alexandra Eames: Thank you, you can go do your little dance in Hell now.
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Series: OK Acting:OK with the exception of D'Onofrio
24 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Admittedly I am a huge fan of Law & Order, so I am probably a bit prejudiced with regard to Law & Order Criminal Intent. I have found that the story lines are up to standard the original series set. I feel that the character development in LOCI has tremendous potential.

Intended or not, one of the main characters, Goren, evolves as the central character in each episode. His ability and desire to understand the reasoning behind the actions of the criminals is captivating. He appears supremely intelligent but without a superior attitude. Each episode Goren is called upon to draw from his own eclectic knowledge base which, depending on the episode, might be a foreign language, the psychology behind the criminal mind, odd medical conditions, rare art values or something equally unexpected. His knowledge seems to be acquired because he is driven to know more, to understand more completely, to totally get inside the criminal's head, dissect whatever thought processes are happening and add this to his vast 'file' in his own head. This desire coupled with D'Onofrio's unusual mannerisms create a unique approach to 'cracking' a suspect and makes you sweat right along with the criminal. (Added bonus: D'Onofrio is INCREDIBLY sexy!!)

The other characters are standard Law & Order issue. Very competent, fairly easy to understand without being too simple. They have lives and feelings and issues that some times conflict with their duties which gives them a dimension frequently lacking in television but always existent in Law & Order shows/spinoffs.

I am hoping that this series will be renewed for enough seasons so that the audience will have a chance to peek into the depths of Goren's mind and understand how HE works. All in all, I believe this is a series well worth your time and I sincerely hope that it continues. (I also want to see more of D'Onofrio!!)


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