Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series 2001–2011) Poster


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The character of Detective Robert Goren is based on Sherlock Holmes, but instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, D'Onofrio's character focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators, whom he often draws into confessing or yielding condemning evidence. The character of Nicole Wallace is a direct attempt to play on the part of Sherlock Holmes' female antagonist Irene Adler, also known as "The Woman." Wallace is employed as a 'Professor of Literature' during her first appearance, which could be a parallel to Holmes's nemesis Professor Moriarty.
Kathryn Erbe's real life pregnancy was incorporated into the show's plot line by having her character be a surrogate mother, carrying her brother's child.
Vincent D'Onofrio's contract is for seven consecutive years on the show.
At the end of the 4th season, Jamey Sheridan suffered Bell's palsy, a facial paralysis that affected one half of his face. In the 5th season his character, Captain James Deakins, carried an eye patch over his left eye to hide the signs of the paralysis.
To add a vulnerability to Goren's seeming invincibility, a backstory was added in which his mother was diagnosed as a schizophrenic during his adolescence.
This is the only New York-based "Law & Order" series in which Sam Waterston (Jack McCoy) and Richard Belzer (John Munch) do not appear.
Alexandra Eames once mentioned dating a man named "Terry", possibly a reference to Kathryn Erbe's real-life husband, Terry Kinney.
Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe both previously guest starred in episodes of the series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), which crossed over with the original Law & Order (1990)
Olivia d'Abo's fate as a recurring villain was once held in the balance by a phone-in poll. An overwhelming majority of fans voiced their desire for her to get away again.
The show's format was partially inspired by the NBC Columbo mystery movies staring Peter Falk. Both started out with the crime being seen from the criminals point of view and with them confident that they can get away with it. However, they then get outsmarted by a brilliant detective. The shows differ in that "Columbo" usually shows the full crime in the beginning while in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" the viewer is only shown enough to be a few steps ahead of the detectives in knowing what happened. Goren and Columbo also have very different styles in analyzing the crime and the suspects.
The following statement appears at the beginning of each episode: "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." This is the only Law & Order series where the opening statement does not begin with the words "In the criminal justice system..."
Beginning Season 5 (2005-2006) episodes' cast and opening credits alternate between Goran/Eames (Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe) and Logan/Barek (Chris Noth and Annabella Sciorra). In Season 6 Julianne Nicholson replaced Sciorra, and in Season 8, Jeff Goldblum replaced Noth.
Uses a re-mixed version of the theme music from Law & Order (1990), but a different re-mix than Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). The episodes produced for the USA Network use the mix first heard on Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005).
Bill Moseley was considered for the role of Captain James Deakins.
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Chi McBride was considered for the role of ADA Ron Carver.
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When Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio joined the cast in season 9, her character was going to be named Sarah Brooks. At the last minute producers decided to change it to Zoe Callas.
The second spinoff of the Law & Order franchise. Law & Order (1990-2010) Law & Order: SVU (1999-) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011) Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005-2006) Law & Order: UK (2009-) Law & Order: LA (2010-2011)
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The last captain on this show was a murderer in a previous episode Jay O. Sanders.
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