Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

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Dick Wolf
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 47 wins & 197 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
S. Epatha Merkerson ...  Lieutenant Anita Van Buren / ... 391 episodes, 1991-2010
Sam Waterston ...  E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy / ... 368 episodes, 1994-2010
Jerry Orbach ...  Detective Lennie Briscoe / ... 274 episodes, 1991-2004
Steven Hill ...  D.A. Adam Schiff 229 episodes, 1990-2000
Jesse L. Martin ...  Detective Ed Green 198 episodes, 1999-2008
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Storyline

Filmed on location in New York, the drama showcases the sometimes-complex process of determining guilt or innocence, while lives hang in the balance. Often inspired by the latest headlines, the plots highlight legal, ethical or personal dilemmas to which people can relate.

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The toughest cases requires the toughest justice when dealing with the worst criminals meet the people who deal with them on their level. See more »


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Trivia

Many of the actors on Law & Order were also regular cast members on HBO series The Wire (2002). In fact, at least twenty actors that made a special appearance on Law & Order went on to major story lines in "The Wire". For instance, Peter Gerety played an attorney on Law & Order, and on "The Wire", he played a judge who authorized the wiretap which was the initial premise of the show. See more »

Goofs

In several episodes, the defense attorney warns that his client cannot be charged with the same crime if the district attorney's office drops the charge in question. This is not true. If a jury acquits or convicts a defendant, then he or she cannot be prosecuted, again, for that particular crime. However, a disagreement over plea bargain does not give the defendant protection against being tried, again, once new evidence is presented. Charges, in these cases, can be re-filed. See more »

Quotes

Det. Lennie Briscoe: I don't like to be second guessed!
[referring to Ed Green]
Det. Lennie Briscoe: I've been walking on eggshells the whole time he's been here!
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Crazy Credits

Some (but not all) episodes show a disclaimer emphasizing the fictional nature of the story just prior to the closing credits. This is particularly important on those episodes that were inspired by well-known real-life legal cases. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the show shown in the UK on Channel Five has a completely different version of the opening credits with different music. Also UK satellite channel Sky One has a different version of opening credits to the US and Channel 5 versions and music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Girls: Mo Money, Mo Problems (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not Driving Anymore
(Instrumental)
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
(UK Version)
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"Law & Order" solves local crime
4 May 2004 | by maryedgar-1See all my reviews

On Sunday, May 2, 2004, the local newspaper, The Free Lance-Star, reported the discovery of a body in a dumpster outside a motel. The following day , the paper reported the arrest of the murderer, thanks in part to the quick action of one of the motel residents. While the police were securing the crime scene, one of the by-standers was approached by a man who asked her what was going on. When she told him about the body, he ran across the street and jumped onto a waiting van. She later told a newspaper reporter that she had "watched enough "Law and Order" episodes to know suspicious behavior when she sees it." She got out her camera-phone and starting taking photographs of the man and the license plate on the van. The police downloaded the photos, tracked down the van, connected all the dots, and had the killer in custody 39 hours after the discovery of the body. "Law and Order" RULES !!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law & Order Prime See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(456 Episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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