Briscoe and Green catch three murder cases and one kidnapping on the same day, and one murder is tied to a fourth murder which happened ten years ago. Each case apparently involves domestic disputes ...
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.
Though it's more common for detectives to have many cases open and working at a time, and may devote a few minutes or hours to several over the course of a single day, having them give 100% of their time and attention to a single case every week is a storytelling practicality; given the show's two-part format, a compression of time is necessary in order to fit everything into 45 minutes. See more »
[watching Van Buren and Fontana tear into each other]
Det. Ed Green:
Look, we can sit here and argue politics all day long, but there's still gonna be a dead girl in the morgue.
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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 »
The DVD release of the series will include footage not originally broadcast. See more »
I'm Not Driving Anymore
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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"Law & Order" solves local crime
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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