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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 & 196 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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 guilt and innocence, lives often hang in the balance. See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

Bravo [Canada] | Channel 5 [UK] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law & Order Prime 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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Trivia

The distinctive typeface used for all titles, credits, and on-screen "scene change" cards, for this show, and all of its spin-offs, is named "Friz Quadrata." The typeface used for "Starring" and "Created By" in the opening credits, the lone exception, is Eurostile. See more »

Goofs

95% of pre- or in-trial fact-finding and in-person interviews would be done by the District Attorney Investigation Unit, not the lawyers from the District Attorney's office themselves. See more »

Quotes

Emil Skoda: That's just a load of rehearsed crap.
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Crazy Credits

When the 15th season episode "Gunplay", originally aired in October 2004, was rebroadcast in March 2005, it ran with the opening credits showing Annie Parisse, even though the episode features Elizabeth Rohm who was originally credited. As a result, Rohm is uncredited in the rebroadcast of this episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

Rebroadcasts on TNT were digitally altered to include product placements. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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After a few soggy years, finally a great season in 2005
3 June 2005 | by Juliette2005See all my reviews

I've been a fan of this show for a long time, dating back to the first few years when it looked like it was filmed by college kids, and like any long term relationship it's sometimes been tough going. After a great first 4 or 5 years, it got a little bogged down, came to life again, and bogged down again, you get the picture.

Quite frankly I thought the show was going down for good the last few years, the cast seemed weak and bored and I didn't even bother to tune in each week, it seemed SVU was overtaking it.

But the good news is this past season it has sputtered back to life again, helped enormously by the new D.A. who yes is beautiful, but is also a very good actress. The scripts have gotten better too, overall I"d buy this season on DVD.

Standouts were the episode LICENCE TO KILL, GOV LOVE, and TOMBSTONE, which featured the shocker of seeing a regular character get shot! I did not see that coming and was roused out of my seat in astonishment at the cajones the show is finally showing again.

(Sidebar- I also watched the painful 'conclusion' of that episode on the woefully misconstrued TRIAL BY JURY, and was equally shocked at how bad that show was. Take it from me, stick to the original.) Yes the music remains cheesy and simplistic and yes you still never learn much about the characters private lives, but this show doesn't go for the easy quick fix and quick shock that SVU sometimes resorts to, and has far better stories than most any other show on television today. Long may it reign.


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