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.
Lorraine Toussaint played defense attorney Shambala Green opposite prosecutor Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) in six episodes of Law & Order (1990) from 1990 to 1994. In a 1998 interview, Toussaint said that she and Moriarty got along so well, and had such potent onscreen chemistry together, that Moriarty asked producer Dick Wolf to develop a love interest story arc for the two characters. This idea was rejected. Moriarty left "Law & Order" after its fourth season, and Toussaint would play Shambala Green only twice more: in a 2003 episode of "L&O", and in a 2016 episode of the Dick Wolf-produced series Chicago P.D. (2014). See more »
The judges are shown making procedural and legal errors that would result in any conviction being overturned on appeal. While this happens, it doesn't happen as often as it does on the show. See more »
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 »
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 »
I'm Not Driving Anymore
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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Still compelling after all these years
I only started watching L&O a few years ago, and am hooked on the brilliant writing, acting, and direction that have made this show so popular for so long. Jerry Orbach is great as Lennie, and I was stunned to learn that he also played the voice of Lumiere, the French candlestick in Beauty and the Beast! His sarcastic one-liners never fail to get me laughing, and he and his new partner, Jesse L. Martin as Ed Green, have a good rapport and are believable as partners. On the "Order" side, Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest, and Elisabeth Rohm are equally compelling. New cast member Rohm has gotten better as she's gone along; she had big shoes to fill as Angie Harmon's replacement. Because the stories are all driven by the plots, and not the characters' personal lives, it makes the constant cast turnover more believable. It's a testament to Dick Wolf and co. that such a smart, sharp show has stayed on the edge after almost 12 years! My only beef is I'm tired of hearing "Ripped from the headlines" in every promo. That, though, is a minor quibble. Wednesday nights wouldn't be the same without it!
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