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Law & Order 

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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 & 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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In the complex process of determining a verdict, lives will often hang in the balance. See more »


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The distinctive "thunk-thunk" sound effect used in between scenes was created by combining close to a dozen sounds, including that of a group of monks stamping on a floor. The sound is intended to be reminiscent of both a judge's gavel and a jail cell door slamming. See more »

Goofs

The time-lines of trials seem to be rushed and take place within days of the crime. Most of the cases on this series are homicides, with a few rapes and kidnappings thrown in. These cases, if not plea bargained, are seldom heard in less than a year after the event. See more »

Quotes

Adam Schiff: Flipped a coin in my head. Came up tails. Talk to the boy.
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the season one episode "Torrents of Greed, Part 2" the customary "In the criminal justice system..." opening monologue and screen title were replaced with a monologue and screen title about manipulation of the legal system. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD release of the series will include footage not originally broadcast. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dolan's Cadillac (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
(UK Version)
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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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Official Sites:

Bravo [Canada] | CBS Justice [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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