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

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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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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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13 September 1990 (USA)  »

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(456 Episodes)

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Vanessa Williams auditioned for the role of Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael. Angie Harmon was cast, because Dick Wolf liked her Southern accent. See more »

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

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Detective Lennie Briscoe: We had a deal, you son of a bitch!
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The Season 17 episode "Tombstone" ends with live action during the credits instead of the usual black background. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jerry Seinfeld/David Bowie (1999) See more »

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I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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Still compelling after all these years
5 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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