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.
High tech devices were always kept in the background and usually out of sight during the series. When the series began in 1990 technology was still very limited but even by series end in 2010 technology was always kept in the background. Many of the shots in the precinct still showed cops and detectives still using typewriters instead of computers or laptops, something as of 2020 many police departments still do, and many scenes still showed the District Attorney's using law books instead of laptops or tablets. This was in sharp contrast to shows like the CSI franchise in which technology was always at the forefront. See more »
During a number of episodes which portray trials which extend over a multi-day time periods, the jury is often shown wearing the same clothing as during the beginning of those trials. See more »
[upon learning that an old gangster had himself killed to frame his cheating young wife and her boyfriend]
Well, I guess it beats dousing yourself in rum and lighting up a Cohiba.
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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 »