|Law & Order|
|Alternate Title(s)|| L&O, |
Law & Order: Mothership
|Format|| Crime Drama|
|Picture Format|| 480i (SDTV),|
|Running Time||40–45 minutes|
|Created by||Dick Wolf|
|Narrated By||Steven Zirnkilton|
|Opening Theme||by Mike Post|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original run||13 September 1990|
|Finale||24 May 2010|
|No. of seasons||20|
|No. of episodes|| 456|
(As of present)
|List of episodes||Law & Order episodes|
|IMDB profile||Law & Order|
|TV.com summary||Law & Order|
|related shows||Law & Order franchise|
"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."
Law & Order is a television series that originally aired on NBC, premiering on 13 September 1990. Filmed on location in New York, the drama showcases the sometimes-complex process of determining guilt or innocence, while lives hang in the balance.
The show follows a crime, often loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention or as the series calls it Ripped from the headlines, the plots highlight legal, ethical or personal dilemmas to which people can relate. Shown from two separate vantage points, thus usually splitting episodes into two halves. The first half ("Law"), followed two New York City Police Department Homicide Unit detectives investigating a crime. This crime was not always a homicide or attempted homicide, especially in the first nine seasons of the show, and before Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered sometimes the crime would involved a Rape or kidnapping. The second half of the show ("Order") focused on the Manhattan District Attorney's Office trying to convict the suspect in court.
On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that it will cancelled Law & Order and would finished airing after Season 20, which finished 24 May 2010. As of February 2015, rumors have started stating NBC has talked about bringing back Law & Order for ten episodes. (citation needed • edit)
Main Cast Edit
Note: DA Wentworth appeared only in the original pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman".
- For a list of recurring characters, see List of Law & Order Recurring characters.
For a list of episodes, see List of Law & Order episodes.
Broadcast History Edit
The show premiered September 13, 1990, and ended on May 24, 2010. 456 episodes were aired and produced. The show ran for twenty seasons on NBC. It was NBC's longest running crime drama, and tied for longest running primetime scripted drama with Gunsmoke. The first two seasons were broadcast Tuesdays at 10 p.m. From season 3 through 16 the show aired Wednesday at 10 p.m. For season 17 it moved to Fridays at 10 p.m. For seasons 18 and 19 the show shifted back to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. For season 20 the show was broadcast Fridays at 8 p.m., while in the spring it moved to Mondays at 10 p.m., where it broadcast its series finale on May 24, 2010.
On May 14, 2010, NBC announced that it will be cancelled the show, opting instead to pick up Law & Order: Los Angeles for a first season, and renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for a twelfth. The cancellation was announced after last-minute talks between NBC and Dick Wolf to extend the series failed to lead to an agreement.
Almost exactly one year later, on May 13, 2011, NBC canceled after one season for Law & Order: LA following a decline in the ratings after the show had been retooled and moved to Monday nights.
DVD Released Edit
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The 1st Year||22||October 15, 2002 / June 4, 2013|
|The 2nd Year||22||May 4, 2003 / June 3, 2004|
|The 3rd Year||22||May 24, 2004 / June 3, 2014|
|The 4th Year||22||December 5, 2005 / June 3, 2014|
|The 5th Year||23||April 3, 2007 / June 3, 2014|
|The 6th Year||23||December 2, 2008 / May 26, 2008|
|The 7th Year||23||January 19, 2010 / May 26, 2015|
|The 8th Year||24||December 7, 2010 / May 26, 2015|
|The 9th Year||24||December 6, 2011|
|The 10th Year||24||February 28, 2012|
|The 11th Year||24||November 6, 2012|
|The 12th Year||24||February 25, 2013|
|The 13th Year||24||November 5, 2013|
|The 14th Year||24||September 14, 2004 / February 25, 2014|
|The 15th Year||24||November 4, 2014|
|The 16th Year||22|
|The 17th Year||22|
|The 18th Year||18||May 5, 2015|
|The 19th Year||22|
|The 20th Year and Final||23|