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Law & Order

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Alternate Title(s) L&O,
Law & Order: Mothership
Format Crime Drama
Police procedural
Picture Format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Running Time 40–45 minutes
Created by Dick Wolf
Starring See below
Narrated By Steven Zirnkilton
Opening Theme by Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
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, before Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered. The second half of the show ("Order") focused on the Manhattan District Attorney's Office trying to convict a suspect.

Law & Order 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 needededit)

For a list of episodes, see List of Law & Order episodes.


CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Image Actor Character In show
Dzundza icon George Dzundza New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Senior Police
Detective Sergeant Maxwell "Max" Greevey
Season 1
Noth icon L&O Chris Noth New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Junior Police
Detective Michael "Mike" Logan
Seasons 1-5
Florek icon L&O Dann Florek New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit
Captain Donald "Don" Cragen
Seasons 1-3
Moriarty icon Michael Moriarty New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) Benjamin "Ben" Stone
Seasons 1-4
Brooks icon Richard Brooks New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Paul Robinette
Seasons 1-3
Alfred Wentworth order Roy Thinnes New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.)
Alfred Wentworth
Season 1
Hill icon Steven Hill New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.)
Adam Schiff
Seasons 1-10
Sorvino icon Paul Sorvino New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Senior Police
Detective Sergeant Philip "Phil" Cerreta
Seasons 2-3
McCormickSeason4 Carolyn McCormick New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) /
New York City, Manhattan District Attorney
(D.A)'s Office
, Psychologist / Psychiatrist Doctor
Elizabeth "Liz" Olivet
Seasons 3 & 4
(Recurring throughout the rest of the series)
Orbach icon Jerry Orbach New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Senior
Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
Seasons 3-14
Merkerson icon S. Epatha Merkerson New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit
Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Seasons 4-20
Hennessy icon Jill Hennessy New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Claire Kincaid
Seasons 4-6
Waterston icon Sam Waterston New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) / Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.)
John James "Jack" McCoy
Seasons 5-20
Bratt icon Benjamin Bratt New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Junior Police
Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis
Seasons 6-9
Gen-ordre0 Carey Lowell New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Jamie Ross
Seasons 7-8
Harmon icon Angie Harmon New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Abigail "Abbie" Carmichael
Seasons 9-11
Martin icon Jesse L. Martin New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Junior / Senior Police
Detective Edward "Ed" Green
Seasons 10-18
Wiest icon Dianne Wiest New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Interim Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.)
Nora Lewin
Seasons 11-12
Rohm icon Elisabeth Röhm New York City Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Serena Southerlyn
Seasons 12-15
Thompson icon L&O Fred Dalton Thompson New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
,Manhattan District Attorney (D.A.)
Arthur Branch
Seasons 13-17
Farina icon Dennis Farina New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Senior Police
Detective Joseph "Joe" Fontana
Seasons 15-16
Parisse icon Annie Parisse New York City Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Alexandra Borgia
Seasons 15-16
Imperioli icon Michael Imperioli New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct (Temporally Reassigned
Replacemnt) Homicide Unit Junior Police
Detective Nicholas "Nick" Falco
Season 15
Govich icon Milena Govich New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Junior Police
Detective Nina Cassady
Season 17
De La Garza icon Alana De La Garza New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa
Seasons 17-20
Sisto icon Jeremy Sisto New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Senior / Junior Police
Detective Cyrus Lupo
Seasons 18-20
Roache icon Linus Roache New York City, Manhattan District Attorney (D.A)'s
Office
, Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) Michael "Mike" Cutter
Seasons 18-20
Anderson icon Anthony Anderson New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
27th Precinct Homicide Unit Junior Police
Detective Kevin Bernard
Seasons 18-20

Note: DA Wentworth appeared only in the original pilot, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman".

Recurring charactersEdit

For a list of recurring characters, see List of Law & Order Recurring characters.

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