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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, 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 needededit)


Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

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.

Episode Edit

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.

Cancellation Edit

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

External link Edit

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