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Law & Order

Law & Order

"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, the longest-running crime series and the second-longest-running drama series in the history of television, was cancelled after its record tying 20th season in the spring of 2010 on NBC.

The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in primetime television. It is the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and the record holder for the most consecutive (11) nominations in that category for a primetime series (tied with Cheers and M*A*S*H). It has also become one of entertainment's preeminent brands, with its successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Filmed entirely on location in New York, the realistic program looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. In the first half-hour, Detective Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and his new partner, Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson), investigate crimes and apprehend suspects under the supervision of their precinct lieutenant, Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). In the second half-hour, the focus shifts to the criminal courts as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) and the Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana De La Garza) work within a complicated justice system to prosecute the accused under the guidance of the newly appointed District Attorney Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston).

Some cases may be simple, but most are multi-faceted. The investigations are challenging, prosecutions are complicated, and decisions about legal procedures and plea-bargaining are vexing. In the arduous and complex process of determining guilt and innocence, lives often hang in the balance.

Law & Order is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Rene Balcer, Fred Berner and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

Law & Order Franchise:
Law & Order (1990-2010)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999- )
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011)
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Law & Order: LA (2010-2011)

Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998)

Adaptations outside the U.S.:
Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (2007-2008)
Закон и Порядок. Отдел оперативных расследований (2007-2011)
Закон и Порядок. Преступный умысел (2007-2011)
Law & Order: UK (2009-2014)

Law & Order Universe:
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-1999)
Conviction (2006)

Chicago Franchise:
Chicago Fire (2012- )
Chicago PD (2014- )
Chicago Med (2015- ) (Source: NBC)

Episode Info

Final: 20x23 -- Rubber Room (May/24/2010)

A blog entry leads the detectives on a search for a potential school bomber, but school officials and the teachers union think procedure is more important than the threat.
George DzundzaGeorge Dzundza
As Sergeant Max Greevey (S01)
Paul SorvinoPaul Sorvino
As Sergeant Phil Cerreta (S02-S03E08; recurring afterwards)
Jerry OrbachJerry Orbach
As Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe (S03E09-S14)
Dennis FarinaDennis Farina
As Detective Joe Fontana (S15-S16)
Jesse L. MartinJesse L. Martin
As Detective Edward "Eddie" Green (S10-S18E14)
Jeremy SistoJeremy Sisto
As Detective Cyrus Lupo (S18-S20)
Chris NothChris Noth
As Detective Mike Logan (S01-S05)
Benjamin BrattBenjamin Bratt
As Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis (S06-S09; recurring afterwards)
Michael ImperioliMichael Imperioli
As Detective Nick Falco (S15E21-S15E24; recurring afterwards)
Milena GovichMilena Govich
As Detective Nina Cassady (S17)



Reviews: 9
Greatest ever cop showRating: 5 likes, 1 dislikes

I just love Law & Order. It gets better each and every season. The stories become more compelling and the legal tricks used by both the prosecution and the defence get more interesting. Read more

Review posted on Sunday, October 15th 2006 at 9:45 am

1 review available
Recurring Guests

Steven Zirnkilton as Detective #2 (457 eps)
Leslie Hendrix as Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers, M.E. (144 eps)
Carolyn McCormick as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (85 eps)
John Fiore as Detective Tony Profaci (54 eps)
J.K. Simmons as Jerry Luppin (46 eps)
David Lipman as Judge Morris Torledsky (26 eps)
John Cariani as CSU Tech Julian Beck (26 eps)
Andrea Navedo as Detective Ana Cordova (24 eps)
Larry Clarke as Detective Morris LaMotte (21 eps)
Peter McRobbie as Manager (19 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Mondays
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 13, 1990
Ended: May 24, 2010
Original Theme (Season 1 - Season 11) Lyrics
New Theme (Season 12 - Season 20) Lyrics
• Die Aufrechten - Aus den Akten der Straße (Used In Germany)
• Esküdt ellenségek (Used In Hungary)
• I lagens namn (Used In Sweden)
• I lovens navn (Used In Denmark)
• Kova laki (Used In Finland)
• La ley y el orden (literal title), (Used In Mexico)
• Law & Order - I due volti della giustizia (Used In Italy)
• Lei e Ordem (Used In Brazil)
• Ley y orden (Used In Spain)
• New York district (French title), (Used In Canada)
• New York Police Judiciaire (Used In France)
• Nomos kai taxi (Used In Greece)
• Zakon i red (Used In Croatia)
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