"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
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Crime & Punishment
Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Law & Order: LA
Exiled: A Law & Order Movie
Adaptations outside the U.S.:
Paris Enquêtes Criminelles
Zakon i Poryadok. Otdel operativniykh rassledovaniy
Zakon i Poryadok. Prestupniy umiysel
Law & Order: UK
Law & Order Universe:
Homicide: Life on the Street
New York Undercover
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