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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 the executive producers.

Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998)
Detective Mike Logan seeks to solve the murder of a prostitute, and thereby help regain his old job in Manhattan.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999- )
---Conviction (Law & Order Universe, has Stephanie March from SVU) (2006)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011)
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Law & Order: LA (2010-2011)

Arrest & Trial (Syndicated nonfiction television program which follows individual criminal cases via a combination of reenactments and real trial footage.) (2000-2001)
Crime & Punishment (The Real Life Law & Order) (2002-2004)

Adaptations outside the U.S.:
Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (Paris Criminal Investigations) (2007-2008)
The show follows the format of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, adapted to Paris and the French legal system under the Napoleonic Code.
Zakon i Poryadok. Otdel operativniykh rassledovaniy (Law & Order: Operative Investigations Unit) (2007-2011)
Zakon i Poryadok. Prestupniy umiysel (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) (2007-2011)
These shows follow the format of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, set in Moscow and adapted to the Russian justice system.
Law & Order: UK (2009-2014)
This show follows the format of the original Law & Order show but adapts it to the new setting of London, England, with detectives from the Metropolitan Police CID and the Crown Prosecution Service attempting to secure conviction.

Related Series:
Chicago Fire (An American television drama that follows the lives of the firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department. Produced by Dick Wolf.) (2012- )
Chicago PD (Spinoff of Chicago Fire, it involves the Chicago Police Department and has crossover episodes with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.) (2014- )
Chicago Med (Spinoff of Chicago Fire, set at a Chicago hospital. Produced by Dick Wolf.) (2015- )
New York Undercover (Created and produced by Dick Wolf, its storyline takes place in the same fictional universe as Law & Order. Dr. Elizabeth Olivet and Dr. Emil Skoda appear on this show.) (1994-1998)
Deadline (The New York Ledger was a daily newspaper which was seen in many episodes of Law & Order and its spin-offs.) (2000-2001)

Similar Shows:
Homicide: Life on the Street (Same Universe as Law & Order, Sergeant John Munch comes from this show.) (1993-1999)
L.A. Dragnet (From Dick Wolf, creator of the long-running Law & Order franchise, comes this modern-day take on the classic police drama.) (2003-2004)
(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


Reviews: 1
biggest fan of this showRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes

Law & Order exhibits its ingenuity when it first aired in US TV primetime! Compared to other crime – police show, Law & Order is so unique in a way that it captivates the hearts of all its audiences! This series has ranked high by capturing the heart of its viewers in a very smart way of showing the felonious justice system and recent issues. This show could run forever and I’m so disappointed when it was already cancelled and wrapped up. I want to watch this show again why I looked for a good and trustful DVD seller online and placed my order at http://www.memorylanedvd.com/product.php?productid=38900&cat=0&page=1 . Received it with decent quality! I’m just a dedicated fan of this show and it’s really fantastic to watch this show all over again! Read more

Review posted on Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 at 5:57 am

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Recurring Guests

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)
Selenis Leyva as Detective Mariluz Rivera (19 eps)

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Warning: Law & Order guide may contain spoilers
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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