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Law & Order(TV show/series, 1990-2010)

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| 45min per episode | Genres: Drama, Crime, Mystery

Scripted Reality in 20 seasons with 456 episodes

Law & OrderRating: 3.8/5 (with 121 votes) 31
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series created by Dick Wolf, launching the Law & Order franchise. Airing its entire run on NBC, Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990 and completed its twentieth and final season on May 24, 2010. Set and filmed in New York City, the series follows a two-part approach: the first half-hour is the investigation of a crime (usually murder) and apprehension of a suspect by New York City Police Department detectives; the second half is the prosecution of the defendant by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Plots are often based on real cases that recently made headlines, although the motivation for the crime and the perpetrator may be different. The show has had a revolving cast over the years. Among the longest-running main cast members were Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff (seasons 1–10), Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe (seasons 3–14), S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (seasons 4–20), ()
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Genesis Award

About Law & Order

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990, and completed its 20th and final season on May 24, 2010. At the time of its cancellation, Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television. After The Simpsons, both Law & Order and Gunsmoke tied for the second longest-running scripted American primetime series with ongoing characters.

Law & Order Seasons and Episodes

09/25/2009Season 20 - 23 episodes
The 20th and final season of Law & Order premiered on NBC on September 25, 2009, for which it was moved from its previous time slot to air on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET for the NBC broadcast. L&O was moved to Monday nights on March 1, 2010 with a two-hour telecast at 9 p.m. ET, before settling into its new time slot at 10 p.m. the following week, March 8. During the season, The Jay Leno Show in primetime was canceled and Leno returned to the 11:35 pm Tonight Show because of affiliate dissatisfaction. Three more episodes of Law & Order were ordered to fill the primetime gap, increasing the number of episodes for the season to 23. In early January 2010, NBC initially announced they were going to renew Law & Order for a 21st season. NBC's President of Primetime Entertainment at the time, Angela Bromstad, said, "I’m a "Law & Order" junkie... I wouldn’t want to be responsible for not having "Law & Order" break the record." However, on May 14, 2010, NBC abruptly cancelled Law & Order after 20 seasons on the air, tying it with Gunsmoke as American network television's longest-running, regularly scheduled primetime drama. The final episode aired on NBC on May 24, 2010. The late announcement of the cancellation resulted in Law & Order not having a "series finale" episode. Had the series ... ()
#1 | 09/25/2009Memo From The Dark Side
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
The body of a young war veteran is found in a parking garage and the murder is connected to a law professor who used to work for the Department of Justice.
#2 | 10/02/2009Just A Girl In The World
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A crime scene investigator is murdered in her apartment. Her fiance is suspected, but then a journalist is attacked and DNA is found at the scene that links this crime to the murder.
#3 | 10/09/2009Great Satan
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate when an aspiring musician is found dead. A bag of cash leads them to multiple suspects.
#4 | 10/16/2009Reality Bites
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A mother of ten adopted special needs children is murdered. The day after her murder, her husband appears on reality TV.
#5 | 10/23/2009Dignity
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)
A doctor who performs late-term abortions is murdered in church. The case falls apart for Cutter when Rubirosa is touched by an abortion nurse's testimony.
#6 | 10/30/2009Human Flesh Search Engine
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)
Bernard becomes the target of a dangerous website that is partly responsible for a homicide the detectives are investigating
#7 | 11/06/2009Boy Gone Astray
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
When a young woman is found dead in her apartment, a few tell-tale signs quickly lead Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard to believe that the killer was not after her wealth.
#8 | 11/06/2009Doped
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A deadly drunk-driving car accident brings Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard to the scene when a suspicious nasal spray is found. After the medical examiner realizes the nasal spray is a powerful anesthetic that could easily disorient its user, the detectives become suspicious of the victim's boss, Zach Marshall
#9 | 11/13/2009For The Defense
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A case that begins as a search for a missing witness spirals into a murder conspiracy with ADA Connie Rubirosa caught in the middle.
#10 | 11/20/2009Shotgun
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
When an elderly man defends his shop from an armed robbery, Detectives Kevin Bernard and Cyrus Lupo suspect that this incident could have been an inside job. After further investigation, the detectives discover that the mugging might have been a scare tactic for a shakedown.
#11 | 12/11/2009Fed
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
"Fed" is the eleventh episode of the twentieth season of NBC's long-running legal drama Law & Order.
#12 | 01/15/2010Blackmail
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
Blackmail is the twelfth episode of the twentieth season of the television series Law & Order. It aired on NBC January 15, 2010.
#13 | 03/01/2010Steel-Eyed Death
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
"Steel-Eyed Death" is the thirteenth episode of the twentieth season of NBC's long-running legal drama Law & Order.
#14 | 03/01/2010Boy on Fire
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
"Boy on Fire" is the fourteenth episode of the twentieth season of NBC's long-running legal drama Law & Order.
#15 | 03/08/2010Brilliant Disguise
3.8/5 (with 2 votes)
A young woman is found murdered in a hotel and the evidence leads to a medical student.
#16 | 03/15/2010Innocence
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A man is convicted of a hate crime for allegedly killing a gay man, but a group called the Innocence Coalition is determined to clear his name.
#17 | 03/22/2010Four Cops Shot
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
The debate rages over how to treat an informant who shot and killed four police officers. However, did one of the officers try to put undue pressure on him to help catch a dangerous criminal?
#18 | 03/29/2010Brazil
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva, is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field of study. It is soon discovered that Dr. Silva is involved in a messy custody battle with his wife’s ex-husband, Phillip Shoemaker and the focus of the investigation quickly shifts to the victim’s family. Meanwhile, the case becomes personal for Cutter as it stirs up unpleasant memories from his own past.
#19 | 05/03/2010Crashers
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
When the body of a model is found burning in an alley, Detectives Lupo and Bernard search for her killer.
#20 | 05/10/2010The Taxman Cometh
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
#21 | 05/17/2010Immortal
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
A man's double life is discovered after he is stabbed to death.
#22 | 05/17/2010Love Eternal
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)
When a reality TV crew finds a dead man's body locked in a dog cage, detectives suspect the victim's wife.
#23 | 05/24/2010Rubber Room
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)
Detectives search for an anonymous blogger who has posted plans to blow up a school. Lt. Van Buren struggles to keep her personal issues private. Series finale.
11/05/2008Season 19 - 22 episodes
01/02/2008Season 18 - 18 episodes
09/22/2006Season 17 - 22 episodes
09/21/2005Season 16 - 22 episodes
09/22/2004Season 15 - 24 episodes
09/24/2003Season 14 - 24 episodes
10/02/2002Season 13 - 24 episodes
09/26/2001Season 12 - 24 episodes
10/18/2000Season 11 - 24 episodes
09/22/1999Season 10 - 24 episodes
09/23/1998Season 9 - 24 episodes
09/24/1997Season 8 - 24 episodes
09/18/1996Season 7 - 23 episodes
09/20/1995Season 6 - 23 episodes
09/21/1994Season 5 - 23 episodes
09/15/1993Season 4 - 22 episodes
09/23/1992Season 3 - 22 episodes
09/17/1991Season 2 - 22 episodes
09/13/1990Season 1 - 22 episodes
02/09/1996Specials - 7 episodes

Additional Information

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Production country: United States of America (USA)
Spin-Offs: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (TV show/series, 1999-), "Law & Order Los Angeles" (TV show/series, 2010-), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (TV show/series, 2001-)
Original language: English (EN)
Spoken languages: English (EN)
Translated into 25 languages: Bulgarian (BG), Bosnian (BS), Czech (CS), Danish (DA), German (DE), Greek (EL), English (EN), Spanish (ES), Finnish (FI), French (FR), Hebrew (HE), Hungarian (HU), Italian (IT), Korean (KO), Lithuanian (LT), Dutch (NL), Polish (PL), Portuguese (PT), Romanian (RO), Russian (RU), Slovak (SK), Thai (TH), Turkish (TR), Ukrainian (UK), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Status: Ended
First episode released on: 09/13/1990
Last episode released on: 05/24/2010
Appearing Characters: Claire Kincaid, Rey Curtis, Anita Van Buren, Adam Schiff, Arthur Branch, Emil Skoda, Connie Rubirosa, Danielle Melnick, George Huang, Michael Cutter, Benjamin Stone, Donald Cragen, Elizabeth Olivet, Alexandra Borgia, Kevin Bernard, Mike Logan, Abbie Carmichael, Jack McCoy, Cyrus Lupo, Serena Southerlyn, Max Greevey, Jamie Ross, Nina Cassady, Paul Robinette, Lennie Briscoe, Phil Cerreta, Nick Falco, Nora Lewin, Elizabeth Rodgers, Joe Fontana, Ed Green
Cast: Sam Waterston, George Dzundza, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill, Paul Sorvino, Carolyn McCormick, Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson, Jill Hennessy, Benjamin Bratt, Carey Lowell, Angie Harmon, Jesse L., Dianne Wiest, Elisabeth Röhm, Fred Thompson, Dennis Farina, Annie Parisse, Michael Imperioli, Milena Govich, Alana de la Garza, Jeremy Sisto, Linus Roache, Anthony Anderson, Leslie Hendrix, J. K. Simmons, Tovah Feldshuh, BD Wong, Thomas Calabro, Daniel Dae Kim, Lauren Graham, Mädchen Amick, Jace Alexander, Madeline Zima, Tammy Blanchard, Gina Torres, Lisa LoCicero, Patrick Breen, Sean Astin, Amy Ryan, Nora Dunn, January Jones, Gareth Williams, John F. O'Donohue, Julie Benz, Ritchie Coster, Sam Catlin, Enid Graham, Pablo Schreiber, William Prince, George Murdock, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Lauren Ambrose, Kerry Washington, Clea DuVall, Michael Mantell, Wayne Duvall, Carla Gallo, Dan Bakkedahl, Joseph Siravo, Jennifer Esposito, Jean Louisa Kelly, Cara Buono, Shari Albert, Delilah Cotto, Armand Schultz, Mary McCormack, Moira Kelly, Blanche Baker, Wrenn Schmidt, Gina Rodriguez, Geoffrey Owens, Laila Robins, Michael Hyatt, Robert Funaro, James Colby, David Brisbin, Zabryna Guevara, Raúl Castillo, Werner Klemperer, Kris Carr, Ato Essandoh, Laurence Luckinbill, Allan Miller, René Ifrah, Jennifer Estlin, Tom Lipinski, Angel Desai, Richard Joseph Paul, Novella Nelson, Vanessa Aspillaga, John Heffernan, Lauren C. Mayhew, Elizabeth Marvel, Phil Burke, Emily Chang, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Bloomberg, Faith Prince, Robert Hogan, Darien Sills-Evans, Elisabeth Waterston, Patrick Stump, Dean Wareham, Sophie Nyweide, Estelle Harris, Ben Hammer, Addison Powell, Rebecca Schull, John Dossett, Brennan Brown, Chris Beetem, Glenn Taranto, Jason Jones, Susan Heyward, David Alan Basche, Scott Sowers, Marjorie Lovett, Mary Mara, Peter Maloney, Joel Polis, Peter Crombie, Christine Estabrook, Eddie Alderson, Jeremy Bobb, Joanna Merlin, Steve Schirripa, Portia Reiners, Susan Kelechi Watson, Frances Foster, Jan Miner, Gregory Jbara, Carol Eve Rossen, André De Shields, Lewis J. Stadlen, Samantha Bee, Paul Anthony Stewart, Lamman Rucker, Mark Kiely, Michael Berresse, Chip Zien, Erin Dilly, Lin Tucci, Alan Zweibel, Angel Caban, Brenda Denmark, Elizabeth Kemp, Everett Quinton, Angelina Fiordellisi, Michael Cullen, Michael Irby, David Margulies, Francis Guinan, Joel Fabiani, Michael Higgins, JD Cullum, Tony Darrow, Maryann Plunkett, Kent Broadhurst, Lily Knight, Larry Joshua, Madison Arnold, Michael Countryman, David Vadim, Amy Stiller, Sônia Braga, Tom Mason, Brian Howe, Peter Frechette, Maureen Anderman, Murphy Guyer, Idara Victor, Dan Frazer, Peter Marx, Alice Playten, Leonardo Cimino, Susan Blackwell, Katheryn Winnick, Sully Boyar, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Nadia Dajani, Ian Kahn, Felecia M. Bell, Michelle Hurst, Catherine Curtin, Selenis Leyva, Laura Gómez, George Morfogen, Olga Merediz, Robert Prescott, Matt Walton, Fritz Weaver, Suzanne Shepherd, Peter Appel
Creator: Dick Wolf
Executive Producer: Ed Zuckerman
Composer: Mike Post
Alternative titles in other countries (from previews, ads etc.):
"Law & Order: Lei e Ordem"
"New York District"
"Νόμος και Τάξη"
"Prawo i bezprawie"
"W obronie prawa"
"Zákon a poriadok: Špeciálna jednotka"

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