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Law & Order

45 min (456 Episodes)
Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 43 wins & 176 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-09-13
Filming Locations: Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
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All three of the series' longest-serving cast members lasted far longer than those they replaced: Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe) (1992-2004) lasted twelve years and replaced Paul Sorvino (Sgt. Phil Ceretta) who lasted only a year and a half (1991-1992); S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren) (1993-2010), was with the series for seventeen seasons, replaced Dann Florek (Captain Don Cragen), who lasted three years (1990-1993); Sam Waterston (Executive District Attorney/District Attorney Jack McCoy) (1994-2010), who was with the series for sixteen seasons, replaced Michael Moriarty (Executive Assistant District Attorney Ben Stone), who lasted four years (1990-1994) and all three of the series' longest-serving cast members that were not there when the series ended lasted far longer than the ones that replaced them. Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe) (1992-2004) lasted twelve years and was replaced by Dennis Farina (Detective Joe Fontana) (2004-2006) who lasted two years. Steven Hill (D.A. Adam Shiff) (1990-2000) lasted ten years and was replaced by Dianne Wiest (D.A. Nora Lewin) (2000-2002) who lasted two years Jesse L. Martin (Detective Ed Green) (1999-2008) lasted nine years and was replaced by Anthony Anderson (Detective Kevin Bernard) (2008-2010) who lasted two years.
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The series was originally set to film in Los Angeles, but Dick Wolf fought NBC to film it in New York City and won. In May 2010, it was announced that a new L.A.-based spin-off, tentatively titled 'Law & Order: LA (2010), would start in the 2010 fall lineup.
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In 2001, creator Dick Wolf announced plans for a special Law & Order mini-series featuring the casts of all three L&O series ("Law & Order", Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)). The mini-series was to have been broadcast in the spring of 2002 and deal with a terrorist attack on New York. After the real-life attack on New York on September 11, the mini-series was canceled.
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Throughout the series members of the New York Supreme Court (which is a trial court) are referred to as "Judge" when in reality they are referred to as "Justice". Only members of the New York Court of Appeal (the state's highest court) are called "Judge".
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In several episodes, Curtis draws his weapon (a Glock semiautomatic) and we hear the hammer being cocked. This type of gun does not have an external hammer and can only be fired in double action.
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In one episode of Law & Order, Judge William Wright says that he's entering a not-guilty verdict after the jury foreman reads "guilty". While he can do this using "Judgement Notwithstanding", the procedure is that the defendants defense attorney must file a JNOV after the trial and in a set time frame.
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Det. Mike Logan: Interviewing suspect: When is your birthday?
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Jack McCoy: Let 'em marry. Why shouldn't they be as miserable as the rest of us?
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Adam Schiff: A motive pulled straight from the tabloids. And what about means and opportunity? Are you getting that from comic books?
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Photos from cast
Tom Berenger Yancy Butler Dan Hedaya Jane Alexander Bibi Besch Amy Madigan Kyle Secor Julie Dretzin
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