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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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Steven Hill plays the Manhattan District Attorney, a role he played in the movie Legal Eagles (1986) in which Robert Redford plays the ADA (Assistant District Attorney), and is fired by Hill.
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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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Jill Hennessy's twin sister, Jacqueline Hennessy, once played her sister's character during courtroom scenes filmed while Jill was unavailable due to filming an appearance on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).
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The earliest episodes use many different numbers for the precinct occupied by the main police characters, before eventually settling on the 27th Precinct (or the "two-seven" as it is usually called) for the rest of the series.
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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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In a few Law & Order episodes Detective Briscoe will approach a drug dealer whom he will know has information valuable to the case, but the dealer will usually play dumb so Briscoe and his partner will frisks the dealer and find drugs, the cuffs come out and the dealer will spill his guts. This action is called the squeeze and the way it's done is illegal. The proper procedure is that after finding the drugs the Police are meant to arrest the dealer and bring him to the D.A's office for a plea-for-information deal. As only the D.A's have the authority to put the squeeze on as they will need proof of evidence in case the dealers testimony is needed in a court of Law.
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Ben Stone: I'm a Catholic - I can feel guilty about anything.
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Jack McCoy: Your grief might seem a little more real had you not just admitted you cut off your wife's head.
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Det. Mike Logan: Interviewing suspect: When is your birthday?
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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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