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TV Shows - Law and 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 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, and tied for longest running American drama series of all time with Gunsmoke; both are the second longest-running scripted series with ongoing characters after The Simpsons.

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1 Exit...stage left Jerry Orbach
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Subject matter "The white Christian male did it . . ."
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4 New kid in town Fred Thompson
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5 Same Plot Formula Repeated In Every Episode
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6 2009-2010 Deviated From Format, Became Bland
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7 Trial of the century each week 4 people do every high profile case in America?
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8 McCoy's promotion He's better in the courtroom!
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9 "Anchor" Limbaugh, Beck, OReilly-Inspired murders? Ohkaayyy
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10 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 I had always enjoyed L&O and it wasn't the "format" or the "ripped from the headlines" style that killed the show. Two things mainly: one was the departure of many of the show's core of characters and two was the weak writing especially imho during season 19 & 20. The stories seemed to go from these high profile cases to these rather sloppily written stories about street gangs and vigilante justice and such and that the new characters about that time seemed like rookies compared to Briscoe and Green, Mc Coy and Kincaid or Southerlyn who all seemed like seasoned pros in their roles as attorneys or detectives. Several of the storylines have the attorneys unable to find a legal precedent everytime somebody throws a curve into their case which would never happen to McCoy, Kincaid Southerlyn, Stone, Robinette and all the originals. The actors who look like they just stepped out of a graduation photo seem amateurish the last several seasons as does the writing. Also when Michael Imperioli joins the cast it seemed to coincide with the peak period of the Sopranos' popularity. Similarly J.K. Simmons appears as Dr Skoda seems to coincide with the rise in popularity of "Oz", another HBO series in which Simmons plays the leader of the Aryan brotherhood in prison. His character as well as his acting seems far more credible than Imperioli as an attorney. Dean Winters from "Oz" appears in several forgettable episodes for the same reason and then of course Christopher Meloni as the annoying detective Stabler on SVU. Meloni's charcter on "Oz" has an overnight metamorphisis from Nazi to gay lover. Seeing him as a sanctimonious detective on the dull spinoff SVU is a stretch. The writing and the lineup changes are what hurt this show. The format was great and was a trademark of the show and the controversial issues held your interest because they were handled intelligently and researched thoroughly. They couldn't very well make a drama about traffic court. -- Submitted By: (lrbloom) on December 31, 2010, 2:27 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Ani that's so dead on. L&O did get annoying over time as so many episodes fell into that mold. You just knew the first 10 minutes of the police investigation was going to be revealed to be an amusing but misguided romp, then Van Buren would make some smart crack and send them on the path of the real killer. It just got so repetitive. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on June 18, 2010, 6:52 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I never seen the early episodes of Law and Order but it was shocking when I saw one of the decetives shove a guy against the wall. Latest Law and Order episodes never did that. What makes later seasons of Law and Order fish food was its over-repeating plot sequence. From beginning of a epiosde. 1. There are some people in NYC yanking it up, having fun, or on ordinary business. They noticed something strange which is a dead body. 2. The police invegistate the scence. They don't find any evidence linking them to the murderer but they find out who is the victim quickly from ID or witnesses. 3. Police go to grieve-stricken family who cry and moan and have no idea who the murder. They go to the friends and acquietances of the victim. Usually a family member, friend, or acquietance is the murder. 4. Police go on wild goose chase and usally get the wrong killer. They find evidence and are shocked to find out that a previous witness is the killer. 5. 30 mins into episode-Killer is arrested and we have court for 30 mins. 6. Killer haves sly, pompous, and jerk lawyer who thinks they are hot stuff. Killer's lawyer uses a motion that the equally jerky judge approves of. Good lawyers are stressed. 7. Something comes up that is controversial or raises moral questions about U.S society/law. Good lawyers are stressed more and jab about in their offices/bar about its effect to US future. 8. Trail starts and a twist comes up where either new evidence comes up to make the killer guilty, bad witnesses on stand. Or good lawyers go to a bad turn when their case is going so well. We will call it a twist 9. Prosectuor makes dramatic speech about why the killer should be guilty in the closing arguments. 10. Guilty or not guilty then. Killer is free or not. Good lawyers talk about the consequences of the case in general or there is a twist in the end for the killer, depending if the writers want one. Repeatable 200 something episodes more. Raise and repeat. -- Submitted By: (Ani) on April 22, 2010, 9:15 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Law & Order makes a sudden vertical movement over an aquatic lifeform with nearly every cast change, but they're all miniature blips in comparision to the obvious answer: The retirement of detective Lennie Briscoe. No challenge there. The replacement might have worked well if he had come before Lennie, but once the chronology is factored in, he comes across as a weak attempt at "same character, different actor". Law & Order has always been slightly preachy, but only an entrenched Internet Conservative would think it preaches to the left - typically, if it is to be found guilty of preaching anything, it's either morality (which one might argue the left has a more nuanced perspective of, but that's like saying Sesame Street preaches to Derek Jeter when an episode is brought to you by the number 2) or towards a "middle-of-the-road" majority (which typically dominates in the SVU spinoff). It's hardly as bad or as outlandish as the really preachy stuff coming from Faux News or the Di$ney Channel. Boo hoo hoo. I'm an Internet Conservative and whenever my Neanderthal views are challenged, I decry it as preachiness. -- Submitted By: (ZaPen) on April 21, 2010, 5:02 pm - (-3 votes) - Login to Vote
5 This show is too political and preachy to the left. -- Submitted By: (quimbyt) on March 19, 2010, 7:31 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 What to say about L&O? I think I've probably watched more episodes than most, including basically every episode from seasons 1 to 8. It's tempting to say the first seasons were the best, but that's not really true. They have superior acts, yes, with the exception of Jerry Orbach, none of the later season actors have held much of a candle to Michael Moriarty, Steven Hill (Adam Schiff) and Paul Sorvino. Nevertheless the early episodes were often quite clumsy "ripped from the headlines" attempts that didn't age very well and didn't seem particularly dramatic in hour-long format. Eventually the producers realized they needed to tie every hot-button issue to a murder (e.g. steroids in sports episode? Someone gets murdered in Manhattan. Iraqi prisoner abuse episode? Someone gets murdered in Manhattan.) However absurd the murders became they actually created better drama than in the earlier episodes, where the whole episode would sometimes center on the mild assault of a tennis star or something like that. I think the series was at its best with the Orbach/Bratt lineup. Yes the ADAs were reduced to being T&A, and Bratt wasn't particularly great, but the writing really seemed to pick up and the average episode was believable, had some pretty solid police procedural writing, and as often as not some pretty compelling legal drama occurred in the second half. It's all been downhill from there, but the basic formula is so good the episodes are enjoyable enough to kill an hour with. L&O was never a show that totally jumped the shark, it was never 100% great then became pure trash, but I think Orbach's departure was the moment where things started clearly getting worse. The show's best actor was gone and the writing starting getting consistently outlandish, as opposed to just sometimes outlandish. -- Submitted By: (doctor_awesome) on November 10, 2009, 10:31 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I always thought L&O had pathetic story lines but Season 6's opener has made me want to puke. They've officially gone into Boston Legal territory. -- Submitted By: (Replicant10k) on September 25, 2009, 6:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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