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Law & Order, the longest running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of American broadcast television, started its 18th season on NBC in the winter of 2008. The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, Law & Order is the most successful brand in the history of primetime television; the winner of the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, it ties Cheers and M*A*S*H for the most consecutive best series nominations (eleven) and the longest-running drama series currently on American television. The series has also turned into one of entertainment's preeminent brands using a distinct ripped from the headlines format, and has spawned the successful spinoffs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Crime & Punishment, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Filmed entirely in and around New York City, this realistic yet fictional drama looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. Law & Order has been renewed through 2009 and delivers some of the highest ratings on television, ranking fourth for any drama on any network among adults 18-49 for the past four full seasons. Season-to-date, the show remains a top-25 series among adults 18-49, a top-20 series in total viewers and one of the most upscale dramas on television. Law & Order was also television's #5 drama in overall total viewers for the 2003-04 season with an average of 15.9 million viewers. The acclaimed crime drama has chased away more than 20 competing dramas from the Wednesday (10-11 p.m. ET) hour since moving to that time period in 1992-1993. In 2006, after nearly fourteen years of airing at 10:00 PM, the series was moved to 9:00 PM to make room for the new NBC series Heist. After only two weeks, NBC opted to return the show to its 10:00 P.M. timeslot after the show fared poorly at 9:00 P.M.

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    Sgt. Max Greevey

    Chris Noth

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    Det. Mike Logan

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    Capt. Donald Cragen

    Paul Sorvino

    Paul Sorvino

    Det. Sgt. Phil Cerreta

    Jerry Orbach

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    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    Benjamin Bratt

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    Det. Rey Curtis

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    Fan Reviews (161)

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    • Not perfect, but great

      9.0
      I'm only posting this so all the reviews don't say 10-stars. It's a good drama, but not a perfect one.
    • Fantastic show, but ALL the reviews can't be 10.0!

      7.5
      There are only a couple of things about the show that I don't like. Firstly, if the detectives ever tell a witness they can protect them it's a given that that witness will be attacked and almost certainly die. Very formulaic. Secondly, there's a lot of legal pro forma stuff that gets very repetitive. The DA, for example, will routinely ask for Remand and the defense will ask ROR. Pretty much every show. If all they're going to cover is bail, they really could skip all of the arraignments. Just tell us the outcome. At least they don't make us sit through the full Maranda every time they put the cuffs on someone. Finally, important characters have a tendency to vanish from the show with little or no fanfare. And I'm not just talking about Elliot. That said, I own every episode and think this is one of the best crime dramas that's ever been on television.moreless
    • Best drama I ever saw

      9.5
      Excellent work on the writing. Excellent work on the character development. Excellent job at portraying the emotions and struggles of a real police investigation and trial. What`s not to like about this great show?
    • L&O amazing

      10
      I want to see a spin-off of Law & Order, taking place in my home town of Baltimore. I really love this show, especially Mike Logan and Lennie Briscoe.
    • LAW&ORDER

      10
      I WAS JUST WATCHING HE RE RUNS LASTNITE!I WATCH THAT SHOW FROM THE VERY BEINGING IT CAME ON INTILL IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS THAT I WATCH EVERDAY.... FROM BEINGING TO END..
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    Drama, Suspense

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    90s, Crime