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TV Show: Law & Order

Through 21 seasons and numerous cast changes, Law & Order stayed relevant by having many of its stories ripped from today's headlines. Uploaded by

Many television shows – most? – don’t last for 21 episodes. The original Law & Order has been around for an astounding 21 years. Through many cast changes, several spin-offs, and many Emmy Awards, Law & Order has remained one of the most watchable cop shows in TV history. And its trademark sound effect, which I’ll call DOINK DOINK, is one of the medium’s most memorable.

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If you’re one of the seven people in America who’ve never seen even one episode of the show, the first half hour “solves” the crime, and the second half hour is when the judge throws out the evidence and the prosecution has to scramble to convict the defendant(s). Unlike Perry Mason, this team doesn’t always get a conviction, which made the show so much more intriguing. And the show prided itself on being “ripped from the headlines” – taking a current event and changing it just enough to avoid libel.

Law & Order is a Dick Wolf creation, and Wolf has stayed hands-on in production since the beginning. Though there have been many characters over the years, here are my favorites: Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan… Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Brisco… S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren… Sam Waterston as District Attorney Jack McCoy… Angie Harmon as Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael… and Fred Thompson as District Attorney Arthur Branch.



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  1. Good call on the TV show category. I started watching L&O years back when I was going to school and work full time. I had my day off from both of job and school on Mondays and I would have TNT syndicated line up on in the background all day while doing my homework. Soon I discovered the addiction of the DOINK DOINK! Get out while you can because if you get as far as the double doink you’re giving up an hour of your day! (The Angie Harmon twist in her last episode was a tough one to swallow! That’s what makes it good tv, I guess. :))

  2. I love Law and Order. I’m an SVU fan myself, but the original law and order definitely gets my attention. I agree with Beverly, good call on the T.V. category!