Law & Order
TV Series Review
At times, it seems as though this long-running program might’ve started in television’s earliest days, airing alongside the likes of Dragnet.
In reality, this Dick Wolf-created crime/legal drama has been around only since 1990. It’s survived that long by relying on a set, "ripped-from-the-headlines" formula that’s proved to be amazingly popular: Its makers take a real-life news story and fictionalize it for their own ends, exploring complex characters and issues both on the streets and in the courtroom.
The first part of each episode is generally a crime procedural, filled with the tension (and sometimes problematic content) inherent to the genre. In the second half hour the drama switches to the courtroom and becomes a rapid-fire legal drama.
Law & Order’s problems or praiseworthiness depend almost entirely on the story that’s picked for a given episode. Viewers can expect to be subjected to some language and violence, along with deeply uncomfortable discussions about sexuality during certain episodes.
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Sam Waterston as District Attorney Jack McCoy; S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren; Anthony Anderson as Det. Kevin Bernard; Jeremy Sisto as Det. Cyrus Lupo; Alana De La Garza as Asst. DA Connie Rubirosa; Linus Roache as Asst. DA Michael Cutter