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Law & Order (TV Series)

Original title
Law & Order (TV Series)
Year
Running time
40 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
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Screenwriter
Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer, Richard Sweren, Michael S. Chernuchin, Ed Zuckerman, William N. Fordes, Robert Nathan, Wendy Battles, David Black, Kathy McCormick, Matt Witten, Barry M. Schkolnick, I.C. Rapoport, Aaron Zelman, Jeremy R. Littman, Barry Schindel, David Wilcox, Robert Palm, Michael Duggan, Eric Overmyer, Matthew McGough, Luke Schelhaas, Morgan Gendel, Janis Diamond, Keith Eisner, Walon Green, Lynne E. Litt, Marc Guggenheim, Christopher Ambrose
Music
Mike Post
Cinematography
Constantine Makris, William Klayer, John Beymer, David S. Tuttman, Christopher Misiano, Richard Dobbs, Manuel Billeter, Ernest R. Dickerson
Cast
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Producer
NBC Universal Television / Studios USA Television / Universal Network Television
Genre
TV Series. Mystery. Drama | Cop Movies. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
TV Series (1990-2010). 20 Seasons. 246 Episodes. In New York City, when a crime is committed, the victims are represented by two distinct yet forever intertwined forces. There's the police department, represented here by the aging, cynical and recovering alcoholic Detective Briscoe, his more passionate and idealistic partner Detective Green, and their boss, Lieutenant Van Buren. It is their job to investigate the crime, collect evidence, interview witnesses and then, when the evidence points to a suspect or suspects, place the suspect(s) under arrest. The matter is then taken over by the prosecutors of the District Attorney's office, EADA Jack McCoy, his assistant prosecutor Serena Southerlyn, and the District Attorney Arthur Branch, who discuss deals, prepare the witnesses and evidence and conduct the people's case in the trial. Matters are rarely resolved easily, or for the people involved, satisfactorily. Crimes are committed which frequently create public unrest and controversy, race, morals and beliefs are frequently challenged and manipulated, the guilty can go unpunished and the innocent ruined forever. The detectives and prosecutors are weary, cynical, flawed, human and vulnerable. And yet they are somehow still dedicated to their jobs, to make the guilty answer for their crimes and gain some sense of justice for the victim and the victim's family. These are their stories...
Awards
1991: Golden Globes: Nominated Best TV-Series - Drama
1993: Golden Globes: Nominated Best TV-Series - Drama and Actor (Moriarty)
1994: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Actor in a TV-Series - Drama (Waterston)
1997: Emmy: Best Series Drama
1997: Golden Globes: Nominated Best TV-Series - Drama
1998: Golden Globes: Nominated Best TV-Series - Drama
2001: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Series - Drama
2000: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best TV Series - Drama
1996: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best TV Series
1998: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director Drama Series
2003: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama
1998: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama
1997: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama. 2 Nominations
1996: Writers Guild of America (WGA): 3 Nom. Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama
2004: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor in a Drama Series (Orbach)
2003: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
2001: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
2000: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
1998: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor in Drama Series (Waterston). 3 Nom.
1997: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Ensemble Drama Series; Actor (Waterston)
1996: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
1995: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
1994: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Ensemble in Drama Series
1991: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Screenplay in Episodic Drama
Critics' reviews
  • "'Law and Order' could climb quickly to the top echelons of the genre, right up there with 'Crime Story' and 'Hill Street Blues'"
  • "The series has all the ingredients associated with quality television: strong scripts, relevant themes and a cast that qualifies as first-rate-plus"
  • "Missing here is the complexity that makes shows like 'L.A. Law' or 'Hill Street Blues' fun to watch"
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