TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.
The series was originally to air on Fox. But Fox CEO Barry Diller later decided against it. The series was then pitched to CBS and the pilot episode "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" was produced in 1988. But CBS did not pick up the series. NBC picked it up in 1989... ...
Det. Lennie Briscoe:
We got a hit on the fake fur.
Det. Rey Curtis: Yeah, you'll never guess what they make them out of.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Recycled soda bottles. What else did you find out?
Throughout the series, the detectives (or the Crime Scene Unit Forensic Technicians) are able to ID a bullet caliber from the wound size. In reality this is impossible. A 9mm, .38, .40 and even a .45 all make wounds that are indistinguishable from each other on a body. The police also often look at a bullet and ID the pistol from it. While possible, this requires forensic analysis and is generally not very conclusive because the bullet is too deformed. The conformation of a particular bullet coming from a particular gun using "ballistic fingerprinting" has never resulted in a conviction.
After the attack on the World Trade Center the opening was changed for one episode to reflect the sacrifices of the NYPD and the NYFD.
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