TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.
Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Josh Pais (Assistant M.E. Borak) also worked together on episode 5.12, The Good Wife: We, the Juries (2014), of The Good Wife (2009) and episode 7.4, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Lonelyville (2007), of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001).
Det. Lennie Briscoe:
I told you, you should have gone to bed with her. You're getting the grief without getting the gravy.
In a few episodes of the series the senior detective (usually Lenny Briscoe) will approach a drug dealer whom they know will have information valuable to their case, but the dealer will usually play dumb so Briscoe and his partner will frisk the dealer and find drugs, the cuffs come out and the dealer will spill his guts. This action is called the squeeze and the way it's done is illegal. The proper procedure is that after finding the drugs the police are meant to arrest the dealer and bring him to the D.A.'s office for a plea-for-information deal. As only the D.A.s have the authority to put the squeeze on as they will need proof of evidence in case the dealer's testimony is needed in a court of law.
Some (but not all) episodes show a disclaimer emphasizing the fictional nature of the story just prior to the closing credits. This is particularly important on those episodes that were inspired by well-known real-life legal cases.
The version of the show shown in the UK on Channel Five has a completely different version of the opening credits with different music. Also UK satellite channel Sky One has a different version of opening credits to the US and Channel 5 versions and music.
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