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.
Prior to becoming an actor, Dennis Farina (Detective Joe Fontana) was a Detective in the Chicago Police Department for eighteen years. He got into acting through his former partner and police commander, Chuck Adamson, who had retired and became a police consultant on movies and television shows.
Det. Lennie Briscoe:
Love - a dangerous disease instantly cured by marriage.
In one episode of Law & Order, Judge William Wright says that he's entering a not-guilty verdict after the jury foreman reads "guilty". While he can do this using "Judgement Notwithstanding", the procedure is that the defendant's defense attorney must file a JNOV after the trial and in a set time frame.
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 DVD release of the series will include footage not originally broadcast.