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.
Michael Moriarty resigned at the end of the fourth season after a long, vocal battle of words with Attorney General Janet Reno, who was making efforts to censor television violence. He felt that NBC was trying to silence him when two talk show appearances on the network were pulled at the last moment and his role was reduced considerably in the fourth season episode "Mayhem." Dick Wolf claims this was entirely coincidental. Moriarty claims he was forced into a situation where he had to resign. His character, EADA Ben Stone, also resigned on the show. After quitting the series, Moriarty moved to Canada, where he considered forming a political party.
Det. Mike Logan:
Listen... Somebody blew your boyfriend's brains out with a 48, okay?
Some of the suspected criminals are shown fleeing or attempting to flee prosecution, which is not the "norm." The ones that attempt to flee do so in manners which ensure that they will be caught as some episodes have had people attempting to leave on buses from The Port Authority when there are several dozen areas around the city where a bus or train can be caught that will take you out of NYC.
At the start of the season one episode "Torrents of Greed, Part 2" the customary "In the criminal justice system..." opening monologue and screen title were replaced with a monologue and screen title about manipulation of the legal system.
Rebroadcasts on TNT were digitally altered to include product placements.