History Series / LawandOrder

13th Aug '17 8:40:55 AM Fiendish
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** In "House Calls" there's a dead body, a controlling dad, and a shady celebrity doctor. [[spoiler:But the victim's injuries are self-inflicted, and the drug overdose that killed her? Turns out to be the result of a ''mistranslation'' of the shady doctor's recommendations, which were within acceptable medical parameters. And this only comes out when the witness innocently stumbles over the same mistranslation on the witness stand.]] Even [=McCoy=], up to that point in full CrusadingLawyer mode, appears dumbfounded.

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** In "House Calls" there's a dead body, a controlling dad, and a shady celebrity doctor. [[spoiler:But another aversion occurs, as the victim's injuries are self-inflicted, and the drug overdose that killed her? Turns out to be the result of a ''mistranslation'' of the shady doctor's recommendations, which were within acceptable medical parameters. And this only comes out when the witness innocently stumbles over the same mistranslation on the witness stand.]] Even [=McCoy=], up to that point in full CrusadingLawyer mode, appears dumbfounded.
12th Aug '17 8:04:20 PM Fiendish
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* SeinfeldianConversation: Often occurs between random civilians during the episode opening, only to cut off abruptly when said civilians discover the dead body of the week. Sometimes the detectives engage in this as well while in pursuit of a criminal or while puttering around a suspect's home.
12th Aug '17 7:21:57 PM Fiendish
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** In "House Calls" there's a dead body, a controlling dad, and a shady celebrity doctor. [[spoiler:But the victim's injuries are self-inflicted, and the drug overdose that killed her? Turns out to be the result of a ''mistranslation'' of the shady doctor's recommendations, which were within acceptable medical parameters. And this only comes out when the witness innocently stumbles over the same mistranslation on the witness stand.]] Even [=McCoy=], up to that point in full CrusadingLawyer mode, appears dumbfounded.
11th Aug '17 7:34:50 PM Fiendish
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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: New York's a tough city, but nevertheless it's remarkable how many average citizens are barely fazed (often barely looking up from whatever task they're doing) when homicide detectives roll up and start asking questions.
9th Aug '17 4:45:24 AM Fiendish
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* UndercoverAsLovers: Completely averted by the Chinese government in "Take-Out", where [[spoiler: it intentionally sends ugly men to do espionage business with women so to not generate even the remotest possibility of love complications]].

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* UndercoverAsLovers: UndercoverAsLovers:
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Completely averted by the Chinese government in "Take-Out", where [[spoiler: it intentionally sends ugly men to do espionage business with women so to not generate even the remotest possibility of love complications]].complications]].
** Played straight in "Quit Claim" when Lupo and Rubirosa pose as a married couple who fall for a suspect's scam.
30th Jul '17 8:21:03 AM makarovak47
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In the show's 20 seasons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order#Casting_and_characters twenty-seven different actors have starred in the leading six roles]], with a substantial number of recurring guest stars. Notable long-running cast members include S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (Seasons 4-20), Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. (later D.A.) Jack [=McCoy=] (Seasons 5-20), Creator/JerryOrbach as Det. Lennie Briscoe (Seasons 3-14), Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff (Seasons 1-10), Creator/JesseLMartin as Det. Ed Green (Seasons 10-18), Chris Noth as Det. Mike Logan (Seasons 1-5), former U.S. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch (Seasons 13-17), and Alana de la Garza as A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa (Seasons 17-20).

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In the show's 20 seasons, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order#Casting_and_characters twenty-seven different actors have starred in the leading six roles]], with a substantial number of recurring guest stars. Notable long-running cast members include S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (Seasons 4-20), Sam Waterston Creator/SamWaterston as Executive A.D.A. (later D.A.) Jack [=McCoy=] (Seasons 5-20), Creator/JerryOrbach as Det. Lennie Briscoe (Seasons 3-14), Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff (Seasons 1-10), Creator/JesseLMartin as Det. Ed Green (Seasons 10-18), Chris Noth Creator/ChrisNoth as Det. Mike Logan (Seasons 1-5), former U.S. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch (Seasons 13-17), and Alana de la Garza as A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa (Seasons 17-20).
30th Jul '17 4:26:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* SnuffFilm: "Performance"

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* SnuffFilm: "Performance""Performance". Briscoe and Logan investigate a possible snuff film, but it turns out to be faked when they find the girl on the tape is still alive. This does, however, expose an underground sex club at a prestigious high school.
25th Jul '17 4:23:42 PM jessicaotiesha
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* MenActWomenAre: In the episode "Doped" after a deadly drunk-driving car accident the media and all of his friends blamed the husband for his wifeís actions despite him having nothing to do with it other than being married to her.
** Ultimately averted with the cops however while unlike him they didnít believe in his wifeís innocence they gave the case a thorough examination to give him some form of closure.
2nd Jul '17 1:16:23 PM DrOO7
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** Nearly every episode has the defendant testifying. While technically not forbidden, it is something that even the worst defense attorney knows is a bad idea for the very reason frequently depicted--the person is subjected to cross-examination and ends up incriminating themselves either via their attitude or what they say, resulting in their conviction. In the early days of the show this was actually cited if a defendant wanted to testify, with the defense attorney, the judge, and even the DA warning them against this, but as time went on, defendants testified as if this was standard procedure.
1st Jul '17 5:10:11 PM nombretomado
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* LongRunnerCastTurnover: The series ended with a completely different cast than when it started. The series lost its last original cast member at the end of its tenth season, when Steven Hill's Adam Schiff retired. So half of its run was done with no one from the first season cast. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order#Casting_and_characters a section]] dedicated to the cast/character changes and overlaps.

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* LongRunnerCastTurnover: The series ended with a completely different cast than when it started. The series lost its last original cast member at the end of its tenth season, when Steven Hill's Adam Schiff retired. So half of its run was done with no one from the first season cast. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_%26_Order#Casting_and_characters a section]] dedicated to the cast/character changes and overlaps.
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