History Trivia / LawAndOrder

9th Aug '17 7:44:44 PM Fiendish
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* FanNickname: "The Rohmbot", an "affectionate" reference to Elisabeth Rohm's [[DullSurprise acting style]] as Serena Southerlyn.
8th Aug '17 4:49:31 PM Fiendish
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*** [[RetroactiveRecognition Future Daily Show correspondent]] Aasif Mandvi played numerous characters across ''Law & Order'' as well as its spin-offs: a hot dog vendor, a pornography store owner, a university professor, and finally a judge on ''Trial By Jury.'' [[WordOfSaintPaul Mandvi has gone on record]] as saying they're all the same guy, and he's very proud of that guy for working his way up in the world.
30th Jul '17 8:24:55 AM makarovak47
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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[TropesAreTools A strangely positive case.]] You know [[DaChief S. Epatha Merkerson's]] character? How about [[HelloAttorney Jill Hennessy's]]? Both came about via NBC wanting more women on the cast. Thus, Dann Florek (Don Cragen) and Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette) were written out of the series, since the show's formula could only handle six principals. (Although this was a negative from the point of view of the two actors and their fans, Brooks was able to reprise the his role in a later episode to give closure to the character, while Florek received a not-bad consolation prize - he was cast in a central role on the long-running SVU spin-off. Both Michael Moriarty and Chris Noth were bitter about NBC's meddling; the former even went on rants in public about the whole deal and proved to be a liability for Dick Wolf. Thus, both actors were canned (or resigned) in Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[TropesAreTools A strangely positive case.]] You know [[DaChief S. Epatha Merkerson's]] character? How about [[HelloAttorney Jill Hennessy's]]? Both came about via NBC wanting more women on the cast. Thus, Dann Florek (Don Cragen) and Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette) were written out of the series, since the show's formula could only handle six principals. (Although this was a negative from the point of view of the two actors and their fans, Brooks was able to reprise the his role in a later episode to give closure to the character, while Florek received a not-bad consolation prize - he was cast in a central role on the long-running SVU spin-off. Both Michael Moriarty and Chris Noth Creator/ChrisNoth were bitter about NBC's meddling; the former even went on rants in public about the whole deal and proved to be a liability for Dick Wolf. Thus, both actors were canned (or resigned) in Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.



* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Regina Taylor, who co-starred as Sam Watterson's maid in the critically-acclaimed but short-lived drama ''I'll Fly Away'', appeared in the episode "Virtue" as a lawyer who took the stand against the senior partner who forced her to sleep with him for a promotion, thus getting him convicted of felony extortion. Fans of ''I'll Fly Away'' couldn't help but smile as the two shook hands at the end of the episode.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Regina Taylor, who co-starred as Sam Watterson's Creator/SamWatterson's maid in the critically-acclaimed but short-lived drama ''I'll Fly Away'', appeared in the episode "Virtue" as a lawyer who took the stand against the senior partner who forced her to sleep with him for a promotion, thus getting him convicted of felony extortion. Fans of ''I'll Fly Away'' couldn't help but smile as the two shook hands at the end of the episode.



* PlayingAgainstType: Comedian Anthony Anderson as Kevin Bernard, a by-the-book cop.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Comedian Anthony Anderson as Kevin Bernard, a by-the-book cop.ByTheBookCop.



** A particularly weird case: While Lennie Briscoe became the face of the franchise for the better part of the series, actor Jerry Orbach first appeared in the second season as defense attorney Frank Lehrmann. Every bit as much of a DeadpanSnarker as his later detective character, Orbach's attorney character is remembered for the line "It's called plea bargaining, not plea scalping!"

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** A particularly weird case: While Lennie Briscoe became the face of the franchise for the better part of the series, actor Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach first appeared in the second season as defense attorney Frank Lehrmann. Every bit as much of a DeadpanSnarker as his later detective character, Orbach's attorney character is remembered for the line "It's called plea bargaining, not plea scalping!"



** Zeljko Ivanek made one appearance on Law and Order as a smug corrupt businessman, convicted for murdering an elderly man who swindled money from him (which he had, in turn, swindled for his wealthy friends) who managed to get acquitted after the police actually find the body years later. After that, he made at least two appearances as his [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Homicide]] character before making another appearance as a different character. Ivanek also appeared on SVU alongside [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Richard Belzer]], who he had previously starred with in Homicide.

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** Zeljko Ivanek Creator/ZeljkoIvanek made one appearance on Law and Order as a smug corrupt businessman, convicted for murdering an elderly man who swindled money from him (which he had, in turn, swindled for his wealthy friends) who managed to get acquitted after the police actually find the body years later. After that, he made at least two appearances as his [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Homicide]] character before making another appearance as a different character. Ivanek also appeared on SVU alongside [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Richard Belzer]], who he had previously starred with in Homicide.
30th Jun '17 7:09:51 AM JamesAustin
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** Fontana would also frequently mention his days as a Chicago cop. Farina played the lead character in ''Series/CrimeStory,'' who was a cop from Chicago. Also, Farina was a Chicago cop in RealLife before he became an actor.



** Fontana would also frequently mention his days as a Chicago cop. Farina played the lead character in ''Series/CrimeStory,'' who was a cop from Chicago.
*** Also, Farina was a Chicago cop in RealLife before he became an actor.



* ExecutiveMeddling: [[TropesAreTools A strangely positive case.]] You know [[DaChief S. Epatha Merkerson's]] character? How about [[HelloAttorney Jill Hennessy's]]? Both came about via NBC wanting more women on the cast. Thus, Dann Florek (Don Cragen) and Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette) were written out of the series, since the show's formula could only handle six principals. (Although this was a negative from the point of view of the two actors and their fans, Brooks was able to reprise the his role in a later episode to give closure to the character, while Florek received a not-bad consolation prize - he was cast in a central role on the long-running SVU spin-off.
** Both Michael Moriarty and Chris Noth were bitter about NBC's meddling; the former even went on rants in public about the whole deal and proved to be a liability for Dick Wolf. Thus, both actors were canned (or resigned) in Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: [[TropesAreTools A strangely positive case.]] You know [[DaChief S. Epatha Merkerson's]] character? How about [[HelloAttorney Jill Hennessy's]]? Both came about via NBC wanting more women on the cast. Thus, Dann Florek (Don Cragen) and Richard Brooks (Paul Robinette) were written out of the series, since the show's formula could only handle six principals. (Although this was a negative from the point of view of the two actors and their fans, Brooks was able to reprise the his role in a later episode to give closure to the character, while Florek received a not-bad consolation prize - he was cast in a central role on the long-running SVU spin-off.
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spin-off. Both Michael Moriarty and Chris Noth were bitter about NBC's meddling; the former even went on rants in public about the whole deal and proved to be a liability for Dick Wolf. Thus, both actors were canned (or resigned) in Seasons 4 and 5, respectively.



** Equally strange examples include S. Epatha Merkerson playing the bereaved mother of a murder victim years before she was cast as Lieutenant Van Buren, and Annie Parisse playing the stripper girlfriend of a defendant shortly before being cast as ADA Borgia. Parisse allegedly wanted to play the same character and claim that she had been working as a stripper to pay for law school, but Dick Wolf wasn't keen on the idea.
*** Not without reason; in story, initially Jack wasn't keen on Abby becoming his assistant due to her inexperience- she'd been an ADA for five years at that point. Given the short timespan between Annie Parisse's appearance as a stripper and her debut as Borgia, it would stretch credibility that she went from paying her way through law school to climbing the ranks of the DA's office in such a short amount of time.

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** Equally An equally strange examples include example includes S. Epatha Merkerson playing the bereaved mother of a murder victim years before she was cast as Lieutenant Van Buren, and Buren.
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Annie Parisse playing played the stripper girlfriend of a defendant shortly before being cast as ADA Borgia. Parisse allegedly wanted to play the same character and claim that she had been working as a stripper to pay for law school, but Dick Wolf wasn't keen on the idea.
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idea, and not without reason; in story, initially Jack wasn't keen on Abby becoming his assistant due to her inexperience- she'd been an ADA for five years at that point. Given the short timespan between Annie Parisse's appearance as a stripper and her debut as Borgia, it would stretch credibility that she went from paying her way through law school to climbing the ranks of the DA's office in such a short amount of time.



** Several character actors appeared numerous times in the series, each time in a different role. As an example: comedian Larry Miller appeared three times -- twice as a husband who hired people to murder his two wives, and once ''as himself''. During his appearance as himself, Miller's "resemblance" to the wife-murderer is lampshaded by Detective Green.

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** Several character actors appeared numerous times in the series, each time in a different role. As an example: comedian examples:
*** Comedian
Larry Miller appeared three times -- twice as a husband who hired people to murder his two wives, and once ''as himself''. During his appearance as himself, Miller's "resemblance" to the wife-murderer is lampshaded by Detective Green.
17th Jun '17 9:19:43 PM jormis29
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** In one episode, Lennie Briscoe mentioned that his father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic, while he was Raised Catholic himself, the same as Jerry Orbach's real family background.

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** In one episode, Lennie Briscoe mentioned that his father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic, while he was Raised Catholic himself, the same as Jerry Orbach's Creator/JerryOrbach's real family background.



** While Lennie Briscoe isn't as bad as most characters in this trope, the real Jerry Orbach was universally said to be a warm, friendly guy who constantly told jokes, not at all like the dry and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] character he made famous. He was so well-liked that ''actual'' NYPD officers who spotted him on the streets would often take the time to give him a ride to his destination.

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** While Lennie Briscoe isn't as bad as most characters in this trope, the real Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach was universally said to be a warm, friendly guy who constantly told jokes, not at all like the dry and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] character he made famous. He was so well-liked that ''actual'' NYPD officers who spotted him on the streets would often take the time to give him a ride to his destination.



* TomHanksSyndrome: Jerry Orbach was originally known as a song-and-dance man (Lumiere in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a good example of the sort of roles he took prior to ''L&O'') and was an immensely respected stage actor. Being cast as Lennie Briscoe, however, greatly changed the trajectory of his career.

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* TomHanksSyndrome: Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach was originally known as a song-and-dance man (Lumiere in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is a good example of the sort of roles he took prior to ''L&O'') and was an immensely respected stage actor. Being cast as Lennie Briscoe, however, greatly changed the trajectory of his career.



** Jerry Orbach had performed in numerous musicals and other performances prior to his role on the show, playing a detective character only once in a movie. Nevertheless, his performance in that movie impressed Dick Wolf so much that he wanted Jerry to continue with the snarky detective character; because of his immense popularity as Det. Lennie Briscoe, he remains instantly recognizable as his detective character.

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** Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach had performed in numerous musicals and other performances prior to his role on the show, playing a detective character only once in a movie. Nevertheless, his performance in that movie impressed Dick Wolf so much that he wanted Jerry to continue with the snarky detective character; because of his immense popularity as Det. Lennie Briscoe, he remains instantly recognizable as his detective character.
2nd Jun '17 2:46:02 PM creader
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* CastTheExpert: Attorney and politician Fred Thompson played the district attorney for several years, though he also had prior acting experience playing the roles of senior government officials and authority figures, so this would be a cross between CastTheExpert and TypeCasting.

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* CastTheExpert: CastTheExpert:
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Attorney and politician Fred Thompson played the district attorney for several years, though he also had prior acting experience playing the roles of senior government officials and authority figures, so this would be a cross between CastTheExpert and TypeCasting.TypeCasting.
** Joe Fontana was a police officer with the Chigaco Police Department before moving to New York. Dennis Farina served with CPD for 18 years in RealLife before beginning his acting career.
1st Jun '17 2:31:13 PM creader
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* FakeAmerican: Jill Hennessy is Canadian. Hennessy's character (Claire Kincaid) does have a slight accent.

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* FakeAmerican: FakeAmerican:
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Jill Hennessy is Canadian. Hennessy's character (Claire Kincaid) does have a slight accent.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: While Lennie Briscoe isn't as bad as most characters in this trope, the real Jerry Orbach was universally said to be a warm, friendly guy who constantly told jokes, not at all like the dry and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] character he made famous.
** He was so well-liked that ''actual'' NYPD officers who spotted him on the streets would often take the time to give him a ride to his destination.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor:
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While Lennie Briscoe isn't as bad as most characters in this trope, the real Jerry Orbach was universally said to be a warm, friendly guy who constantly told jokes, not at all like the dry and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] character he made famous.
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famous. He was so well-liked that ''actual'' NYPD officers who spotted him on the streets would often take the time to give him a ride to his destination.



* TypeCasting: Jerry Orbach had performed in numerous musicals and other performances prior to his role on the show, playing a detective character only once in a movie. Nevertheless, his performance in that movie impressed Dick Wolf so much that he wanted Jerry to continue with the snarky detective character; because of his immense popularity as Det. Lennie Briscoe, he remains instantly recognizable as his detective character.

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* TypeCasting: TypeCasting:
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Jerry Orbach had performed in numerous musicals and other performances prior to his role on the show, playing a detective character only once in a movie. Nevertheless, his performance in that movie impressed Dick Wolf so much that he wanted Jerry to continue with the snarky detective character; because of his immense popularity as Det. Lennie Briscoe, he remains instantly recognizable as his detective character.



* UnderAgeCasting: Jill Hennessy was twenty-four when she was cast as Claire Kincaid. In the United States the minimum age at which one can graduate from law school is twenty-five.
** Not necessarily. If don't take any time off and have a birthday after May, you would graduate at twenty-four (high school graduation at seventeen, college at twenty-one, law school at twenty-four). It's not common, but it's possible, especially if you commit to becoming a lawyer young.

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* UnderAgeCasting: Jill Hennessy was twenty-four when she was cast as Claire Kincaid. In the United States the minimum age at which one can graduate from law school is twenty-five.
** Not necessarily. If
twenty-five. But, f\if don't take any time off and have a birthday after May, you would graduate at twenty-four (high school graduation at seventeen, college at twenty-one, law school at twenty-four). It's not common, but it's possible, especially if you commit to becoming a lawyer young.
26th May '17 7:10:49 PM Az_Tech341
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** Sam Waterston is well-known for his various stage and screen portrayals of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Perhaps as a result, Jack [=McCoy=] has at various times suspended ''habeus corpus'' and become deeply involved in cases relating to human trafficking and slavery.

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** Sam Waterston Creator/SamWaterston is well-known for his various stage and screen portrayals of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Perhaps as a result, Jack [=McCoy=] has at various times suspended ''habeus corpus'' and become deeply involved in cases relating to human trafficking and slavery.
22nd Apr '17 8:34:39 PM MyLittleXero
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** Anthony Anderson had first appeared in the [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]] episode "Fat" as Elliot Stabler's temporary partner a bending, hotheaded detective named Lucius Blaine.

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** Anthony Anderson had first appeared in the [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit SVU]] episode "Fat" as Elliot Stabler's temporary partner a bending, rule-bending, hotheaded detective named Lucius Blaine.Blaine, before playing a lead in the last 3 seasons of Law and Order.
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