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Law & Order is a Long Runner franchise of police & law procedural works created by Dick Wolf, which began in 1990 with the long-running original series of the same name.

Not to be confused with an unrelated 1932 Western film of the same name.

Law & Order

American series

  • Law & Order (1990 — 2010, 2022 — present) — The original series, sometimes referred to as "The Mothership". First L&O series to become a Long Runner.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 — present) — Focuses on sex crimes and child abuse; has since overtaken the original series to become the longest-running title in the franchise. Second L&O series to become a Long Runner and has since overtaken the original series in total seasons.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001 — 2011) — Focuses on the Major Case Squad and often shares the offender's perspective; arguably the closest to a traditional detective procedural. Third Long Runner series in the franchise.
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005 — 2006) — Focuses on court proceedings by assistant district attorneys.
  • Conviction (2006) — Focuses on court proceedings like Trial by Jury with more emphasis on individual character development; the only mainline series without Law & Order in its title.
  • Law & Order: LA (2010 — 2011) — Takes place in Los Angeles instead of New York City.
  • Law & Order: True Crime (2017; on hiatus) — Dramatizations of true crime stories, beginning with The Menendez Murders, which focuses on the 1996 trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez; intended to run as an anthology series but has since gone on extended hiatus. Also should be noted that this is the first Law And Order TV series that is not set in the same universe as the first series in this franchise.
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021 — present) — Focuses on organized and mob-related crime.
  • Law & Order: Hate Crimes (TBA) — Focuses on hate crimes; the first mainline series to not air on NBC but rather their streaming platform Peacock.
  • Untitled spinoff (TBA) — Originally conceived as Law & Order: For The Defense, which would have focused on defense attorneys; fell into development hell and was later announced to be a new series with a different concept.

Foreign series

  • Paris Enquêtes Criminelles note  (2007 — 2008) — A French adaptation of Criminal Intent.
  • Law & Order: Division of Field Investigation note  (2007 — 2011): A Russian adaptation of SVU.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent note  (2007 — 2011) — A Russian adaptation of Criminal Intent.
  • Law & Order: UK (2009 — 2014): A British adaptation that remakes episodes of the original series.
  • Law & Order: Cape Town (planned for 2012) — A South African adaptation of the original series; stuck in development hell.

Other media

  • Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998) — A Made-for-TV Movie focusing on Det. Mike Logan (Chris Noth).
  • Several video games developed by Legacy Games: Law & Order: Dead on the Money, Law & Order: Double or Nothing, Law & Order: Justice is Served, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
  • Law & Order: Legacies (2011 – 2012) by Telltale Games
  • Arrest & Trial (2000 — 2001) — A syndicated court show that combined reenactments and real trial footage; produced by Dick Wolf.
  • Crime & Punishment (2002 — 2004) – An official reality spinoff of the original series.

Shared Universe series: note 

  • Homicide: Life on the Street (1993 — 1999) — Set in Baltimore and starring Richard Belzer as John Munch, who would later join the cast of SVU; created by Paul Attanasio.
    • Homicide: The Movie (2000) — The finale movie of the series.
  • New York Undercover (1994 — 1999) — Focuses on a pair of undercover detectives.
  • Deadline (2000) — Focuses on the fictional New York Ledger tabloid paper seen in Law & Order.
  • In Plain Sight (2008 — 2012) — Starring Mary McCormack as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal assigned to the Witness Protection Program office in Albuquerque; created by David Maples.

  • One Chicago — A second franchise of interconnected series set in Chicago:
    • Chicago Fire (2012 — present) — A rescue series focusing on the Chicago Fire Department.
    • Chicago P.D. (2014 — present) – Focuses on the Chicago Police Department.
    • Chicago Med (2015 — present) — A medical drama focusing on the fictional Gaffney Chicago Medical Center.
    • Chicago Justice (2017) — Focuses on the Illinois State's Attorney office for Cook County, starring Philip Winchester as Peter Stone, who would later join the cast of SVU.
  • FBI (2018 — present) — Focuses on the New York City office of the FBI.
    • FBI: Most Wanted (2020 — present) — Focuses on the Fugitive Task Force's most wanted list.
    • FBI: International (2021 — present) — Focuses on the FBI's International Fly Team stationed in Hungary.