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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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.