- "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990, and completed its 20th and final season on May 24, 2010. At the time of its cancellation, Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television.
The show has been noted for its revolving cast over the years. Among the longest-running main cast members were Steven Hill as District Attorney Adam Schiff (seasons 1–10), Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe (seasons 3–14), S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (seasons 4–20), Sam Waterston as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy (seasons 5–20; later District Attorney) and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green (seasons 10–18).
The current spin-off is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and previous series are Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: Trial by Jury and Law & Order True Crime (The Menendez Murders).
- George Dzundza as Detective Sergeant Maxwell "Max" Greevey
- Chris Noth as Detective Michael "Mike" Logan
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald "Don" Cragen
- Paul Sorvino as Detective Sergeant Philip "Phil" Cerreta
- Jerry Orbach as Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Benjamin Bratt as Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Edward "Ed" Green
- Dennis Farina as Detective Joseph "Joe" Fontana
- Michael Imperioli as Detective Nicholas "Nick" Falco
- Milena Govich as Detective Nina Cassady
- Jeremy Sisto as Detective Cyrus Lupo
- Anthony Anderson as Detective Kevin Bernard
District Attorney CharactersEdit
- Michael Moriarty as Executive Assistant District Attorney Benjamin "Ben" Stone
- Richard Brooks as Assistant District Attorney Paul Robinette
- Steven Hill as Manhattan District Attorney Adam Schiff
- Jill Hennessy as Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid
- Sam Waterston as EADA/Manhattan District Attorney John James "Jack" McCoy
- Carey Lowell as Assistant District Attorney Jamie Ross
- Angie Harmon as Assistant District Attorney Abigail "Abbie" Carmichael
- Dianne Wiest as Interim Manhattan District Attorney Nora Lewin
- Elisabeth Rohm as Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn
- Fred Thompson as Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch
- Annie Parisse as Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia
- Alana de la Garza as Assistant District Attorney Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa
- Linus Roache as Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael "Mike" Cutter