“Law & Order,” the longest-running crime series and the second longest-running drama series in the history of television, enters its 16th season on NBC.
The brainchild of creator Dick Wolf, “Law & Order” is the most successful brand in primetime television as the 1997 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Drama Series and the record holder for the most consecutive (11) nominations for a drama series. It has also turned into one of entertainment’s preeminent brands, with its successful spin-offs “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
In fact, the “Law & Order” brand marks an impressive milestone this Fall celebrating its 600th combined episode.
Filmed entirely on location in New York City, this realistic program looks at crime and justice from a dual perspective. In the first half-hour, Detectives Joe Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Edward Green (Jesse L. Martin) investigate crimes and apprehend suspects under the supervision of their precinct lieutenant, Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). In the second half-hour, the focus shifts to the criminal courts, as Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Borgia (Annie Parisse) work within a complicated justice system to prosecute the accused under the guidance of District Attorney Arthur Branch (Fred Thompson).
Some cases may be simple, but most are multi-faceted. The investigations are challenging, prosecutions are complicated, and decisions about legal procedures and plea-bargaining are vexing. In the arduous and complex process of determining guilt and innocence, lives often hang in the balance.
“Law & Order” is a Wolf Films production in association with NBC Universal Television Studio. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Matthew Penn, Peter Jankowski, Nicolas Wooten and Walon Green are executive producers.