Law & Order

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A blended police procedural and courtroom drama which employs a two-part approach: The first half of each episode focuses on NYPD homicide detectives investigating a crime—often derived from a real-life headline—and apprehending a suspect. The second half takes place in the courtroom, with the district attorney prosecuting the defendant.


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  • Law and Order
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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials November 1998 November 2020 3
Season 1 September 1990 June 1991 22
Season 2 September 1991 May 1992 22
Season 3 September 1992 May 1993 22
Season 4 September 1993 May 1994 22
Season 5 September 1994 May 1995 23
Season 6 September 1995 May 1996 23
Season 7 September 1996 May 1997 23
Season 8 September 1997 May 1998 24
Season 9 September 1998 May 1999 24
Season 10 September 1999 May 2000 24
Season 11 October 2000 May 2001 24
Season 12 September 2001 May 2002 24
Season 13 October 2002 May 2003 24
Season 14 September 2003 May 2004 24
Season 15 September 2004 May 2005 24
Season 16 September 2005 May 2006 22
Season 17 September 2006 May 2007 22
Season 18 January 2008 May 2008 18
Season 19 November 2008 June 2009 22
Season 20 September 2009 May 2010 23
Season 21 February 2022 May 2022 10
Season 22 September 2022 May 2023 22
Season 23 January 2024 May 2024 13
Unassigned Episodes 0
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Season From To Episodes
Season 1 September 1990 September 2022 467
Unassigned Episodes 37
Name Number of Episodes Dates
René Balcer 73 03/19/1991 - 12/11/2009
Richard Sweren 70 01/08/1997 - 05/17/2010
Michael S. Chernuchin 53 02/12/1991 - 02/02/2007
Ed Zuckerman 50 09/13/1990 - 01/15/2010
William N. Fordes 42 01/14/1992 - 05/06/2009
Rick Eid 19 04/13/2005 - 02/16/2023
Robert Nathan 18 01/07/1992 - 10/13/2006
Wendy Battles 18 11/01/2000 - 11/09/2005
Aaron Zelman 13 11/15/2000 - 02/25/2004
Dick Wolf 13 10/11/1990 - 02/24/2022
Matt Witten 13 11/25/1998 - 04/24/2002
Robert Palm 12 09/20/1990 - 10/31/2001
David Wilcox 11 09/21/2005 - 04/23/2008
Eric Ellis Overmyer 10 05/16/2001 - 05/18/2005
David Slack 9 11/02/2005 - 05/07/2008
Marc Guggenheim 8 11/07/2001 - 05/19/2004
Luke Schelhaas 8 12/10/2008 - 11/13/2009
Gina Gionfriddo 7 01/23/2008 - 06/03/2009
Stephanie Sengupta 7 01/09/2008 - 05/13/2009
Keith Eisner 7 11/26/2008 - 12/11/2009
Lynn Mamet 6 10/13/1999 - 03/27/2002
Roz Weinman 5 02/26/2003 - 12/08/2004
Terri Kopp 5 11/14/2001 - 05/14/2003
Jill Goldsmith 5 12/12/2001 - 04/23/2003
Christopher Ambrose 5 01/14/2009 - 11/06/2009
Matt McGough 4 05/14/2008 - 10/30/2009
Pamela J. Wechsler 4 03/03/2022 - 04/14/2022
Stuart Feldman 4 05/01/2002 - 02/23/2005
Matthew McGough 4 04/06/2007 - 01/15/2010
Nicholas Wootton 4 11/16/2005 - 01/12/2007
Sean Jablonski 4 10/03/2001 - 05/22/2002
Nick Santora 4 09/22/2004 - 05/04/2005
Eddie Feldmann 4 03/27/1996 - 03/03/1999
Sally Nemeth 4 01/07/1992 - 11/16/1993
Art Alamo 3 03/10/2022 - 04/14/2022
Sonny Postiglione 3 04/05/2006 - 04/27/2007
Elaine Loeser 3 01/10/1996 - 05/15/1996
Chris Levinson 3 09/28/2005 - 10/20/2006
Davey Holmes 3 10/06/2004 - 10/12/2005
Sibyl Gardner 3 03/17/1993 - 05/17/1995
William M. Finkelstein 3 01/17/2001 - 02/28/2001
Julie Martin 2 10/23/2009 - 11/20/2009
Matt Kiene 2 12/09/1992 - 05/05/1993
Michael Harbert 2 02/09/1994 - 05/15/2002
Christine Roum 2 10/01/1991 - 11/04/1992
Edward Pomerantz 2 10/21/1992 - 10/27/1993
Jorge Zamacona 2 02/02/1996 - 11/12/1997
Chris Noth 2 11/08/1998
Douglas Stark 2 09/26/2001 - 01/05/2005
Greg Plageman 1 10/19/2005
Joseph Reinkemeyer 1 12/09/1992
Dick Teresi 1 11/11/1998
Tom Smuts 1 03/08/2006
Harold Schecter 1 01/28/1998
Charles Kipps 1 11/08/1998
Kevin Arkadie 1 03/30/1994
Gene Ritchings 1 05/24/1995
Rob Wright 1 04/10/2002
Craig McNeer 1 09/15/1993
Joe Gannon 1 05/09/2001
Carter Harris 1 01/18/2006
P.K. Todd 1 11/08/2000
Nancy Ann Miller 1 11/26/1991
Charles C. Mann 1 11/30/1994
Giles Blunt 1 12/10/1991
Philippe Browning 1 01/11/2006
Frank Pugliese 1 03/30/2005
Brad Markowitz 1 01/11/1995
Craig Turk 1 11/19/2003
Tom Szentgyorgyi 1 04/20/2005
Judith Hopper 1 11/11/1998
Joe Reinkemeyer 1 05/05/1993
Walter Dallenbach 1 03/22/1995
Paris Qualles 1 05/04/1994
Suzanne Oshry 1 02/04/1998
Ross Berger 1 11/10/2004
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Constantine Makris 64 11/09/1993 - 10/16/2009
Ed Sherin 37 09/24/1991 - 11/23/2005
Jace Alexander 33 05/04/1994 - 01/05/2005
Richard Dobbs 29 04/15/1998 - 10/06/2006
David Platt 29 03/13/1996 - 10/12/2005
Matthew Penn 28 04/19/1995 - 05/18/2007
David Black 21 09/13/1990 - 05/18/2007
I.C. Rapoport 21 03/19/1991 - 03/24/1999
Kathy McCormick 20 10/08/1991 - 09/26/2001
Barry M. Schkolnick 18 01/13/1993 - 05/03/2000
Jeremy R. Littman 16 09/21/1994 - 02/26/1997
Robert Stuart Nathan 15 10/04/1990 - 12/10/1991
Christopher Misiano 14 01/11/1995 - 05/24/2000
Martha Mitchell 14 11/23/1994 - 03/31/2004
Don Scardino 14 02/05/1991 - 05/03/2006
Arthur W. Forney 13 03/10/1993 - 05/19/2022
Barry Schindel 13 12/01/1999 - 03/24/2004
Morgan Gendel 12 12/01/1993 - 04/10/1996
Lynne E. Litt 11 01/13/1999 - 05/10/2000
Jean de Segonzac 11 11/08/1998 - 03/11/2009
James Quinn 11 11/27/1990 - 04/23/2003
Lewis H. Gould 11 03/15/1995 - 04/24/2002
David Shore 10 10/08/1997 - 03/24/1999
Michael Duggan 10 12/11/1990 - 04/28/1992
Janis Diamond 10 02/15/1995 - 03/03/2004
Walon Green 9 11/25/1992 - 03/09/1994
Michael Pressman 8 11/10/2004 - 03/03/2022
E.W. Swackhamer 8 09/20/1990 - 10/13/1993
Noah Baylin 8 05/02/2001 - 03/24/2004
Gerry Conway 8 02/10/1999 - 05/17/2000
Gardner Stern 7 10/30/1996 - 04/30/1997
Daniel Sackheim 7 02/26/1991 - 02/24/1993
Gloria Muzio 6 01/28/1998 - 03/03/2004
Fred Gerber 6 04/02/1991 - 11/15/1995
Alex Chapple 6 11/17/2006 - 12/11/2009
Lorenzo Carcaterra 5 05/21/2003 - 11/17/2004
Vincent Misiano 5 04/05/1995 - 09/29/2006
Dann Florek 5 12/01/1993 - 04/26/1995
Jim McKay 5 02/06/2008 - 10/23/2009
Alfredo Barrios Jr. 4 09/29/2004 - 02/09/2005
Suzanne O'Malley 4 04/05/1995 - 05/01/1996
Joshua Stern 4 03/19/1991 - 05/25/1994
James Frawley 4 03/31/1992 - 09/15/1993
S. Epatha Merkerson 4 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Lois Johnson 4 10/20/2004 - 02/16/2005
Doug Palau 4 05/19/1993 - 01/05/1994
Fred Berner 4 11/12/2008 - 09/25/2009
Stephen Wertimer 4 03/24/1999 - 11/28/2001
Annie Parisse 4 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Vern Gillum 4 10/04/1990 - 10/21/1992
Hall Powell 4 11/11/1992 - 05/24/2000
Mario Van Peebles 4 04/23/2008 - 11/06/2009
Peter S. Greenberg 3 02/18/1992 - 03/10/1993
Dennis Farina 3 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Mark B. Perry 3 11/02/1994 - 01/25/1995
Gordon Rayfield 3 09/23/1992 - 10/13/1993
Sam Waterston 3 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Michael W. Watkins 3 03/08/2006 - 01/09/2008
Steve Robman 3 04/14/1992 - 10/19/1994
John Whitesell 3 09/13/1990 - 11/12/1991
Joe Morgenstern 3 04/02/1991 - 10/14/1992
Darnell Martin 3 03/19/2008 - 10/30/2009
Brian Mertes 3 01/15/1997 - 05/13/1998
Jesse L. Martin 3 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Fred Dalton Thompson 3 11/09/2005 - 11/16/2005
Jack Richardson 2 11/20/1990 - 11/12/1991
Marisol Torres 2 05/07/2008 - 12/17/2008
James Hayman 2 12/09/1992 - 05/05/1993
Marc Levin 2 03/05/2008 - 01/28/2009
Shimon Wincelberg 2 04/16/1997
Thomas Francis McElroy 2 10/04/1990
Roger Young 2 05/06/2009 - 11/20/2009
Krista Vernoff 2 12/15/1999
Joe Viola 2 01/15/1991
Jacob Brackman 2 11/20/1990
Michael Dinner 2 01/02/2008 - 10/09/2009
Tim Hunter 2 11/03/2006 - 04/30/2008
Tony Goldwyn 2 03/29/2006
Gilbert M. Shilton 2 11/18/1992 - 10/27/1993
Charlie Correll 2 10/11/1990 - 01/06/1993
Alex Hall 2 04/07/2022 - 04/14/2022
Wendell Rawls 2 01/06/1993
Michael Watkins 2 11/26/2008 - 04/29/2009
Steve Shill 2 03/27/2002 - 11/27/2002
Siobhan Byrne O'Connor 2 11/05/1991 - 12/10/1997
Milena Govich 2 03/10/2022
Harvey Solomon 2 03/30/1994
David Nahmod 2 04/21/2004
Craig Tepper 2 11/19/1997
Gwen Arner 2 01/15/1991 - 11/19/1991
Josh Marston 1 02/04/2009
Bill D'Elia 1 10/07/1992
Alec Baldwin 1 05/13/1998
Dean White 1 02/27/2008
Carl Nelson 1 09/23/1998
Helaine Head 1 01/05/1994
Rick Wallace 1 12/07/2005
Kristoffer Tabori 1 10/08/1991
Steve Cohen 1 12/10/1991
Bruce Seth Green 1 03/03/1993
Ernest R. Dickerson 1 05/13/2009
Norberto Barba 1 05/20/2009
Paris Barclay 1 01/12/2005
Eriq La Salle 1 05/19/2022
Alan Gelb 1 01/07/1992
Adam Davidson 1 01/07/1998
Allen Coulter 1 01/02/2008
Scott Tobin 1 09/23/1998
John David Coles 1 05/14/2008
Rosemary Rodriguez 1 10/19/2005
Heather Cappiello 1 03/17/2022
Aaron Lipstadt 1 01/08/1991
M. T. Adler 1 10/02/2009
Jim Frawley 1 01/14/1992
Dan Karlok 1 02/12/1997
Christopher Zalla 1 11/19/2008
Martin Davidson 1 11/13/1990
Marc Laub 1 11/30/1994
Gilbert Moses 1 11/25/1992
J. Ranelli 1 04/01/1998
Mark Levin 1 01/15/2010
John Patterson 1 10/30/1990
Joan Stein Schimke 1 12/08/2006
Peter Levin 1 02/04/1992
Gabrielle Beaumont 1 11/03/1993
Alan Taylor 1 01/23/2008
Karen Gaviola 1 04/06/2007
Eric Stoltz 1 04/13/2005
William Klayer 1 11/13/2009
Sam Weisman 1 03/30/2007
Michael Fresco 1 12/04/1990
Adam Bernstein 1 02/08/2006
Rose Troche 1 11/06/2009
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Peter Jankowski 3 04/07/2022 - 05/19/2022

Law & Order Franchise

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DUN-DUN! Name a more iconic sound — we’ll wait. For over three decades, Dick Wolf has ruled the television landscape with the beloved procedural and its many spin-off series. With two “Law & Orders” on NBC’s schedule this upcoming fall season, this veteran franchise, which has been home to big-name guest stars and known for often ripping stories from the headlines, is showing no signs of slowing down.

Wolf Universe

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The term Wolf Universe is commonly used to describe American television programs created and/or produced by Dick Wolf and programs related to them. These are shows about crime and first responders. Executive producers are Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Arthur W. Forney and Tom Thayer. Steve Zirnkilton has narrated many of the shows, both scripted and reality, while Mike Post wrote the music and/or theme for some of them.

Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (2016)

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From time-capsule sitcoms to cutting-edge Peak-TV dramas — the definitive ranking of the game-changing small-screen classics

NYPD Shows

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All TV Series Seen in Full Throughout Life

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A comprehensive list of all TV series seen and experienced throughout my life from early childhood to the present day. Usually full completion including all seasons, but at least a mandatory minimum of one full season. Will include live action and Western animation/cartoons, but exclude anime, which is on a separate list.

TV (The Book)

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TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time is a collection of essays written by television critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz. It was published in 2016. The main purpose of the book was to provide a canonical list of the top 100 greatest television programs in American history.

D's Shows

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A list of my favorite Shows

EW's The New Classics: TV (1983 to 2008)

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The 100 best shows from 1983 to 2008

EW's The 100 All-Time Greatest TV Shows (2013)

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From a pioneering variety show from the black-and-white days to two faves on now -- see our No. 1. To see EW's picks of the top 100 all-time greatest TV shows

IGN's The Top 100 Best TV Shows of All Time (2023)

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IGN and some of our friends have decided the best in the world of TV.

TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time (2013)

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So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists we've compiled during our 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out.

WGA's 101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time (2013)

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The “TV 101” list honors classic, trailblazing series and miniseries, as well as current and critically acclaimed programs, from comedies and dramas to variety/talk and children’s programming. At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers who joined their staffs or worked on individual episodes. “This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft.

American Legal Drama [Series]

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A legal drama is a genre of film and television that generally focuses on narratives regarding legal practice and the justice system. The American Film Institute (AFI) defines "courtroom drama" as a genre of film in which a system of justice plays a critical role in the film's narrative. Legal dramas have also followed the lives of the fictional attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs, or other persons related to the practice of law present in television show or film. Legal drama is distinct from police crime drama or detective fiction, which typically focus on police officers or detectives investigating and solving crimes. The focal point of legal dramas, more often, are events occurring within a courtroom, but may include any phases of legal procedure, such as jury deliberations or work done at law firms. Some legal dramas fictionalize real cases that have been litigated, such as the play-turned-movie, Inherit the Wind, which fictionalized the Scopes Monkey Trial. As a genre, the term "legal drama" is typically applied to television shows and films, whereas legal thrillers typically refer to novels and plays.

EW's The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time (1998)

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We are what we watch-and over the last half century, we've watched some pretty fabulous TV. From Mary to Jerry, from Tonight to Today, from the sublime (Prime Suspect) to the ridiculous (Gilligan's Island), EW recalls everything you need to know about 100 shows that tell us who we are.

TV Guide's 50 Greatest Shows of All Time (2002)

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Mike Wallace and a vampire slayer? Letterman and Oprah? Andy Griffith and the Sopranos? On one list? What were we thinking? Simply put, the best of the best, from Day 1 to last night: quality, innovation and the ability to stay in our lives year after year after year. A touch of sentiment? Sure, but nostalgia alone couldn’t make the cut (sorry, Beav). And TV-movies, miniseries and specials will have to wait. These are the series we watched regularly — and will watch again. And again.

Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows (2015)

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What's the best TV show of all time? Who knows? This poll is strictly about favorite shows, the programs people in Hollywood hold nearest to their hearts — that remind them of better times or speak to their inner child or inspire their creativity or just help them unwind after a crappy day at the studio — even if one or two of the programs listed here aren't exactly masterpieces of the medium.

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