on location in New York City, this realistic
program looks at law and order from a dual
perspective. In the first half-hour, Detectives
Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Reynaldo "Rey"
Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) investigate crimes and
apprehend law-breakers, 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. Assistant
District Attorneys Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and
Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon), under the watchful
eye of District Attorney Adam Schiff (Steven Hill),
work within a complicated justice system to
prosecute the criminals.
Some cases are
easy to break and easy to prosecute. Most, however,
are not so clear-cut. The investigations are
challenging, prosecutions are complicated, and
decisions about legal procedures and plea
bargaining are vexing. In the often arduous and
complex process of determining innocence and guilt,
lives hang in the balance.
I love this show. It has been a constant tour de
force of what good television should be. The
stories are interesting and the cast each bring
their own unique flair to the show. It has been
hard to get use to the constant cast changes, but
after 9 years, well you get use to it. I'm still
warming up to the new ADA Carmichael. I really
liked Ross and I think that character will be
missed (at least by me).