There was a time when you could watch NBC’s Law & Order just about 24-hours a day. And somedays in college I actually would do just that. It was background noise for studying and eventually late-night fodder for arguing over. What was your ideal cast? Was the new assistant DA better or worse (looking) than the previous one? And on and on and on.
I mostly checked out of the show when Jerry Orbach passed away. And now, the show will be canceled by NBC when it wraps up it’s 20th season this year. It’ll be one season shy of Gunsmoke’s record.
For me, I’ll take Benjamin Bratt (or Jesse Martin) and Jerry Orbach as my cops, with Sam Waterson (obviously, though I could argue the merits of Exec. ADA Ben Stone [Michael Moriarty]) and in a slight upset over both Jill Hennessey and Angie Harmon, I’m going with Elisabeth Röhm as my other lawyer.