Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 20 Greatest NYC TV Shows — #9

Law & Order (1990 – 2010)

11-20 Law and Order

With its famously distinct sound effects and “ripped from the headlines” crime plots, L&O (as it is popularly known) is the longest-running cop show in TV history. So popular that local politicos and personalities have shown up to play themselves, this ensemble piece divides its focus between the police department and the district attorney’s office, and has kept virtually every New Yorker with a SAG card employed at one time or another. Broadway stalwarts like S. Epatha Merkerson, Michael Moriarty, Jerry Orbach, and Sam Waterston have played their most famous roles on this show. And spin-off series include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Trial By Jury, all set and shot in New York, as well as out-of-town and international variations like Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: UK, Paris Enquêtes Criminelles, Law & Order: Division of Field Investigation.

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