The lessons of ‘Law & Order’



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7 Responses

  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The rigidity of form can lead to artistic greatness.

    Tom Fontana said (in DVD commentary) that the L&O actors loved the Homicide crossover episodes because they could do something different once in a while.Report

    • @Mike Schilling, I’m sure the writers loved it, too. I thought the best part of it, though, was that it helped rein in the plots. It’s difficult for writers to avoid the temptation to go bigger, better, and more dramatic. L&O forced it on them. Or at least forced them to outsource the drama to disposable characters.Report

  2. Avatar North says:

    I used to watch L&O absolutely mesmerized with fascination. But I despised every single crossover.Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to North says:

      I enjoyed the Jerry Orbach/Richard Belzer relationship. )They had an uneasy friendship, having a lot in common including Belzer’s ex-wife.)Report

    • Avatar Trumwill in reply to North says:

      @North, I like crossovers in general. I’m making my way through Las Vegas (the show) right now. I love it when they bring the Crossing Jordan characters in even though I’m somewhat luke-warm on Crossing Jordan the TV show.Report

      • Avatar North in reply to Trumwill says:

        @Trumwill, Different tastes Trumwill. The ascerbic antiseptic quality of the original L&O appealed to me because it stripped out so many of the stupid character driven cliches that many TV shows indulge in.Report

        • Avatar Trumwill in reply to North says:

          @North, not entirely different tastes. That’s what I loved about L&O, too. I’m really glad that every episode was not like the crossover episodes for sure. I just have a thing about crossovers, I guess {shrug}.Report