Creator: Dick Wolf
Cast: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
The shows follows 2 detectives getting to the crime scene from two separate vantage point. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. The stories are usually straight from the headlines.
Dick Wolf said one time to Jerry Orbach here goes 20 years and he was so right. There were chances during the shows different detective. Wolf combine the two shows before there were cop show and lawyer shows. By combine the two that was never done before, and that was a good move. The first half of the show was the 2 detective at the crime scene and the other half was in court with the lawyer. Most of the cases considered in this series are “ripped from the headlines”. Actually from the New York Post as dick Wolf said one time. Of course the cases are changed a little so are the names of the People mentioned in the Post for legal reason of course. For example a rich man murders his current wife to cover the murder of the first wife, taken from the infamous Robert Durst case. Stories like gay marriage, Holocaust survivors murders of all sorts well you get the point. Great dialog in this series by long shot. The thing that I like is that when one cast member wanted to leave they usually kill off that character but not here they get transfer or retired and so on. Guest stars were reused at time. They are two successful spin-off from this shows. They shot the series on location in New York. Great series here have fun.