Au revoir ‘Law & Order’

Posted by · 11:17 am · May 15th, 2010

Even though there are probably seven or eight other iterations of the show on NBC, the network’s decision to cancel the flagship “Law & Order” program this week is, nevertheless, the end of an era.  I felt it shouldn’t pass without some commentary.

Most interesting for me was this AP story, which serves as a love letter to the show’s depictions of New York over the past two decades.  Writes Melissa Raysworth:

Some shows depict a New York that simply doesn’t exist (try and find two struggling Manhattan twentysomethings with a “Friends”-sized apartment). Others offer a window into a single corner of New York life: Fashion-obsessed women really do sip cocktails in trendy bars, just like on “Sex and the City.”

But most TV fare offers up a mere sliver of New York City. For two decades, until it was canceled Friday, NBC’s “Law & Order” did something different. It showed the world not just one New York but hundreds.

Check out the rest here.  And just for fun, one of the coolest opening themes in TV history (though nobody has anything on “Airwolf”):

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  • 1 5-15-2010 at 11:31 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    I hope this means Sam Waterston gets back into movies. His take on CIA head Richard Helms in Oliver Stone’s ‘Nixon’ (deleted scene can be found on youtube) has always stuck with me. And of course, his ‘Old Glory Insurance’ spot for Saturday Night Live…comic gold. Top notch talent: Hire Waterston.

  • 2 5-15-2010 at 4:47 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Really? Because I thought I had already seen enough New York just watching movies. You’d think it was the only city on the planet.

  • 3 5-15-2010 at 4:47 pm

    Jake said...

    I’m kind of sad about this.

  • 4 5-15-2010 at 4:50 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    English: Uh, what?

  • 5 5-15-2010 at 6:42 pm

    snowballa said...

    @Speaking English: annoyance at NYC, that’s original

    Great show in the greatest U.S. city. Law & Order is dead, long live Law & Order

  • 6 5-15-2010 at 7:14 pm

    Eunice said...

    As a fan of TV detectives and detective shows on TV, this makes me sad. There were a lot of things to love about Law & Order, and I’ll miss them all.

  • 7 5-15-2010 at 10:56 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    You’d think that they would give it at least one more season, so that they can brag about having the longest-running drama series EVER.

  • 8 5-16-2010 at 10:28 am

    Zac said...

    Even though I haven’t watched the show since Jerry Orbach left, it’s still sad to read the news.

    My favorite all-time Law and Order cast:

    Lieutenant: Anita Van Buren
    Lead Detective: Lennie Briscoe
    Junior Detective: Rey Curtis

    District Attorney: Adam Schiff
    Executive Assistant District Attorney: Jack McCoy
    Assistant District Attorney: Abbie Carmichael