Law & Order is one of America’s longest running primetime dramas. It ran for 20 seasons from 1990 to 2010 when it was cancelled, which is incredible! The crime drama followed a two-part approach – the first half hour was the New York City Police Department detectives investigating the crime and apprehending the suspect, and the second half focused on the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office prosecuting the defendant. The show was so successful that it became a franchise, spawning four TV series and a television film. Since the show was so popular and successful, here are 10 behind the scenes secrets:
Dick Wolf developed the concept for Law & Order back in 1988. He wanted to paint a more optimistic picture of the American criminal justice system. He also took the format of the 1963 series Arrest and Trial, which lasted one season. He initially considered calling his show “Night & Day,” but then came up with the name, Law & Order. He wanted the show to cover real cases by focusing on stories that were making headlines.