Law & Order

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When Law & Order premiered in its first season, it represented a conscious shift away from many of the conventional one-hour dramatic series of the era. Emmy-Award winner Michael Moriarty and the critically acclaimed George Dzundza head the cast of this unique crime-drama series shot entirely on location in New York.
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  1. 1. Pilot/Everybody's Favorite Bagman
    September 13, 1990
    46min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Councilman Halsey is robbed and his throat slashed, the investigation ties the public official to organized crime and conspiracy at the highest levels of city government.
  2. 2. Prescription for Death
    September 13, 1990
    48min
    TV-14
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    English
    The emergency-room death of a young woman may lead to a negligence charge for the hospital's chief of medicine.
  3. 3. Subterranean Homeboy Blues
    September 20, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
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    English
    A "self-defense'' subway shooting prompts legal chaos when questions arise about who the real victim is.
  4. 4. The Reaper's Helper
    October 4, 1990
    46min
    TV-14
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    English
    A mercy killer is responsible for assisted suicides that were first thought to be routine robbery-homicides.
  5. 5. Kiss the Girls and Make them Die
    October 11, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    A young woman's upstanding boyfriend is suspected of murdering her, but the lack of evidence forces Stone to take a brash tack.
  6. 6. Happily Ever After
    October 23, 1990
    48min
    TV-14
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    English
    A millionaire is robbed and murdered in a parking garage, but the robbery may just be a cover for the real motive.
  7. 7. By Hooker, By Crook
    November 13, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    A body in Central Park is the improbable link to a prostitution ring catering to the rich and famous.
  8. 8. Poison Ivy
    November 20, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
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    English
    A respected policeman is arrested after shooting a black Ivy League student, but it is later disclosed that the collegian had a sordid history.
  9. 9. Indifference
    November 27, 1990
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    An abusive lawyer who has fatally battered a girl is drawn into a deal that could lead to his conviction.
  10. 10. Prisoner of Love
    December 4, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    The commissioner of cultural affairs is arrested for the murder of a controversial artist, but Stone and Robinette suspect an art patron also is involved.
  11. 11. Out of the Half-Light
    December 11, 1990
    47min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An African-American girl accuses a group of white policemen of raping her, but when the rape test turns out negative, Stone and Robinette suspect a hoax.
  12. 12. Life Choice
    January 8, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A two-faced anti-abortion advocate becomes a martyr when she is killed in the bombing of a clinic.
  13. 13. A Death in the Family
    January 15, 1991
    46min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Greevey and Logan discover the body of a fellow officer during a homicide arrest; Stone finds evidence linking a slain officer to murder.
  14. 14. The Violence of Summer
    February 5, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    A celebrated local TV news reporter is gang-raped under puzzling circumstances, and prosecution of the defendants is hindered by a lack of concrete evidence.
  15. 15. The Torrents of Greed, Part I
    February 12, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Part 1 of 2. Stone prosecutes three men associated with an organized-crime family when they attack a Russian immigrant.
  16. 16. The Torrents of Greed, Part 2
    February 19, 1991
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Part 2 of 2. When a bribery charge brings a member of an organized-crime family back to court, Stone brings the head of the family to justice.
  17. 17. Mushrooms
    February 26, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Greevey and Logan's investigation of the shooting of two innocent children leads to a 14-year-old gunman and the people who hired him.
  18. 18. The Secret Sharers
    March 12, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    The detectives' probe of a felon's murder is hobbled by a cover-up to protect the killer; Stone has evidence to convict but faces a tough court opponent.
  19. 19. The Serpent's Tooth
    March 19, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    While Stone and Robinette believe they have an airtight murder case, Greevey and Logan dig deeper and find the victim's partner involved in a frame-up.
  20. 20. The Troubles
    March 26, 1991
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    The detectives investigate the murder of a Lebanese drug smuggler who was killed while being transported to a courthouse in federal custody.
  21. 21. Sonata for Solo Organ
    April 2, 1991
    47min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Stone prosecutes a man who employed extreme methods to find a desperately needed kidney for his daughter's transplant.
  22. 22. The Blue Wall
    June 9, 1991
    48min
    TV-14
    Audio languages
    English
    Capt. Cragen is implicated in an internal police scandal, and Stone reluctantly prosecutes him on bribery and corruption charges.

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1991
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Original Is The Best
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With all due respect to L&O: Criminal Intent, L&O: SVU, and L&O: UK----the original Law and Order series is still the BEST. Even the early seasons from the 1980s and 1990s (Big hair, bright colors, power suits, shoulder pads...etc.---and all) are as interesting, suspenseful and thought provoking as the later episodes. Speaking of which; when is Amazon going to make all the episodes between seasons 2 and 16---a significant gap!--available for streaming? particularly the episodes in which actors Jerry Ohrbach and Benjamin Bratt are partnered up??? The WHOLE series is available on DVD but I prefer the convenience and portability of streaming. By the way: how about streaming Law and Order: UK while you are at it?
42 people found this helpful
rosekrystofolskiReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
First season of one of my favorite TV shows of all time
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Law and Order is one of the best TV shows ever made. Amazon Prime currently only had seasons 1 and 2 and seasons 16- 20 available. I'm happy to have them, but very disappointed that they don't have seasons 3- 15 and I really hope that Amazon Prime can get them. I'm not the only person who wants to see them, I know dozens of people who have told me that they were disappointed that the rest of the seasons of Law and Order are not available. Hopefully they will get them soon
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jkakiReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The first season of the best show of its kind
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I've always loved this show. The SVU spinoff is going on for a long run, but I wish the original series could have gone on a little longer. Season 1 is a little dated, seeming more 1980s than 1990, but it is great to see Chris Noth (Det. Logan), Dan Florek (Capt. Cragen), Michael Moriarty (ADA Stone) and Steven Hill (DA Schiff) at the beginning of the series. And I'd forgotten about George Dzundza (Det. Greevey) and Richard Brooks (ADA Robinette). Classic stuff! I'm looking forward to watching through Season 3, when Logan works with Paul Sorvino (Det. Cerreta) then the inimitable, immortal Jerry Orbach (Det. Briscoe)!
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QueenAmazonReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless Top Notch TV
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All the usual suspects make this show Binge Worthy: The Crusty Dets Greavy & Logan, Stressed Out Capt Cragen, Squeaky Clean Ben Stone, etc. This is The Mother of all Cops Shows topped off by Time Worn Judges & Lawyers with lines snappier than their clothes. It's also so much fun to watch The Law at work pre Smartphone. Black Dial telephones, Rolodexes, Pencils & Rulers, Chalk & BlackBoard and Brainwork got The Job done. A classic show that is a must watch. It's also fun trying to spot some of the future celebrity perps that show up in a few episodes.
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Jonny OlaReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
How did it go so far?
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I started watched this show in the 10th season and wanted to see where it began. I cannot figure out how this show continued with the poor pacing, the 100s of pregnant pauses between Noth and Dzundza, and the crudely handled social issues. If there were a way to get my money back from the digital purchase -- I would.
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Paper or KindleReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
High on quality, low on special effects
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Surely everyone has watched at least one episode of this ubiquitous program by now. From 1990 to 2010, it was a must-see on tv, and has since achieved immortality through reruns on multiple channels. Apparently that wasn't good enough for me, as I just bought the entire first season and watched all 22 episodes in order. Ahhh! First, the price can't be beat - 22 beautifully acted shows for a mere $14.99. Second, that terrific acting was performed by both seasoned and novice people whose careers have often blossomed in the years since then. In one, I was delighted to see a young Ice-T doing a very neat break-dance. Third, the writing is great. A lot of the episodes are "ripped from the headlines" with interesting spins. The photography is rather grainy. I believe this was done deliberately to emphasize the gritty nature of police work. The precinct is as shabby as any stereotyped cop shop. There are almost no special effects; the storyline and acting carry each show without any need for flash and dazzle. I think a really good reason to watch this is to see the beginning of the iconic series. People who were more accustomed to recent incarnations of it, such as S. Epatha Merkerson as the Captain, would be surprised to see her first appearance in Season 1 as a widowed mother whose baby was killed. Viewers of Law & Order: SVU who know Dann Florek as Don Cragen can see his early career as Captain in the parent series. Chris Noth, who later wound up in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, is a hot-headed (and very handsome) detective here. There were no bad episodes. No mediocre episodes. Each and every program is wonderful, and a few are true stand-outs. I highly recommend this. Consider: I've been watching Law & Order for 23 years, and I've never become tired of it. I've seen these episodes numerous times, and enjoyed them just as much now that I bought the whole first season. I can hardly wait to view Season 2!
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Bstrassell0001Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful result of the Reagan era!
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No; I'm not getting political; instead; I'm indirectly quoting Dick Wolf! In his featurette for the first season of Law & Order; Wolf talks about his inspiration to create L&O and how, at the time (1988), the show's title was becoming more commonly known as a result of the Reagan administration. As Wolf also adds, Law & Order is the very first cop show to observe both cops ***and*** lawyers prosecuting; rather than just cops! Two years before creating Law & Order, Dick Wolf had become a frequent screenwriter for Miami Vice, and the same grittiness he gave Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, he gave original L&O stars George Dzundza (written out after the first season due to having to share the star title with his cast mates and being frustrated with having to commute from Los Angeles to New York constantly) and Chris Noth.

Dzundza and Noth were not introduced without style, either. They tell jokes and, at the same time, they manage to put the fear of God into criminals, the very men and women who threaten the street of New York City and abroad. Their backgrounds are quite unique: while both men are Catholic, Dzundza's Detective Sergeant Max Greevey happens to be a very devout Catholic. As we learn from the episode Life Choice, Sergeant Greevey is pro-life and cares deeply about the lives of innocent, unborn babies. Detective Logan, meanwhile, is cynical of his Catholic "faith" (quotation marks not on behalf of the faith itself but of Detective Logan's cynical faith--which isn't really faith, as you learn from getting to know Logan better) and is pro-choice entirely. Detective Logan hurts for the women who lost their clinic (to a bombing) and Sergeant Greevey struggles to not empathize with those guilty for the bombing.

Ah, yes: the episodes of Law & Order are, as it has been commonly said, "ripped straight from the headlines." They can be very disturbing at times--sometimes too disturbing. But, as we all know, a show has to be honest in order to be real.

With the character progression, action, suspense, drama, and sometimes humor, plus bonus features (a preview for the Law & Order computer game and interviews with Dick Wolf and fellow L&O crew members about the creation of the show and its background), the first season DVD for Law & Order is, hands down, a winner.

Highly recommended.

Features Dann Florek in his current SVU role as Captain Donald "Don" Cragen, along with (for one episode each, separately of each other) S. Epatha Merkerson and Courtney B. Vance, three years before Merkerson joined the cast of L&O and eleven years before Vance joined in the cast of L&O: Criminal Intent (neither of them play their future, permanent characters).
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IndyhorsewomanReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this show.
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As soon as I bought this season the TV station started playing some of the older episodes. Love the show. When they first came out I was working 7pm to 7am with mandatory overtime. So occasionally I come across a show I haven't seen. It is very rare though.
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