Law & Order: Season 1 (1990 - 1991)


Season 1
Law & Order

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Formulaic to be sure, Law & Order nonetheless synthesizes an endlessly watchable blend of crime procedural intrigue and legal system dramatics.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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Air date: Sep 13, 1990

The emergency-room death of a young woman may lead to a negligence charge for the hospital's chief of medicine.

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Air date: Sep 20, 1990

A "self-defense" subway shooting prompts legal chaos when questions arise about who the real victim is.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1990

A mercy killer is responsible for assisted suicides that were first thought to be routine robbery-homicides.

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Air date: Oct 11, 1990

Stone and Robinette struggle to make a case against an Ivy Leaguer suspected of his girlfriend's murder.

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Air date: Oct 23, 1990

The investigation of a death yields a bizarre love conspiracy between the widow and the couple's business manager.

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Air date: Oct 30, 1990

A mugging investigation leads to city corruption involving a councilman and the parking violations bureau.

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Air date: Nov 13, 1990

A body in Central Park is the improbable link to a prostitution ring catering to the rich and famous.

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Air date: Nov 20, 1990

A respected policeman is arrested after shooting a black Ivy League student, but it is later disclosed that the collegian had a sordid history.

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Air date: Nov 27, 1990

The investigation of a preschooler's death leads to the crack-addicted mother and her boyfriend, a disreputable attorney.

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Air date: Dec 4, 1990

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.

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Cast & Crew

George Dzundza
Max Greevey

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Chris Noth
Mike Logan

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Dann Florek
Donald Cragen

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Michael Moriarty
Asst. D.A. Ben Stone

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Richard Brooks
Paul Robinette

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Steven Hill
District Attorney Adam Schiff

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Bruce Altman
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Steven Keats
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Paul Geier
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Critic Reviews for Law & Order: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Law & Order: Season 1

  • Jun 07, 2020
    Excellent. Completely addictive. Escpecially the Jerry Orbach episodes.
  • Jul 25, 2018
    Law & Order is one of my go-to shows to watch while sitting on the couch and vegging out. I've seen every episode multiple times, but I find the show comforting. That's what Law & Order is - comfort food. The episodes are formulaic, right down to the trademark opening scene - some unfortunate people have their Seinfeldian conversation interrupted by the discovery of a dead body. Few episodes stand out, but the standard of quality is high and almost every episode is at least passable, and, while the show never dives particularly deeply into the issues it showcases, the show's examination of different societal problems can provide some fuel for thought. Unfortunately, the series not infrequently makes procedural errors (although it is at least more careful about remaining at least superficially plausible than the spin-off SVU), so it may miseducate some people about the legal system - although the people who try to learn law from a police procedural/courtroom drama are at least partly to blame for this miseducation. Season 1 has a slightly grittier tone than the latter seasons and takes place before the show's gradual slide toward sensationalism. It also has a decent cast. Michael Moriarty, with his distinctive soft voice, gives a good performance on the legal side, as does Richard Brooks. On the police procedural portion of the show, Chris Noth's Mike Logan is one of my favorite detectives of the franchise, just behind Lenny Briscoe and tied with Ed Green. I'm less certain about Max Greavy, but George Dzundza doesn't give a bad performance, just not as good as some of the other characters. Despite the episodes in any given season being relatively interchangeable, the "Torrents of Greed" two parter (aired in the middle of the first season) stands out as one of the better episodes of the franchise. Overall, the more realistic tone and a couple stand out episodes make season 1 one of the better seasons of the series.
  • Jun 09, 2014
    It's like watching two shows, a police investigation series for the first half hour, and a legal series for the next half an hour. Great performances, lots of mystery and drama, very realistic.

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