Law & Order: Season 20 (2009 - 2010)



Critic Consensus: Law & Order adjourns with little fanfare in a final season that declines to tweak the series' formula, but viewers can take comfort in the procedural bowing out with a sterling cast and its efficiency intact.


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Air date: Sep 25, 2009
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Air date: Nov 13, 2009
Air date: Nov 20, 2009
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Sam Waterston
as DA Jack McCoy
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Lt. Anita Van Buren
Jeremy Sisto
as Det. Cyrus Lupo
Alana De La Garza
as ADA Consuela `Connie' Rubirosa
Linus Roache
as ADA Michael Cutter
Anthony Anderson
as Det. Kevin Bernard
Jim Gaffigan
as Larry Johnson
Rich Sommer
as Zach Marshall
Samantha Bee
as Vanessa Carville
David Alan Basche
as Kevin Franklin
Betty Gilpin
as Paige Regan
John Bolger
as Don Sorenson
Terence Archie
as Jerome Turner
Benjamin Bratt
as Rey Curtis
Amy Madigan
as Emily Ryan
Anna Gunn
as Marielle Di Napoli
Timothy Busfield
as Ray Backlund
Ramses Jimenez
as Nestor Maldonado
Matthew Boston
as Dr. Walter Benning
Alan Zweibel
as Doorman
Anna Chlumsky
as Lisa Klein
Creighton James
as Greg Tanner
Portia Reiners
as Jill Sorenson
Debra Winger
as Mrs. Woodside
Tracy Sallows
as Phyllis Benning
Richard Thomas
as Roger Jenson
René Ifrah
as Sid Maxwell
Jeremy Beiler
as Terry Clark
Tony Roberts
as Senator Peterson
Elliot Villar
as Dr. Oscar Silva
Tony Hale
as Phillip Shoemaker
Sabina Gadecki
as Brenna Lane
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Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 20

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Simultaneously tense and beautifully subtle.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Law & Order didn't go out with a huge bang. It just did what it's always done: deliver a tightly plotted, well-acted hour of good guys and bad guys - which for this long-time fan is good enough.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Law & Order was done, cooked, kaput. There was no life left in this once great franchise... It has been living on borrowed time.

Nov 2, 2018 | Full Review…

After it focused so much light on the way things are, while helping us to imagine how they might be, it is sad to see the Law & Order end.

May 28, 2010 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Law & Order is hypnotic precisely because it is both suspenseful and utterly predictable, fascinatingly lurid but comfortingly familiar. Any season will do.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Sheer watchability, the formula that somehow works every single time, is a kind of greatness, too.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Went out boasting one of the best acting ensembles on television. Ms. Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto and Linus Roache were all excellent, and received able support from Alana De La Garza, a much-improved Anthony Anderson and the redoubtable Sam Waterston.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Law & Order: SVU has certainly been showing some wear and tear lately but it's no accident that it's successfully remained on the air for so long.

Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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It's cheeky, it's voyeuristic, and it's grim. Which is a satisfying way for Law & Order to be.

Feb 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Once you have jumped a shark, there is no going back.

May 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Law & Order: Season 20

I have watched this L&O episode several times because I found all actors riveting in their portrayals of the characters. Mr. Mendillo and the "wife" performances were so believable that I truly disliked them by the end of the episode. Exceptional acting by all on that episode! Will probably watch again.

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