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Law & Order: Season 1 (1990-1991)

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The iconic police procedural series "Law & Order" is perhaps best known for its two-part structure. The first half-hour of each episode is devoted to the men and women who investigate crimes and the second dramatizes the experiences of the individuals in the judicial system who bring the associated criminals from those cases to justice. In its first season, the program introduces us to several related characters - including Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth), Sgt. Max Greevey (George Dzundza), Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), Exec. Asst. DA Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). Cases this season include a doctor's possible negligence when a woman dies in the ER following a stressful graveyard shift; a woman with a rocky relationship history who dies following an argument and may have been killed by one of her former boyfriends; the search for conspirators in an abortion clinic bombing; and ultimately, Cragen's implication in an internal affairs investigation.

Cast

George Dzundza
as Det. Max Greevey
Michael Moriarty
as ADA Ben Stone
Chris Noth
as Det. Mike Logan
Richard Brooks (VI)
as ADA Paul Robinette
Dann Florek
as Capt. John Cragen
Laurie Kennedy
as Mrs. Donovan
Jonathan Hadary
as Petrovich
Steven Hill
as Adam Schiff
Paul Calderon
as Father Torres
Bob Gunton
as Bob Himes, Gil Himes
Amy Aquino
as Erica Stohlmeyer, Stohlmeyer
Bridgit Ryan
as Celeste
Tom Signorelli
as Anthony Holland, Holland
Philip Bosco
as Gordon Schell, Gordon Shaeffer
Miriam Colon
as Mrs. Rivers
Lonny Price
as Dr. Lieber
Haviland Morris
as Polly, Polly Norris
Erik King
as Dorian "Silky" Ford, Silky
Louis Zorich
as Judge, Judge Milton Erdheim
Stephen McHattie
as Joe Pilefsky, Pilefsky
Betty Miller
as Mrs. McDiarmid
James McDaniel
as Ingrams, Mikeal Ingrams
Frankie Faison
as Lester Twiggs, Mr. Crawford
Olek Krupa
as Osinski
Thomas Calabro
as Ned Loomis
Roxanne Hart
as Janet Ralston
Roy Thinnes
as DA Alfred Wentworth, Wentworth
Fran Brill
as Sondra
Lee Richardson
as Le Claire, Mike Le Claire
Barbara Andres
as Mrs. Holland
Patricia Clarkson
as Laura Winthrop, Socialite
J.A. Preston
as Congressman Ronald Eaton, Politician
Caroline Kava
as Rose Schwimmer
Matt Hofherr
as Suspect
John Seitz
as Babcock, Principal Babcock
Brad Sullivan
as Anson, Joe Anson
J.D. Cannon
as Chet Burton, Lawyer
Chuck Cooper
as MacDaniel
Cynthia Nixon
as Former Dancer, Laura di Biasi
John Finn
as Off. Freddo Parisi, Policeman
Robert Lansing
as Chief of Operations, Peter O'Farrell
Peter Frechette
as Jack Curry
Kevin J. O'Connor
as McCarter, Patrick McCarter
Larry Keith
as Commissioner
Al Shannon
as Pruiting
Frances Conroy
as Elizabeth Hendrick, Socialite
Christine Baranski
as Katherine, Katherine Masucci Beigel
Justin Cozier
as Hired Killer
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Dick Berkley
Anthony Heald
as Ian O'Connell, O'Connell
Paul Sparer
as Chief Resident
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Anthony Scalisi, Mobster
Ken Johnston
as Cutrona
Frances Sternhagen
as Margaret, Margaret Langdon
Paul Roebling
as Dr. James Reberty, Surgeon
John Spencer
as Howard Morton
Trey Wilson
as Cosmatos
Billie Neal
as Angela Wilkes
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Mrs. Winters
Ron Rifkin
as Nevins, Philip Nevins
Gerry Bamman
as Int. Affairs Lt. Kennedy
Fritz Weaver
as Patient's Father, Philip Woodleigh
Wendy Makkena
as Off. Nicki Sandoval, Sandoval
Sandy Baron
as Lucia, Mike Lucia
David Margulies
as Lawyer, Simpson
Megan Gallagher
as TV Reporter
Charles Cioffi
as Frank Masucci
Dominic Chianese
as Dan Rubell
Steven Gilborn
as Judge Greenbaum
Patricia Barry
as Mrs. Stringfellow
Al Freeman Jr.
as Rev. Thayer
Paul Hecht
as Defense Atty. Ballard
Samuel L. Jackson
as Louis Taggert
Erick Avari
as Dr. Raza
Lewis J. Stadlen
as Eli Schwab
Randy Graff
as Dr. Kershan
Josh Pais
as Cioran
Alan North
as Reilly
Stephen Elliott
as Judge Neil Markham
Bernard Barrow
as David Hamilton
David Groh
as Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
Clark Gregg
as Patrick Dunne
Gil Bellows
as Howard Metzler
George Morfogen
as Dwight Anderson
Barton Heyman
as Victor Norris
Jacqueline Brookes
as Judge Larkin
Lee Wilkof
as Jack Epstein
Jaime Tirelli
as CSU Technician Rivera
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Steven B. Hanauer, hypnotherapist
Diane Salinger
as Eugenia Rawlings
Doris Belack
as Judge Margaret Barry
Harold Perrineau
as Jordan Hill
Paul Butler
as Judge Ashford
Jake Weber
as Wesley Parker
Merlin Santana
as Roneld Griggs
Eugene Byrd
as Tonel Otten
Ann Dowd
as Teresa Franz
Annie Corley
as Stewart
Rocky Carroll
as Dr. Davids
William Roerick
as Dr. Abraham
Regina Taylor
as Evelyn Griggs
Mark Boone Jr.
as General Manager
Dayton Callie
as Monaghan
Merwin Goldsmith
as Arraignment Judge Gollub
Antone Pagan
as Ubillez
Beatrice Winde
as Miss Perry
Paula Garcés
as Lucy Rivers
Nick Damici
as Dubuque
Julie White
as Waitress
Mike O'Malley
as New York Policeman #1
Lee Tergesen
as Clemens
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Critic Reviews for Law & Order: Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

We hope "Law & Order" will help illuminate the process and inform the public. It has its weaknesses, but a strong cast and right aim help overcome them.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Because its reach exceeded its grasp, it's a very good show, not a great one.

September 13, 1990 | Full Review…

This is series television that looks good but ultimately goes nowhere. They photographed the machine but forgot about its soul.

September 13, 1990 | Full Review…

The show's "ripped from the headlines" mantra makes engaging -- but fictional -- drama.

September 13, 1990 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through the concept of the following legal procedure must have sounded intriguing when first advanced, its execution comes off as leaden and contrived. This is television by the numbers, connecting the dots to make the picture.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a little gimmicky, but it works, primarily on the strength of the cast.

January 26, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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