Law & Order: Season 4 (1993 - 1994)

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Air date: Sep 15, 1993

In this fourth-season opener of Law & Order, Robert Klein guest stars as controversial, confrontational TV talk show host Rick Mason. During one of Mason's broadcasts, a guest is murdered on the air (and this show was telecast long before the Jenny Jones affair). The DA's office endeavors to prove that Mason provoked the tragedy -- and that, in so doing, he is himself an accessory to murder. Jill Hennessy and S. Epatha Merkerson join the regular cast as, respectively, Assistant DA Claire Kincaid and police lieutenant Anita Van Buren.

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Air date: Sep 29, 1993

Volunteers: Is a bloodied and bruised homeless man a victim of the streets - or the residents? Detectives discover a large amount of cash in the victim's pocket, which rules out robbery as a motive.

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Air date: Oct 6, 1993

Sebastian Roche guest stars as "C Square" Carmichael, a flamboyant rock star described by detective Logan (Chris Noth) as "number one on Tipper Gore's hit list for dirty words." C Square also has quite a reputation as a womanizer, so it comes as no surprise when he is accused of raping college co-ed Julia Wood (Lucy Deakins). But was it really rape, or was it consensual, as the singer's defense attorney claims?

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Air date: Oct 13, 1993

After surviving a blast from a double-barrelled shotgun, Henry Jackson (Joe Seneca) is still able and willing to identify his assailant. It turns out that the shooter is an outspoken white supremacist -- and a serial killer who preys upon minorities. This is why Assistant D.A. Stone (Michael Moriarty) is astonished when the accused is defended by a prominent African-American lawyer.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1993

The authorities receive an anonymous tip that a wealthy man has been murdered by his wife (Caroline Lagerfelt). But the dead man's doctor insists that his patient died of heart failure, and is successful in blocking a police autopsy. Can there be a coverup and conspiracy afoot? The episode's highlights include a heated argument between detective Logan (Chris Noth) and his new boss, Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). Also, watch for an appearance by co-star Noth's then-girlfriend Beverly Johnson.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1993

A building superintendent is found murdered, and the chief suspect is the man's 17-year-old son, Sean McKinnon (Gabriel Olds). The boy insists that his father was abusive, and that he acted in self defense. The investigation conducted by the D.A.'s office is virtually frozen in its tracks by the obstreperous, self-protective behavior of the dead man's family.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1993

A young woman is charged with the bombing of a parking garage. Further investigation reveals that the woman is the member of a cult, and that she may have been brainwashed. If so, the D.A.'s office is determined to bring up cult leader Daniel Hendricks (Sam Robards) on charges of murder and conspiracy -- but a grim plot twist awaits virtually everyone concerned.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1993

A newly excavated skeleton forces Assistant D.A. Stone (Michael Moriarty) to reopen a murder case that he worked on years earlier. The wily "perpetrator" in the original case, Phillip Swann (Zeljko Ivanek), hopes to use the rediscovered remains to force a new trial. But as so often happens in Law & Order, what seems obvious at first is likely to change at a moment's notice.

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Air date: Nov 16, 1993

The D.A.'s office charges teenager Chris Pollit (Wil Horneff) as an adult in a murder case. The teen's lawyer, Helen Brolin (Maria Tucci), aims for a not-guilty plea by claiming that her client is "violently predisposed." Her argument: The killer was born with an extra Y chromosome, and thus is inherently unable to discern right from wrong. Broadway musical comedy favorite Helen Gallagher plays it straight as the killer's anguished foster mother.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1993

Natalya Negoda guest stars as Irina Cooper, a "green card bride" from the former Soviet Union. When Irina's wealthy husband is murdered, the subsequent investigation reveals that she was primed to take a job against his wishes and to enter into an extramarital affair -- whereupon he planned to divorce her just before she was qualified to claim American citizenship. This episode was directed by former Law & Order regular Dann Florek.

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The iconic procedural drama "Law & Order" returns for this fourth series, with additional tales of the New York City Police detectives who investigate felonies, and the District Attorney staff that prosecutes them. Returning characters this series include Det. Logan (Chris Noth), A.D.A. Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty), DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach); newly arrived are detective supervisor Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) and ADA Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) (replacing Paul Robinette). Cases this series include that of a child molester murdered on a talk show, an octogenarian woman who appears to have been starved to death, a nuclear physicist suspected of mail bombing his wife, the disappearance of a child from a sadistic foster home, a violent assault on a tennis player just prior to a match, and many more.

Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 4

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Specializing in fictional scripts that echo recent headlines, Law and Order manages to encompass an extraordinary range of contemporary problems and issues.

Jan 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure, the cast changed... but that's the beauty of the show: it's a format that can survive any number of changes in cast.

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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