Law & Order: Season 6 (1995 - 1996)

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Air date: Sep 20, 1995

The sixth-season opener of Law & Order finds detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) teamed with a new partner, Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt). For their first assignment together, Briscoe and Curtis try to piece together the last hours in the life of a murdered girl, using an ATM machine film to determine what happened to the victim between her classroom and her music lesson. The results of the investigation lead to a revenge killing -- which many observers regard as "justice."

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Air date: Sep 27, 1995

A college student is murdered at a biker bar. At first, detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) believe that the solution to the case hinges upon interrogating the hard-case bar patrons. Ultimately, however, the answer lies somewhere within the mysterious world of the Internet, a world in which the younger Curtis is far more "at home" than his veteran partner.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1995

The reinstatement of New York's death penalty is the catalyst for this emotion-charged episode. Executive Assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) insists upon using capital punishment to deal with the murderer of an undercover cop. But McCoy's more moderate associate Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) disagrees, citing a powerful argument against execution presented by defense attorney Helen Brolin (Maria Tucci).

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Air date: Nov 1, 1995

The office of a limited-circulation magazine is the scene of three murders. One of the victims, the magazine's editor, had been locked in a power struggle with his brother Peter Nichodos (Peter Frechette). As he prosecutes the cast, Assistant D.A. McCoy runs up against two formidable opponents: Nichodo's mother, Elaine (Sada Thompson), who is determined to save the family business at any cost, and the obstructive rulings of presiding judge Edgar Hynes (Louis Zorich), who happens to be an old friend of McCoy's boss, Adam Schiff (Steven Hill).

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Air date: Nov 8, 1995

Memories of the Patty Hearst affair are invoked in this episode, in which detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) investigate a series of murders committed by a ski mask-wearing holdup team. After the criminals are captured in a deli, it turns out that one member of the team, Leslie Harlin (Amanda Peet), was allegedly kidnapped by the others. Did she willingly participate in the crime spree, or was she acting against her will?

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Air date: Nov 15, 1995

After a coed is murdered, a detailed description of the crime appears online. Once again, detective Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) must rely upon the computer savvy of his partner Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) to track down the perp. Once the accused is in custody, Assistant D.A. McCoy (Sam Waterston) must deal with the stonewall tactics of the defense attorney.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1995

When a prostitute is murdered, detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) question deli owner McCracken (Brian Smiar), who has a history of harassing hookers. Another likely suspect is plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Danforth (Jonathan Walker), who may have been a client of the dead woman. At the end of the day, it is Assistant D.A. Kincaid (Jill Hennessy), rather than her more experienced associate McCoy (Sam Waterston), who must decide whether the right person has been accused of the crime.

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Air date: Nov 29, 1995

This episode seems to have had its roots in the Susan Smith infanticide case. It all begins when young mother Leah Coleman (Elizabeth Hanly Rice) claims that her baby was kidnapped while she was in a confessional. Detective Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) dutifully helps the woman retrace the events leading up to the disappearance. His action will eventually enable the woman's attorney to offer an offbeat defense in court.

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Air date: Jan 3, 1996

In an echo of a racist incident in Connecticut in 1995, an anti-Semitic "code message" in a high school yearbook may be the key to the murder of an art teacher. Comparatively speaking, tracking down the likely killers is the easy part. The problems for the D.A.'s office begin when McCoy (Sam Waterston) goes head to head with bigoted attorney Roy Paine (Chris Cooper), infamous in legal circles as "the Klan Lawyer."

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Air date: Jan 10, 1996

Thirty years after being convicted on a stabbing-and-rape charge, the accused may be able to get a new trial. This is the result of fresh evidence unearthed by diligent detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Logan (Benjamin Bratt). But the good news for the accused rapist is devastatingly bad news for his alleged victim, Cookie Costello (Anita Gillette), who is terrified that she will again be targeted for assault -- and possibly murder.

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NBC's procedural drama "Law & Order" returns for this sixth series, with more cases involving the NYPD homicide detectives who investigate murders and the DA workers who prosecute them. Returning characters this series include DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill), Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach), detective supervisor Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), ADA Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy), and Sam Waterston as Executive ADA Jack McCoy; newly arrived is Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), a character who replaces Detective Logan. Stories this season include Briscoe and Curtis's investigation of a violent death at a biker bar, a string of serial murders committed by men in ski masks, and the crib death of an infant. Meanwhile, an accusation from one of McCoy's ex-lovers puts his serious reputation on the line, and as the season winds to a close personal tragedies erupt for several of the men after they watch the execution of a man they've arraigned.

Critic Reviews for Law & Order Season 6

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There's still nothing quite like watching an old episode of "L&O" from the Lennie Briscoe era.

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

Overall, the sixth season of Law & Order is one of the strongest of the series, and is the beginning of a run of greatness for the show

Sep 20, 1995 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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