Monday, March 23, 2015

Day Thirty-Four: Law and Order

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two equally important groups: the police who investigate the crimes and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.

Who knew that those lines would air weekly for over 25 years?  It's not a big secret that one of my favorite shows is Law & Order.  I watched the show from it's beginning in 1990 (when I was in 11th grade) until it's ending in 2010 (when I was teaching 12th grade). The show had multiple partnerships among both the officers and the ADA's. So, tonight, I'm going to pay homage to my favorite show, Law and Order  listing my top five detective partnerships and ADA teams.

The Detectives
#5-Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth): They were the second partnership on the show.  I didn't really care for George Dzundza.  He is a great actor, but I liked Paul Sorvino better with Mike Logan, but of course, Mike Logan's best partner was Lenny Briscoe.
#4-Joe Fontana (Dennis Farina) and Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin):  After Lenny Briscoe retired they brought in Joe Fontana, the smooth talking, best dressed detective in the series to pair with Det. Ed Green. These two hot heads constantly came to blows, but Joe was a good replacement for Lenny Briscoe, not great, but good.
#3-Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth):  Jerry Orbach's Lenny Briscoe is my favorite TV detective, and I loved it when he joined Law & Order.  His often jaded sarcasm and one-liners were perfect with Logan's over the top antics, eventually got Logan exiled to Long Island.
#2-Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt):  Rey Curtis was smooth and gorgeous, and gorgeous, and gorgeous, and handsome with sarcasm (Briscoe) is the prefect pairing.  Rey was the Catholic straight-laced paired with recovering alcoholic bend the rules Lenny.  You had to love it.
#1-Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin):  They started off rocky, but when they finally got it together, they had the best chemistry of all the partnerships.  Not to mention, these two are my favorite detectives from the series period.  They both had to watch each other because each realized that neither was perfect, and both were constantly trying to keep the other from slipping of the rails.

#5-Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) and Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks):  The first set of ADAs.  Stone was the quiet ADA who didn't mind bringing the hammer down on criminals.  Although Stone and Robinette did not always agree, they worked well together. Both ended up leaving the ADA office.  Stone to do humanitarian work, Robinette to be a defense attorney.
#4-Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Alexandra Borgia (Annie Parisse): Sam Waterston's Jack McCoy is one of my favorite television characters of all time.  He is passionate, fiery, and ornery when it comes to his job. He worked well with his female counter parts, and while this one was short-lived, but Alex reminded me of Claire Kincaid, quiet but she would get her point across. Her ADA career ended when her character was kidnapped and murdered.
#3-Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy):  The third set of ADAs Jack and Claire worked very well together, too well, as they eventually became a couple.  Like Jamie Ross, she tried to get him to see both sides of the argument and challenged Jack, before dying in a car accident.
#2-Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Jamie Ross (Carey Lowell):  Jamie Ross was the soft-spoken ADA who always saw both sides of the argument considering she was coming from the defense side of things. I loved her ethical debates with Jack, and her fights with her ex-husband. I hated it when she left, but loved her return on the defense side.
#1-Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Abby Carmichael (Angie Harmon): Two hard heads working together as ADAs.  This is the most stubborn group to work together, plus Angie Harmon was always trying to send somebody to death row.  No sympathy from her.  She and Jack battled each other almost as much as the battled the defense, but they complemented each other.

My favorite Lieutenant was Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) and my favorite District Attorney was Adam Schiff (Steven Hill).
Until next time, "Three deaths and a kidnapping; I'm only on my second cup of coffee!"-Lenny Briscoe

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