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'Law & Order' Love

'Law & Order' Love

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Have you ever heard of a little show called Law & Order? With the proper cable TV lineup, you could probably watch it for at least 12 hours straight every day, so I'd be surprised if you haven't. I've always been a casual watcher — there's nothing like Jerry Orbach on a sick day — and when Law & Order: Criminal Intent debuted, I stuck with it for a couple of seasons, thanks to Goren and Eames*, the crimesolving duo I like best (and I still delight in the reruns). And let's not forget Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the third star of the franchise. The shows always seem to be up on, or even ahead of, the news, so how do they do it? There are only so many headlines from which to rip. Have you seen a story that seems ripe for the Law & Order treatment? And which is your favorite, and why?

*I want to say especially Goren, because I'm a serious member of the Vincent D'Onofrio fanclub... but then again, Eames — played by Kathryn Erbe — is the best straight man (er, woman) ever. I love them both!

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