Law & Order 7 Seasons 1990

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The commissioner of cultural affairs is arrested for the murder of a controversial artist, but Stone and Robinette suspect an art patron also is involved.

Frances Conroy, Larry Keith
47 minutes
Original air date:
December 4, 1990

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Season 1
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    1. Pilot/Everybody's Favorite Bagman When Councilman Halsey is robbed and his throat slashed, the investigation ties the public official to organized crime and conspiracy at the highest levels of city government.

    TV-14 46min September 13, 1990
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    2. Prescription for Death The emergency-room death of a young woman may lead to a negligence charge for the hospital's chief of medicine.

    TV-14 48min September 13, 1990
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    3. Subterranean Homeboy Blues A "self-defense'' subway shooting prompts legal chaos when questions arise about who the real victim is.

    TV-14 48min September 20, 1990
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    4. The Reaper's Helper A mercy killer is responsible for assisted suicides that were first thought to be routine robbery-homicides.

    TV-14 47min October 4, 1990
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    5. Kiss the Girls and Make them Die A young woman's upstanding boyfriend is suspected of murdering her, but the lack of evidence forces Stone to take a brash tack.

    TV-14 48min October 11, 1990
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    6. Happily Ever After A millionaire is robbed and murdered in a parking garage, but the robbery may just be a cover for the real motive.

    TV-14 49min October 23, 1990
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    7. By Hooker, By Crook A body in Central Park is the improbable link to a prostitution ring catering to the rich and famous.

    TV-14 48min November 13, 1990
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    8. Poison Ivy A respected policeman is arrested after shooting a black Ivy League student, but it is later disclosed that the collegian had a sordid history.

    TV-14 48min November 20, 1990
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    9. Indifference An abusive lawyer who has fatally battered a girl is drawn into a deal that could lead to his conviction.

    TV-14 49min November 28, 1990
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    10. Prisoner of Love The commissioner of cultural affairs is arrested for the murder of a controversial artist, but Stone and Robinette suspect an art patron also is involved.

    TV-14 47min December 4, 1990
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    11. Out of the Half-Light An African-American girl accuses a group of white policemen of raping her, but when the rape test turns out negative, Stone and Robinette suspect a hoax.

    TV-14 47min December 11, 1990
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    12. Life Choice A two-faced anti-abortion advocate becomes a martyr when she is killed in the bombing of a clinic.

    TV-14 49min January 8, 1991
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    13. A Death in the Family Greevey and Logan discover the body of a fellow officer during a homicide arrest; Stone finds evidence linking a slain officer to murder.

    TV-14 47min January 15, 1991
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    14. The Violence of Summer A celebrated local TV news reporter is gang-raped under puzzling circumstances, and prosecution of the defendants is hindered by a lack of concrete evidence.

    TV-14 48min February 5, 1991
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    15. The Torrents of Greed, Part I Part 1 of 2. Stone prosecutes three men associated with an organized-crime family when they attack a Russian immigrant.

    TV-14 48min February 12, 1991
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    16. The Torrents of Greed, Part 2 Part 2 of 2. When a bribery charge brings a member of an organized-crime family back to court, Stone brings the head of the family to justice.

    TV-14 47min February 19, 1991
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    17. Mushrooms Greevey and Logan's investigation of the shooting of two innocent children leads to a 14-year-old gunman and the people who hired him.

    TV-14 49min February 26, 1991
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    18. The Secret Sharers The detectives' probe of a felon's murder is hobbled by a cover-up to protect the killer; Stone has evidence to convict but faces a tough court opponent.

    TV-14 48min March 12, 1991
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    19. The Serpent's Tooth While Stone and Robinette believe they have an airtight murder case, Greevey and Logan dig deeper and find the victim's partner involved in a frame-up.

    TV-14 48min March 19, 1991
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    20. The Troubles The detectives investigate the murder of a Lebanese drug smuggler who was killed while being transported to a courthouse in federal custody.

    TV-14 48min March 26, 1991
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    21. Sonata for Solo Organ Stone prosecutes a man who employed extreme methods to find a desperately needed kidney for his daughter's transplant.

    TV-14 48min April 2, 1991
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    22. The Blue Wall Capt. Cragen is implicated in an internal police scandal, and Stone reluctantly prosecutes him on bribery and corruption charges.

    TV-14 49min June 9, 1991

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Michael Fresco
Starring Frances Conroy, Larry Keith
Supporting actors Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill, Frances Conroy, Larry Keith, Amy Aquino, Marjorie Monaghan, Fran Brill, Don McManus, Sam Schacht, Jay Patterson, Anthony Crivello, Sidney Armus, Eyde Byrde, Valerie Kingston, Marjorie Lovett, Richard Seff
Season year 1991
Network NBC
Executive Producer David Black
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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 29, 2002
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Law & Order now enters its 13th season on NBC. For all those years no one's been able to get it on commercial recording, save the 6-episode VHS set that came out in 1999. But this wasn't satisfactory to represent a show with so much history.
Now you can get the first season of this hit drama on DVD! With its renewal through 2005, you'll probably be getting the "15th Year" on DVD soon. By then Law & Order will be the longest-running police show and second longest-running drama in the history of television.
With season one you get the first appearance of Lorraine Toussaint as the infamous Shambala Green (Subterranean Homeboy Blues), both the CBS original pilot with Roy Thinnes (Everybody's Favorite Bagman) and the NBC pilot with Steven Hill (Prescription for Death), moving episodes (Indifference), and mainly the beginnings of a show that would become one of the most popular dramas of the 1990's.
The original cast features George Dzundza as Sergeant Max Greevey, the amicable but strong lead detective, Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan, Greevey's liberal and young partner, Dann Florek as Captain Don Cragen, the no-nonsense but humorous boss, Michael Moriarty as Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone, whose dispassionate prosecution has become a trademark, Richard Brooks as A.D.A. Paul Robinette, the passionate black Assistant under Stone, and Steven Hill as D.A. Adam Schiff. Only one phrase can describe Schiff: "You have no case. Make a deal."
For me, this item is at the top of the wish list. If you like L&O, there's no passing this up!
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Indy Reviewer VINE VOICE on April 17, 2004
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The first season of Law and Order lacks the bang-bang short attention span plot advances and twists of the later years, but more than makes up for it by deeper plots and better acting, along with some nice background. Unfortunately, the DVD quality isn't what it could be, which is why this is 4 stars and not 5.
From season 3 or 4 on, the Law and Order formula came into full flower. Every 'donk-donk' signifies a quick advance in the plot as a year-long investigation and trial gets compressed in an hour, except for those delicious times when it reverses in a wild plot twist. Three spinoffs prove this works regardless of who is in the role. Season 1 isn't quite like that. For instance, it often meanders slowly, spending 4 or 5 minutes at the beginning actually witnessing the crime, having the cast walk down the street talking to each other rather than going from one interview to the next. (This actually gives some great background - you finally see the full precinct room and DAs office!) The slower pace even reflects in the way the guest stars seemly act - an L&O trademark is to have an interviewee continuing to do their job while the cops grill them. Not so here. No quick hot dog lunch for meetings between the Captain and the detectives. Logan even complains when someone doesn't give them their full attention!
While not having the formula down means that action slows down, it allows for better acting and better plot development. The 'ripped from the headlines' aspect remains as large as it ever was, with the Mayflower Madam, Tawana Brawley claiming rape, the Lisa Steinberg child abuse case, and city council corruption along with several cop corruption cases. The difference is that because the actors aren't forced to move through hoops they actually get to perform.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on March 2, 2003
Format: DVD
This DVD set is a real treat for those of us who feel that Law & Order was at its best during its early years. The first season features an entirely different cast from the current program and story lines that are more intense, raw and unpredictable than the watered-down L&O of today. The characters of Ben Stone and Mike Logan are particularly interesting, as many fans labeled them the "heart and soul," of the series. Often times, we find that we know who is guilty within the first 20 minutes of the show and the moral complications come in. This is best exemplified in the episodes, "Subterranean Homeboy Blues," "Life-Choice," and "Indifference." It is also neat to see recurring characters such as the fiery Shambala Green and the cop's cop, Tony Profaci. These supporting players, along with the main cast, had personality and helped drive the show, unlike their bland, cardboard counterparts of today. Although the show is focused on the plot, we get small glimpses into the personal lives and personalities of the characters through incidental dialogue. This era of the show may have been a bit too preachy at times, but it is made up for by riviting drama that has long since died on the L&O set. I'd recommend this set to anyone who wants to see Law & Order at its dramatic best.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Baker on August 31, 2002
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One of tv's longest running and more critically acclaimed series is now available on DVD. "Law and Order: The First Year" collects the entire first season of this quality show. Featuring the show's original cast of characters (ADAs Ben Stone and Paul Robinette and Detectives Mike Logan and Max Greevey), the First Season contains classic "Ripped From the Headlines" styled episodes including "Subterranean Homeboy Blues" (about a woman who may or may not have shot a trio of black teenagers in self-defense), "By Hooker, By Crook" (which has Stone prosecuting a socialite/madam who is based upon the "Mayflower Madam" Sydney Barrows), and "Out of the Half-Light" (where the cops try to debunk a black teen's false accusations of rape at the hands of white police officers and prevent an Al Sharpton-inspired character from using the girl to advance his political adgenda).Read more ›
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