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Law & Order: The Tenth Year [5 Discs] [DVD]

Release Date:02/28/2012
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    Season ten of Law & Order was marked by the first cast addition to the "Law" portion of the series since 1995. To replace the departed Benjamin Bratt, Jesse L. Martin was introduced as Detective Eddie Green, the new partner of veteran NYPD Detective Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach). The fact that Green was African-American and a considerably younger than Briscoe added a welcome dash of contrast and friction to the detective end of the show. Furthering layering the relationship between the two men was the fact that, as the son of a globetrotting, petrochemical engineer, Green was even more "worldly" than his jaded partner -- and with several charges of excessive force on his record, Green was considerably more hotheaded and impulsive than Briscoe, as well. Over at the DA's office, things remained the same as they'd been in season nine, with Adam Schiff (Steven Hill) continuing to preside over his diligent assistants, Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) and Abbie Carmichael (Angie Harmon). Jamie Ross (Carey Lowell), Carmichael's predecessor, made an unexpected guest appearance, albeit as a defense attorney at odds with her former partners. Another former Law & Order regular, Dann Florek, had been engaged to reprise his role of Captain Don Cragen in the first of the series' several spin-offs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which debuted in the fall of 1999. One two-part story, "Entitled," was a crossover between Law & Order and its SVU sister series, with actors from both shows exchanging guest appearances. Law & Order's tenth season ended with the departure of the only regular who'd been with the series since its inception in 1990. It was explained that DA Adam Schiff had left his office to work for the U.S. government, his first assignment being to represent the country at a Holocaust memorial in Holland. In real life, septuagenarian actor Steven Hill had decided to retire, necessitating the graceful elimination of his character. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Jerry Orbach - Det. Lennie Briscoe
    • Benjamin Bratt - Det. Reynaldo Curtis
    • Sam Waterston - DA Jack McCoy
    • Jesse L. Martin - Det. Edward Green
    • S. Epatha Merkerson - Lt. Anita Van Buren

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