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Law & Order's third year marked a transitional one for the top-rated drama. In 1992, Jerry Orbach (Prince of the City) joined the cast. His Det. Lenny Briscoe would turn out to be one of its most enduring characters. After Sgt. Phil Ceretta (Paul Sorvino) is shot by a gun dealer in episode eight ("Prince of Darkness"), Briscoe teams up with Det. Mike Logan (Chris Noth) in the next ("Point of View"). It wasn't meant to be a permanent change (Ceretta was injured, not killed), but the two would continue to beat the streets until Logan's departure in 1995 (Orbach, meanwhile, would remain part of the Law & Order universe until his passing in 2004).

The line-up was otherwise the same: Capt. Donald Craven (Dann Florek), ADA Paul Robinette (Richard Brooks), ADA Benjamin Stone (Michael Moriarty), and DA Adam Schiff (Steven Hill). In the following season, however, Craven will be replaced by Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson), the show's first regular female character (not counting Carolyn McCormick, who was billed as a featured player). The third season would also be Robinette's last; he will be replaced by Claire Kinkaid (Jill Hennessy) in the fourth. Meanwhile, Florek would go on to join Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 1999 (while Noth would join Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2005).

During Law & Order's third season, a number of soon-to-be-famous TV actors would put in appearances. They include Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Claire Danes (My So-Called Life), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Edie Falco and Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope), Michael Badalucco and Camryn Manheim (The Practice), Ron Rifkin (Alias), and Julianna Margulies (E.R.). The Emmy for Best Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, however, was reserved for Broadway dynamo Elaine Stritch in "Point of View."

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French (Closed Captioned)

Cast

Paul SorvinoSergeant Phil Cerreta
Chris NothDetective Mike Logan
Dann FlorekCaptain Donald Cragen
Michael MoriartyExecutive A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard BrooksA.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven HillD.A. Adam Schiff
Alberta WatsonAngela Brandt
Lorraine ToussaintShambala Green
Claire DanesTracy Brandt
Joe MortonRoland Books
Michael JaceOtis Cooke
Eric BogosianGary Lowenthal
George MurdockJudge Eric Bertram
Patti D'ArbanvilleBetty Drake
Vincent PastoreDominick
Felicity HuffmanDiane Perkins
Ron RifkinAlex Drakos
Paul SchulzeGarfield
Mark MargolisGeorge Lobrano
Jerry OrbachDetective Lennie Briscoe
Roscoe Lee BrowneSir Idris Balewa
Wendell PierceChief Ola-Gimju Nwaka
Edie FalcoSally Bell
Dan HedayaLt. Brian Torelli
Carolyn McCormickDr. Elizabeth Olivet
Paul McCraneJames Lee Pawl
Amy RyanAmy
Len CariouCapt. Allard Bunker
Julianna MarguliesLt. Ruth Mendoza
Harold PerrineauKenny Rinker
Jorja FoxPaula Engren
Sam RockwellWeddeker
Leslie HendrixDr. Elizabeth Rodgers

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