Last week NBC announced it would be canceling the venerable series, which tied with Gunsmoke this year as the longest-running prime-time drama on network television. Fresh Air pays tribute to the crime procedural by running interview with series creator Dick Wolf, actor Jerry Orbach and actress S. Epatha Merkerson.
It's the longest running drama on network television. After more than 300 shows, and 13 years, the "ripped from the headlines" half cop/half law show is still going strong. It's also inspired Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The latest spin off is Law & Order: Trial by Jury.