‘Law & Order’ has become a staple on the television schedule. Its formula of clever prosecutors and detectives solving a crime is both compelling and engaging. The show’s characters are human and have a sense of depth, shrewdness, and determination. The show’s storylines have just enough twists and turns to keep viewers’ attention. But why was Law & Order so successful?
In the first four seasons, the show didn’t have to pay a location fee. This made the show affordable to many viewers and allowed for some genuinely thought-provoking debates. The show is set in New York City, and featured many notable guests. This helped it maintain its appeal and attract an audience yearning for closure and approximate justice. With these qualities, the show is bound to continue to draw viewers.
While the original series lasted for twenty years, the reruns of its predecessor were so popular that CBS programmed the entire network with reruns. The second series, titled “Special Victims Unit,” aired continuously from 1999 to 2010. But while the first series had its fair share of critics, the series’ subsequent revivals were largely influenced by the show’s formula and appeal.
Unlike some other police shows, Law & Order has a loyal following. Its cast has a diverse range of backgrounds, which makes the show an excellent choice for a variety of viewers. The show was also known for its strong acting. Christopher Moriarty, who played Stabler, had chemistry with Marianne Hargitay that was comparable to the legendary Scully and Mulder on The X-Files, perhaps the greatest television pairing in history. Despite the frequent turnover in its cast, Law & Order fans quickly became accustomed to the new faces and scenes.
The reruns of “Law & Order” became ubiquitous in America, thanks to their success. Since 1995, the show was aired on A&E. Later, the reruns were broadcast on TNT, WGN America, Bounce TV, and Ion Television. And even though the reruns remained on the broadcast networks, a few seasons later, they lost their original ratings.
While the show is now entering its 17th season, it’s still the longest-running law-enforcement show on television. It also led to the creation of a number of other shows, a video game, and an international adaptation. And while it may have peaked in popularity in the 1990s, the show is still going strong today. It’s no surprise that the show’s longevity is unparalleled.
The success of the show’s spin-offs is another factor. The television network is always on the lookout for new ways to cash in on familiar IP. In the case of Law & Order, the reboot is no exception. It’s an attempt to reinvent itself by introducing new characters. But the reboot has received a chilly reception since its premiere. It’s also unclear why NBC has decided to revive Law & Order after a 12-year hiatus.