Law & Order

The BEST episodes of Law & Order

Every episode of Law & Order ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Law & Order!

A blended police procedural and courtroom drama which employs a two-part approach: The first half of each episode focuses on NYPD homicide detectives investigating a crime—often derived from a real-life headline—and apprehending a suspect. The second half takes place in the courtroom, with the district attorney prosecuting the defendant.

Last Updated: 10/1/2022Network: NBC
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Aftershock
star
7.95
225 votes

#1 - Aftershock

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/22/1996

After Briscoe, Curtis, McCoy, and Kincaid witness the execution of a criminal they brought to justice, their unique reactions to the event culminate in personal tragedies for each of them.

Monster
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7.95
157 votes

#2 - Monster

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/20/1998

During the search for a pedophile who raped a 10-year-old, a snitch offers Briscoe a chance to avenge his daughter's death. Meanwhile, Van Buren learns that her job is in jeopardy; McCoy is ordered to appear before a disciplinary committee because of his conduct in a DUI case; and the increasingly political Schiff worries that the rape case may adversely impact his reelection bid.

Directors: Ed Sherin
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Caviar Emptor
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7.94
153 votes

#3 - Caviar Emptor

Season 14 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/12/2004

When a caviar importer is murdered the day after his wedding to a much-younger woman, the large pool of suspects includes his new wife, his children, and his chief competitor, each of whom has a compelling motive for committing the crime.

Directors: Richard Dobbs
Pro Se
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7.92
222 votes

#4 - Pro Se

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/8/1996

The investigation into multiple homicides at a clothing store leads to the arrest of a schizophrenic who presents McCoy with a formidable opponent when he decides to represent himself.

Directors: Lewis H. Gould
American Dream
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7.91
249 votes

#5 - American Dream

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1993

A skeleton unearthed at a building site resurrects one of Stone's old cases, and brings him face to face with the tenacious, brilliant culprit, who is seeking a new trial.

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Invaders
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7.90
147 votes

#6 - Invaders

Season 16 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/17/2006

The family of a man who once turned his customers into the police is slain, and the ensuing fracas pits McCoy against a corrupt D.E.A. agent.

Directors: Matthew Penn
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C.O.D.
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7.87
141 votes

#7 - C.O.D.

Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/19/2004

Briscoe bids farewell to the 27 as the prosecution of two women for killing each other's husbands comes to a successful conclusion.

Directors: Matthew Penn
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Harm
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7.86
154 votes

#8 - Harm

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/3/1999

Briscoe and Curtis investigate a possible homicide while probing the assault of a retired divorce attorney.

Directors: Richard Dobbs
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Born Again
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7.86
164 votes

#9 - Born Again

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/6/2002

The investigation into the death of an 11-year-old girl uncovers the possible culpability of the child's mother and a rebirthing therapist.

Directors: Jace Alexander
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Open Season
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7.83
114 votes

#10 - Open Season

Season 13 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/20/2002

A defense attorney who managed the acquittal of the defendant in the attempted murder of a cop is gunned down outside a Manhattan restaurant. The detectives start with police officers in the precinct of the injured officer, then to his brother, before they are led to a white supremacist who is part of a national network. McCoy is faced with the unlikely prospect that the defendant's attorney, his friend of 20 years and a friend of the slain lawyer, played a part in the murder of a Florida district attorney following the defendant's arrest. McCoy is able to make a deal that perserves the integrity of his adversary, but not without a cost.

Directors: Matthew Penn
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Smoke
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7.82
108 votes

#11 - Smoke

Season 13 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/21/2003

Briscoe and Green are assigned to a case involving an eccentric comedian who may have killed his young son by dangling him off a ledge.

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Rage
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7.82
226 votes

#12 - Rage

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/1/1995

A Wall Street broker accused of murdering his mentor uses the defense of "black rage" in court.

Directors: Arthur W. Forney
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Punk
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7.81
134 votes

#13 - Punk

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/25/1998

The murder of a corrections officer leads detectives to a women's prison where a guard was linked to an inmate Carmichael put away on drug charges and a confrontation with defense attorney Danielle Melnick.

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Couples
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7.80
138 votes

#14 - Couples

Season 13 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/21/2003

Briscoe and Green catch four murders and a kidnapping on the same day, and get handed confessions in each case.

Directors: David Platt
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Old Friends
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7.80
205 votes

#15 - Old Friends

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/25/1994

A truck hits a pedestrian and the investigation reveals the victim's link to a baby-food company in which a new partner has connections to the Russian mob.

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Gunplay
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7.80
137 votes

#16 - Gunplay

Season 15 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/20/2004

After Green goes undercover to gather evidence on the gun dealers who murdered two detectives during a buy-and-bust, McCoy is able to connect the hit men to the attorney who paid them to avenge the death of his gun-running stepson at the hands of the same detectives during a similar buy-and-bust several years earlier.

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Cost of Capital
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7.80
125 votes

#17 - Cost of Capital

Season 16 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/8/2006

The case against a high powered executive accused of killing her lover rests on the executive's estranged husband and unstable teenage daughter.

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Heart of Darkness
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7.80
129 votes

#18 - Heart of Darkness

Season 16 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/18/2006

A journalist's suicide becomes suspect after Green and Fontana find evidence at the scene suggesting that it wasn't a suicide after all.

Directors: Richard Dobbs
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Chosen
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7.80
166 votes

#19 - Chosen

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/15/2003

The murder of a bookie with a high-class clientelle leads the detectives to arrest his partner. Charged with first-degree murder, his attorney puts forth an unusual defense strategy that turns the trial into a political statement.

Directors: Ed Sherin
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Myth of Fingerprints
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7.79
124 votes

#20 - Myth of Fingerprints

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/14/2001

A murder investigation uncovers deliberately faulty forensics in the wrongful conviction of two men 12 years earlier in the case that paved the way for Van Buren's promotion.

Directors: David Platt
Missing
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7.79
118 votes

#21 - Missing

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/6/2002

When a girl's parents frantically search for her, Briscoe and Green see that the girl's belongings were packed up in her apartment. They learn that the girl had been seeing a married man -- her boss. When the boss is brought up on charges, his wife sheds some new evidence.

Directors: David Platt
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Identity
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7.79
149 votes

#22 - Identity

Season 14 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/5/2003

When a man is found murdered shortly after depositing almost $400,000 in his savings account, the investigation into the source of funds reveals that the victim ran an identity theft scam which left an elderly man homeless and impoverished.

Directors: Jace Alexander
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Damaged
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7.78
152 votes

#23 - Damaged

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/1998

The case of a teacher's shooting uncovers a vendetta involving the rape of a mentally challenged coed by three students, whose attorney claims they weren't aware of her condition.

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Shangri-La
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7.77
164 votes

#24 - Shangri-La

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/9/2002

The murder of a female high school English teacher uncovers a love triangle that includes a female student and a male teacher, both of whom become suspects. The prosecutors have to deal with the student's multiple identities and refusal to live past adolescence.

Knock Off
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7.77
178 votes

#25 - Knock Off

Season 19 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/3/2008

A revered sheriff becomes a possible conspirator in a case involving a murdered tourist.

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