The WORST Episodes of Law & Order
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2021
"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." "Law & Order" is a blended police procedural and courtroom drama created by Dick Wolf. The structure for the one-hour show is a two-part approach: The first half 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.
#1 - Bailout
Season 19 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 11, 2009
As detectives investigate the death of a bank executive's mistress, they uncover a kidnapping and extortion plot.
#2 - The Corporate Veil
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 1992
A teenager's fatal heart attack is traced to fraud and greed on the part of the manufacturer of his pacemaker and their supplier.
#4 - Panic
Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 16, 2000
Briscoe and Green investigate the shooting of a best-selling mystery writer and the death of her accountant, with a love triangle as a possible motive for the crime.
#5 - Burden
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 24, 1998
After a 12-year-old quadriplegic dies at home in his bed, paramedics claim that he was suffocated and the suspects include the boy's parents and sister.
#6 - Crimebusters
Season 19 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 11, 2009
An unconscious war widow and her lifeless infant are found in the rubble of a bombed army recruitment center; Jack McCoy is forced to make one of the most unpopular decisions of his career.
#7 - Harvest
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 29, 1997
A discrepancy concerning the time of death of a drive-by shooting victim leads McCoy and Ross to initiate prosecutions against both the shooter and the doctor who harvested her organs as transplant donations.
#8 - Subterranean Homeboy Blues
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1990
The shooting of two black men by a white woman in a crowded subway initially appears to be a case of self-defense, but further investigation reveals revenge as a possible motive.
#9 - Haven
Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 10, 1999
Briscoe and Curtis probe the murder of a popular Harlem community leader while McCoy and Carmichael struggle to prevent a chaotic situation.
#11 - His Hour Upon the Stage
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 1991
The discovery of a frozen corpse in a dumpster leads to rival Broadway producers.
#12 - Conspiracy
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1992
The assassination of an African-American leader leads to the arrest of a man whose ex-wife was suspected of having an affair with the victim.
#13 - Angelgrove
Season 18 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 19, 2008
A terrorist organization seems to be tied in with the violent death of an art dealer, until the victim's troubled son with ties to a fanatic religious group is investigated.
#15 - Doubles
Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 18, 1994
An assailant breaks the wrist of a tennis player prior to a tournament, and a competitor is among the suspects.
#16 - Disciple
Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 24, 1999
After a teen is found dead in the emergency room, the investigation leads to a case involving a religious ritual and a defendant who claims that the action taken was dictated by a saint's voice.
#18 - Snatched
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 12, 1994
A millionaire friend of Schiff's won't cooperate with the police following his son's kidnapping.
#19 - Black Tie
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 1993
The police suspect a cover up when they receive an anonymous tip that a wealthy man was murdered by his wife, who refuses to allow an autopsy after a physician declares that the death occurred from natural causes.
#21 - Endurance
Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 18, 2000
After a disabled boy dies of smoke inhalation during a fire, his parents and a building tenant with a history of "accidental" fires become suspects.
#22 - Severance
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 1992
Stone faces an old rival in court as he tries to link a hit man and three murders to a sleazy lawyer and a powerful man behind bars.
#24 - Falling
Season 19 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 26, 2008
The detectives investigate the mystery of a falling construction crane in the city and that leads them to something much more sinister.
#25 - Wedded Bliss
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 1992
The discovery of a young woman's body in the river leads to an investigation of illegal sweatshops and the enslavement of young immigrants.