Technically, there’s also that show about REAL cases, doesn’t it also have a Law and order name? Granted, it’s not written by anyone, but it DOES still carry the Law and Order name, no?
Now, call me weird…but the only Law and Order I watch a lot of is SVU. Regular Law and Order is ok, as long as it’s the right season. The earlier seasons I don’t like, back when Briscoe’s partner was that dweeb. Give me…umm…well, I don’t watch it enoguh to know the names, but either the black detective or the Hispanic one.
But either way, SVU is still better. I mean, it has Richard Belzer partnered with Ice-T! What a great concept! Plus, Mariska Hargitay is the hottest detective since…well…she’s just the hottest detective ever. And the two ADA’s the show has had (Cabot and Novak) are pretty damn hot, too. Also, the stories have a chance to be a little different. It’s not just “Oh, another dead guy…<insert wisecrack>” I remember one that centered around Det. Munch that dealt with two psycos who kept people as prisoners (mostly women) one managed to escape and a huge manhunt began. They went upstate to some cabin and found dozens of bodies buried there. The perps fled to Canada, and thought they were safe because Canada won’t extridite for capital offense crimes since thery don’t have the death penalty. Well, the ADA was a genius, she extridited them only on a grand theft auto charge. Take THAT, psycos!
Criminal Intent…I’ve only seen a couple episodes, one I hated, and they only managed to arrest the guy in the end because the dude planted evidence on him! (Something to do with pills…I forget now, but I thought it was highly unethical and illegal.) The other I saw I actually really liked. It was a weird story about a murder of a lady who once prayed to a dead priest and was healed. Some institute was petitioning the dead priest for sainthood, and it turned out that there was a letter where the woman admitted to faking the disease, and thus it would have nullified the miracle, and the guy couldn’t have become a saint. It guest starred Stephen Colbert as some genius dude.