Law & Order: The Third Year (2005) Full of provocative plot lines — a gay cop dies in a suspicious shoot-out, a sadistic gynecologist sedates and rapes his patients — Law &…
DVD Review

Law & Order: The Third Year (2005)

Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach, ... | GOOD COP With the arrival of Orbach (right, with Noth), order returned to the Law set, new DVD commentary testifies
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GOOD COP With the arrival of Orbach (right, with Noth), order returned to the Law set, new DVD commentary testifies
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: May 24, 2005; DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005

Full of provocative plot lines — a gay cop dies in a suspicious shoot-out, a sadistic gynecologist sedates and rapes his patients — Law & Order: The Third Yearwill forever rank as one of the best seasons in the show's 15-year history. It was also the season Jerry Orbach joined the cast as world-weary Det. Lennie Briscoe. Coincidence? We think not.

EXTRAS A handful of (rightly) deleted scenes, plus a mini making-of narrated by Orbach — in which he likens L&O to a Tennessee Williams play! — and a too-short tribute to the actor, who died of prostate cancer in December 2004. Chris Noth remembers ''turbulence, chaos, and animosity'' before Orbach's arrival. Recalls Dann Florek (a.k.a. Captain Cragen): ''[George] Dzundza and Noth were banging heads, [Paul] Sorvino and Noth were banging heads, everybody was banging heads with [ADA] Michael Moriarty, but when Jerry came, it was like the seas calmed down.'' Now that seasons 1, 2, 3, and 14 exist on DVD, would 4-13 be too much to hope for?

Originally posted May 23, 2005