NBC aired the series finale of Law and Order last night. And like pretty much everything else the network has done over the last couple of years, they botched it. The series was on for 20 years, tied for the longest continous run in television history. And yet, it ended last night without so much as an acknowledgement from the network. ABC spent 2 and a half hours saying goodbye to Lost on Sunday, then dedicated an episode of Jimmy Kimmel to the show later that night. Fox turned the last episode of 24 into a two hour event.
Now, Law and Order has certainly seen better days. It’s quality has been waning, probably since Jerry Orbach left. And the producers didn’t know last night’s episode would be the last one until after it was filmed. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a proper sendoff. How about a one hour retrospective? Interview the stars, the guest stars, people in New York City. Let them discuss the impact the show had on their careers and the city.
Do you think, when the time comes, Fox will simply air the last episode of the Simpsons without doing anything special? Of course not.
SportsCracklePop will now step into the breach and mark the end of a TV institution. We proudly present the all time leaders since Law and Order premiered in 1990.
Barry Bonds has hit 645 homeruns, the most in Major League Baseball, since the first episode of Law and Order aired. The original team of detectives was Greevey and Logan, played by George Dzunda and Chris Noth.
Jaromir Jagr has scored an NHL best 1,599 points since that first episode aired. Steven Hill played Manhattan D-A Adam Schiff for the first 10 years of Law and Order. His original top ADA was Ben Stone, played by Michael Moriarty. His second in command was Paul Robinette, played by Richard Brooks.
Karl Malone scored 27,619 points during the time between Law and Order’s premiere and his retirement. That’s the most in the league. The first episode was called “Prescription for Death” and centered around a hospital covering up for a fatal mistake made by one of it’s doctors.
Brett Favre has thrown for 69,329 yards since the first Law and Order. And just like the series, he’s probably holding on a few years too long.
There, NBC. Was that so hard?