Law & Order: Los Angeles : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2010
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    The new detectives seem so young, eager and fresh-faced that you almost think the Hardy Boys are on the case. Molina's Morales has a bit of that nice New York edge; Howard 's Dekker (in next week's episode) is a little stuffier, duller; he'd probably be better suited to "Law & Order: D.C."
  2. The current series has fresh air to breathe and new names to drop--Chin Chin, Caltech, Hillcrest, the Edison--and apparently plans to make a meal out of Hollywood. But it hits the traditional notes square on, moving fast in brief scenes and bursts of exposition, and splitting the difference between melodrama and naturalism.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 11, 2011
    75
    LOLA for its part shows signs of getting that old Law & Order moxie back.
  4. 75
    So far, Law & Order: Los Angeles is balmy balm for fans feeling burned by the original. Long may it air.
  5. 75
    The show doesn't catch fire until next week's "Echo Park" which is an echo of things past--a la Charles Manson's girls and the murder of one who has gotten out of prison. Be sure to catch it. Guest actresses Nancy Youngblut, Bonnie Root and Dale Dickey are so good, they'll renew your faith in the old franchise.
  6. 75
    No matter how many times the cops mention hot clubs and Hollywood stars, or how many visits they make to the beach, LA is not likely to be counted among TV's more glamorous series. If you want flash, look elsewhere. What you get from LA is a show that's as solid and reliable as a well-built sedan.
  7. Los Angeles probably has more interesting locations than New York, and it certainly has its share of interesting crimes, so there's plenty of fodder for LOLA. It's literally warmed-over Law & Order, but that doesn't mean it's unappealing.
  8. The palette is brighter, and the mood is more mellow, but over all this version of "Law & Order" follows the basic template that worked for 20 years-- through world crises and catastrophes and, within the show, numerous cast changes and rebootings.
  9. This West Coast Law & Order works best when it gives its able cast knotty dilemmas to play.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    The writers do indulge in a few amusing L.A.-centric detours--including a pointed scene of "reality TV" being filmed, complete with retakes--but there's ultimately no escaping the mostly unchanged (and undeniably durable) formula.
  11. 70
    Every detail has been attended to, every format and traditional segue honored; there is absolutely nothing to quibble over with the show's tone and pace. Which is, itself, a quibble.
  12. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    63
    Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll are well-paired as detectives, and Alfred Molina, looking like an irascible owl, adds some harrumping power as deputy DA. [18 Sep 2010, p.40]
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Oct 24, 2010
    4
    The main characters are not appealing. The cases are not interesting. The dialogue and drama are recycled and derivative. In short, if youThe main characters are not appealing. The cases are not interesting. The dialogue and drama are recycled and derivative. In short, if you are looking for something to take the place of Law & Order, keep looking. Full Review »
  2. Oct 13, 2010
    3
    Regarding the pilot: Skeet Ulrich is too lightweight for his role and had a hard time getting beyond that. Someone with the gravitas of aRegarding the pilot: Skeet Ulrich is too lightweight for his role and had a hard time getting beyond that. Someone with the gravitas of a Russell Crowe would be a good choice. Shawnee Smith gave a weak performance as the twisted mother. The story was fairly predictable and conventional, which would have been okay with stronger performances. Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2011
    10
    Law & Order SVU is an amazing television show which contains a brilliant cast. The plot schemes always leaves viewers wondering what's goingLaw & Order SVU is an amazing television show which contains a brilliant cast. The plot schemes always leaves viewers wondering what's going to happen next, and keeps you glued in at all times. Law & Order SVU will wholeheartedly go down in history as one of the best television shows to ever exist. Full Review »