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Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

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  • Summary: Law & Order lives on in the United Kingdom, as the franchise adapts some of the American scripts for the overseas version.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. For those Americans who have fallen through some wormhole and have never seen "Law & Order," the British version is as good a place to start as any--Walsh, Bamber and Agyeman in particular deliver fine performances. And those put off by the new "Law & Order: Los Angeles" or just jonesing for the good old days, will no doubt find a trip to London positively...brilliant.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    This is classic Law & Order through and through, where only the wigs worn in court and the accents are significantly different. The London environs evoke the urban New York feel, and the cast here is top-notch, refreshingly reintroducing us to the notion of a lead detective who's been around the block a few times.
  3. UK remakes the script in its own, veddy British image and comes up with a vibrant, layered, insightful look at how the system breaks down no matter what the metropolis.
  4. Aside from a few head-scratcher terms (GBH = "grievous bodily harm"), lawyers and judges wearing white wigs while in court (the judge in the premiere looks like she's got a poodle on her head) and occasionally impenetrable accents, Law & Order: UK should be remarkably familiar to fans of the original series.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    80
    The writing is as crisp as Brooks' perfect raincoat, and the partners share a father-son chemistry unseen elsewhere in the franchise, and anyone exhibiting the faintest traces of Anglophilia will delight to see the crown prosecutor and the defense counsel talking trash in the changing room while donning and doffing their barristers' wigs.
  6. Accents (and a few updates) aside, this is one exported L&O that plays as if it never left.
  7. 60
    To viewers new to the franchise, L&O: UK might prove a fine introduction. For dedicated watchers of the original, it might function as a kind of recap of the "best of" episodes from the series' entire life. But for the truly addicted, it will always be a paler, politer, well-bred echo of the Real Thing, better left on the side of the Atlantic where it originated.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    Good show adapted from the original USA Law & Order. It appears that BBC America no longer airs this show. Too bad as it was good while itGood show adapted from the original USA Law & Order. It appears that BBC America no longer airs this show. Too bad as it was good while it was on TV. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2011
    9
    Excellent adaption. It keeps the best parts of the original and merges them with modern day England. Well worthy of the Law & Order brand. IfExcellent adaption. It keeps the best parts of the original and merges them with modern day England. Well worthy of the Law & Order brand. If only I had BBC America. Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2010
    9
    I have been watching the reruns of series one for many months now and am looking forward to the next season. Being Canadian, I enjoy the BritI have been watching the reruns of series one for many months now and am looking forward to the next season. Being Canadian, I enjoy the Brit legal system and the way the solicitors are allowed much more leeway in their courts. I also see and enjoy the way inter-racial relationships are represented in this series as they are in my country. I much prefer this series to any of the counterparts on this side of the Atlantic. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2011
    8
    Finally a L and O I really enjoy, maybe it's just the accents but this series is so much more believable than the US versions - all of whichFinally a L and O I really enjoy, maybe it's just the accents but this series is so much more believable than the US versions - all of which I've given up watching. Almost didn't give this one a try but as it's the Brits and the excellent BBC America, I did and am bloody glad I tuned n. Expand
  5. Dec 23, 2010
    7
    I have watched Law and Order since the first episode in the fall of 1990.
    I like this British cast and they bring the stories a new slant but
    I have watched Law and Order since the first episode in the fall of 1990.
    I like this British cast and they bring the stories a new slant but I was hoping this show would have it's own original stories. I watch the show and I already know what the story is. The only difference is how the British legal system works. The producers seem to want to pay homage to the US productions so we see lots of walking and drinking of coffee in the streets of London. It also seems curious that most of the stories they have chosen to adapt have been about the cases that the DA (Crown Prosecutors) loses. I love the theme music, though. Very appropriate for a British program. I would like to see them take the idea and make it their own.
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  6. Oct 10, 2010
    4
    So far all the episodes are remakes of old NYC episodes. I could predict the next scene. Hopeuly they will become original soon. Are BritsSo far all the episodes are remakes of old NYC episodes. I could predict the next scene. Hopeuly they will become original soon. Are Brits detectives really that reserved and monotone ? They seem like corpses compared to the NYC counterparts. Not that the LA version is much better. I didn't pay enough attention to know, but many BBCA programs have more mixed race couples than USA programs. I don't think that would be acceptable here. Collapse

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