Law & Order represents a conscious shift away from the conventional one-hour dramatic series. Each powerful episode follows one case through the criminal justice system by telling the story with two separate sets of stars. Each hour-long episode consists of two halves. The first half is set on the remorseless New York City streets and the chaos of the police precinct as they investigate a crime and make an arrest. In the second half, the focus shifts to the criminal courts where prosecutors work with a complicated justice system. Sometimes cases are clear cut, easy to break and easy to prosecute. But most are the time in which the investigation is difficult, the prosecution is complicated and the decisions involved in how to proceed legally are even tougher. In the often arduous and complex procedure of determining innocence or guilt, lives hang in the balance. Each episode represents an in-depth investigation of a crime and the criminal justice system from the brutish ugliness of the street scenes to the cynical deals maneuvered in the D.A.’s office, culminating in powerful courtroom scenes. Law & Order has an all-star cast, including Chris Noth, Benjamin Bratt, Angie Harmon, Steven Hill, Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston. Dick Wolf is the executive producer for Wolf Films in association with Universal Television.