Why We’ll Miss Law & Order


In this week's magazine, New York's Emily Nussbaum remembers Law & Order, recently canned by NBC after 456 episodes: "When a show ends, there’s a social demand to find meaning in it: some vanguard quality, some dramatic paradigm shift. But Law & Order was not the kind of show most people will collect on DVD, or go to fan conventions for, or analyze frame by frame. It inspired a different kind of passionate fanhood — solo, hard-core rerun-watching. Sheer watchability, the formula that somehow works every single time, is a kind of greatness, too." [NYM]