This Day in Television History – March 3rd, 2005 – Law & Order: Trial by Jury Debuts

A shorter-lived and lesser-known entry into the popular Law & Order franchise made its debut on this day in television history.

Law & Order: Trial by Jury is the fourth in the enduring franchise. Like its predecessors, it was created by Dick Wolf. The show starred Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo, Fred Thompson, and (briefly) Jerry Orbach. It debuted on NBC on March 3rd, 2005.


Courtesy: Wolf Films / NBC Universal

This installment of the franchise was set in New York City like the rest (to that point). It heavily focused on the legal side of criminal cases from the juries to the judge to the investigators for the Assistant District Attorney.

Jerry Orbach briefly reprised his character of Lennie Briscoe from the original series for the first couple of episodes, but passed away after filming the second of those episodes.

The show was the first in the franchise to be canceled, lasting only 13 episodes for 1 season. It has since been released on DVD. During its run, it featured crossover episodes with both the main series and Special Victims Unit.


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