Picks and Pans Review: Law & Order

updated 09/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Thurs., Sept. 13, 10 P.M. ET)

B+

It's two...two...two shows in one. In this often intriguing new series, each episode deals with a torn-from-the-tabloids crime in New York City. The first half hour is devoted to the police investigation; the second follows the case through the court system.

The cop portion is a uniquely paced and plotted police procedural, with George Dzundza presenting a refreshingly different detective from the chiseled chins we're used to on TV. Once the lawyers get involved, the drama becomes slightly less involving. Michael Moriarty, the prosecutor, is a fine actor, but he plays this one too laid-back. The show will eventually nestle into its regular spot on Tuesdays at 10.

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