Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 13, 1990
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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Law & Order

The show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.

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Lt. Anita Van Buren Law & Order
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Lt. Anita Van Buren

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S. Epatha MerkersonS. Epatha Merkerson
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. ...

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Lt. Van Buren came to homicide from the narcotics bureau and is relentless in her pursuit of suspects. As the officer who must oversee all homicide investigations, Van Buren faces many pressures. She is an African American woman in a predominately white/male profession who has attained the respect of her detectives and of the D.A.'s office, but often struggles for recognition from her own supervisors. At the end of the day, Van Buren is a tough and demanding cop who possess the instincts and experience to extract accurate conclusions from the the detailed investigations of her detectives.

Though it may be hard to believe while watching her portrayal of the tough-as-nails Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, Merkerson made her television debut as "Reba, the Mail Lady" on the Saturday morning series, Peewee's Playhouse. On stage, this versatile actress has received The Drama Desk Award, a Helen Hayes Award, the L.A. Theater Critics Award, an Obbie Award and a Tony for her outstanding work. Her film credits include Terminator II, Jacob's Ladder, Navy Seals and Loose Cannons. She will also appear in the independent film, The Rising Place, and in the new Showtime miniseries It's a Girl Thing. Merkerson joined the cast of Law & Order in 1993.



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18x08 - Illegal
Season 18, Episode 08
02x01 - Confession
Season 2, Episode 01
11x17 - Ego
Season 11, Episode 17
16x17 - America, Inc.
Season 16, Episode 17
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