AUTHOR: Stanley Fish of The New York Times
THESIS: You may love Law & Order, but Law & Order doesn't love you. In fact, Law & Order probably hates you
WHY LAW & ORDER PROBABLY HATES YOU: You probably belong to one of the categories of people the series obsessively demonizes--of which there are many
THINGS THAT ARE NOT LAW & ORDER'S 'MOST REMARKABLE FEATURE': "the brilliant formula that offers both the comfort of predictability and the promise of constant surprise ... the ability of the show to survive major cast changes without missing a beat, ... the considerable accomplishment of making the arcane vocabulary of the law ( 'fruit of the poisoned tree,' 'asked and answered,' 'prejudicial,' 'allocute,' 'goes to relevance') as familiar to TV viewers as the jargon of sports"
LAW & ORDER'S 'MOST REMARKABLE FEATURE': "the extraordinarily long list of professions, classes and category of persons it doesn't like"
PEOPLE HATED BY LAW & ORDER: "Rich people," "children of rich people," doctors, priests, rabbis, evangelical Christians, "high-roller businessmen, developers, drug manufacturers ... actors, rock stars, athletes, artists, dancers, high-profile academics, writers,"any lawyer who does not work "for the people," FBI agents, judges, politicians