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Dick Wolf: The Entertainer (Illustration by Andrew Barr)
Over the years, the show’s plot twists have become increasingly complex and absurd, with rappers eaten by hyenas and serial impregnators blown up with pressurized diving knives. If a crime happened in the headlines it’s pretty much guaranteed to pop up on the show — everyone from Paul Bernardo to Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made a fictionalized appearance. Law & Order has become a fixture in how we process and cope with real world criminal atrocity, and I have seen every single episode.