my very favorite thing about law and order is how they recycle actors so wantonly. like right now, there's one on about a militia, and the main militia guy also played another main character that i remember--and looking at his imdb entry, i see that he's been on two other episodes as well. i guess they figured that when it was only showing once a week, no one would notice, but it is SO obvious when it's on five times a day, every day (not that i watch it all of those times). like once i saw an early episode where the woman who plays lt. van buren was playing the mother of the murder victim. that's sassy, right there, to take a bit player and make her one of the show's stars as an entirely different character!
my other favorite thing about law and order is when you see people in the early seasons who later became famous--i figured out pretty quickly who was guilty in the episodes featuring laura linney and claire danes.
so here's to you, law and order, for giving actors so much dang work, and giving me a reason to play on the internet to figure out just how into recycling you are.