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  05-28-2010, 01:12 AM
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By now, we've all heard the sad news: 'Law & Order' has officially come to an end after an epic 20-year run on NBC. The show's finale airs Monday night. But while fans are understandably upset at the loss of their favorite show, that disappointment is balanced by the fact that, thanks to spin-offs like the new 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' the franchise will still be chugging along even after the original is little more than an endless source of cable reruns.

Indeed, 'Law & Order' has become pervasive over the years. It's almost impossible to avoid the show -- even if you don't watch it. Besides the four domestic spin-offs, the series has spawned numerous imitators and adaptations overseas as well as online and even in your local bookstore, where you'll find novels like 'Law & Order: Dead Line.' With that in mind, we thought this would be a good time to take a fond look back at some of the more unusual spin-offs, spoofs and tie-ins that 'Law & Order' has inspired over the past two decades.


• 'Law & Order: UK' -- While the original American 'Law & Order' franchises have been big hits in Britain for years, 'Law & Order: UK,' which debuted last year, marks the country's first attempt at their own spin-off. The show is also a dream come true for sci-fi fans: 'Battlestar Galactica's' Jamie Bamber handles the law aspect, while 'Doctor Who's' Freema Agyeman anchors the order.

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• 'Law & Order: Special Letters Unit' -- Leave it to 'Sesame Street' to put 'Law & Order's' success into perspective: spoofing everything from the ubiquitous chung-chung sound effect to fan favorite Detective Munch himself, the 'Special Letters Unit' helped kids learn both the importance of 'Law & Order' and the difference between a cow and a bull. And for the record, the name's Murray.

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• 'Law & Order: Moscow' -- Britain isn't the only foreign power to put their own spin on the 'Law & Order' franchise. But while Russia may not have quite the same number of famous sci-fi stars to headline their version of the show, 'Law & Order: Division of Field Investigation' makes up for it with gritty, pre-Glasnost visual sensibilities. You can almost feel the crime happening right from the start of this opening intro.

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• 'Law & Order: Dead on the Money' -- 'Law & Order' didn't just conquer television, it also went multi-media, spawning no fewer than four video game adaptations. The first of these was 'Law & Order: Dead on the Money,' which allowed players in step into the well-worn shoes of legendary NYPD gumshoe Lennie Briscoe. Even the virtual Jerry Orbach looks like a badass.

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• 'Law & Order: Paris' -- Redone under the new title 'Paris Criminal Investigations,' the French version of 'Law & Order' has more going for it than simply beautiful scenery and delicious cuisine: International film star Vincent Pιrez headlines the decidedly photogenic Parisian cast.

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• 'Law & Order: SNL' -- Considering they shared a city for 20 long years, it was inevitable that New York's other television institution, 'Saturday Night Live,' would eventually spoof 'Law & Order.' Amy Poehler did the honors in this skit that was aimed more at the local acting community than at 'L&O' itself. It may have been an inside joke, but it was still a funny one.

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• 'Law & Order: Parigi' -- Foreign translations of the American 'Law & Order' franchise are a dime a dozen, but here's a bit of a new twist: Italy decided to stay true to its European Union brethren by overdubbing the French 'Law & Order' series for Italian broadcast. 'Law & Order: Paris: Italy,' anyone?

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• 'Law & Order': The American Spin-offs -- Finally, no review of 'Law & Order's' influence would be complete without a look back at the show's many domestic spin-offs, including 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent,' 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' and 'Law & Order: Trial By Jury.' We already showed you this montage featuring the complete casts of all four shows last week in our article about the evolution of 'Law & Order,' but we thought it was worth another look. Thanks for the memories, 'Law & Order.'
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what about the family guy spoof ?
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Oh yeah forgot about that....have to dig that one up
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