The jury is in! From creator Dick Wolf comes the most innovative Law & Order series yet: Law & Order: Trial by Jury - The Complete Series. Partner up with Jerry Orbach, Fred Dalton Thompson and Bebe Neuwirth to explore the... more » judicial system like never before: not only from the point of view of police and prosecutors, but also the defense team, judges, jurors and the defendants themselves. This highly collectible three-disc DVD set contains all 13 original episodes of the entire series, including one never broadcast on network TV! Plus witness exciting deleted scenes, a landmark Law & Order: SVU cross-over episode starring Chris Meloni and Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay, the philosophy behind this unique show presented by the cast members, and powerful guest-star performances from Lorraine Bracco, Peter Coyote and Candice Bergen. You have the right to Law & Order: Trial by Jury!« less
Anthia R. (hepburn05) from CANBY, CA Reviewed on 10/12/2009...
I like Law and Order anyway, so this was just a different view point of the law and order series
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Marianna S. (Angeloudi) from HOLIDAY, FL Reviewed on 8/26/2008...
When this series first came out, I didn't watch it because I didn't like Bebe Neuwirth, who plays the main prosecuting attorney. However, now that I am watching the series on DVD, I love it! The stories are interesting, the quality of the color and DVDs is excellent, and I am thoroughly enjoying the series. It's great!
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Great Series that Wasn't Given Enough Time
Mr. Bey | Riverside, CT United States | 01/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a proven fact that the other three Law & Orders took time to grow into the popular shows that they are now so I was really surprised that Trial by Jury was cancelled. It also was the highest rated show to go off the air last year. Even though Jerry Orbach passed away the rest of the superb cast found ways to make the other episodes worth watching.
Law & Order: Trial by Jury was a great addition to the franchise because it was a great way to connect the shows together. There were two crossovers with Law & Order and Special Victims Unit which were excellent and I would have liked to see what the future would have brought. Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson starred as ADA's Kibre and Gaffney and Oz's Acevedo starred as D.A. Investigator Hector Salazar. Scott Cohen was brought in to replace the late Jerry Orbach and Fred Dalton Thompson rounded out the cast by continuing his role as D.A. Arthur Branch.
Trial by Jury was focused around the trial but the D.A. Investigators sometimes questioned witnesses. The questioning was similar to how Special Victims Unit had a small bit devoted to the trial. It went through all aspects of the trial and it also showed the defense for a portion of the show. Though it was a lot different than the previous three, Trial by Jury showed how change can be a good thing.
Trial by Jury was most likely cancelled because NBC really wanted an instant hit. If it had had time to grow, I think Trial by Jury would've become one of the best shows on television. The DVD set looks promising though with good special features and the Law & Order crossover episode in this set as well. This DVD is a great way to relive Trial By Jury and I highly recommend it. "
Law & Order: Trial By Jury!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 02/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With a nod to ABC's "Murder One", "Law & Order: Trial By Jury" charted bold new waters as the first Law & Order series to present its stories from the point-of-view of not only the prosecutors and investigators but also the defense attorneys, defendants, judges and jurors. This made for some very arresting television as viewers were taken through the inner workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the prosecutors' complicated process of building a case, investigating leads and preparing witnesses for trial.
After the "real" and painfully boring "Law & Order: Crime & Punishment," it was nice to see the franchise return to traditional court TV drama format with appealing actors and exciting cases expertly written by brilliant writers. Three things drew me to this series when it was first announced for a midseason run: The show's premise; Jerry Orbach's jump from Law & Order; and beautiful Amy (Third Watch) Carlson's return to series television as A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney, having memorably guest-starred on both Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Trial By Jury also starred Fred Dalton Thompson (Die Hard 2) reprising his D.A. Arthur Branch role from Law & Order; Kirk Acevedo as Lennie Briscoe's partner D.A. Investigator Hector Salazar; Scott Cohen as Detective Chris Ravell, who succeeded Briscoe after Jerry Orbach's untimely passing; and Bebe (Frasier) Neuwirth as A.D.A. Tracey Kibre. While a great cast, the real stars of the show were the writers [as with every other Law & Order series] who Dick Wolf himself constantly praised [as with every other Law & Order series], and rightfully so. Not to mention composer Mike Post for squeezing out yet another great and distinctive variation on his original "Law & Order" theme.
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury - The Complete Series" is a 3-disc (single-sided) set featuring all 13 episodes from the series. Special Features include: Bonus "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" cross-over episode "Night"; Deleted scenes from "The Abominable Showman", "Forty-One Shots", "Vigilante", and "Truth of Consequences"; "A Different Look at Law & Order" featurette with the cast.
In the criminal justice system, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty, either by confession, plea bargain, or trial by jury. These are those trials.
1. The Abominable Showman 2. Forty-One Shots 3. Vigilante 4. Truth or Consequences 5. Baby Boom 6. Pattern of Conduct 7. Bang & Blame 8. Skeleton (continuation of a Law & Order crossover) 9. The Line 10. Blue Wall 11. Day (continuation of included bonus Law & Order: SVU crossover) 12. Boys Will Be Boys 13. Eros in the Upper Eighties
By far the most interesting of the L and O spin-offs
Zander Haberstaft | Miami, Florida | 08/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Of the three spin-offs, SVU and Criminal Intent being the other two, Trial by Jury was the most interesting because it looked at aspects of the legal system and court procedure that the other spin-offs and the original L&O just couldn't go into because of time alotment. When the episode starts, the accused is usually already apprehended and then the episode is devoted to focusing on the two detectives who build up the D.A.s case while the trial or grand jury proceedings starts. The D.A.s always have an interesting interplay with the judges, witnesses, evidence, jury, and the defense team.
Trial by Jury was probably set up for failure because they only filmed 13 episodes instead of the usual 22-24. There might have been other reasons too like the cast or the fact that it was a Friday night show. Neuwirth plays a good D.A. but is given little character developement in the series. Even less character developement is given to her right hand woman Carlson who has an incredibly minor role in the first few episodes. Jerry Orbach, basically the face of the L&O enterprise, stars in two episodes. Apparently he was so ill in the "forty-one shots" episode he had to whisper in a few scenes because he couldn't talk. It goes to saying that they might have kept this show on the air soley based on if Orbach hadn't died. Acevedo plays a very tough and convincing detective. Cohen on the other hand, doesn't do that great of a job. Also, Neuwirth is given much too weighty of a role in most of the episodes.
Some of the episodes are mediocre to good but some are really quite stellar, like the one about the baby sitter accused of killing the baby. The writing is very inconsistent for the series. This is apparent when the defense side of the trial is being shown. In several cases, the defense is giving questionable advice to the accused who are telling their lawyers that they killed the person and can't let whatever evidence they left behind see the light of day. Not very convincing.
All in all, I don't think this series was really given a good chance to mature. SVU might be the best spin-off in my opinion, but I think Trial by Jury had a lot of promise and given some time to hammer out some good writing and a little better casting, this show would've stayed on the air and might have become the best spin-off. I mean you can only watch so many rapes occur on SVU before it starts to get to you. Now I don't understand why Criminal Intent (a.k.a "super cops who never loose a case or have a difficult situation arise") was kept on the air if they canceled this.
(And I hear there is some talk of bringing Trial by Jury back...)"
Trial By Jury - A Great Law & Order - tragically cut short.
The Writer | of the Great U.S.A.! | 03/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Law & Order; Trial By Jury wss a very different type of series from the previous 3 in the series, focusing mainly on the trial, rather than the criminal investigation, which is already completed, by the time these stories begin.
Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith from "Cheers") takes the reins as Assistant District Attorney Tracy Kibre, working under District Attorney Arthur Branch (Fred Dalton Thompson from "Law & Order"). The DA's Police investigators were meant to be headed in this series by Law and Order legend Jerry Orbach, reprising his role as Lennie Briscoe. Tragically, Jerry died after producing only two episodes :-( Personally, I believe it was Jerry's death that led to TBJ's cancellation. People weren't as interested anymore after his death, and the kinda flat Detective Ravell was put in to replace him.
The stories were sharp, through TBJ's 13-episode run, though one of them never made it to air. The series crossed over with the original Law & Order, when Det. Green of that series got shot, and McCoy is unavailable to prosecute, leaving it to Kibre. This crossover also featured appearances on TBJ by Dennis Farina (Det. Fontana, L&O season 15), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Van Buren, L&O), Jesse L. Martin (Det. Green, L&O), and Richard Belzer (Det. John Munch, L&O: SVU).
The series later crossed over with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, when that squad was investigating a rapist, and their ADA was violently assaulted. For Casey Novak's protection, Branch removed her as prosecutor and put Kibre on the case.
This was another excellent series that suffered the fate of good TV falling victim to these horrible reality shows. It's getting to the point where I don't even watch regular TV anymore, except for reruns of my favorite shows.
When this series gets released on DVD, I'm grabbing the first available copy, and I'll be proud to have it in my Crime Drama collection!
New info: This set includes the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode which crosses over with Trial By Jury!!!! Though it would've been nice if they'd included the original Law & Order crossover as well, we don't always get everything we want. Besides, they'll probably release the 15th season of L&O pretty soon. "Patience, you must have!""
Jerry Orbach's death and uninspired scripts doomed this show
calvinnme | 12/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Trial By Jury failed to live up to its potential. The first few episodes held out the promise of an in-depth look at how the legal system works from all angles, including the jury, but this was quickly altered to a focus on the Bebe Neuwirth character and her investigators. In effect, it became an hour-long version of the second half of the original L&O. Still, the show was interesting and entertaining, and its crossovers with other L&O shows were fun. I enjoyed Neuwirth, both her acting and her character. I wasn't put off at all by her terse manner or cynicism, and I think she had pretty good chemistry with her female sidekick. Some of the storylines did seem to be retreads of stories from other L&O shows, but if the writers could have managed to overcome that trend, and stayed true to the show's original potential, then it might have been another strong entry in the L&O franchise.
I do have to say, however, that even though I liked the show, the fact that its creativity started waning after a few episodes caused me to be less disappointed by its cancellation than I might have been. Jerry Orbach, who was intended to be a regular on the show playing Lenny Briscoe, could have been the sympathetic character this show was missing, but his worsening illness and then death put an end to those plans and probably this show. He was only able to show up during the first two episodes, and even then he looked quite ill. These days, networks aren't generally willing to give a series time to come into its own. If you don't produce ratings in the first half dozen outings, its generally cancellation time.
I'd recommend this DVD for those of us who are dyed in the wool L&O fans, but if you're not in this category, you might not really like this show that much."