Between USA, TNT, Bravo, Cloo, and Sundance, some form of Law and Order always seems to be on some channel. Of course, if I ever get desperate, I do own the entire original series on DVD. Despite the fact that I've seen EVERY episode - many of them more than once, I still like to settle down to a good marathon - especially the odd "themed" marathons. But, I love it. Most of the time I don't even actively watch it; I just use it as background noise while I'm doing other things around the house. I like the predictability and patterns. Sometimes the outcome is a "surprise twist", but the characters still behave in the way I expect them to. And of course there's Jerry Orbach. Between the no-nonsense attitude and the pithy one-liners, he was an amazing actor.
And for anyone that only knows him as Lennie Briscoe -- Jerry had an amazing stage career for decades before Law and Order (and don't forget that killer role in Dirty Dancing), which included one of my favorite shows - "The Fantasticks". A few versions of the cast recording actually have Jerry Orbach!
I have a few back up shows for when I've reached my fill of Law and Order (temporarily, of course). Since Netflix pulled Law and Order from it's streaming lineup (blast them!), I had to find something different to watch at night. For nearly 3 years, I lulled myself to sleep with the soothing sounds of Lennie Briscoe and Jack McCoy. Suddenly, no more Law and Order on Netflix.
Instead, I watch Criminal Minds. Ironically, Mike used to think it was a terrible show, but then he watched a couple of episodes. It's no Law and Order, but it's pretty good.
Of course, today, I'm wanting something a little lighter... so I'm going with my other favorite --- The Office. I forgot how hilarious it can be.