Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The amazing longevity of Law and Order, in mathematical terms

At any time of the day or night, somewhere on TV, you can find an episode of Law and Order, in one of its variations, airing on some cable channel. So I riddled myself this: How long could you continuously watch Law and Order without repeating an episode? Here is the mathematical breakdown. Prepare to be awed!
Law and Order, the original, debuted September 13, 1990. At the end of this season, 456 episodes will have aired. If you figure that each episode, minus commercials, runs about 42 minutes, that's a total of 19,152 minutes, or 319.20 hours, or 13.3 days.
Law and Order: SVU debuted September 20, 1999. At the end of this season, 248 episodes with the amazing Ice-T will have aired. That breaks down to 10,416 minutes, or 173.6 hours, or 7.23 days.
Law and Order: Criminal Intent debuted September 30, 2001, with the fab Vincent D'Onofrio. At the end of this season, 187 episodes will have aired. That equals 7,854 minutes, or 130.9 hours, or 5.45 days.
So, if you got the entire shebang on DVD, and watched them from start to finish, you could conceivably watch Law and Order nonstop for 37,422 minutes, or 623.7 hours, or 26 days.
"In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate but equally important groups: the police, who investigate the crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories." For 26 days straight. Wow.


  1. 26 days is nothing. I've seen every CSI, CSI Miami, CSI NY, NCIS & NCIS LA episode ever aired. Just be commited to having a numb butt and a lot of time on your hands and you can do it! This math breakdown makes me wonder what constructive thing I could have been doing insead of watching t.v., oh well!

  2. Donnn Donn. at the end of are their stories.. Fun facts. I'm an addict as well! :D

  3. do know I am a Criminal Intent FANATIC???..except I am leaving the show with VDO and Erbe this on Goldblum..I have found, yet again, another reason that I like you my Twitter Ally and fellow horror hound. The original Law and Order and Criminal Intent are my faves, with CI at the top of the list. I am astounded that you did that mathmatical equation and yet I should be a tad afraid of you for doing it as well right? Law and Order and it's incarnations are on Bravo, Oxygen, USA, UPN ,NBC and Sleuth. It is like CNN...always on...and THAT makes me happy : ). These are their stories....

  4. How frightening is this....??" Being that I have Criminal Intent sensor, that could be at anytime of day, for, like CNN, L&O could usually be found somewhere on the myriad of cable channels at some time of day."~ A direct quote from my Criminal Intent blog that I just noted to you on Twitter!!