So far I have the DVD series of season 1 to 13. Season 12 & 13 just aren't the same without the paring of Olivia & Stabler. They made the show! I'll have to wait until season 14 & 15, the final season come out on DVD before I can make any other judgements. Olivia just seems to act too stiff and blank with her new love interest or I should say, she doesn't seem to trust any man or find the right man. Once one gets used to the original cast, it's hard to accept the replacements. I liked Danny Pino better in Cold Case. I think I would have taken actors from Cold Case or Criminal Minds for replacements as both were also favorite shows of mine that had good actors. At least they kept Munch and Ice T. Jeremy Ratchford or Mandy Patinkin would have made good replacements! This was the only Law & Order series I really liked. I didn't like Law & Order: Criminal Intent as I didn't like the copycat manerisms of Vincent D'Onofrio who seemed to get his copycat manerisms from David Caruso's role of \"Horatio Kane\" on CSI Miami. Vincent you're not \"H,\" stop trying to act like him as only David Caruso created this image\/role.
Its chief pleasure is the acting of the big cast, notably Pacino. At 55, he has a haggard, life-wrestling beauty and a street eloquence that has more innocence than De Niro and more sincerity than Nicholson.