Law & Order - Season 5
Season 5 of Law & Order saw the addition of Sam Waterston to the cast as EADA Jack McCoy. Waterston would stay on as McCoy for the rest of the series and appear on the spin-offs SVU, Trial by Jury, and even sister series Homicide: Life on the Street. Dann Florek would return for a guest appearance as Captain Donald Cragen in episode 20, "Bad Faith." Carolyn McCormick was removed from the opening credits.
The fifth season would be the last for Chris Noth, whose salary became too expensive for the show. Noth was the last of the original cast from the initial pilot (filmed in 1988) to leave. Contrary to popular belief, fellow longtime cast member Steven Hill did not begin his time on the series until the premiere in 1990. In Season 5's finale "Pride" (S5E23), Logan was seen slugging a homophobic city councilman in front of news cameras and dozens of witnesses, and the episode ended with McCoy surmising Logan would be reassigned to sleepy Staten Island. An audience favorite, Noth would first return as Logan in the 1998 television film Exiled: A Law & Order Movie, and later as a regular cast member for a few seasons on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
- Detective Lennie Briscoe - Jerry Orbach
- Detective Mike Logan - Chris Noth
- Lieutenant Anita Van Buren - S. Epatha Merkerson
- Executive Assistant District Attorney Jack McCoy - Sam Waterston
- Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid - Jill Hennessy
- District Attorney Adam Schiff - Steven Hill
The following weapons were used in Season 5 of the television series Law & Order:
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Detective Lennie Brisco (Jerry Orbach), Detective Mike Logan (Chris Noth) and Lieutenant Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) are armed with Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers. Despite the NYPD having officially switched to automatic pistols on January 1st, 1994, older officers like Briscoe, Logan and Van Buren were grandfathered in and allowed to continue carrying revolvers.
Smith & Wesson Model 64
Smith & Wesson Model 64's are seen in various episodes. The S&W Model 64 was modified to meet NYPD requirements and designated as the Model NY-1 by the NYPD and was the authorized issued revolver for all officers of the NYPD who entered on to "the Job" after 1986 until the department stopped issuing revolvers and began issuing semi-automatic 9mm pistols starting around 1992.
Colt Pocket Positive
The weapon used in a shooting in "Coma" (S05E02) is a Colt Pocket Positive. It is described as a .32 caliber Colt.
Colt Detective Special
The murder weapon in "White Rabbit" (S05E05) is a first generation Colt Detective Special.
Smith & Wesson Model 10HB
Smith & Wesson Model 10s are carried by the NYPD Officers in the initial seasons of the series. The Smith & Wesson Model 10 was an authorized weapon for all NYPD officers who had entered onto the job on or prior to 1986.
Charter Arms Undercover
A Charter Arms Undercover appears in Season 5's "Wannabe" (S05E16). The gun is said to be chambered in .32 H&R Magnum, which is incorrect, since the Undercover is only chambered in .38 Special, and would therefore be the Undercoverette model, which would be chambered in .32 H&R Magnum.
The suspect in "Coma" (S05E02) owns a .32 Seecamp LWS.
Raven Arms MP-25
A Raven Arms MP-25 is seen in Season 5's "Competence" (S5E18) and is identified as such a weapon in the episode.
Smith & Wesson 61 Escort
A Smith & Wesson 61 Escort appears in the episode "Purple Heart" (S05E21).
Beretta Model 74
A Beretta Model 74 with a 3.5" barrel is seen in the episode "Pride" (S05E23).
Over and Under Shotgun
A fake suicide is staged with an Over and Under Shotgun in "Rage" (S05E13). Brisco described it a "Perazzi" and said it cost "between ten and twenty grand."