Why ‘Law & Order’ Fans Are Coming Around on Canceled Spinoff ‘Trial by Jury’

by Madison Miller

Fans of the “Law & Order” universe are laying down the law on one of the spin-offs in the franchise (dun dun).

The massive franchise has created its own universe full of murder, crime, deceit, and drama through a number of different spin-off series. That includes the two most popular programs, “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

Overall Unpopularity of ‘Law & Order’ Spin-Off

Both series have been able to unify shows of the franchise, as well as give them an individual fanbase as well. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” was pretty popular as well and ran for a total of 10 seasons. The original series is also being revived, including new and original members, on NBC in 2022.

While most of the spin-offs have done well, what is TV without an outlier or two?

One spin-off was so unpopular it was canceled only 11 weeks into its run. “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” was so disliked, some fans argue it may have taken away some of the esteem from the regular series. The show completely changed around the structure of all things normal in the franchise.

Instead of being half on the streets, half in the courtrooms, “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” existed only in the bustling courtrooms, much to some viewers’ disdain.

At the time, Variety called it “nuance- and suspense-free,” yikes. Also, it was competing with “NUMB3RS,” which was airing at the time on CBS. It proceeded to eat away at the competition. “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” did have something going for it.

It included Jerry Orbach‘s final performance as his very popular role as Lennie Briscoe. If the show was on at a different time, perhaps it may have had more success.

Fans Opinion on ‘Law & Order: Trial by Jury’

While some people don’t like “Law & Order: Trial by Jury,” others stand by the short-lived program. Although, there’s not really a whole lot of content to stand behind as it is.

“I cannot express enough my love for this short-lived spinoff and how much I encourage fans of the franchise to watch it, especially considering most haven’t even heard of it! honestly, it’s my favorite of the series. Bebe Neuwirth was amazing as the lead and there were some really neat legal twists,” wrote one user on the “Law & Order” subreddit.

Many fans wish that it would have lasted a bit longer as well just to see where it would have gone.

“Tracey Kibre [Neuwirth’s character] puts Jack McCoy [Sam Waterston] to shame and looks damn good doing it,” wrote one person.

The notion that the show “ruined” the franchise, which we’ve heard on occasion, doesn’t have much backing at all. Given the success of “SVU” and “Organized Crime,” ruined is far from accurate.