‘Law & Order’ Drops Perfect Pic to Describe Waiting to ‘Clock in on the Weekend’

by Joe Rutland

“Law & Order” knows how employees feel on a Friday afternoon. They’re thinking maybe the same thing. When will the weekend get here?

See, the famed NBC series thought it would be pretty cool to share a photo on Friday. Not just any photo, mind you. But one that probably accurately shows what people do on Fridays. Clock watching, waiting for the bit hand to hit that 12 and make it 5 o’clock officially.

Check this photo out from the “Law & Order” Instagram page and see if you can relate to it.

Just waiting and waiting for the time to be set free from the conditions of a workweek. Think people who work in the legal field cannot relate? Then think again.

So it’s time to put your feet up, grab a cold drink and, well, maybe even watch a “Law & Order” rerun somewhere on the TV.

‘Law & Order’ Actor Has Family Connection With Sitcom Star

Maybe we need to sit down and read this together. Actor-comedian Richard Belzer, who played Munch for 23 seasons on “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Law & Order: SVU,” has a famous cousin.

Not just any cousin, OK. We’re talking about The Fonz here.

That’s right, TV fans. Belzer is a cousin of Henry Winkler, best known for playing Arthur Fonzarelli on “Happy Days.” A lot of “Law & Order” fans have followed Belzer’s career as an actor. But in the 1970s, he was one of the top comedians in New York City. He even reportedly was the warm-up comedian for “Saturday Night Live” at one point.

That would make sense since Belzer, the “Law & Order” star, was part of the “National Lampoon Radio Hour” in that decade.

Who else was on that show? Oh, people like Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Chevy Chase. Just a lot of heavy hitters getting their comedy chops before going on to bigger things…like “Saturday Night Live.”

Yet some attention also needs to be given to his cousin, Winkler. People around the world have fallen in love with Fonzie over the decades. Winkler, who is a Yale graduate, maybe didn’t have working in a sitcom on his agenda.

Too bad. “Happy Days” made him a household name. Winkler, obviously, continues to act in movies and make occasional TV appearances, too. While he was nominated for an Emmy Award, Winkler never won one during his time on the ABC sitcom. It wasn’t until 2018 for his work on HBO’s “Barry” that he won an Emmy.

Winkler won it for playing Gene Cousineau, an acting coach. Go figure.

But there they are for you. Two cousins who have found success in different ways yet have a lot of fans of their work throughout the land of classic TV.