Every now and then, whenever a significant case hits the country, the writers of the Law & Order franchise will derive inspiration from real-life events. Whether a particularly complex crime or a crucial police mistake, the shows try to incorporate those characteristics that fans can recognize.
In the past, the Law & Order universe has covered headline cases like the Zodiac Killer, Aileen Wuornos and the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. During these episodes, the law enforcement teams investigate crimes that largely have the same nature as the real-life inspirations. Of course, they try to change several other main components to make them fit into the show’s storylines. This also helps avoid any insensitive adaptations that may affect the victims’ families.
Within the past few years, we’ve experienced a slew of nationally known cases. As a result, Law & Order fans are wondering which ones their favorite franchise will incorporate into the show. They took to Reddit to discuss which cases they would like to see the show tackle. They also discussed how they believe the characters would have acted differently than real-life law enforcement.
“Which real life cases would you like to see tackled in Season 21” the author of the post asked. “They will probably do one based on the Alec Baldwin movie shooting. As well as The Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, The Tiger king case, The Making a Murder (Steven Avery) case and the Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito case among many others.”
One Fan Makes Unusual Request for New ‘Law & Order’ Episodes
Suggestions from other users included the Kyle Rittenhouse case, the Gabby Petito case, the Murdaugh murders and the George Floyd case. All of these cases occurred within the past two years and have received substantial national media coverage.
“Definitely the Gabby Petito case,” one Law & Order fan requested. “No way would Jack Mccoy let Brian Laundri’s [sic] parents remain silent for so long .”
Another agreed, “Oh yeah jack would of (sic) arrested there (sic) asses for obstruction, hindering prosecution aiding and abetting jack would pull all the stops to hold them responsible in the absence of Brian.”
However, not all Law & Order fans look forward to these reality-inspired episodes. In fact, one fan opted for purely fictional cases in the future for the sake of better plotlines.
“I’d rather see NO real life cases,” the viewer wrote. “Those ‘ripped from the headlines’ ones are always flat because they require so little creativity from the writers.”
Another unusual request focused on “true crime media” and how the Law & Order teams would react to the trend.
“In the vein of Making a Murderer (and Serial), it would be interesting to see them tackle the ways that modern true crime media (streaming, podcasts) impact cases,” the fan wrote.