WATCH: ‘Law & Order’ Star Jerry Orbach Once Gave a Studio Tour of the Show and it’s Everything Fans Ever Needed

by Katie Maloney

If you’re a ‘Law & Order’ fan you need to stop what you’re doing and watch this behind-the-scenes video right now. Former star Jerry Orbach released this video, before his passing in 2004. During the video, Orbach takes fans around the set of “Law and Order.” And he does so with all the charm, and laid-back vibes Jerry Orbach was known for.

“Welcome to the precinct at ‘Law & Order'” said Orbach. He then turns to a desk in the room and adds, “This is my desk. There’s some notes and things like that.”

Orbach said that there was only one personal item that distinguished his desk from the others.

“I think the only personal item here is a pool table that somebody gave me years ago,” said Orbach. “And it’s down to eight balls where there used to be 15. Nobody knows where the other balls disappeared to.”

Most of the Walls on the Set Are Fake and Can Be Moved

Orbach then walked through the office and pointed to the ceiling.

“All these walls are moveable. If you look up, you can see a grid system just like in a theater where we can hang things from,” said Orbach. “Hang lights and hang walls. It’s a lot of fun.”

Fans are then guided down a familiar hallway.

“We can go out this hall. This is a hall we walk down quite often,” said Orbach. “It’s got the soda machine down at the end. You’re back in the precinct over there.”

But do the soda machine actually work? That’s our question.

Orbach then shares another important set with the audience.

“This is the law offices. You can see there’s a conference room over there. These are some of the lawyer’s offices, judges’ offices.

Orbach then showed fans each star’s office including Sam Waterston who played Jack McCoy and S. Epatha Merkerson who played Lieutenant Anita Van Buren. Then he headed to the head District Attorney’s office. The room was covered with wood paneling and glass windows showing off a beautiful library of books.

“And once again, it’s all sort of emptied out right now, but all these beautiful wood-paneled walls can be lifted away and moved away at any time.”

The ‘Law & Order’ Set Included a Fake Prison

“Now I’m going to show you something that we built which is pretty fancy,” said Orbach.  

Orbach leads audiences to what looks like a jail cell.

“This is our approximation of Rikers Island, which is a New York City prison,” said Orbach.

Rikers Island is a 413.17-acre island in the East River between Queens and the Bronx. It holds New York City’s main jail complex. 

“There’s a check-in desk, lockers, an interrogation room,” said Orbach. “This is where they come in and sign in before visitors are allowed.”

He then knocked on what appeared to be a concrete wall (but wasn’t) and said, “And all of this is stuff that we built. That’s not real.”

Jerry Orbach takes fans around the set of “Law & Order”