When it went off the air, "Law & Order" was poised to overtake "Gunsmoke" as the primetime scripted live-action television series with the most seasons (though not the most episodes). Instead, it was canceled after 20 seasons, and its spin-off, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," has earned that title at 23 seasons and counting.
Nicknamed the "Mothership," "Law & Order" ran from 1990 to 2010. Set in New York City and featuring stories ripped from the headlines, the show split its time between law –- the police procedural part -– and order –- the courtroom action. This simple premise made "Law & Order" very popular and spawned several spin-off series. Besides "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," there’s "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: LA," "Law & Order: Trial By Jury," "Law & Order True Crime," and "Law & Order: Organized Crime."
Season 21 of "Law & Order" features several new characters and a few returnees, keeping with the series’ penchant for changing cast members. Several colorful figures have been in the precincts and the courtrooms over the years, with their backstories and personalities playing more prominent roles over the seasons as the cast rotates out. We took a look at the characters’ traits and at astrological profiles to see where they intersect. If you want to know which character you’re most like, from passionate Aries to empathetic Pisces, here’s the "Law & Order" character you are based on your zodiac sign.
Aries: Michael Cutter
According to astrology writer Aliza Kelly at Allure, Aries, the first sign in the zodiac, is "bold and ambitious" and loves "to be number one." An Aries will take on challenges with gusto and are often "passionate, motivated, and confident leader[s]." Aries is also a fire sign with quite a temper, though their outbursts tend to be short. Kelly also notes that Aries can be self-serving and will sometimes leap before they look.
If you’re an Aries, your character is Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter (Linus Roache). Cutter’s first episode was in the Season 18 premiere "Called Home," taking over for Jack McCoy, who had become the District Attorney. Cutter and McCoy are somewhat similar -– Cutter is driven, and he tends to cut corners in order to get convictions. His Aries passion and motivation influence his desire to win his cases to the point that a little bending of the legal letter of the law is not out of bounds. Cutter differs from McCoy in that while he wants to be number one, he’s not necessarily power-hungry.
Cutter is attracted to Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana de la Garza). He will also exploit others’ personal information if it wins him a case, which causes issues with Rubirosa and Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson). Rubirosa forgives him, but Van Buren is beyond peeved that he violates her trust. As an Aries, he leaps in and hopes for forgiveness instead of asking for permission.
Taurus: Rey Curtis
Taurus is represented in the zodiac by the bull and is popularly thought to be a stubborn cuss. According to Kelly in Allure, though, "Taureans enjoy relaxing in serene, bucolic environments." Think Ferdinand the bull sitting under his tree, enjoying the flowers rather than charging someone who accidentally walked into his meadow. Taureans are also "ambitious, focused, and resilient," as well as hard-working and dedicated. It’s that dedication that leads others to find them obstinate, however.
If you’re a Taurus, your character is Junior Detective Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt), who first showed up on "Law & Order" in the Season 6 episode "Bitter Fruit" as Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe’s (Jerry Orbach) new partner. Like Executive Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Stone (Michael Moriarty), Curtis is a devout Catholic. He’s also a wee bit stubborn. Curtis tends to see everything in black and white because of his strict morality, which causes some friction in his work with Briscoe. Curtis, however, is a generally calm person who infrequently loses his temper, though when he does as he did, in "Savages," he has a good reason, as the person he’s interrogating is a suspected cop killer.
Curtis’ Catholic worldview leads him to believe that because he cheated on his wife once, her being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is God’s retribution against him. Fortunately, his friendship with Briscoe helps soften his obstinacy in this view and in his work, and he eventually retires to care for his wife.