The first season was marked by its gritty feel and by an amazing cast of characters, each hitting the nail on the head with their portrayals of cops and prosecutors. My personal favorites have always been Chris Noth's cynical detective Mike Logan and Michael Moriarty's (one of the most underrated actors of our time) contemplative prosecutor Ben Stone. That being said, no one on this cast left anything behind as they all truly put up great performances week after week as they performed in shows that were loosely (and of course, coincidentally) based on such real life events as the Menendez brothers trial, abortion clinic bombings, New York (Teflon) gangsters and many more.
This series had long-ago developed a great following, one which has greatly increased in the past few years. I remember staying up late myself to watch repeats on A&E at midnight, and then setting my alarm to watch that same episode re-air at 3:00AM. That's one of the reasons that this DVD set is so appreciated. You can watch these episodes over and over again and keep finding them challenging. Even if you manage to know them well enough to turn down the sound and lip-sync them yourself, you'll want to come back for the great performances. The first season also featured some interesting guest appearances including Cynthia Nixon (Subterranean Homeboy Blues), Courtney B. Vance (By Hooker By Crook), Samuel L. Jackson (The Violence of Summer) and Christine Baranski (The Torrents of Greed (parts I & II)
DISC 1: Prescription for Death, Subterranean Homeboy Blues, Special Features
DISC 2: The Reaper's Helper, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, Happily Ever After, Everybody's favorite Bagman (original series pilot)
DISC 3: By Hooker By Crook, Poison Ivy, Indifference, Prisoner of Love
DISC 4: Out of the Half-Light, Life Choice, A Death in the Family, The Violence of Summer
DISC 5: The Torrents of Greed (part I), The Torrents of Greed (part II), Mushrooms, The Secret Shares
DISC 6: The Serpent's Tooth, The Troubles, Sonata for Solo Organ, The Blue Wall