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The women of 'Law & Order'

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  • 'Law & Order' stars S. Epatha Merkerson, Elisabeth Rohm and Jill Hennessy visit Showbiz Tonight
  • The actresses salute 'Law & Order' and its commitment to strong female characters

Yes, Detective Lennie Briscoe, EADA Jack McCoy, Detective Ed Green ,and DA  Adam Schiff were great. But the driving force of the original "Law & Order" was its amazing female characters.

This month, women's entertainment network We TV started highlighting those amazing cops and lawyers with nightly marathons featuring the ladies of "Law & Order." And today, three actresses who played "L&O's" most memorable characters stopped by SBT to reminisce about their time on that TV classic.

S. Epatha Merkerson, who played Lt. Anita Van Buren, tells Showbiz Tonight her nearly 20 years on the show were absolutely special. "The fact that it was in New York, the fact that it was well-written, the fact that there were great actors from the city -- all of those components made it an absolute dream of a job," she says.

Elisabeth Rohm, who played ADA Serena Southerlyn, tells Showbiz Tonight that "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf and NBC were determined to feature strong female characters. "I think the show's had a history of... encouraging the women who are playing these roles to be powerful and still be sexy and feminine and not give that up either."

Jill Hennessy, who played ADA Claire Kincaid, agrees. "It was nice to see female roles written incredibly with such strength, with such power and knowledge."

But while they look back fondly on their years on "Law & Order," do these women ever get sick of hearing that infamous "Doink! Doink!" sound effect that's the show's trademark? Fortunately for us, they waved their right to remain silent on that and other juicy "L&O" tidbits. Watch Showbiz Tonight tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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