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“Law & Order” Finally Canceled But Emblematic “doink doink” Sound Remains

“Law & Order” Finally Canceled But Emblematic “doink doink” Sound Remains (photo)

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NBC canceled the original “Law & Order” series in May but there was talk of AMC picking it up or it possibly returning as a TV movie. Alas, the verdict is in on Dick Wolf’s flagship series and the sentencing is final. “We were extremely disappointed that ‘Law & Order’ is not coming back for a record 21st season, but that’s business, that’s life,” Wolf told Digital Spy. “Everything on television is born under a death sentence, they just don’t tell you the day of execution.”

The show may be over, but it leaves us with that ubiquitous scene changing sound effect that is still used in all the spinoff’s. You know that kind of scary, gavel smacking sound that’s got to be the current title holder for Most Recognizable Sound on TV. Actor Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen from both the original and spinoff “SVU”) dubbed it the doink doink.

Here, say something copish like, “Congratulations, you just bought the Brooklyn Bridge from a double murderer!”* and hit play:

Celebrated TV composer Mike Post (“The A-Team,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Magnum, P.I.”) is responsible for the show’s theme song (below) and I suspect played some part in the creation of the doink doink — but it seems more a product of overly complex Foley artistry. According to IMDB the doink doink was made by combining nearly a dozen dozen sounds, “including that of a group of monks stamping on a floor.”

The latest spinoff “Law & Order: Los Angeles” debuts on NBC on September 29. Let’s see if they doink it up.

*Actual Det. Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) line.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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