'Law & Order: SVU's' Capt. Cragen retires: 12 other great cop-show bosses (plus Jim Dangle)

After 15 seasons as the boss on "Law & Order: SVU" -- and three seasons before that on the original "L&O" -- Capt. Donald Cragen is retiring.Dann Florek filmed his final scenes as Cragen on Friday (Dec. 6), capping a run of more than 400 episodes across the "Law & Order" universe. (The character is coming up against the NYPD's mandatory retirement age, the same thing that led to the exit of Richard Belzer's Detective John Munch earlier in the season.)The gruff, disapproving commander is a stock character in crime shows, but Cragen transcended those tropes over the years and joins a pantheon of truly great cop show boss characters. With due respect to predecessors like Barney Miller and Frank Furillo of "Hill Street Blues," here are our favorites since Cragen first appeared on "Law & Order" in 1990.Anita Van Buren ('Law & Order')When Florek left "L&O" after its third season, he was replaced by...


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