According to a recent poll Looper conducted with over 600 Law & Order fans in the United States, approximately 19.58% believe that Jesse L. Martin’s Detective Ed Green is the show’s least likeable character. Ed was followed by Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy at 15.70%, then Elizabeth Rogers (Leslie Hendrix) at 14.24%, Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) at 13.43%, Mike Logan (Chris Noth) at 13.11% , Anita Van Buren (S.Epatha). Merkerson) with 12.46% and finally Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) with 11.49%.
It’s possible that many fans didn’t really like Detective Green because of the way he worked. Green often deals aggressively with suspects, drawing his gun on them without warning and attempting to get them to confess without reading them their Miranda warning. Throughout his tenure, Green also murdered someone, although it turned out to be in someone else’s defense. Despite this, Green kept secrets from the police and prosecutors and almost ended up in prison. Instead, he left the force during the season 18 episode “Burn Card.”
Martin apparently teased Detective Green’s return on Season 21 of Law & Order in February this year during an interview with The Talk, though it never came to fruition. Season 22 has officially been renewed (over deadline), so it could still happen – to the apparent dismay of some fans.