Law and Order says goodbye to Sam Waterston tonight! You won't want to miss his last episode (Here's how to watch)

LAW & ORDER -- Season:23 -- Pictured: Sam Waterston as DA Jack McCoy -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)
LAW & ORDER -- Season:23 -- Pictured: Sam Waterston as DA Jack McCoy -- (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC) /

We've been on a long road with Sam Waterston as DA Jack McCoy on Law and Order. The star has been with the series since 1994 when he stepped into the role of Executive Assistant District Attorney in the show's fifth season premiere, "Second Opinion." Now he's closing out his run with over 400 episodes on the show under his belt.

If you're looking to watch his farewell episode, "Last Dance," tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, here's everything you need to know about what's set to happen and how to watch if you can't watch live or you've cut the cord.

What is Sam Waterston's last Law and Order episode about?

The case of the week will involve a murder investigation. A woman was killed in Central Park and there are two suspects the evidence points to, a street vendor and a tech billionaire. Both suspects are known frequenters of that area of the park. The class divide between the two is likely to be a hot button issue in "Last Dance," as TVLine reports McCoy will be facing off against extreme political pressure that leads him to take drastic action.

It does sound like Law and Order viewers are in for an intense episode with a great case to be Waterston's send off. As it will mark his exit, however, one does wonder how McCoy will be leaving his post as the District Attorney but don't expect Tony Goldwyn to step in as DA in tonight's episode or this month. The outlet also reports his character, Nicholas Baxter, will make his debut on March 14. Goldwyn shared pictures from set after he wrapped his first episode.

Stream Law and Order's "Last Dance" online

If you can't watch Waterston's last episode directly on NBC, there are at least three ways you can view Law and Order online. Let us break them down for you.

NBC's website

In order to make use of this platform to watch live, you'll need a TV provider user ID and password. However, also lets users tune into new episodes of Law and Order the day after they air. At 6 a.m. ET on Fridays, new episodes release on the site for your viewing pleasure. This is the most cost effective viewing option for fans who haven't cut the cord.

Streaming TV provider

For cord cutters who use streaming TV providers, platforms like Fubo TV and Hulu + Live TV do carry NBC as a channel. But this option does mean that you'll need to watch live or use the service's DVR capabilities in order to watch the episode the following day. Unless, of course, your streaming TV provider is on the list of providers that accepts a user ID and password for such as Hulu, Sling TV, DirecTV stream, etc.


Like most streamers, Peacock is tiered so your ability to watch "Last Dance" live, if you have a subscription, will depend on your plan. If you're under Premium ($5.99/month), you'll have to wait until Friday at 6 a.m. ET to watch. But if you're under Premium Plus ($11.99/month), you'll be able to stream the episode live.

Don't miss Sam Waterston's last Law and Order episode airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC!