Friday, February 15, 2008

The Law & Order Sound: The Doink Doink

You know you’re watching Law & Order when you hear that unmistakable sound. Dann Florek said in a commercial for the show that they call it “the doink doink.” I like that name much better than “chung chung” or some of the other names it’s been given, so doink doink it is.

The sound is usually heard when the show makes major scene change, and it’s accompanied by a black title card with white text describing the new scene. It could be my imagination, but I think in recent years they aren’t using the doink doink as much.

According to multiple sources, the sound was originally made to sound like a jail cell door slamming shut. According to, it "was created by combining close to a dozen sounds, including that of a group of monks stamping on a floor."

However they did it, it’s probably become one of the most recognizable sounds in TV history.

Enjoy the sound of the doink doink in this very short video below.

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Darla Goble said...

Do you have a link to the commercial when the cast was talking about the DOINK DOINK noise?

Chris Zimmer said...

Sadly, no. It aired on the USA Network several years back and they haven't posted it on line anywhere, at least not that I can see. I wish they would re-air it!