Law & Order: SVU

Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay

Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay | Bobby Bank/WireImage

Law & Order: SVU is an American drama part of NBC‘s Law & Order franchise. The series, TV’s longest-running primetime drama, is in its 23rd season. It was reportedly partially inspired by the 1986 “Preppy Killer” case.

The show follows the detectives of the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit, who investigate crimes that are of a sexual nature. The general format is focusing on one crime per episode, which features the investigation and the legal elements too.

Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson is the longest-running primetime drama character ever on U.S. television while co-star Ice-T’s Odafin Tutuola is the longest-running Black character on primetime TV.


  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Police procedural, Drama, Legal drama, Thriller, Mystery
  • Seasons: 23 and counting
  • First Episode Air Date: September 20, 1999
  • Current Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Tamara Tunie
  • Original Cast: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, BD Wong, Ice-T and Tammara Tunie
  • Spin-Offs: Law & Order: Organized Crime

Featured Articles:

‘Law & Order: SVU’: Kelli Giddish Was Hired As Det. Rollins After Her Season 8 Cameo Spiked Ratings


‘Law & Order: SVU’: Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni Share a Bond Not Even Their Spouses Can Understand


‘Law & Order: SVU’: Fans Reveal Whether They’d Watch the Series ‘Without’ Olivia Benson: ‘Sure, Because I Like the Premise of the Show, but I Would Miss Her!’


‘Law & Order: SVU’: Fans Weigh in on ‘How Different’ the Series Would Be Had Elliot Stabler Never Left: ‘He Definitely Would’ve Been the One to Kill Lewis’


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