‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ or ‘Law & Order: SVU’ as it is commonly known is an American police procedural crime drama television series that airs on the NBC network. Created by Dick Wolf, the show follows detectives of the Special Victims Unit of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) as they solve crimes of a violent and sexual nature.
The idea for the show came to Wolf’s mind after the infamous “Preppie Killer” case of 1986, in which one Robert Chambers pleaded guilty to manslaughter after 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled to death in a half-naked state. While Chambers, who had been dating Levin, had initially deflected questions about Levin’s death, he later claimed that he had accidentally strangled the 18-year-old while they were having consensual rough sex in New York City’s Central Park. The case, understandably, became a media circus, and deeply affected and inspired Wolf, who even went on to write an episode in the ‘Law & Order’ series called “Kiss the Girls and Make them Die”, based on the Preppie Killer case. Yet, only one episode did not satisfy Wolf’s desire to delve further into crimes of passion and into the minds of the criminals who are involved in such cases. Thus, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ was born.
The second series in Wolf’s ‘Law & Order’ franchise, Season 1 of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ premiered two decades back on September 20, 1999, and since then, the show has seen a whopping 20 seasons air, equalling the 20 season runs of ‘Law & Order’ (1990-2010) and ‘Gunsmoke’ (1955-1975).
Season 20 of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ premiered on September 27, 2018, and is slated to run till May 23, 2019. Now, in what comes as brilliant news for fans of the show, NBC has announced that ‘Law & Order: SVU’ will be returning with a record-breaking Season 21, which will see it becoming the longest-running primetime live-action show in the history of American television. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming season.
Law & Order: SVU Cast: Who is in it?
Given the fact that ‘Law & Order: SVU’ has run for two decades, there have been numerous changes to its cast. Over the years, the show has seen several major cast members like Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, and BD Wong drop out, among others.
However, one person who has remained a constant from Season 1 is Mariska Hargitay, who plays the role of Olivia Benson, a detective in the 16th Precinct SVU who eventually rises to the rank of lieutenant. Another person who has been a constant in the show since Season 2 is Ice-T in the role of Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, a detective in the SVU who later rises to the rank of sergeant.