History Is Made: Law & Order: SVU Celebrates a Milestone
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In the criminal-justice genre, no television content has made a greater impact than Dick Wolf’s phenomenally successful Law & Order franchise for NBC, and this fall Special Victims Unit celebrates a truly remarkable milestone by becoming the longest-running prime-time live-action series in television history. The show, starring Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson of the NYPD SVU, is entering its twenty-first season, breaking the previous record, shared by Wolf’s original Law & Order and Gunsmoke. SVU is proof that even in this age of “Peak TV,” network shows can connect with viewers on a profound emotional level, while also helping to transform society. Hargitay, an Emmy and Golden Globe–winner for her portrayal of Benson, has become so deeply committed to the issues raised on SVU that she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, dedicated to ending sexual violence.
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Dick Wolf, Creator and Executive Producer
Mariska Hargitay, "Lt. Olivia Benson"; Executive Producer
Ice-T, "Sgt. Odafin Tutuola"
Kelli Giddish, "Det. Amanda Rollins"
Peter Scanavino, "Det. Sonny Carisi"
Warren Leight, Executive Producer and Showrunner
Julie Martin, Executive Producer
Moderator: Michael Starr, Television Columnist, New York Post