Hour-long special goes behind the scenes and examines what makes SVU such an enduring and beloved series

With appearances by Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Christopher Meloni, Jamie Gray Hyder, Raúl Esparza, Stephanie March, Tamara Tunie, Warren Leight, Julie Martin, and more!

Special Rebroadcast Tuesday, Jan. 7 on USA Network at 10:00 pm ET/PT

Celebrating the longest-running prime-time drama in television history, The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 10:00 pm ET/PT on USA Network.
Law & Order: SVU, created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, aired its first episode on Sept. 20, 1999, and features the longest-running prime-time drama character, Olivia Benson, played by Emmy Award–winner Mariska Hargitay. In total, Hargitay has been Emmy-nominated eight times, winning in 2006. She is also a Golden Globe Award–winner, taking home a trophy in 2005.
“We thank the Paley Center and NBC for making this special acknowledging SVU’s historic twenty-first season,” Wolf said. “We’re excited for viewers to see this retrospective, which chronicles over two decades of groundbreaking television.”
“Since 1999, SVU has made remarkable social impact through emotional and skillful storytelling,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re honored to partner with NBC to present fans with this special behind-the-scenes look at this historic series.”
With the series now in its record-breaking twenty-first season, it’s time to go back to the beginning, take a look behind the scenes and hear from the stars, creators and crew members who have brought incredibly impactful stories to life week after week. The special also includes many of the most memorable scenes and features interviews with some of the famous guests who have stopped by to take part in the show.
Law & Order: SVU has had a remarkable social impact. The series has received numerous accolades for its handling of very sensitive issues and Hargitay has taken her onscreen work offscreen, founding the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to help victims of sexual abuse.
SVU won the Imagen Foundation Award in 2015 for Best Primetime Program, recognizing the positive portrayal of Latinos in media. The series was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012. Fourteen episodes of SVU were nominated for the Prism Award and six have won, recognizing their accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness. Four episodes have been nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding representation of the LGBTQ community, and the show was honored with eleven Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations and two wins for Best Television episode.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a Wolf Entertainment production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer. Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Mariska Hargitay, Norberto Barba, Arthur Forney, and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.
The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU will be produced by The Paley Center for Media in association with Brady Lachman Productions. Maureen J. Reidy, Brad Lachman, and Diane Lewis will executive produce. Bill Bracken will co-executive produce.