How many seasons of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'?

The hit NBC crime drama, one of the longest-running shows on TV, returns with Season 24 on September 22

How many seasons of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'?
A still from 'Law & Order: SVU' Season 23 (NBC)
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'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' or better known as 'Law & Order: SVU' became the longest-running series on TV after the premiere of Season 21 in 2019. A pandemic and two years later, the hit NBC crime drama returns with Season 24 this September, the news of which was announced in June earlier this year. The show will air Thursday nights along with 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' Season 3 and 'Law & Order' reboot. New episodes of the series are slated to air up to mid-May 2023.

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From what we know, Mariska Hargitay will be reprising her role as Olivia Benson in the series. Also returning are Kelli Giddish as Amanda Rollins, Ice-T as Odafin Tutuola, Peter Scanavino as Dominick Carisi, Jr, Jamie Gray Hyder as Katriona Tamin, Demore Barnes as Christian Garland, and Octavio Pisano as Joe Velasco.

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How many Seasons of 'Law & Order: SVU' are there?

Based on Law & Order by Dick Wolf, the crime drama has seen 23 seasons after its premiere in 1999. The show follows the pattern of the original 'Law & Order' where some of the episodes are loosely based on real crimes. Over the course of its two-decade-long run, the series has seen over 500 episodes and has received 91 Emmy nominations. It won 33 of them with Hargitay bagging one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2006.

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Season 24 will also see the end of Giddish's decade-long portrayal as Rollins. The actress took to Instagram to express her gratitude for the all love and support she received. "I wanted to address the chatter I’ve seen online and let everyone know that this will, indeed, be my last season on ‘Law & Order: SVU,’" she wrote. "Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the ‘Law & Order’ family for the last 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and I have as well. I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life." 

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'Law & Order: SVU' will premiere with Season 24 starting September 22 at 9 pm ET.

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