Written by Gregory Wright. Media by Paul Anderson.
The original Law and Order first premiered on September 13, 1990 with great critical and audience praise. Law and Order’s spin off, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, premiered on September 20, 1999 with the same critical and audience praise. Through the years, the show has only got better with age just like a fine wine.
Law and Order: SVU centers around Manhattan’s Special Victim’s Unit. SVU deals with sex crimes and kidnappings. The original cast included: Christopher Meloni, who would later appear in the television shows True Blood, OZ, and the short lived Surviving Jack. Meloni was on the show from 1999-2011 and played Detective Elliot Stabler. Mariska Hargitay played Detective Olivia Benson and Richard Belzer was casted as Detective John Munch from 1999-2014. Belzer has since left the show but does guest appearances. The only original cast member left on the current cast is Mariska Hargitay, who is the strong female center. The current cast includes: Mariska Hargitay, Danny Pinto, who plays Detective Nick Ammaro, Ice-T, who plays Detective Fin Tutuola, and Kelli Giddish, who plays Detective Amanda Rollins.
Law and Order: SVU is a voice to those who have been sexually assaulted or abused. The show focuses on sex crimes but also tackles issues of hate crimes, domestic abuse, and kidnappings. In the past, crimes such as rape, molestation and incest have been taboo subjects that were too shameful for victims to talk about. However, with the popularity of the show, the victims now have the courage to speak up and seek help and justice. The show’s likeability, strength and realism heighten the subject matter. As the seasons continue, the audience is stuck on the gripping storyline. We want to see the bad guys get put away and the victims get justice and retribution.
The original Law and Order introduced America to its signature Da-Dumm, that heavy metallic clanking that is instantly recognizable. Law and Order’s signature theme song has gone through some transitions and made its way over to its SVU spin off. The main tune remains the same but has its own flavor added to it. SVU’s theme song is like the Dallas theme song, always memorable and always a fan favorite. What episode would be complete without its Da- Dumm sound?
Law and Order SVU has been nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Golden Globe nominee, Mariska Hargitay, was nominated twice, once in 2005 and 2009, and won in 2005. Later, in 2006, Hargitay won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in SVU. SVU is an Emmy favorite for its Outstanding Guest Actress nominations, which include: Ann-Margaret, who won for her appearance in 2010, Ellen Burstyn, who won for appearance in 2009, Carol Burnett, Cynthia Nixon and other notable strong female actresses.
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit will premier on September 24, 2014 at 8 p.m., set your DVR’s. SVU enthralls readers with its characters, storylines, and its pursuit for justice.
*Video from Law & Order: SVU*