Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (often abbreviated to Law & Order: SVU or just SVU) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, episodes are often “ripped from the headlines” or loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R) originally centered almost exclusively on the detectives of the Special Victims Unit in a fictional version of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. As the series progressed, additional supporting characters were added as allies of the detectives in the New York County Manhattan District Attorney’s office (known as advisers from the Sex Crimes Bureau) and the Medical Examiner’s office.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including the 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Mariska Hargitay, the first, and to date only, Emmy to be received by a regular on any Law & Order series. It is the current longest running scripted non-animated U.S. primetime TV series since the cancellation of the original Law & Order on May 24, 2010 and is the fourth-longest running scripted U.S. primetime TV series on a major broadcast network.
Law & Order: SVU TV Show Information
- Channel: NBC
- First Aired: September 20, 1999
- Episode length: 40-44 minutes
- Number of Seasons: 19
- Created by: Dick Wolf
- Actors: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Michelle Hurd, Stephanie March, Ice-T
- Genre: Police procedural, Legal drama, Thriller
How To Watch Law & Order: SVU
There are several different ways to watch Law & Order: SVU without cable. This TV show was aired on NBC. To find which online TV streaming services have NBC as part of their channel lineup you can read our streaming services review. You can use a streaming service to watch on-demand or on live television.
It is also possible to buy on Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, PlayStation, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW as a download or rent it on Microsoft Store online. Below are our top choices to watch Law & Order: SVU.
Stream Law & Order: SVU With Hulu
Hulu is both a live TV streaming service and an on-demand streaming service. You can either watch this show live as it airs or you can watch the most recent season and episodes on-demand. Plans begin at $40/month. To learn more about this service read our Hulu review.
Live Stream Law & Order: SVU With DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is a live TV streaming service. Subscribers of the base package get access to NBC in most markets. With this streaming service, you can watch Law & Order: SVU live as it airs on TV. Plans start at $35/month and include 60+ channels. There are no annual contracts or cumbersome satellite dishes. To learn more about this service read our DIRECTV NOW review.
Watch Law & Order: SVU With Sling TV
Sling TV is a live TV streaming service. You can watch this show live as it airs or you can watch it on-demand. NBC comes standard in most viewing markets on the base channel package which starts at $20. The good news is that Sling TV regularly offers free devices if you prepay a few months. To learn more about this service read our Sling TV review.
Watch How I Met Your Mother On-Demand With Netflix
Netflix is an on-demand streaming service. Netflix lets you binge-watch entire seasons of Law & Order: SVU. This is the least expensive way to catch this amazing TV show as plans begin at $7.99/month. To learn more about this service read our Netflix review.
Which Devices Stream Law & Order: SVU
This TV show can be found on just about any streaming device on the market. Here are some of the top devices that can be used to access one of the services that carry Law & Order: SVU. To learn more click on the icons below or read our streaming device guide.