Things You Didn’t Know About Law & Order: SVU

First premiering on September 20, 1999, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) has grown to become one of the longest-running crime dramas on primetime television. The show follows a team of detectives in New York City who specialize in sexual crimes and bring perpetrators to justice. Initially, the show starred Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay as Detective Elliot Stabler and Detective Olivia Benson, respectively. The show turned out to be a huge hit, even exceeding the original Law & Order in the ratings. So, take a look at these behind-the-scenes facts about the beloved show.

Richard Belzer Is A Busy Man

Back in 2016, Richard Belzer, who plays Detective John Munch returned to SVU after taking a two-season hiatus. However, his character isn’t originally a product of SVU. The character can be traced back to Homicide: Life on the Street and goes well beyond that.

John Munch in SVU

John Munch is the only character to be played by a single actor and has appeared on more than ten different television shows. Some of the most notable include The Wire, The X-Files, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, and more. There was even a Muppet version of John Munch which was featured in the special Law & Order: Special Letters Unit.