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Law & Order is back in a big way this year, with new seasons for its main series and spinoff shows on NBC, as well as the first-ever international installment, which is set in Canada. When and how can you watch them?
Alongside NCIS, Law & Order remains one of the most enduring series (now a franchise) that North American network TV has ever produced. In spite of all the competition in the police procedural and legal drama space, Law & Order is still going strong after more than 30 years and spawning equally successful spinoff shows. What's next for the many series currently active? Find out below.
When are new Law & Order season 23 episodes airing?
The original Law & Order series returned for season 23 in January 2024, and is airing new episodes every Thursday at 8pm ET on NBC. The show is expected to have 13 episodes this season, about 10 fewer than usual.
When are new Law & Order: SVU season 25 episodes airing?
The longest-running live-action TV spinoff in US history is also back for season 25 on NBC, and is currently airing new episodes every Thursday at 9pm ET, right after the parent Law & Order series. The all-new season also started in January 2024.
When are new Law & Order: Organized Crime season 4 episodes airing?
Likewise, the much younger spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime follows the other two shows and airs its episodes at 10pm ET every Thursday, following the SVU series and completing NBC's Law & Order block for that day of the week. It started its season 4 run in January 2024 too.
When is the Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent release date?
Meanwhile, the new spinoff series Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent is debuting on Thursday, February 22, at 8pm ET. Unlike the other Law & Order shows, it'll air on Citytv instead.
Where can I watch the Law & Order series?
Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Organized Crime air their new episodes exclusively on NBC. You can, however, stream past seasons in a number of streaming services, such as NBCUniversal's Peacock.
As for Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent, catch its season 1 premiere and the following episodes on Citytv. Additional distribution plans haven't been shared yet.
What is Law & Order about?
The original Law & Order (1990) originally ended its 20-season run on 2010, but was revived in 2022 with a 21st season. It typically follows a two-part approach where the first half-hour is the investigation of a crime and the second half is the prosecution of the defendant. While there have been recurring actors over the years, the show is famous for keeping its cast fresh and ever-evolving.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) is differentiated from the parent series in that it delves into the darker side of the New York underworld, investigating and prosecuting various sexually oriented crimes and domestic violence.
Law & Order: Organized Crime (2021) follows a single-arc structure that plays out over several episodes. It's centered on the SVU character Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a veteran detective that returns to the NYPD following his wife's murder and joins the Organized Crime Task Force.
Last but not least, Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent is more of a 'psychological thriller' wrapped in the familiar criminal investigation format, following an elite squad of detectives who are investigating high-profile crimes and corruption in the city of Toronto, Canada.
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