‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Mariska Hargitay Reveals Her Favorite Show on TV Right Now

by Anna Dunn

Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay revealed her favorite show on TV right now that isn’t her own. The actress has played Olivia Benson for over two decades. Now, the show’s about to hit another major milestone. The hit procedural is airing its 500th episode on Thursday night.

When it comes to Hargitay’s favorite show on TV right now, the actress has great taste. She’s a massive fan of HBO’s Succession. She talked about it in a recent interview with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Secrest.

“I watched two years on a Sunday and a little bit into Monday. I couldn’t stop,” she said. “My kids are like ‘Mommy I’m hungry!’ and I’m like ‘Sweetie, Not right now. Get some pop tarts. Work it out,'” she joked.

Succession is a popular series following the Logan family, who owns one of the biggest media companies in the world. Their entire world is rattled when their dad steps down. The comedy/drama is masterfully done, even for those not typically interested in shows like it.

The acting is also considered phenomenal by many. It stars Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Sara Snook, and Nicholas Braun. The show just returned with season 3.

“I watched with my mother-in-law, who I love more than life itself, and we were obsessed,” she said. Hargitay, being a major actress herself, got an opportunity to go to the screening for the premiere episode.

“I went to a screening and I had so many lines to learn the next day,” she said, “so if I’m not great in that episode you know why.”

At the screening, she had a serious fangirl moment when she saw Shiv Roy actress Sara Snook. She even joked that she’s putting it “out into the universe” that she’d love to be on the show.

Hargitay Was Scared To Watch the 500th Episode of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

The actress thankfully had the time to go to the succession premiere, but she is seriously busy. Filming for a show like Law & Order: SVU, which puts out so many episodes each year, is a ton of work. Still, the actress was nervous to watch episode 500.

“I was too nervous to watch it. I’ve been doing this show for so long and Olivia Benson is in me. But I think the idea of the 500th episode was so much pressure on me,” she said.

In the 500th episode, Hargitay worked a lot with Actor Aidan Quinn. Quinn will play someone from Olivia Benson’s past who comes back needing help on a case. Hargitay describes the experience working with him as something truly wonderful and says they both felt very “safe” with each other.

Quinn has spoken similarly about his time working with Mariska Hargitay.

The 500th episode of Law & Order: SVU airs tomorrow night at 9/8 central.