‘Law & Order’: How Many Times Did ‘SVU’ Icon Mariska Hargitay Appear on Original Show?

by Matthew Memrick
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Do you remember “Law & Order: SVU” actress Mariska Hargitay on the original show back in 2005?

Well, the 57-year-old Hargitay also appeared in two other episodes back in 2000. She’s been in 23 seasons on “Law & Order: SVU,” and probably there’s more in store for her future.

Maybe you remember the actress from her 13 episodes on “ER,” another big NBC franchise back in 1997-1998.

Hargitay’s Husband A Star On “Law & Order: SVU” 

Here’s a good trivia questions for you. How many SVU episodes has Hargitay hubby Peter Hermann appeared in? The answer is 33.

Over the weekend, Hargitay professed some love for Hermann, and her 2.4 million followers shared in the moment. The couple was married in 2004.

She shared a few photos, including a selfie of the two together, and captioned it: “Grateful for this guy and this crazy beautiful day.”

Over 143,000 people liked the post on Saturday.

Hermann, who Hargitay said she first met on a 2002 episode, plays a defense attorney who often crossed paths with the “Law & Order: SVU” officers. Notably, Hermann was on the special 500th episode celebration in October.

Hermann first played Langan on a Jan. 2, 2002, episode. The late John Ritter played a psychiatrist who ripped his unborn baby out of his wife’s body. Ritter believed his wife was having an affair and that the baby belonged to another man.

Before that episode, showrunner Warren Leight added an essential detail to Hermann’s post celebrating Hargitay’s show feat. Leight said the title of the show was Monogamy. The couple has three children.

Music Video Life For Hargitay

Recently, Mariska Hargitay starred in Grace Gaustad’s “93 Days” video. According to People magazine, the 19-year-old’s song is about getting help and healing from trauma. Hargitay is seen as a therapist listening to Gaustad in the video.

Both women talked about the song, and Gaustad spoke about growing up on “Law & Order: SVU” episodes. She called Hargitay a “real-life superhero on-screen” in her portrayal of Detective Olivia Benson.

Hargitay liked that Gaustad’s song and music fit in “seamlessly” with her work on the hit NBC show. “Law & Order: SVU” often addresses complex topics about trauma. Gaustad’s song also fell in line with Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, supporting survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. It also works to end the rape kit backlogs of police departments. 

Over the years, Hargitay’s done her fair share of music videos. She played Justice on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video.

But go back to 1984 when the “Law & Order: SVU” star was the eye candy who drove around with “Walking Dead” actor Jeff Kober in country music star Ronnie Millsap’s “She Likes My Car” music video. What? Don’t you remember that? The song hit No. 84 on the Billboard Top 100 list that year.

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