‘Law & Order’ Officially Ends the Debate Over Its Iconic Title Card Sound

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca TV)

Let’s ask you today’s Outsider trivia question, which doesn’t exist. How many of you out there have heard the title sound from “Law & Order”?

Go ahead and raise your hands. The long-running franchise, headed up by creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, has a rather distinct rhythm to it.

We bet you have had some bar best on how that “Law & Order” sound is spelled. So, who tossed in “dang-dang”? What about “chang-chang”? Then someone might have pitched “boom-boom” as an answer.

‘Law & Order’ Solves Deep Mystery Of That Dang Sound We All Hear

Well, Outsiders, that curiosity has finally been quenched. We would like to direct your eyes right below this paragraph as you will be able to see the correct answer.

No, it is not from us. Wolf Entertainment, the parent company of the “Law & Order” franchise, offered the final answer. Check it out.

Finally, that’s the way you spell it out. Heaven knows how many episodes of “Law & Order” and its spin-off shows have that title card in them.

That makes sense because you’d want to have a semblance of cohesion between one show to another.

The original “Law & Order” with Jerry Orbach, Angie Harmon, and Sam Waterston is no longer on NBC. It does live in the magnificent world of reruns. Two shows, “SVU” and “Organized Crime,” are still carrying the franchise flag on Thursday nights.

‘SVU’ Season Opener Already Puts Benson To A Critical Test

Sometimes, the “Law & Order” shows still on NBC might pace themselves as a new season kicks off.

Nope, that’s not the case for “SVU.” Outsiders, Sergeant Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, is getting tested from the get-go. She and Ice-T, who plays Sergeant Odafin “Fin” Tutuola, return this season.

We took a look at a synopsis for the season premiere. It said that Benson will butt heads with Deputy Chief Christian Garland, played by Demore Barnes, over a case.

The synopsis said, “As the investigation into a sex-for-housing scheme expands, Benson’s loyalty to Garland is tested. Rollins and Carisi try to keep their witnesses on board when a powerful congressman is identified as a suspect.”

No other details have been released about that season opener or the entire season.

Based on past experience, though, don’t bet on Benson just resting. Show fans know she gets down to business. Expect that from Hargitay’s character this season, too.

There also is the ongoing romantic energy between Benson and her old partner, Detective Elliot Stabler. Christopher Meloni returned to the “Law & Order” family last season in the debut of “Organized Crime.” Both shows air back-to-back on Thursday nights, making it easy for crossover episodes.

Be on the lookout, Outsiders, to see if they cross paths this season.