It doesn’t get any more iconic than the “Law & Order: SVU” opening theme music. Even people unfamiliar with the show are bound to recognize the tune.
Tragically, however, there are those out there who opt to mute it or, worse yet, skip over it entirely. The official Twitter account of “Law & Order” was blissfully unaware of this demographic. Until today, that is.
The show’s official Twitter account was shocked at the discovery. They went so far as to include a GIF of Amanda Rollins actress Kelli Giddish expressing sheer disbelief.
The tweet hilariously claimed that “Law & Order” “just found out” about the people who skip the opening theme. In fairness, the music is one of the most electric parts of the show. It sets the tone for the entire episode following the cold open and has remained virtually unchanged since “Law & Order: SVU” first aired in 1999.
The iconic music, together with the intense narration before the show’s cold opens is the perfect recipe for a procedural that has withstood the test of time. For reference, the opening theme sequence is included below.
A close second to the music itself is the narration that has characterized the “Law & Order” franchise since 1990. Of course, the “Law & Order: SVU” narration differs slightly from the original show. But the concept remains the same.
“In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories,” each episode begins.
It’s hard to top the “Law & Order: SVU” opening sequence. But now, services like Amazon Prime allow viewers to skip opening themes with a single click. And people are running with it.
‘Law & Order: SVU’ Gears Up for Season 23
That opening theme music has a lot of mileage on it. Apparently, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Premiering in 1999, “Law & Order: SVU” is now the longest-running show in a prime-time slot ever. That’s excluding animated series.
And it certainly looks like fan-favorite series lead, Olivia Benson actress Mariska Hargitay plans on sticking around. She’s been with the show since it began in 1999 and isn’t taking anything for granted.
“I’m engaged and excited and still very much in it. As actors, we’ve seen so many shows get canceled and we’re in love with them and we don’t understand. So we don’t even dare to dream. We have to protect ourselves. So 21 years ago, I never in a million years would have dared to dream,” Hargitay told The Hollywood Reporter in 2019.