Christopher Meloni delighted fans by making a return to his iconic character of Elliot Stabler in “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Meloni appeared in Season 22 of “SVU” after more than a decade away from his former show to set up the premiere of “Organized Crime.”
Now, months removed from the first season finale, fans who missed out on the action have one question. Where can you catch up on the NBC crime drama?
Those who missed Detective Elliot Stabler going head to head with Richard Wheatley (Dylan McDermott) over the first eight episodes of “Law & Order: Organized Crime” are in luck. Folks without access to NBC have a few streaming options available to them.
At the time of writing, Hulu and NBC’s streaming platform Peacock are carrying Season 1 of “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Beyond that, those with subscriptions to YouTubeTV and Fubo TV should also have access to the new show. Otherwise, Sling TV requires a premium subscription for the privilege. And of course, individual episodes are available for purchase through services like Apple TV or Amazon Prime Video.
An expanded Season 2 is in production right now. It’s expected to premiere sometime late this September. So fans still have plenty of time to catch up on Stabler’s exploits after returning to the NYPD amidst personal tragedy. And based on Season 1, which enjoyed the most-viewed premiere of any network drama in two-plus years, the show has a bright future ahead.
“Law & Order: SVU” will also be returning for its 23rd season with Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson in the lead role. NBC originally had a new “Law & Order” concept called “For the Defense” in the works for the Fall lineup. But the network recently announced that it wouldn’t move forward with the show.
What Sets ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ Apart from Its Predecessors
Executive producer Dick Wolf has pioneered more than a handful of “Law & Order” titles over the years. His track record speaks for itself. But getting Christopher Meloni back into the fold was no easy task. It took a fair amount of convincing.
“It’s literally completely different storytelling. They’re going to be really bad guys that give Chris a constant source of energy, of outrage… and a different way of pursuing criminals,” Wolf said of the show. “It really gets inside both your protagonist and your antagonist. All you have to do is look at the casting in the first episode and realize that this in not episodic casting. We are shooting for bigger game.”
It was this fresh approach that motivated Meloni to reprise his long-standing role of Detective Stabler.
I liked the idea of a recognizable character in an unrecognizable landscape,” he said. “The [NYPD] environment has changed, as has Stabler’s place in it. He has to grapple with and evolve on lots of issues,” Meloni told TV Insider in March.