The Only Spinoff SVU Fans Would Accept Once the Show Is Done With

The Only Spinoff SVU Fans Would Accept Once the Show Is Done With
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We need some fresh blood.


  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is currently the longest-running NBC procedural, surpassing even the original Law & Order series.
  • Although the show has been renewed for Season 26, fans are worried about its possible cancellation if Mariska Hargitay were to leave the production.
  • Luckily, there is still a chance to save the idea of the show through the spinoff.

At this point, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Mariska Hargitay are almost synonymous, as one cannot exist without the other. While Hargitay will likely be fine career-wise once the show is over, SVU will not survive a single season without its 25-year-old leading lady on set.

While some fans feel that the show that has lasted so long can just wrap it up and become a nice distant memory, others want it to reinvent itself in a different version. And considering how much NBC makes off of Dick Wolf's franchises, that is a very realistic possibility.

Does SVU Have a Spinoff?

Even though the spinoff to a spinoff isn't a very popular concept, Law & Order: SVU, which is now so popular that it almost stands alone next to the whole bunch of other Law & Order shows, won't be the first to try it. The CBS sitcom Young Sheldon, for example, despite being a spinoff of The Big Bang Theory, recently announced its own spinoff.

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While the plan is a bit confusing, considering the show won't premiere until after Law & Order: SVU, it would have been easier to understand in practice.

So far, there hasn't been any official announcement or even rumors about the show getting a spinoff. As far as the public knows, Special Victims Unit has been renewed for Season 26, and all the main characters, including Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson, will be returning to the cast. It was on Reddit where the discussion started.

While speculating about the future of the show after Hargitay's decision to leave, Redditor New-Possible1575 came up with a brilliant idea for those who still watch the show for the crime mystery and not the interpersonal relationships.

“I could see them potentially continuing SVU as a spin off (idk if that’s the right term) in a different city to keep the premise of a crime show focusing on sex crimes, but essentially starting with a new cast in a new city. It would be a breath of fresh air,” they said.

By keeping the show's focus on sex offenders and the crimes they commit, the show can continue the franchise's most popular premise without relying too much on the characters. The only problem is that audiences may not fall in love with the new leads as quickly as they did with Hargitay's Benson.

Whether that will happen or not, we'll have to wait and see. For now, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is far from over, so be sure to tune in to NBC to catch the rest of season 25 and keep an eye out for season 26 news and updates.

Source: Reddit