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A twenty-third season for the police procedural drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was ordered on February 27, 2020. It premiered on September 23, 2021 with a two part premiere episode and concluded on May 19, 2022. This season contains the 500th episode of the series, which saw the return of Danny Pino as Nick Amaro and Dann Florek as Donald Cragen. It is the last season to star Jamie Gray Hyder as Katriona Tamin and Demore Barnes as Christian Garland, with both cast members departing the series in the premiere episodes. It is also the first season to star Octavio Pisano as Joe Velasco, who joined the main cast in the seventh episode of the season. It is the final season to feature Warren Leight as showrunner. It aired alongside season twenty-one of Law & Order and season two of Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Cast

Main Cast

Image Character Title Actor
Mariskahargitayseason21.jpeg Olivia Benson Captain (Commanding Officer) Mariska Hargitay
Kelligiddishseason21.jpeg Amanda Rollins Detective (Senior Officer) Kelli Giddish
Icetseason21.jpeg Odafin Tutuola Sergeant (Senior Officer) Ice-T
Peterscanavinoseason21.jpeg Dominick Carisi, Jr. Assistant district attorney Peter Scanavino
Jamiegrayhyderseason21.jpeg Katriona Tamin (23.01–02) Detective (Junior Officer) Jamie Gray Hyder
Demorebarnesseason22.jpeg Christian Garland (23.01–02) Deputy Chief (Commanding Officer) Demore Barnes
Octaviopisanoseason23.png Joe Velasco (23.07-) Detective (Junior Officer) Octavio Pisano

Recurring/Guest Cast

Image Character Title Actor
ElliotStabler2.jpg Elliot Stabler Detective (Senior Police), Organized Crime Control Bureau (O.C.C.B) Christopher Meloni
AyannaBell2.jpg Ayanna Bell Sergeant, Organized Crime Control Bureau (O.C.C.B) Danielle Moné Truitt
JetSlootmaekers2.jpg Jet Slootmaekers Detective/Technology Expert, Organized Crime Control Bureau (O.C.C.B) Ainsley Seiger
Amaro icon.jpg Nick Amaro Geneticist Danny Pino
Florek icon.jpg Donald Cragen Former Captain Dann Florek
Tunie icon.jpg Melinda Warner Chief Medical examiner Tamara Tunie
RichardWheatley2.jpg Richard Wheatley Businessman, Criminal Dylan McDermott
Barba icon.png Rafael Barba Defense Attorney Raúl Esparza
AngelaWheatley2.jpg Angela Wheatley Math Professor Tamara Taylor
Demorebarnesseason22.jpeg Christian Garland Deputy Chief (Commanding Officer) Demore Barnes

List of Episodes

Image Episode # Title Production # Original Airdate
SVU2301.jpg 23.01 (#495) And The Empire Strikes Back 23001 23 September 2021
SVU2302.jpg 23.02 (#496) Never Turn Your Back On Them 23002 23 September 2021
SVU2303.jpg 23.03 (#497) I Thought You Were On My Side 23003 30 September 2021
SVU2304.jpg 23.04 (#498) One More Tale Of Two Victims 23004 7 October 2021
SVU2305.JPG 23.05 (#499) Fast Times @ TheWheelHouse 23005 14 October 2021
SVU2306.JPG 23.06 (#500) The Five Hundredth Episode 23006 21 October 2021
SVU2307.jpg 23.07 (#501) They'd Already Disappeared 23007 4 November 2021
SVU2308.jpg 23.08 (#502) Nightmares In Drill City 23008 11 November 2021
SVU2309.jpg 23.09 (#503) People Vs Richard Wheatley 23009 9 December 2021
SVU2310.jpg 23.10 (#504) Silent Night, Hateful Night 23010 6 January 2022
SVU2311.JPG 23.11 (#505) Burning With Rage Forever 23011 13 January 2022
SVU2312.jpg 23.12 (#506) Tommy Baker's Hardest Fight 23012 20 January 2022
SVU2313.jpg 23.13 (#507) If I Knew Then What I Know Now 23013 24 February 2022
SVU2314.jpg 23.14 (#508) Video Killed The Radio Star 23014 3 March 2022
SVU2315.jpg 23.15 (#509) Promising Young Gentlemen 23015 10 March 2022
SVU2316.jpg 23.16 (#510) Sorry If It Got Weird For You 23016 17 March 2022
SVU2317.JPG 23.17 (#511) Once Upon A Time In El Barrio 23017 7 April 2022
SVU2318.jpg 23.18 (#512) Eighteen Wheels A Predator 23018 14 April 2022
SVU2319.jpg 23.19 (#513) Tangled Strands Of Justice 23019 28 April 2022
SVU2320.JPG 23.20 (#514) Did You Believe In Miracles? 23020 5 May 2022
SVU2321.jpg 23.21 (#515) Confess Your Sins To Be Free 23021 12 May 2022
SVU2322.jpg 23.22 (#516) A Final Call At Forlini's Bar 23022 19 May 2022


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