Law & Order Season 21: Release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know about the NBC revival

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After years of anticipation and uncertainty, NBC’s Law & Order has officially returned! For years, Law & Order has captivated television audiences with its dramatic, thrilling murder stories and courtroom dramas that are “ripped from the headlines.”

Beginning with Law & Order in 1990 and continuing with its most popular spin-off, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU), each series followed a pattern that involved the investigation of a crime as well as the following prosecution of the defendant. To viewers’ disappointment, NBC cancelled the show in May 2010 amid a 20-season run. After last airing in 2010, Law & Order will return to your television screens this year with its 21st season.

Creator Dick Wolf spoke about the renewal in a statement via Variety, “There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true. This is mine.” Wolf will continue to produce the series, with Rick Eid serving as showrunner and writer.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Law & Order Season 21:

When will Law & Order Season 21 air?

After NBC wraps up the Winter Olympics 2022, Law & Order will premiere on Thursday, February 24 at 8 PM ET.

Law & Order Season 21 Plot: Is it a reboot?

No, it is not a reboot; Law & Order Season 21 is the continuation of the original Law & Order, which last aired more than ten years ago. The show will continue to follow crime stories that are adapted from “current headlines” from two narratives, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. All the previous seasons are set in New York City. According to Deadline, the network has confirmed that the show will follow the “classic bifurcated format” and feature “the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

Law & Order Season 21 Cast: Who Will Return? Who’s new in the cast?

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The fan-favorite, Sam Waterson, will reprise his role as District Attorney Jack McCoy. “It was like coming in from outer space and landing on another planet because I’ve been gone for so long,” he told Parade while talking about his role in the show’s return. The other returning cast members include Anthony Anderson as Detective Kevin Bernard and Camryn Manheim as Lieutenant Kate Dixon. With them on board, the show will feature new cast members: Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) as a NYPD detective, Hugh Dancy (Hannibal) as an assistant district attorney, and Odelya Halevi (Good Trouble) as Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun.

Law & Order Season 21 Trailer

NBC has also released the first look promos during the Super Bowl for Law & Order Season 21. 

Where can you watch Law & Order Season 21?

Law & Order will premiere on February 24, 2022 at 8 PM on NBC. If you missed the television premiere, you can turn to their official streaming platform, which is Peacock.

The other Law & Order shows:

Law & Order is one of the longest-running shows in TV history. It was in 1990 when Dick Wolf’s Law & Order first aired, which spawned the franchise. The Law & Order franchise consists of nine series, some of which have aired for one season, while others have aired for over a decade. The most popular amongst them is the Law & Order Special Victims Unit (1999-present).