Following its cancellation in 2010, Law & Order embarked on a harrowing journey to make a comeback on television, which it finally did on February 24, 2022, with the debut of its 21st season. And now that it’s started, the show has no plans to stop anytime soon.
The venerable television franchise founded by Dick Wolf’s flagship series, Law & Order, has been renewed by NBC for a 22nd season, bringing it only two seasons shy of the duration of its own spinoff, Law & Order: SVU (which was renewed for a 24th season).
According to Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Programming, NBCU Entertainment, and Streaming, “the renowned Law & Order brand has long been associated with NBC, and we couldn’t be more delighted to bring back all three of these dramas for the 2022–23 season.”
The fact that audiences are captivated by these identifiable characters weekly, year after year, is a credit to Dick Wolf’s storytelling skill.
Law & Order Season 22 Release Date
These persistent characters have captured viewers’ attention weekly and year after year, and Law & Order’s triumphant return is just the most recent example. Law & Order season 21 exceeded the final season of the show’s initial run in 2010 in terms of ratings, which is no minor feat in a much more competitive TV market.
The contract also ensures that Dick Wolf, a 75-year-old super-producer, will continue to be one of the busiest men in the entertainment industry. In light of the announcement, check out this fascinating Variety piece about how Wolf produces around 200 hours of television per season between his Law & Order and Chicago franchises.
The only thing we know for sure is when Law & Order season 22 will air. In the fall of 2022, an all-Law & Order Thursday night television block will include the episode, according to NBC.
Law & Order Season 22 will premiere every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., respectively, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime will air next. However, what Thursday in the fall will see the premiere of this Law & Order night? The NBC autumn schedule for 2017 began on Monday, Sept. 20, albeit this is uncertain. If a similar schedule holds, watch for Law & Order season 22 on Thursday, September 22.