‘Law & Order’ Is Back—Here’s How to Watch It For Free, So You Don’t Miss Any Benson & Stabler Moments

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If you love Benson and Stabler as much as we do, you may want to know how to watch Law and Order online for free to catch the crossover between Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and its Stabler-led spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The Law & Order premiered on NBC in September 1990 and ran for 12 seasons until its end in May 2010. The show, which has led to more than six spinoffs, followed a group of New York City Police Department detectives as they investigated a crime, usually murder. The first half hour would be the investigation, with the second half hour showing the prosecution of the defendant by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Though each Law & Order spinoff has its differences, each show, for the most part, follows a similar format.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is by far the most successful spinoff from the franchise, premiered in September 1999 with Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson and Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler, two detectives in the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department. The show, which has been on the air for more than 22 seasons, has won over 33 Emmys, including an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for Hargitay.

In May 2011, Meloni left SVU after 12 seasons as Detective Stabler. However, that wasn’t the end of Stabler’s story. Meloni returned to the role in April 2021 with the premiere of the Stabler-led Law & Order spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime. The show premiered with a crossover between SVU and Organized Crime. If you’re a diehard fan of the franchise, you may want to know how to watch Law & Order for free. Ahead are some ways to watch Law & Order: Organized Crime and SVU at no cost.

"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"

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When does Law & Order: Special Victims Unit start?

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 23 premieres on September 23, 2021, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

When does Law & Order: Organized Crime start?

Law & Order: Organized Crime season 2 premieres on September 23, 2021, at 10 p.m. on NBC.

When does Law & Order: Special Victims Unit air?

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.

When does Law & Order: Organized Crime air?

Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

How to watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Organized Crime for free

So how can one watch Law & Order online for free? Ahead are various free tricks and tips to stream Law & Order at no cost, whether it’s live or the next day. Pro tip: Combine the free trials and set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged to watch Law & Order online for free all season long.

Peacock Free Subscription

Peacock is by far the best option to watch Law & Order online for free. Though users can’t watch NBC live from the service, Peacock uploads episodes of Law & Order the next day so fans can catch up. All you have to do is sign up for a free Peacock account. Subscribers can also upgrade to Peacock Premium (with ads) for $4.99 per month or Peacock Premium Plus (with no ads) for $9.99 per month. As for what’s on Peacock, the service has more than 900 movies and 300 TV shows from NBC Universal’s properties including NBC, Bravo and E!.

Hulu+ With Live TV Free Trial

Hulu+ With Live TV is another option to watch the the Law & Order online for free. Along with access to Hulu’s library of 80,000 movies and TV shows, the service also offers more than 75 live channels, including NBC to watch the Law & Order, as well as 50 hours of DVR. The best part about Hulu+ With Live TV, however, is that it offers a seven-day free trial. Hulu+ With Live TV costs $65 per month if one chooses to subscribe after their trial ends.

Fubo TV Free Trial

Another way to watch Law & Order online for free is with Fubo TV’s free trial. Fubo TV’s seven-day free trial.  Fubo offers more than 100 channels, including NBC to watch the Law & Order, as well as at least 250 hours of DVR, in case you want to watch the award show again. The service costs $65 per month after your free trial ends, so be sure to remember to cancel your trial before it expires.

Sling $10 Deal

For those who want to watch Law & Order online live, Sling is an excellent option. Though the service doesn’t have a free trial, Sling has a current deal that offers users one month for just $10. Sling offers two plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. (Sling Blue is more suited for news and entertainment, while Sling Orange is better for sports and family.) Both include the $10 first-month deal and cost $35 per month after the deal ends, if one chooses to subscribe. Both also offer 50 hours of DVR and channels like NBC, which is where Law & Order airs. If you had to choose one, though, we recommend Sling Blue to watch Law & Order. Not only does the plan include more channels, but it also allows the user to stream on three devices (Sling Orange allows only one), which means that you can split the cost with two other people, who can stream Law & Order (or other TV shows) on their own devices. (That’s just $3.33 per person.)

Hulu Free Trial

The easiest way to watch Law & Order online for free is with Hulu’s 30-day free subscription. Though not live, Hulu uploads new episodes of Law & Order the day after they air, so users can catch up the morning after the night show. The service—which offers more than 1650 TV shows and 2,500 movies along with Law & Order—starts at $5.99 per month for its basic subscription with ads. It’s ad-fee plan costs $11.99 per month. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial, so users can watch at least four seasons of Law & Order at no cost.

Verizon’s Free Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu is the real reward here to watch Law & Order online for free.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch Law & Order online for free. The deal ends soon, so it’s best to sign up now.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Organized Crime air Thursdays s at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on NBC. Stream the next day on Hulu or Peacock.

True Stories of Law & Order

"True Stories of Law & Order"

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For more about Law & Order, check out True Stories of Law & Order: The Real Crimes Behind the Best Episodes of the Hit TV Show by Kevin Dwyer and Juré Fiorillo. The book covers 25 cases from Law & Order and its spinoffs’ most popular episodes, from how a woman’s repressed memory led to solving a 30-year-old cold case to the high-profile investigation of millionaire Robert Durst. Like Law & Order fans know, the crime is just the start and the real information can come from the trial and controversial verdicts. If you love Law & Order, you’ll be obsessed with these “true crimes that are oten stranger and more chilling than fiction.”

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