Law & Order SVU is the only prime time drama to be spun off from two separate shows: Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street (through the character of John Munch)
The characters Olivia and Elliot are named for producer Dick Wolf's children.
After the 9/11 attacks, the opening credits were re-edited to remove the twin towers.
Mariska Hargitay keeps a picture of her real-life mother, Jayne Mansfield, on her fictional character's desk.
S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. When originally created for the comic book in 1965, it stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division.
Blair Underwood and Constance Zimmer guest-starred in "The New Adventures of Old Christine", which starred Clark Greg.
Only two Americans have ever taken first place on the show.
Dana Scully was named after the famous sports journalist Vin Scully.