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A Paley Center for Media Special

A Paley Center for Media Special

  • Premiered: 
    December 13, 1994
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Entertainment
  • Tags: television

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Plot Synopsis

Since 1994, The Paley Center for Media, formerly know as the Museum of Television & Radio, has presented a series of television specials that honor TV's seminal programs and performers by focusing on many memorable television moments and events in sitcoms, dramas, and reality television. Each special, typically 90 to 120 minutes in duration, has a different theme, including: "Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown" (Dec 13, 1994 on Fox); "Classic Stand-Up Comedy on Television" (Sep 14, 1996 on NBC); "Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies" (May 27, 1998 on Fox); "America's Teenagers: Growing Up on Television" (Jul 31, 1998 on ABC); "Influences: From Yesterday to Today" (Aug 27, 1999 on CBS); "The '70s: The Decade That Changed Television" (Sep 17, 2000 on ABC); "Breaking the News" (Aug 24, 2001 on CBS); "Great Women of Television Comedy" (Apr 15, 2003 on NBC); "The Funniest Families of Television Comedy" (Jul 19, 2004 on ABC); "Unforgettable Moments in Television Entertainment" (Aug 10, 2005 on NBC); "A Day in the Life of Television" (Sep 2, 2006 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Moments" (Jun 1, 2007 on Fox); "TV's All-Time Funniest" (May 9, 2008 on ABC); "TV's 50 Funniest Phrases" (May 26, 2009 on NBC); "TV's Greatest Surprises" (Jun 16, 2010 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Holiday Moments" (Nov 26, 2010 on Fox); "TV's Most Dynamic Duos" (Sep 2, 2012 on ABC); "TV's Funniest of the Funniest" (Sep 1, 2013 on NBC); "Now That's Funny! On Set With TV's Hottest Comedies" (Dec 26, 2014 on CBS); "TV's Funniest Animated Stars" (Dec 7, 2015); The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace (Sep 19, 2017 on NBC); The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us (Sep 18, 2018 on NBC); The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place (Sep 19, 2019 on NBC).
On Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, NBC premiered "The Paley Center Salutes Law & Order: SVU."

LAW & ORDER: SVU, created and executive produced by Dick Wolf, aired its first episode on September 20, 1999 and features the longest-running primetime drama character, Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay. In total, Hargitay has been Emmy nominated eight times, winning in 2006. She is also a Golden Globe Award winner, taking home a trophy in 2005.

"We thank the Paley Center and NBC for making this special acknowledging SVU's historic 21st season," Wolf said. "We're excited for viewers to see this retrospective, which chronicles over two decades of groundbreaking television."

"Since 1999, SVU has made remarkable social impact through emotional and skillful storytelling," said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center's President & CEO. "We're honored to partner with NBC to present fans with this special behind-the-scenes look at this historic series."

With the series now in its record-breaking 21st season, it's time to go back to the beginning, take a look behind the scenes and hear from the stars, creators and crew members who have brought incredibly impactful stories to life week after week. The special also includes many of the most memorable scenes and features interviews with some of the famous guests who have stopped by to take part in the show.

LAW & ORDER: SVU has had a remarkable social impact. The series has received numerous accolades for its handling of very sensitive issues and Hargitay has taken her onscreen work offscreen, founding the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to help victims of sexual abuse. The series won the Imagen Foundation Award in 2015 for Best Primetime Program, recognizing the positive portrayal of Latinos in media. The series was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012. Fourteen episodes of SVU were nominated for the Prism Award and six have won, recognizing their accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness. Four episodes have been nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding representation of the LGBTQ community, and the show was honored with 11 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations and two wins for Best Television episode.


Other Titles

  • Also known as: Presented by The Paley Center for Media on TV
  • Previously known as: A Museum of Television and Radio Special

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Scott Goldstein Productions (1994)
  • Produced by Zaloom Mayfield Productions (1996)
  • Produced by Nash Entertainment (1998 May)
  • Produced by ZMC Productions (1998 July)
  • Produced by Rocket Science Laboratories (1999 - 2000)
  • Produced by Planet Grande Pictures (2001 - 2006; 2010 May)
  • Produced by Brad Lachman Productions (2007 - 2009; 2010 Nov; 2013)
  • Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions (2012)
  • In association with Paley Center for Media (1994 - 2007 as Museum of Television & Radio; 2008 - Present)