Behind-The-Scenes Secrets From 'Law & Order: SVU' That'll Make The Theme Song Play In Your Head

Even after decades on the air, Law & Order: SVU is one of TV's best dramas. But there are probably tons of things you didn't know about Law & Order: SVU and its star, Mariska Hargitay. From the impetus behind its creation to the origins of its lead characters' names and how Hargitay has been inspired to give back, there are tons of fascinating secrets from behind the scenes of Law & Order: SVU.

Hargitay, in particular, is connected to her character, Olivia Benson. She finds herself deeply affected by the more intense storylines, and once got severely injured while performing her own stunts. Her longtime co-star, Christopher Meloni (who played Detective Elliot Stabler), starred on the show for over a decade, but harbored secret opinions on the Benson and Stabler pairing prior to his departure.