'Law & Order Organized Crime': How to Watch the Elliot Stabler Spin-Off Online

Law & Order: Organized Crime is the hotly-anticipated return to the Law & Order universe of Elliot Stabler (played by Christopher Meloni) for the first time in a decade. After over a decade working in the Special Victims Unit, Stabler is returning to the NYPD to fight the mob. The eight-episode first season is set to come to NBC in April, but there are a number of ways to watch the series online for free.

How to watch Law & Order: Organized Crime online

The TV release date for the series premiere is Thursday, April 1, when the show will air at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT. The show will air in the time slot after Law & Order: SVU, which is airing at 9 / 8.

This scheduling allows the April 1 episodes of both Organized Crime and SVU to dovetail into a two-parter, with Meloni's Stabler briefly rejoining the cast of SVU for its season premiere before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appears in the first episode of Organized Crime.

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Christopher Meloni in a promo image for 'Law & Order: Organized Crime.' NBC

In the coming weeks, the two shows will air weekly on Thursday in those two respective time slots.

Shortly after airing on NBC, Law & Order: Organized Crime will be available to watch online on the NBC website and app. In the U.S., viewers will be able to watch each episode for free with ads.

On Friday mornings each episode will be available to watch on Peacock and Hulu, with the first episode coming on April 2.

Like with other new NBC shows on the streamer, episodes will at first only be available for paid subscribers of Peacock. Subscriptions to the service start at $4.99 a month (or $49.99 a year), which will give you access to the full library of Peacock with ads. $9.99 a month ($99.99 a year) will give you the whole catalog without commercials.

There are, however, ways of watching Law & Order: Organized Crime on Peacock for free. Firstly, the service offers new users a seven-day free trial. Secondly, episodes of new shows are available to watch on the free tier after a week. This means that the first episode will be streaming for free on the service on April 9, and the remaining episodes will come on the following Fridays.

Hulu offers a 30-day free trial. After that point, the service costs $5.99 a months with ads or $11.99 a month without them.

The official NBC synopsis for the show reads, "Christopher Meloni, reprising his role as Elliot Stabler, returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he's been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning. Stabler will aim to find absolution and rebuild his life while leading an elite new task force that is taking apart the city's most powerful crime syndicates one by one."

Law & Order: Organized Crime airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT on NBC.