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This Button Lets You Play the Iconic Law & Order 'Dun-Dun' Sound Whenever You Want

We are all detectives now. 

By McKenzie Jean-Philippe
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The show that started it all is officially back. After an 11-year hiatus, the original Law & Order returned to NBC on Thursday, February 24 at 8 p.m. ET. 

How to Watch

Watch the Season 24 premiere of Law & Order Thursday, October 3 at 8/7c on NBC

There are many things the much-watched legal drama has brought us over the years, including seven other series that've made up the franchise. But if there's one thing any Law & Order fan can't get enough of, it's the "Dun-Dun" sound we hear every episode. Now, you can hear the iconic tune whenever you want—not just when you're binge-watching the show. NBC.com made the sound available for fans to play to their hearts' content with this virtual "Dun-Dun" button.

In a 1993 interview with Entertainment Weekly, three years after Law & Order premiered, composer Mike Post explained how he created the sound. "I think of it as the stylized sound of a jail cell locking," he said. "I wanted to add something that’s very distinctive but not a literal sound. What I tried to do was jar a little bit.”

If the virtual theme is not quite enough for superfans out there, you have until February 27 to enter to win a physical button that plays the "Dun-Dun". All you have to do is click here, then enter your name, email, and zip code. Good luck to all!

Law & Order returns February 24, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.