Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

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This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes.

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 Olivia Benson (352 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola (330 episodes, 2000-2014)
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 Captain Donald Cragen (330 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 John Munch (325 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Elliot Stabler (272 episodes, 1999-2011)
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 Dr. George Huang (229 episodes, 2001-2014)
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 Dr. Melinda Warner (216 episodes, 2000-2014)
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This show delves into the dark side of the New York underworld as the detectives of a new elite force, the Special Victims Unit, investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes, while trying to balance the effects of the investigation on their own lives. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. See more »


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Richard Belzer carried his role of Det. John Munch over from the series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and the TV movie Homicide: The Movie (2000). He also played John Munch in Law & Order (1990) which had several crossover episodes with "Homicide", an episode of The X-Files (1993), an episode of The Beat (2000), an episode of Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), the finale of Arrested Development (2003) and an episode of The Wire (2002). This is a record for appearances by an actor playing the same character in different programs. Det. John Munch's character was also played in Sesame Street (1969) voiced by Joey Mazzarino. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
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From the second episode of the second season (2000-2001), the opening credits break the pattern followed by the earlier episodes of SVU, the original Law & Order, and Criminal Intent. Instead of the credits ending with a shot of the cast walking towards the camera, they instead are shown sitting around a desk. See more »

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a drama worth watching
25 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Quality is the foundation that "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is based upon as it illuminates from the screen each hour it is on every night.

Dick Wolf has combined quality writing with quality casting. Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek, B.D. Wong and Richard Belzer all share one thing in common: they star in one of finest series on television.

Mariska, Chris, Ice-T, Dann, B. D. and the now departed Stephanie March are a well-rounded cast that compliment each other well. Furthermore, the cast is so good portraying their characters that I have to remind myself that they are actors not detectives.

Quality writing and outstanding performances set "Law And Order: SVU" apart from the other dramas on television. Each episode is riveting, written with intelligence, and character driven. It is a privilege to watch "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

The writers' ability to draw viewers in and make them care about the involving story lines and characters help to make "Law & Order: SVU" one of the finest legal series on television. EVERYONE MUST WATCH.


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