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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 Detective Olivia Benson / ... (343 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Captain Donald Cragen (330 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Detective John Munch / ... (325 episodes, 1999-2014)
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 Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola (321 episodes, 2000-2014)
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 Detective 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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Like its sister series Law & Order (1990), SVU episodes are often advertised as being "ripped from the headlines". Many people mistake this to mean that they are based on real events. In reality, the slogan is referring to the show's practice of coming up with stories that are partially inspired by recent headlines. However, only a fairly small portion of the episode will resemble the real incident or incidents that it is inspired by. There might be a few scenes that resemble a well known headline while the majority of the episode goes in a different direction or there could be one character that is based on a famous individual but the circumstances the person encounters are largely made up. See more »

Quotes

Det. Olivia Benson: Your one night as a bachelor and you go to the grocery store? That's lame.
Det. Elliot Stabler: [shrugs] A grocery store with strippers.
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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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Incredibly Solid Show
22 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hear on tv that apparently America's favorite Law and Order is the original. I personally think this is the best one out of all of them. It tackles some pretty intersting sides of society and humanity within an hour. I've been watching it for awhile and fell in love with the cast. They all have that hard edge that comes from doing a job like their's. Marishka is great and Ice-T is amusing. The storylines are very interesting and groundbreaking. In my classes, I've heard about the Down-Low phenomenon amongst black males in the U.S. This is the first show, aside from Oprah, that dealt with this issue. I was amazed and pleased that they'll take on any topic within their framework. Their guest cast should be praised as well. They have a great casting director. I don't know about their history with Emmy nominations, but they should definitely be in the running. The show has a very easy going nature despite the hardness of the cast that works well and acted beautifully. It gives a real look at society's imperfections and discriminatory ideologies. Nobody on the show is perfect and even the lawyers manipulate the law beyond the usual scope people think they do. Instead, they are manipulating it to see justice done and not avoided. I would urge anyone to watch this show. Give it a look.


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