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
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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Did You Know?
The photo in the opening credits for Dann Florek
(from the beginning of the show) and Ice-T
(starting with the second episode of season 2) have not changed since they first appeared on the show. The photo for Mariska Hargitay
has changed four times (Season 1 has one photo, seasons 2-4 and the first four episodes of season 5 have another, the rest of season 5 has a third, and seasons 6-8 have a fourth). Christopher Meloni
, Richard Belzer
and BD Wong
got new photos starting with the fifth episode of season 5 (coinciding with the debut of Diane Neal
as ADA Casey Novak). Diane Neal had one photo for season five, a second for seasons 6 and 7, and a new photo for season 8. Tamara Tunie
, who first appeared in the opening credits in season 7, has a new photo for season 8. See more
Det. Elliot Stabler
[to Fin during a card game
What's your favorite kind of torture?
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
I'm Not Driving Anymore
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan See more