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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Season 16 Returns


Wed, Apr 29 at 9:00 PM on NBC

Benson and Voight lead their teams in the investigation of a rape/murder case that is frighteningly similar to a case from New York a decade ago. When forced to release their main ...


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SVU's investigation of an underage "Rainbow Party" involving prep school students is interrupted when Benson's son Noah and several of the students involved in the party contract ...


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Cast

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 Olivia Benson (365 episodes, 1999-2015)
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 Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola (343 episodes, 2000-2015)
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 Captain Donald Cragen (331 episodes, 1999-2015)
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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 (218 episodes, 2000-2015)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Kelli Giddish made her SVU debut as a rape victim by the name of Kara Bawson, but in season 13 she joined the SVU team by the name of Amanda Rollins See more »

Quotes

Capt. Donald Cragen: What would it take to get a blanket DNA on an entire facility?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: A constitutional amendment.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Zooey Deschanel/Karmin (2012) See more »

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I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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User Reviews

Best one in the L&O Franchise
18 November 2004 | by (Guelph, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have never one been that big of a fan of the original Law & Order. I would watch it for time to time and it was an alright show but never really had anything jump out at me to make it one of my can't miss shows. Then this show came on. I watched this show when it premiered back in 1999 and was impressed from the get go. Sure it followed the basic premise of it's original cousin but was much more loose on it's format and execution. Some episodes hardly ever involve the court room at all where the original week in week out follows a distinct pattern. First half hour is the law then the next is the order. This show although does sometimes follow the same pattern like i mentioned it is much more loose in how it executes it. Mariska Hartigay is excellent as her portrayal of Det. Olivia Benson. The whole cast as a whole is magnificent. Now I know a lot of people will disagree with me that this show is in no way better than the original but for me it is. It has given me something that the original never did.


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