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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 

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 (412 episodes, 1999-2017)
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 Odafin Tutuola (390 episodes, 2000-2017)
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 Donald Cragen (331 episodes, 1999-2015)
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 John Munch (326 episodes, 1999-2016)
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 Elliot Stabler (272 episodes, 1999-2011)
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 Dr. George Huang (230 episodes, 2001-2015)
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 Dr. Melinda Warner (221 episodes, 2000-2015)
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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. Written by John Craig

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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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Trivia

Christopher Meloni was starring on Oz (1997) simultaneously with this series. He eventually left "Oz" because he felt that he could no longer do both shows at the same time. But Meloni missed "Oz" and decided to return the next season. He decided that being able to work on two great shows simultaneously was worth the physical and emotional toll. See more »

Goofs

The series is ostensibly based on the NYPD's Special Victims Division, but the SVD wasn't established until 2003, four years after the series premiered. See more »

Quotes

Det. Monique Jefferies: Are you gonna eat this?
John Munch: Suppose we say yes.
Det. Monique Jefferies: Suppose I was just being polite.
John Munch: That would be a first.
Brian Cassidy: Go ahead, Munch doesn't eat veggies
Det. Monique Jefferies: Really? I heard that's not the only thing John doesn't... eat.
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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 30 Rock: Hogcock!/Last Lunch (2013) 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 cop show on TV
7 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is absolutely the best cop show on TV. There's less time in the court room and more with the detectives, which I enjoy. I think there needs to be more time with the detectives off the job. My favorite detective is Olivia Benson, the child of a rape who is played by Mariska Hargitay.Olivia is one of those detectives who would be really awesome if you knew her well, but you wouldn't want to get on her bad side. She is also very stubborn. She and Elliot Stabler (a family man played by Christopher Meloni) make a great team. Christopher and Mariska are great actors. I often forget that these are actors, not real people. I think Olivia should have a boyfriend. It might help her stop being so stubborn. This is just the best cop show ever to be on TV and I hope it stays on for a long time.


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