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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Series cast summary:
 Olivia Benson (372 episodes, 1999-2015)
 Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola (350 episodes, 2000-2015)
 Captain Donald Cragen (331 episodes, 1999-2015)
 John Munch (325 episodes, 1999-2014)
 Elliot Stabler (272 episodes, 1999-2011)
 Dr. George Huang (229 episodes, 2001-2014)
 Dr. Melinda Warner (220 episodes, 2000-2015)


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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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 »


Referenced in CSI: NY: Do or Die (2011) See more »


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SVU is absolutely the best crime show on TV
18 December 2005 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

First: And there is only one reason why I don't say that about CI(Criminal Intent) and that is because they do not offer D'Onofrio's partner, Katherine Erbe, some juicier involvement. Otherwise, I believe that both SVU and CI are the best in crime shows on TV.

CSI/CSI Miami has nothing on the wonderful grittiness, the compelling stories and the fabulous acting in both programs.

After every show, I let the breath I have been holding since the beginning of the hour. This programs pulls me through the ringer in so many ways not always mentioned, the legal implications of decisions made by the police, captains, the doctor, forensics, the ADAs, legal counsels and that horribly bitchy Judge Petrofsky.

Some of the stories contain conventional crime stories, but more than is normally frequent, the stories contain rather important issues, moral, psychological and legal.

So many good shows, this is the best crime show on TV.

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