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The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mariska Hargitay ...  Olivia Benson 446 episodes, 1999-2019
Ice-T ...  Odafin Tutuola / ... 423 episodes, 2000-2018
Dann Florek ...  Donald Cragen 331 episodes, 1999-2015
Richard Belzer ...  John Munch 326 episodes, 1999-2016
Christopher Meloni ...  Elliot Stabler 272 episodes, 1999-2011
BD Wong ...  Dr. George Huang 230 episodes, 2001-2015
Tamara Tunie ...  Dr. Melinda Warner 222 episodes, 2000-2018
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Storyline

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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Still New York's finest. (season 19) See more »


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Channel 5 [UK] | NBC [United States] | See more »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

20 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law & Order's Sex Crimes See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

After several years of playing Detective Olivia Benson and being exposed weekly to issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, in 2004 actress Mariska Hargitay started a foundation (called Joyful Heart) to help heal survivors' trauma and bring an end to the overwhelming backlog of untested rape kits and un- or under-investigated rape cases. In 2018 Hargitay produced an HBO documentary, "I Am Evidence," about the enormous backlog of untested rape kits in police custody across America. See more »

Goofs

Multiple cases are shown which have interstate or international components. While NYPD SVU detectives might cooperate in those cases, they would primarily be handled by the FBI or some other federal law enforcement agency. See more »

Quotes

M.E. Melinda Warner: [performing an autopsy with the detectives present] No fluids present. Tests show spermicide common in condoms.
[removes an organ from the body and weighs it]
Elliot Stabler: This is fun.
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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 Law & Order: Fools for Love (2000) See more »

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Too Much Mariska Hargitay
11 January 2018 | by pauldorenSee all my reviews

She's the executive producer, and now the "executive actor." She dominates every plot, every action, every aspect of the show. The rest of the cast has been reduced to less than minor roles. Moreover, this ruins the show's previous "police accuracy." "Cragen" ran the unit; Benson runs the unit, personally conducts the investigation and interviews, makes the arrest. Too much. The show needs to restore its balance.


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