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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 445 episodes, 1999-2018
Ice-T ...  Odafin Tutuola / ... 422 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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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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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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Stereo

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Trivia

Detective Elliot Stabler's shield number was 6313. Detective (later Lieutenant) Olivia Benson's shield number is 4015. Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola's shield number is 3198. Detective Nick Amaro's shield number is 0840. Detective Dominick Carisi, Jr.'s shield number is 0188. Detective Amanda Rollins's badge number is 0458. See more »

Goofs

The time-lines of trials seem to be rushed and take place within days of the crime. Most of the cases on this series are rapes and homicides, with a few kidnappings thrown in. These cases, if not plea bargained, are seldom heard in less than a year after the event. See more »

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Det. Elliot Stabler: [sees Warner enter the restaurant where he and Olivia are eating lunch] An ME out of the lab? It must be big.
M.E. Melinda Warner: I got the report back from the contents of the vomit.
Det. Olivia Benson: Am I going to want to stop eating for this?
M.E. Melinda Warner: Roast beef, mozzarella cheese, corn and raisins. Luckily, it had only been in the stomach a few hours, so it was only partially digested.
Det. Olivia Benson: All right, I'm done.
[pushes her salad away. Elliot shrugs and takes it]
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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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Best one in the L&O Franchise
18 November 2004 | by canadianfreak_17See 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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