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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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Season 20 Premiere


Thursday, September 27

A teenage refuses to name his attacker; Benson and Rollins reveal major life changes.


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Friday, September 14

Led by courageous and compassionate veteran Lieutenant Olivia Benson, the NYPD's elite Special Victims Unit, including Detectives Odafin Tutola, Amanda Rollins and Sonny Carisi, ...


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Mariska Hargitay ...  Olivia Benson 442 episodes, 1999-2018
Ice-T ...  Odafin Tutuola 420 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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Official Sites:

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

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law & Order's Sex Crimes See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Trivia

Richard Belzer carried his role of Detective John Munch over from Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Homicide: The Movie (2000). He also played John Munch in Law & Order (1990), which had several crossover episodes with "Homicide", an episode of The X-Files (1993), an episode of The Beat (2000), an episode of Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005), the season three finale of Arrested Development (2003), and an episode of The Wire (2002). This is a record for appearances by an actor playing the same character on different programs. Detective John Munch was also played on Sesame Street (1969), voiced by Joey Mazzarino. See more »

Goofs

In multiple episodes, Elliot pronounces his own last name as 'Stah-bler' instead of 'Stay-bler'. In others, he pronounces it as 'Stay-bler'. See more »

Quotes

Fin Tutuola: [everyone is staring at him after he has just explained what 'sex on the DL' is] Don't look at me, I just know stuff.
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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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User Reviews

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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