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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Photo Credit:  Warwick Saint / NBC
  • Premiered: 
    September 20, 1999
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Second series in the franchise of Law & Order 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

LAW & ORDER: SVU -- a spinoff from LAW & ORDER -- chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department as detectives investigate the city's especially heinous sexually-based offenses, which are often ripped from recent headlines. Captain Donald Cragen oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team's complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. For the first 12 seasons, this drama series focused on detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson, and now Benson heads up the department with empathy and professionalism. The squad also includes: Det. John Munch, a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, who brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team; Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola, who adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for his partner, Munch; and Det. Nick Amaro and Det. Amanda Rollins, who are new to the squad and must learn the ropes from senior detectives while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU. Currently the longest-running drama series on television, the show's 14th season opens with the head of the DA's Public Integrity Unit handling the case against Captain Cragen, who is under suspicion of murder after Season 13 closed with him waking up in the middle of the night with blood on his hands and a dead prostitute in his bed. Season 15 debuted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT with two back-to-back new episodes. The first episode picked up with the cliffhanger from the previous season, when Detective Benson was put in mortal danger by an unnamed man who masterfully outplayed the SVU squad after being arrested in Central Park. A few episodes later, Munch retired from the force. LAW & ORDER: SVU returned for its sixteenth season on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on NBC. In the Season 16 premiere, "Girls Disappeared," Benson juggles work and her new role as foster mother to baby Noah Porter. Amaro, now working the traffic beat in Queens, arrests an underage prostitute with connections to Noah's mother, who was greenlit by her pimp and brutally murdered. Amaro's undercover work sets off a chain of events that puts everyone connected to the case -- even baby Noah -- in danger. Meanwhile, a new detective assigned to Manhattan SVU (guest star Peter Scanavino) starts off on the wrong foot.
On Monday, June 22, 2015, NBC announced that Season 17 of LAW & ORDER: SVU will premiere on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT with a two-hour season opener, airing in its regular timeslot -- Wednesdays from 9-10pm ET/PT -- starting the following week.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Law & Order's Sex Crimes
  • Also known as Law & Order: SVU

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Wolf Films
  • In association with Universal Television
  • In association with Studios USA Television


  • - New York City, New York USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • March 31, 2009: First time the United Nations appears on TV as a setting in a major network television production.
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Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • May 18, 2011: Sister Peg dies
  • April 9, 2014: William Lewis dies
  • May 20, 2015: Johnny D dies