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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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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.
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On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT, NBC premiered "Criminal Stories," the episode marking Mariska Hargitay's directorial debut. This installment of SVU featured guest star Alec Baldwin portraying renowned New York Ledger columnist Jimmy MacArthur, who is given full access to Sergeant Benson and the squad for an inside look at the city's Special Victims Unit. When the rape case of a young Muslim woman (guest star Summer Bishil) escalates to a hate crime, Jimmy stays one step ahead of the investigation and declares the entire crime a hoax. With the victim under fierce public scrutiny, Benson struggles to keep the case on solid ground and fears a rapist will go free.
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On April 10, 2014 NBC announced that Donal Logue will star in a recurring role on LAW & ORDER SVU, continuing his role as Lieutenant Declan Murphy, acting commander of the New York Special Victims Unit. He is slated to appear through the end of the season.

Cast

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

Settings

  • - New York City, New York USA

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • 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