This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD who investigate sexually related crimes.

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 Olivia Benson (412 episodes, 1999-2017)
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 Odafin Tutuola (389 episodes, 2000-2017)
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 Donald Cragen (331 episodes, 1999-2015)
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 John Munch (326 episodes, 1999-2016)
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 Elliot Stabler (273 episodes, 1999-2017)
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 Dr. George Huang (230 episodes, 2001-2015)
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 Dr. Melinda Warner (221 episodes, 2000-2015)
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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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Law & Order's Sex Crimes  »

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The photo in the opening credits for Dann Florek (from the beginning of the show) and Ice-T (starting with the second episode of season 2) did not change until Season 9 when the entire cast received updated photos (coinciding with the debut of Adam Beach). The photo for Mariska Hargitay has changed seven times (Season 1 has one photo, seasons 2-4 and the first four episodes of season 5 have a second, the rest of season 5 has a third, seasons 6-8 have a fourth, Seasons 9 & 10 have a fifth, Seasons 11-14 have a sixth and Season 15-Present have a seventh). Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer and BD Wong got new photos starting with the fifth episode of season 5 (coinciding with the debut of Diane Neal as ADA Casey Novak) before they all received new photos in season 9. Diane Neal had one photo for season five, a second for seasons 6 and 7, a third for season 8 and a fourth for season 9. Tamara Tunie, who first appeared in the opening credits in season 7, received a second photo for season 8 and a third photo for seasons 9-12 before she was removed from the credits in season 13. See more »

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The series is ostensibly based on the NYPD's Special Victims Division, but the SVD wasn't established until 2003, four years after the series premiered. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line when suspects give a "great" excuse for what they've done]
ADA Casey Novak: Is that the best you can come up with?
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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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I'm Not Driving Anymore
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Written and Performed by Rob Dougan
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SVU is absolutely the best crime show on TV
18 December 2005 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

First: And there is only one reason why I don't say that about CI(Criminal Intent) and that is because they do not offer D'Onofrio's partner, Katherine Erbe, some juicier involvement. Otherwise, I believe that both SVU and CI are the best in crime shows on TV.

CSI/CSI Miami has nothing on the wonderful grittiness, the compelling stories and the fabulous acting in both programs.

After every show, I let the breath I have been holding since the beginning of the hour. This programs pulls me through the ringer in so many ways not always mentioned, the legal implications of decisions made by the police, captains, the doctor, forensics, the ADAs, legal counsels and that horribly bitchy Judge Petrofsky.

Some of the stories contain conventional crime stories, but more than is normally frequent, the stories contain rather important issues, moral, psychological and legal.

So many good shows, this is the best crime show on TV.


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