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
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.
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Did You Know?
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
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
[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?
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
Referenced in Law & Order: Fixed
I'm Not Driving Anymore
Written and Performed by Rob Dougan See more