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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

"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."

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," now in its 16th season, is the longest-running primetime drama currently on television. This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC's "Law & Order" brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

As acting Commander of the SVU, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past - as a product of rape and a witness to her mother's grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help.

Hargitay has garnered eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Benson, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category. She has received six SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, two Golden Globe nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning the award in 2005, and has won three Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Female Lead in 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2013, she was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner. Detectives Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) have earned their place as top-notch SVU detectives and bring their own talents and style of investigation, while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU. Pino was nominated in 2013 and 2014 for the Imagen Award for his role as Nick Amaro, and was nominated for the ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor in 2012. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) seeks justice for SVU's victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.

"SVU" has been frequently acknowledged for its guest players, with Emmy wins for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Ann-Margret (2010), Ellen Burstyn (2009), Cynthia Nixon (2008), Leslie Caron (2007) and Amanda Plummer (2005), and nominations for such renowned talent as Brenda Blethyn, Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Angela Lansbury, Marlee Matlin, Mare Winningham, Barbara Barrie, Martha Plimpton, Jane Alexander and Tracy Pollan.

In 2012, the NAACP Image Awards honored "SVU" as the year's Outstanding Drama Series, with Ice T and guest actress Anika Noni Rose nominated in the acting categories. In 2010, guest star Delroy Lindo won the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Three "SVU" episodes have been nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding representation of the LGBT community, and SVU was honored with two wins and ten Edgar Allan Poe award nominations for Best Television Episode. In addition, the show has garnered several People's Choice Award nominations, including Favorite Dramatic TV Actress (Hargitay), Favorite TV Drama, Favorite Scene Stealing Star (Richard Belzer, guest star Luke Perry, and winning guest star Robin Williams), and Favorite TV Crime Fighter (Hargitay).

The "Law & Order" brand has tremendous global appeal and to date, "SVU" has been sold to over 250 territories around the world.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Warren Leight, Julie Martin, Jonathan Starch and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.

Spinoff Of:
Law & Order (1990-2010)

Character Spinoff:
Conviction (Law & Order Universe, has Stephanie March from SVU) (2006)

Adaptations outside the U.S.:
Zakon i Poryadok. Otdel operativniykh rassledovaniy (Law & Order: Operative Investigations Unit) (2007-2011)
This show follows the format of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, set in Moscow and adapted to the Russian justice system.

Law & Order Franchise:
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011)
Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
Law & Order: LA (2010-2011)

Related Series:
Chicago PD (Spinoff of Chicago Fire, it involves the Chicago Police Department and has crossover episodes with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.) (2014- )

Similar Shows:
Homicide: Life on the Street (Same Universe as Law & Order, Sergeant John Munch comes from this show.) (1993-1999) (Source: NBC)

Episode Info

Next: 16x18 -- Devastating Story (Apr/01/2015)

Popular television host Skip Peterson airs an interview with college student Heather Manning, who claims she was gang raped in a fraternity house. While the tragic account of Heather's story brings national attention to the epidemic of rape on campus, the sensational details of the she-said, they-said case leaves Sgt. Benson and ADA Barba with several suspects and a rocky trial.

Prev: 16x17 -- Parole Violations (Mar/25/2015)

Detective Carisi's sister Bella prepares for her wedding to fiancé Tommy Sullivan and the upcoming birth of their child. But when Tommy falls back into bad habits and accuses his parole officer of rape, Carisi must investigate whether the claim is real or just another one of Tommy's excuses.

Available Episodes

Parole Violations
Mar 25, 2015
Season 16 episode 17

December Solstice
Feb 25, 2015
Season 16 episode 16

Undercover Mother
Feb 18, 2015
Season 16 episode 15

Intimidation Game
Feb 11, 2015
Season 16 episode 14

Decaying Morality
Feb 04, 2015
Season 16 episode 13

Padre Sandunguera
Jan 21, 2015
Season 16 episode 12

Agent Provacateur
Jan 14, 2015
Season 16 episode 11

Christopher MeloniChristopher Meloni
As Detective Elliot Stabler (S01-S12)
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
As Sergeant Olivia Benson (Detective S01-S15E12; Sergeant S15E13-)
Danny PinoDanny Pino
As Detective Nick Amaro (S13-)
Kelli GiddishKelli Giddish
As Detective Amanda Rollins (S13-)
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
As Sergeant John Munch (Detective S01-S08; Sergeant S09-S15E05)
Michelle HurdMichelle Hurd
As Detective Monique Jeffries (S01E14-S02E16; recurring previously)
As Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (S02E02-)
Adam BeachAdam Beach
As Detective Chester Lake (S09; recurring previously)
Peter ScanavinoPeter Scanavino
As Detective Dominick "Sonny" Carisi, Jr. (S16E05-; recurring previously)
Stephanie MarchStephanie March
As Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cabot (S02E02-S05E04; S11E05-S11E16; recurring otherwise)



Reviews: 4
Charisma-The Best SVU Episode Ever Done!Rating: 5 likes, 0 dislikes

"Charisma" is the hallmark episode of Law And Order-SVU. It just doesn't get any better than this. The plot of this episode is gritty,gut-wrentching and heartbreaking. A con artist and pedophile,Abraham Ofinian/Eugene(played to perfection by Jeff Kober) squares off against Detective Olivia Benson and the rest of the SVU team in a battle of wits that has a twelve year old girl(pregnant with Ofinian/Hoff's child) as the prize. Mariska Hargitay(Detective Olivia Benson) won the first major acting award(Gloden Globe-for Best Actress in a television drama series) for any Law And Order series for this episode. Ms. Hargitay's scenes with Jeff Kober were simply astounding. The emotional level set by the two during their confrontations set a new standard for the series that will be hard to duplicate. Ms. Hargitay and Mr. Kober should have been standing on the podium at Emmy time for this kind of dedication to their craft. It is amost unimaginable that SVU could ever again reach this kind of perfection. Read more

Review posted on Saturday, March 10th 2007 at 5:18 pm

1 review available
14x24: Her Negotiation recap: The episode begins and it's a beautiful summer day. The detectives have the day off. Cragen and Fin catch a baseball game while Amaro and Rollins spend time in the park. At a nearby halfway house, two men finish their kitchen duties. One of the men, Lewis, shows the other how he can tolerate pain by burning his fingertips on the grill. He's clearly a demented individual. Rollins' day in the park is interrupted when two teen girls run out of the bushes chasing after Lewis, the man from the shelter kitchen. The two girls and a witness tell Rollins that Lewis flashed his private parts to the girls in the park, on hearing this Rollins takes Lewis to the station for questioning... read more.

14x23: Brief Interlude recap: The episode begins with a woman enjoying a concert at a hotel. She is handed a pill by one of the guests, which she reluctantly has. One of the band members comes down from the stage to dance with this woman. While they are dancing, the guest, who handed the pill to the woman, joins her on the dance floor. Suddenly, Ariel, the woman, begins to feel weird about something and rushes out, saying she wants to go home. She steps out of the hotel on her own. The next day, in a park, while strolling with her baby, a woman sees Ariel, lying motionless on a row boat stranded in a pond. She immediately calls the cops... read more.

14x19: Born Psychopath recap: The episode begins with Irina, a babysitter, looking after two little kids, Henry and Ruby, in a busy household. In school, Ruby is shown sitting at the nurse’s office and telling the nurse that her head and her stomach hurts. The nurse finds a bump on Ruby’s head and a bruise on her stomach. She looks worried. Nick and Olivia arrive at the school after they are informed about Ruby’s injuries. Olivia has a talk with Ruby, who says she was pushed by a monster. Ruby’s mom is called in and she tells Olivia and Nick that Irina dropped Ruby off at school and also that Ruby was fine, when she left home in the morning... read more.

14x21: Traumatic Wound recap: The episode begins with a couple of girls heading for a party. They arrive at the venue where a band is performing onstage and there is a huge crowd that has gathered for the performance. The girls meet up with a guy called Jake. The three a busy dancing and enjoying a drink, when one of the girls has her top pulled down by some guy in the crowd. She is pushed to the ground and her clothes are torn off by a bunch of guys, who then rape her. She yells out for help and so does her friend, but because of all the commotion no one hears them. Gaby Shaw, the victim, is later rushed to the hospital, while Olivia, Nick and Munch arrive at the venue, where a bunch of suspects have been rounded up... read more.

14x22: Poisoned Motive recap: At the SVU squad, the detectives are all busy bringing in a group of girls while Rollins attempts to fingerprint the woman who was holding them; Mrs. Chang. As Rollins leads Mrs. Chang out of the precinct, someone is shown looking at the detectives through a scope. As Finn puts Chang into the car, Rollins heads over to the driver’s side. A shot is fired and Rollins is hit, falling against the car. Finn attends to Rollins and points Benson and Amaro to a nearby rooftop where the shots originated. As Benson and Amaro race to the building, Finn calls for help... read more.
Recurring Guests

Tamara Tunie as Dr. Melinda Warner, M.E. (85 eps)
Mike Doyle as Assistant Medical Examiner Karlan (53 eps)
Joel de la Fuente as TARU Tech Ruben Morales (52 eps)
Joanna Merlin as Judge Lena Petrovsky (43 eps)
Caren Browning as Dr. Sheila Queen (43 eps)
Isabel Gillies as Kathy Stabler (31 eps)
Peter Hermann as Counselor Trevor Langan (29 eps)
Dean Winters as Detective Brian Cassidy (27 eps)
Judith Light as Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly (25 eps)
B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang (23 eps)

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Warning: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Status: Returning Series
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 20, 1999
Episode Order: 24
Opening narration by Steven Zirnkilton. Lyrics
• Kova laki: Erikoisyksikkö (Used In Finland)
• Különleges ügyosztály (Used In Hungary)
• La ley y el orden: Unidad de víctimas especiales (Used In Argentina)
• La loi & l'ordre - Crimes sexuels (French title), (Used In Canada)
• Law & Order: New York (Used In Germany)
• Law & Order: Sei henzai sôsa han (alternative transliteration), (Used In Japan)
• Law & Order: SVU (promotional abbreviation), (Used In USA)
• Ley y orden: Unidad de víctimas especiales (Used In Spain)
• New York, unité spéciale (Used In France)
• Nomos kai taxi - Eidiki omada (Used In Greece)
• Special Victims Unit (informal short title), (Used In United Kingdom)
• Zakon i red: Odjel za zrtve (Used In Croatia)
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