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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."

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a crime drama television series aired on NBC that premiered in September 1999. It focuses on victims of sexual crimes, such as rape and domestic abuse, as well as cases involving children and the elderly. Its stories also touch on the political and societal issues associated with gender identity, sexual preferences, and equality rights.

The Special Victims Unit is located in the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.

As of now, Special Victims Unit  is the last surviving show in the American Law & Order franchise.

For a list of episodes, see Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episodes.

Cast Edit

Regular cast Edit

Image Actor Character Seasons
Hargitay icon Mariska Hargitay New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior
(later promoted to Senior) and now
Sergeant Olivia Benson
Seasons 1-present
Amaro icon Danny Pino New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police Detective Second Grade Nick Amaro
Seasons 13-present
Rollins icon Kelli Giddish New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police Detective First Grade Amanda Rollins
Seasons 13-present
Ice icon Ice-T New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.),
Junior Police Detective Odafin Tutuola
Seasons 2-present
Barba icon Raúl Esparza New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Rafael Barba, advisor from the
Sex Crimes Bureau for Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.)
Seasons 15-present
(Recurring Seasons 14

Recurring Guest StarsEdit

Image Actor Character Seasons
Tunie icon Tamara Tunie New York City Assistant
Medical Examiner (M.E.)
Doctor Melinda Warner
Seasons 7-12
(Recurring Seasons 2-6, 13-present)
Belzer icon Richard Belzer New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Senior
Police Detective
(later promoted to Sergeant) John Munch
Seasons 1-15
(Recurring Seasons 15-present)
March icon Stephanie March New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Alexandra Cabot, advisor from the
Sex Crimes Bureau for Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.)

Seasons 2-5, 11
(Recurring Seasons  10, 13)

(Guest season 6)

Untitled1 Diane Neal New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Casey Novak, advisor from the
Sex Crimes Bureau for Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.)
Seasons 5-9
(Recurring Season 12-13)
Roache icon Linus Roache New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Sex Crimes Bureau, Bureau Chief
Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) Michael "Mike" Cutter
Seasons 13
Gillian hardwicke Melissa Sagemiller New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Gillian Hardwicke, Advisor from the
Sex Crimes Bureau for Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.)
Seasons 12

Former cast Edit

Image Actor Character Seasons
Florek icon larger Dann Florek New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan


Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.),
Police Captain Donald "Don" Cragen

Seasons 1-15
Svu profiles carousel elliot 442x368 Christopher Meloni Former New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Senior
Police Detective Elliot Stabler
Seasons 1-12
Hurd icon Michelle Hurd Former New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior
Police Detective Monique Jeffries
Season 1
(Recurring Season 2)
Beach icon Adam Beach Former New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior
Police Detective Chester Lake
Season 9
(Recurring Season 8)
McManus icon Michaela McManus New York City,
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Kimberly "Kim" Greylek, former advisor
from the Sex Crimes Bureau for
Manhattan Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.)
Season 10
Wong icon B.D. Wong New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) contracted Forensic Sex Crimes
Psychiatrist Doctor, FBI Special Agent George Huang
Seasons 4-12
(Recurring Seasons 2-3,13-15)

Recurring characters Edit

Actor Character First episode Last episode Number of
appearances
Steven Zirnkilton Opening Announcer / Narrator "Payback"
(Season 1)
N/A Over 300
Dean Winters Former New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U), Junior
Police Detective Brian Cassidy
"Payback"
(Season 1)
"Surrender Benson"
(Season 15)
19
Chris Orbach Former New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U), Junior
Police Detective Kenneth "Ken" Briscoe
"Payback"
(Season 1)
"Contact"
(Season 1)
11
Connie Nielsen New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U),
(Temporarily Assigned) Junior Police
Detective Danielle "Dani" Beck
"Clock"
(Season 8)
"Cage"
(Season 8)
6
John Schuck New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) Chief of Detectives Muldrew
"Outcry"
(Season 6)
"Shadow"
(Season 11)
8
Donnetta Lavinia Grays New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) Officer Ramirez
"Shaken"
(Season 5)
"Alternate"
(Season 9)
7
William H. Burns New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) Officer Robbins
"Counterfeit"
(Season 3)
"Influence"
(Season 7)
6
Robert John Burke New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Internal Affairs Bureau (I.A.B)
Detective Sergeant/Lieutenant
Edward "Ed" Tucker
"Counterfeit"
(Season 3)
N/A 11+
Caren Browning New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U)
Captain Judith Siper
"Dominance"
(Season 4)
N/A 41+
Welly Yang New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Georgie
"A Single Life"
(Season 1
"Soulless"
(Season 4)
12
Lou Carbonneau New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Harry Martin
"Secrets"
(Season 2)
"Lust"
(Season 4)
10
Daniel Sunjata New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Burt Trevor
"Prodigy"
(Season 3)
"Families"
(Season 5)
15
Jordan Gelber New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician David Layton
"Dolls"
(Season 4)
"Dominance"
(Season 4)
8
Mike Doyle New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Ryan O'Halloran
"Choice"
(Season 5)
"Zebras"
(Season 10)
52
Paula Garcés New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Millie Vizcarrondo
"Strain"
(Season 7)
"Alien"
(Season 7)
4
Noel Fisher New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Dale Stuckey
"Ballerina"
(Season 10)
"Zebras"
(Season 10)
4
James Chen New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Crime Scene Unit (C.S.U) Forensics
Technician Adrienne ‘Andy’ Sung
"Pop"
(Season 12)
N/A 6+
Joel de la Fuente New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.)
Technical Assistance Response Unit
(T.A.R.U) Technician Ruben Morales
"Surveillance"
(Season 3)
N/A 52+
Leslie Hendrix New York City Assistant Chief
Medical Examiner
(M.E)
Doctor Elizabeth Rodgers
"Payback"
(Season 1)
"Misleader"
(Season 1)
9
Lance Reddick New York City Medical Examiner
(M.E) Doctor Taylor
"The Third Guy"
(Season 1)
"Inheritance"
(Season 3)
6
J.K. Simmons New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) /
Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Psychologist / Psychiatrist
Doctor Emil Skoda
"The Third Guy"
(Season 1)
"Folly"
(Season 2)
6
Sam Waterston Manhattan Executive Assistant
District Attorney
/ Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.)
John James "Jack" McCoy
"Entitled"
(Season 1)
"Torch"
(Season 11)
3
Judith Light Former Manhattan Sex Crimes Bureau,
Bureau Chief Executive Assistant
District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) / New York County Trial Judge Elizabeth "Liz" Cara Donnelly
"Guilt"
(Season 3)
"Behave"
(Season 12)
25
Fred Dalton Thompson Manhattan District Attorney
(D.A.) Arthur Branch
"Fallacy"
(Season 4)
"Gone"
(Season 7)
11
Angie Harmon Manhattan Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Abigail "Abbie" Carmichael
"Payback"
(Season 1)
"Entitled"
(Season 1)
6
Reiko Aylesworth Manhattan Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Erica Alden
"Contact"
(Season 1)
"Slaves"
(Season 1)
3
Sharon Stone New York City Sex Crimes Bureau
Assistant District Attorney (A.D.A.)
Jo Marlowe
"Torch"
(Season 11)
Shattered"
(Season 11)
4
Peter Hermann New York City Defense Attorney
Trevor Langan
"Monogamy"
(Season 3)
N/A 26
Jill Marie Lawrence New York City Defense Attorney
Cleo Conrad
"Rooftop"
(Season 3)
N/A 17
Ned Eisenberg New York City Defense Attorney
Roger Kressler
"Wrath"
(Season 3)
"Witness
(Season 11)
16
Craig Wroe New York City Defense Attorney
James Woodrow
"Slaves"
(Season 1)
"Fight"
(Season 9)
9
Peter Riegert New York City Defense Attorney
Chauncey Zeirko
"Sick"
(Season 5)
"Savant"
(Season 9)
7
David Thornton New York City Defense Attorney
Lionel Granger
"Loss"
(Season 5)
N/A 10
Linda Powell New York City Defense Attorney
Lauren White
"Control"
(Season 5)
N/A 6
J. Paul Nicholas New York City Defense Attorney
Linden Delroy
"Game"
(Season 6)
N/A 11
Rob Bartlett New York City Defense Attorney
Milton Schoenfeld
"Closure"
(Season 1)
"Waste"
(Season 4)
6
John Cullum New York City Defense Attorney
Barry Moredock
"Appearances"
(Season 4)
N/A 11
Viola Davis New York City Defense Attorney
Donna Emmett
"Mercy"
(Season 4)
"Retro"
(Season 1)
7
Harvey Atkin New York County Trial Judge
Alan Ridenour
"Limitations"
(Season 1)
N/A 17
Tom O'Rourke New York County Trial Judge
Mark Seligman
"Honor"
(Season 2)
"Influence"
(Season 7)
19
Joanna Merlin New York County Trial Judge
Lena Petrovsky
"Legacy"
(Season 2)
N/A 41
David Lipman New York County Trial Judge
Arthur Cohen
"Greed"
(Season 3)
N/A 13
Sheila Tousey New York County Trial Judge
Danielle Larsen
"Damaged"
(Season 4)
"Obscene"
(Season 6)
10
Audrie J. Neenan New York County Trial Judge
Lois Preston
"Futility"
(Season 4)
N/A 19
Peter McRobbie New York County Trial Judge
Walter Bradley
"Abomination"
(Season 5)
N/A 15
Patricia Kalember New York County Trial Judge
Karen Taten
"Doubt"
(Season 6)
N/A 8
Joselin Reyes New York City Fire Department
Emergency Medical Technician
Paramedic Martinez
"Coerced"
(Season 5)
N/A 15
Stephen Gregory New York City Emergency Room
Doctor Kyle Beresford
"Sick"
(Season 5)
N/A 18
Elizabeth Flax New York City Emergency Room
Nurse Carey Hutchins
"Abomination"
(Season 5)
"Bullseye"
(Season 12)
12
Isabel Gillies Kathy Stabler "Payback"
(Season 1)
"Delinquent"
(Season 12)
31
Patricia Cook Elizabeth Stabler "A Single Life"
(Season 1)
"Pretend"
(Season 8)
13
Erin Broderick Maureen Stabler "A Single Life"
(Season 1)
"Pretend"
(Season 8)
13
Holiday Segal Kathleen Stabler "A Single Life"
(Season 1)
"Uncivilized"
(Season 1)
8
Allison Siko Kathleen Stabler "Popular"
(Season 3)
"Gray"
(Season 12)
16
Jeffrey Scaperrotta Richard "Dickie" Stabler "A Single Life"
(Season 1)
"Turmoil"
(Season 11)
17
Charlayne Woodard Sister Peg "Silence"
(Season 3)
"Smoked"
(Season 12)
8
Erica Bradshaw Court Clerk Officer Lyons "Gone"
(Season 7)
N/A 18
Donal Logue Lieutenant Declan Murphy "Gambler's Fallacy"
(Season 15)
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