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Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit

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Alternate Title(s) L&O: SVU, SVU,
Special Victims Unit,
Sex Crimes
Format Crime Drama
Police procedural
Picture Format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Running Time 40–45 minutes
Created by Dick Wolf
Starring See below
Narrated By Steven Zirnkilton
Opening Theme by Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Original run 20 September 1999
Finale
No. of seasons 17
No. of episodes 385
(As of present)
List of episodes Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit episodes
IMDB profile Law & Order: SVU
TV.com summary Law & Order: SVU
related shows Law & Order franchise
"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. Created and produced by Dick Wolf, the series premiered on NBC on September 20, 1999, as the first spin-off of Wolf's successful crime drama, Law & Order.

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

As with the original Law & Order, episodes are often loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention or as the franchise calls it "ripped from the headlines".

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) Detective
(later promoted to Sergeant and LieutenantOlivia Benson
Seasons 1-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 Third 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.),
Senior Police Detective Odafin Tutuola
Seasons 2-present
Barba icon Raúl Esparza New York City, Sex Crimes Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Rafael Barba
Seasons 15-present
(Recurring Seasons 14)
Petescv
Peter Scanavino New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior Police Detective Third Grade
Dominick Carisi, Jr.
Seasons 16-present

Former Main 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
(Guest Season 16)
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) /
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
District Attorney Investigation Unit
John Munch
Seasons 1-15
(Guest Seasons 15, 17)
Chrismelstab Christopher Meloni 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 New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit / Vice, Junior
Police Detective Monique Jeffries
Season 1-2
Beach icon Adam Beach New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Brooklyn /
Manhattan Special Victims Unit
(S.V.U.), Junior Police Detective
Chester Lake
Season 9
(Recurring Season 8)
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 13-16
March icon Stephanie March New York City, Sex Crimes Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Alexandra Cabot
Seasons 2-5, 11
(Recurring Seasons 10, 13)
(Guest Season 6)
Untitled1 Diane Neal New York City, Sex Crimes Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Casey Novak
Seasons 5-9
(Recurring Season 12-13)
McManus icon Michaela McManus New York City, Sex Crimes Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Kimberly "Kim" Greylek
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)
(Guest Seasons 13-15, 17)
Tunie icon Tamara Tunie New York City NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (O.C.M.E.),
Assistant Medical Examiner (M.E.)
Doctor Melinda Warner
Seasons 7-12
(Recurring Seasons 2-6, 13-present)

Crossover Guest Stars Edit

Image Actor Character Seasons
Orbach icon Jerry Orbach New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 27th Precinct, Manhattan,
Homicide Unit, Senior Police
Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
(Recurring Season 1)
Martin icon Jesse L. Martin New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D) 27th Precinct, Manhattan,
Homicide Unit, Junior Police
Detective Edward "Ed" Green
(Recurring Season 1)
Hill icon Steven Hill New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Adam Schiff
(Guest Season 1)
McCormickSeason4 Carolyn McCormick New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) / Manhattan District
Attorney's Office
Psychologist
Doctor Elizabeth Olivet
(Recurring Season 2)
(Guest Seasons 1 and 14)
Waterston icon Sam Waterston New York City, Manhattan
Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) / District Attorney (D.A.)
John James "Jack" McCoy
(Guest Seasons 1, 9, and 11)
Wiest icon Dianne Wiest New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Nora Lewin
(Guest Seasons 3-4)
Thompson icon L&O Fred Dalton Thompson New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Arthur Branch
(Guest Season 4)
(Recurring Seasons 5-7)
Rex Winter Skeet Ulrich Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D)
Robbery/Homicide Division Senior Police
Detective Rex Winters
(Guest Season 12)
Jonahd Terrence Howard New York City Defense Attorney
Jonah "Joe" Dekker
(Guest Season 12)
Roache icon Linus Roache New York City, Manhattan District
Attorney's Office
, Sex Crimes Bureau,
Bureau Chief Assistant District Attorney
(B.C.-A.D.A.) Michael "Mike" Cutter
(Recurring Season 13)
Erbe09 Kathryn Erbe New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) One Police Plaza, Manhattan,
Major Case Squad (M.C.S.)
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames
(Recurring Season 14)
De La Garza icon Alana De La Garza New York City, United States
Department of Justice
, Assistant U.S.
Attorney
(A.U.S.A.)
Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa
(Guest Season 15)

Recurring characters Edit

For a list of recurring characters, see List of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Recurring characters.

See alsoEdit

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