Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series Summary
Detectives who are part of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit investigate crimes against the vulnerable. While the focus of other shows in the "Law & Order" franchise is primarily on murder cases, the SVU detectives frequently deal with rape and assault, in which a survivor assists with the investigation. The series cast of veteran actors includes Mariska Hargitay and rapper Ice-T, and occasional crossover episodes feature detectives from other series including editions of the "Law & Order" franchise and as well as "Chicago PD," another series from the mind of executive producer Dick Wolf.

Air Dates: 1999 - Present

Genres: Crime drama, Drama, Action

Network: NBC

  • Season 17, Ep. 23 : Heartfelt PassagesMay 25, 2016

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    While the investigation of a corrections officer accused of assaulting female inmates deepens, the union backing the accused man takes action that threatens the lives of the SVU team members.

  • Season 17, Ep. 22 : Intersecting LivesMay 18, 2016

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    When a corrections officer is arrested for sexually assaulting female inmates, the union that supports him set their sights on Barba and the SVU.

  • Season 17, Ep. 21 : Assaulting RealityMay 11, 2016

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    The SVU investigates when a contestant from a reality dating series says she was raped; the producers of the series make Benson and the team part of the show.

  • Season 17, Ep. 20 : Fashionable CrimesMay 4, 2016

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    A famous fashion photographer accused of raping a young model asks his successful brother to help him avoid charges.

  • Season 17, Ep. 19 : Sheltered OutcastsMar 30, 2016

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    Detective Carisi poses as a homeless man at a shelter to see if one of the resident sex offenders is tied to a string of rapes.

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Critic Reviews( 3 )
  • When the hour is over, one is left with the distinct impression that the story could have been told just as well, if not better, on the original "Law & Order." And one is reminded yet again that network TV seems to be recycling old ideas just when it desperately needs new ones. [20 Sept 1999, p.E1] Show More

  • The key here is that the emotional payoffs are dead-on. [20 Sept 1999, p.38] Show More

  • If the crimes that drive "Law & Order" have the cops who solve them and the lawyers who prosecute them shaking their heads, the sex crimes dealt with by Special Victims will have the cops - and viewers - holding onto their stomachs. Show More

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