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


Next Episode:

Season 17, Ep. 14 : Nationwide Manhunt Feb 10, 2016

Detectives Erin Lindsay and Antonio Dawson from Chicago P.D. help SVU when two convicted murderers escape.

  • Season 17, Ep. 13 : Forty-One Witnesses Feb 3, 2016

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    When a woman is followed home and raped outside of her building, neighbors witness the crime but neglect to call for help.

  • Season 17, Ep. 12 : A Misunderstanding Jan 20, 2016

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    The futures of two high-school students are complicated by a murky date-rape case filled with dueling accusations.

  • Season 17, Ep. 11 : Townhouse Incident Jan 13, 2016

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    When Sgt. Olivia Benson attempts to thwart a violent home invasion, she gets more than she bargains for and becomes a hostage.

  • Season 17, Ep. 10 : Catfishing Teacher Jan 6, 2016

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    A high-school student plans a secret hookup with a female teacher, but ends up in a sinister situation.

  • Season 17, Ep. 9 : Depravity Standard Nov 18, 2015

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    Barba relies on old evidence, and faces off against a former colleague, during the trial of child abductor Lewis Hodda.

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Fan Reviews ( 0 )
  • 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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