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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 largely deal with murders, the SVU detectives frequently deal with rape and assault, in which a survivor assists in the investigation. The series cast of veteran actors include Mariska Hargitay and rapper Ice-T, and occasional crossover episodes feature detectives from other series in the "Law & Order" franchise.

Air Dates: 1999 - Present

Genres: Crime drama

Network: NBC

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  • Season 1, Ep. 1 : Payback Sep 20, 1999

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    Detectives Stabler and Benson investigate the murder and dismemberment of a cabdriver who was a wanted man.

  • Season 1, Ep. 2 : A Single Life Sep 27, 1999

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    Benson and Stabler run into multiple dead ends while investigating the case of a woman who fell to her death wearing only a slip.

  • Season 1, Ep. 3 : ... Or Just Look Like One Oct 4, 1999

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    When a popular teen is sexually assaulted, Benson and Stabler delve into a modeling underworld of thoughtless parents, drug-dealing doctors and a trendy agency executive.

  • Season 1, Ep. 4 : Hysteria Oct 11, 1999

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler believe a fellow cop may be behind murders going back 30 years; Munch is in rare form during a child molestation case.

  • Season 1, Ep. 5 : Wanderlust Oct 18, 1999

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    Benson and Stabler believe a pedophile (John Dossett) may be behind the murder of a travel writer, especially after meeting the victim's landlady and her streetwise daughter (Patricia Richardson, Lynn Collins).

  • Season 1, Ep. 6 : Sophomore Jinx Oct 25, 1999

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    Benson and Stabler suspect a pair of college basketball players of murdering a female student, but officials don't want to draw negative attention to the school.

  • Season 1, Ep. 7 : Uncivilized Nov 15, 1999

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    The state pursues a media-sensationalized case against a known pedophile who's suspected of assaulting and killing a youth.

  • Season 1, Ep. 8 : Stalked Nov 22, 1999

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    Stabler fears a combative Benson will be the next victim of a real estate agent suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering a lawyer.

  • Season 1, Ep. 9 : Stocks & Bondage Nov 29, 1999

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    Benson and Stabler investigate a successful woman's suspicious death and find themselves in the world of sadomasochism.

  • Season 1, Ep. 10 : Closure Jan 7, 2000

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    Benson and Stabler encounter problems when the prime suspect in a sexual assault cannot be identified by the shaken victim.

  • Season 1, Ep. 11 : Bad Blood Jan 14, 2000

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler hunt for the killer of a gay man whose father heads a conservative watchdog group; Munch looks for Benson's biological father.

  • Season 1, Ep. 12 : Russian Love Poem Jan 21, 2000

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    A suspicious ring of Russian immigrants offers little help in assisting Stabler and Benson to solve the murder of a multimillionaire.

  • Season 1, Ep. 13 : Disrobed Feb 4, 2000

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the shooting death of a sleazy judge who abused the criminal-justice system.

  • Season 1, Ep. 14 : Limitations Feb 11, 2000

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    The detectives must solve a 5-year-old sexual assault case before the statute of limitations closes it.

  • Season 1, Ep. 15 : Entitled Feb 18, 2000

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    Benson and Stabler team with detectives Briscoe and Green to investigate the gunshot murder of a man believed to be a sexual aggressor.

  • Season 1, Ep. 16 : The Third Guy Feb 25, 2000

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    Two local hoods are implicated in the murder and rape of an elderly woman, though they claim they only broke in to rob her.

  • Season 1, Ep. 17 : Misleader Mar 31, 2000

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    The detectives learn that the pregnant daughter-in-law of a prominent religious educator may have been having an affair at the time of her murder.

  • Season 1, Ep. 18 : Chat Room Apr 14, 2000

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    A sexual assault case involving a teenage girl leads Benson and Stabler to set up a sting operation to trap Internet pedophiles.

  • Season 1, Ep. 19 : Contact Apr 28, 2000

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    The detectives investigate a series of sexual attacks happening on subways; Benson begins dating a crime reporter.

  • Season 1, Ep. 20 : Remorse May 5, 2000

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    Munch bonds with a television news reporter (Jennifer Esposito) who was sexually assaulted months earlier.

  • Season 1, Ep. 21 : Nocturne May 12, 2000

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    The trial of an accused child molester is jeopardized when the prime witness has difficulty dealing with his past.

  • Season 1, Ep. 22 : Slaves May 19, 2000

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    Police suspect a corporate lawyer (Andrew McCarthy) is connected to a murder and to a Romanian nanny thought to be sexually abused.

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