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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 12, Ep. 1 : Locum Sep 22, 2010

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate when a 10-year-old girl goes missing.

  • Season 12, Ep. 2 : Bulls Eye Sep 22, 2010

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    Detectives try to identify a girl who is so traumatized after being raped that she cannot tell them her name.

  • Season 12, Ep. 3 : Behave Sep 29, 2010

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    Benson and Stabler help a repeat rape victim (Jennifer Love Hewitt) stand up to her attacker; the investigation leads Benson to Los Angeles, where she meets a detective (Skeet Ulrich) with information that could help the victim get justice.

  • Season 12, Ep. 4 : Merchandise Oct 6, 2010

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    A teenage girl's death in a hit-and-run accident leads Benson and Stabler to a human trafficking ring; Cragen becomes frustrated by his crumbling precinct.

  • Season 12, Ep. 5 : Wet Oct 13, 2010

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    A woman with a seemingly squeaky-clean image is found dead in a fountain; further investigation reveals a surprising motive and multiple suspects.

  • Season 12, Ep. 6 : Branded Oct 20, 2010

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    Stabler and Benson seek a connection between two men who are beaten and branded with a wire hanger in seemingly separate incidents.

  • Season 12, Ep. 7 : Trophy Nov 3, 2010

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    When Benson and Stabler investigate a young woman's rape and murder, the case puts them in the line of fire and exposes a larger mystery that includes more victims.

  • Season 12, Ep. 8 : Penetration Nov 10, 2010

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    When a stranger assaults an FBI agent (Marcia Gay Harden), she asks Benson to have her rape kit tested; the agent refuses to talk about the incident, fearing she will be pulled off the case she is working.

  • Season 12, Ep. 9 : Gray Nov 17, 2010

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    A girl at Detective Stabler's daughter's school accuses another student of rape; ADA Paxton (Christine Lahti) returns to prosecute.

  • Season 12, Ep. 10 : Rescue Dec 1, 2010

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    Stabler notices that Benson is bonding with Calvin, the boy left in her care; Fin and Munch must investigate when the name of Calvin's mother (Maria Bello) comes up during a rape investigation.

  • Season 12, Ep. 11 : Pop Jan 5, 2011

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    Investigation into the death of a young boy leads to a gambling ring.

  • Season 12, Ep. 12 : Possessed Jan 5, 2011

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    When a young woman is attacked in her apartment, evidence points to traumatic events from her buried past.

  • Season 12, Ep. 13 : Mask Jan 12, 2011

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    Benson and Stabler have to get creative when a rape victim's father refuses to help the detectives get the information they need to solve a case.

  • Season 12, Ep. 14 : Dirty Jan 19, 2011

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    Benson questions Detective Qadri's involvement in the case of a district attorney who fell to her death.

  • Season 12, Ep. 15 : Flight Feb 2, 2011

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler's investigation into a sexual abuse case goes awry when their wealthy suspect involves his lawyer.

  • Season 12, Ep. 16 : Spectacle Feb 9, 2011

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    Detectives Stabler and Tutuola search for a victim and her attacker after video of a sexual assault is featured on a college campus Intranet feed.

  • Season 12, Ep. 17 : Pursuit Feb 16, 2011

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    ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) tries to help an old friend (Debra Messing) who starts receiving personal threats.

  • Season 12, Ep. 18 : Bully Feb 23, 2011

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    After a woman is found dead in her apartment, detectives investigate her personal contacts, including an employer (Kate Burton), in search of suspects.

  • Season 12, Ep. 19 : Bombshell Mar 23, 2011

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    The investigation into the stabbing death of a family man leads Benson and Stabler to believe he had an illicit hobby; the detectives meet a woman and her jealous boyfriend while undercover at a swingers club.

  • Season 12, Ep. 20 : Totem Mar 30, 2011

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler work with a sex therapist, Capt. Jackson (Jeremy Irons), when a young girl is murdered.

  • Season 12, Ep. 21 : Reparations Apr 6, 2011

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    DDA Jonah Dekker (Terrence Howard) comes to New York to defend his cousin, who has been accused of rape; ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) helps Detectives Stabler and Benson with the case.

  • Season 12, Ep. 22 : Bang May 4, 2011

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    After a baby is found on a playground, Detectives Stabler and Benson look for the child's caregiver.

  • Season 12, Ep. 23 : Delinquent May 11, 2011

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    When a woman finds a teenage boy sleeping naked in her bedroom, detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the teen and his mother to find out what really happened.

  • Season 12, Ep. 24 : Smoked May 18, 2011

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate when a woman scheduled to testify in a high-profile rape case is murdered.

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