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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 4, Ep. 1 : Chameleon Sep 27, 2002

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    An ex-convict who sexually assaulted prostitutes appears to have been killed by a would-be victim, then another homicide suggests the woman may be a manipulative serial killer.

  • Season 4, Ep. 2 : Deception Oct 4, 2002

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    When a corporate mogul is found murdered, evidence points to his son, whom the detectives suspect was seduced by his stepmother.

  • Season 4, Ep. 3 : Vulnerable Oct 11, 2002

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    Detectives hunt for the sadist who tortured a senile old woman (Jane Powell), investigating her nursing home, as well as her scheming son (Jay Thomas).

  • Season 4, Ep. 4 : Lust Oct 18, 2002

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    The detectives launch a search for a serial killer who raped and murdered two women in Central Park. Michael Gross guest stars.

  • Season 4, Ep. 5 : Disappearing Acts Oct 25, 2002

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    Benson and Stabler clash with an assistant U.S. attorney (Pam Grier) when their rape victim and their prime suspect disappear into witness protection.

  • Season 4, Ep. 6 : Angels Nov 1, 2002

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    The death of a boy and his abusive guardian leads the detectives to a travel agency specializing in exotic trips for sexual predators.

  • Season 4, Ep. 7 : Dolls Nov 8, 2002

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    Benson and Stabler begin hunting for a serial pedophile after a 5-year-old girl's decomposed body is found in the trash.

  • Season 4, Ep. 8 : Waste Nov 15, 2002

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler hunt for the fiend who raped and impregnated a comatose patient; the trail leads them to a doctor (Bruce Davison) whose stem cell research is funded by a billionaire with Parkinson's disease.

  • Season 4, Ep. 9 : Juvenile Nov 22, 2002

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    The detectives track down two junior-high students in connection with the rape and murder of a cancer patient who's been growing marijuana in her apartment.

  • Season 4, Ep. 10 : Resilience Dec 6, 2002

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    A 15-year-old rape victim steps off of a subway platform, and two suspects in the case admit to being sexually involved with the girl's mother.

  • Season 4, Ep. 11 : Damaged Jan 10, 2003

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    Benson and Stabler are joined by Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) when a 6-year-old shooting victim tests positive for a sexually transmitted disease.

  • Season 4, Ep. 12 : Risk Jan 17, 2003

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    The death of a baby leads the detectives to a smuggling operation that hides cocaine in baby formula.

  • Season 4, Ep. 13 : Rotten Jan 24, 2003

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    A drug dealer dies in jail after being beaten and sexually assaulted.

  • Season 4, Ep. 14 : Mercy Jan 31, 2003

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    Alexandra Cabot questions a pediatrician (Judd Hirsch) about a dead baby found in a cooler in the East River.

  • Season 4, Ep. 15 : Pandora Feb 7, 2003

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    Stabler hunts for a missing 14-year-old girl who may have been abducted by a foreign child pornographer.

  • Season 4, Ep. 16 : Tortured Feb 14, 2003

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    Detectives Benson and Stabler look for a killer with a foot fetish.

  • Season 4, Ep. 17 : Privilege Feb 21, 2003

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    Detectives investigate the apparent suicide of a 20-year-old woman who jumped from the balcony of a prominent family's home.

  • Season 4, Ep. 18 : Desperate Mar 14, 2003

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    A young boy witnesses the brutal sexual assault and murder of his mother.

  • Season 4, Ep. 19 : Appearances Mar 21, 2003

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    When an 8-year-old beauty queen's body is found in a suitcase on a Manhattan bus, detectives hunt for a pedophile with a fetish for pageants.

  • Season 4, Ep. 20 : Dominance Apr 4, 2003

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    Detectives hunt for a suspect with an ax to grind when an engagement party ends in a quadruple homicide.

  • Season 4, Ep. 21 : Fallacy Apr 18, 2003

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    A female party-goer claims self-defense after killing her attacker.

  • Season 4, Ep. 22 : Futility Apr 25, 2003

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    A man (Fred Savage) accused of rape becomes a formidable opponent when he decides to handle his own defense.

  • Season 4, Ep. 23 : Grief May 2, 2003

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    Evidence points to an angry ex-boyfriend when a cocktail waitress is murdered outside a popular nightspot.

  • Season 4, Ep. 24 : Perfect May 9, 2003

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    A murdered 14-year-old girl leads the detectives to a prominent physician who specializes in reproduction therapy.

  • Season 4, Ep. 25 : Soulless May 16, 2003

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    Detectives suspect several young socialites of raping a girl at a Manhattan nightclub, then killing her.

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