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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 5, Ep. 1 : Tragedy Sep 23, 2003

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    A serial rapist is the main suspect when an expectant mother is abducted during a car jacking.

  • Season 5, Ep. 2 : Manic Sep 30, 2003

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    Detectives investigate when two high-school basketball players are gunned down while shooting hoops in the gymnasium.

  • Season 5, Ep. 3 : Mother Oct 7, 2003

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    A psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of sex offenders is found badly beaten in a crack house and one of her recently paroled patients, the "Duct Tape Rapist," is the prime suspect.

  • Season 5, Ep. 4 : Loss Oct 14, 2003

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    Detectives face off against a Colombian cartel and the Drug Enforcement Administration while investigating the brutal rape and murder of an undercover agent.

  • Season 5, Ep. 5 : Serendipity Oct 21, 2003

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    A dead newborn leads detectives to a dermatologist, then a serial pedophile.

  • Season 5, Ep. 6 : Coerced Oct 28, 2003

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    A boy, 5, is abducted from his bed in the middle of the night, prompting detectives to take a hard look at the boy's estranged father.

  • Season 5, Ep. 7 : Choice Nov 4, 2003

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    Detectives interrogate a man who accuses his wife (Josie Bissett) of endangering the life of their unborn child through excessive drinking.

  • Season 5, Ep. 8 : Abomination Nov 11, 2003

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    Detectives investigate the murder of a gay man who was the poster boy for sexual re-education.

  • Season 5, Ep. 9 : Control Nov 18, 2003

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    After a man's mutilation on the subway, detectives discover he has been abducting women for years and forcing them to live in his dungeon.

  • Season 5, Ep. 10 : Shaken Nov 25, 2003

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    Stabler and Capt. Cragen search for suspects after a missing infant is discovered badly beaten in the bushes at a local park.

  • Season 5, Ep. 11 : Escape Dec 2, 2003

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    A standoff in a motel on the Jersey Shore incites a pedophile to take detective Benson hostage.

  • Season 5, Ep. 12 : Brotherhood Jan 6, 2004

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    Benson and Stabler hit a wall of silence while questioning fraternity brothers about the murder and sodomy of their hard-nosed pledge master.

  • Season 5, Ep. 13 : Hate Jan 13, 2004

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    Detectives investigate the rape and murder of two Arab-American women who were trying to improve relations among different groups.

  • Season 5, Ep. 14 : Ritual Feb 3, 2004

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    Detectives probe what looks like the ritualistic sacrifice of a 7-year-old Nigerian boy and uncover a slave-smuggling ring.

  • Season 5, Ep. 15 : Families Feb 10, 2004

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    Family members become murder suspects when DNA tests on the body of a 16-year-old girl reveal evidence of incest.

  • Season 5, Ep. 16 : Home Feb 17, 2004

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    Detectives interview an overprotective woman (Diane Verona) to find out why her son is scavenging for food in the garbage; the boy later is later found dead and his older brother confesses to killing him.

  • Season 5, Ep. 17 : Mean Feb 24, 2004

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    After finding out a dead teenage girl was a bully, detectives look for murder suspects at her school.

  • Season 5, Ep. 18 : Careless Mar 2, 2004

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    A child dies in the emergency room after passing out during a prayer vigil at a late-night church service.

  • Season 5, Ep. 19 : Sick Mar 30, 2004

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    The search for the sexual abuser of a child leads the detectives to a wealthy toy mogul known for his generous hospitality toward children.

  • Season 5, Ep. 20 : Lowdown Apr 6, 2004

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    Detectives try to decipher a motive for the strangulation of a Bronx assistant DA in an area where hookers stroll.

  • Season 5, Ep. 21 : Criminal Apr 20, 2004

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    When a criminology student is raped and murdered, detectives hunt for a suspect with an expert knowledge of forensic medicine.

  • Season 5, Ep. 22 : Painless Apr 27, 2004

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    A woman claiming to have been the victim of rape commits suicide while she is still in the emergency room.

  • Season 5, Ep. 23 : Bound May 4, 2004

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    The death of a wealthy senior citizen leads to an investigations that uncovers a serial killer who targets the elderly.

  • Season 5, Ep. 24 : Poison May 11, 2004

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    A mother becomes Stabler and Benson's prime suspect in the poisoning of her child; Novak enlists Clark's assistance in obtaining evidence to remove a judge from the bench after his bias in two child abuse cases leads to a wrongful arrest.

  • Season 5, Ep. 25 : Head May 18, 2004

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    A video voyeur catches a sexual assault against a minor on tape, which changes the focus of the investigation as the detectives search for a pedophile.

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