Air Date: September 20th, 1999
A special unit in New York investigates heinous cases.
Genres: Drama, Crime drama, Suspense, Action
Season 18 - Episode 21 : Sanctuary May 24, 2017
The release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson and Barba caught between two families seeking justice; as public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.
Season 18 - Episode 20 : American Dream; Sanctuary May 24, 2017
A hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter; as public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to great lengths to make an arrest.
Season 18 - Episode 20 : American Dream May 24, 2017
When a crucial witness in the case of a fatal hate crime against a Muslim family is deported, Barba must drop the charges against a suspect, resulting in rising tensions between communities on either side of the case.
Season 18 - Episode 19 : Conversion May 17, 2017
After a young woman is raped by a member of her church group, Barba argues that the First Amendment doesn't entitle a person to break the law.
Season 18 - Episode 18 : Spellbound May 10, 2017
The SVU investigates when a woman claims a charismatic spiritual healer used hypnosis to incapacitate her and assault her.
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