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 is primarily on murder cases, the SVU detectives frequently deal with rape and assault, in which a survivor assists with the investigation. The series cast of veteran actors includes Mariska Hargitay and rapper Ice-T, and occasional crossover episodes feature detectives from other series including editions of the "Law & Order" franchise and as well as "Chicago PD," another series from the mind of executive producer Dick Wolf.

Air Dates: 1999 - Present

Genres: Crime drama, Drama, Action, Suspense

Network: NBC

  • Season 18, Ep. 6 : Broken RhymesNov 9, 2016

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    The detectives interrogate the CEO of a recording company and his protégé for their involvement in an assault on a transgender student.

  • Season 18, Ep. 5 : Rape InterruptedOct 26, 2016

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    When a sergeant's son is accused of rape, Benson is put in a difficult position and forced to make a choice between loyalty and duty.

  • Season 18, Ep. 4 : Heightened EmotionsOct 12, 2016

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    A sexually assaulted athlete's secret double life could destroy her Olympic career and ruin the case against her attacker; Rollins' sister is released from prison on parole.

  • Season 18, Ep. 3 : ImposterOct 5, 2016

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    When a man uses a false identity to lure a vulnerable married woman to bed, Barba thinks the evidence amounts to rape.

  • Season 18, Ep. 2 : Making a RapistSep 28, 2016

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    One day after a convicted rapist is exonerated by DNA evidence, a shocking new crime forces Fin and the team to search for the whereabouts of the man again.

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  • 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

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