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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Premiere September 20, 1999
Finale
Airs On hiatus
Creator Dick Wolf
Network NBC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Wolf Films
Studios USA Television
(seasons 1–3)
Universal Network Television
(seasons 4–5)
NBC Universal Television Studio
(seasons 6–8)
Universal Media Studios
(seasons 9–12)
Universal Television
(season 13—)
Seasons 16
Episodes 343 (through season 15)
Status Currently airing season 16
Origin USA

See the Law & Order franchise article for other Law & Order series.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (known as Sex Crimes during development) was the first series to spin off from Law & Order, starring two detectives in New York's Special Victims Unit, a section of the police dedicated to investigating sex crimes and child abuse. However, despite being one of the most popular shows connected to the Law & Order franchise, it was originally pitched to NBC as an original series under the name Sex Crimes. When the idea was shot down due to the harsh name, executives at the network met with Dick Wolf to adopt the series into the Law & Order universe.

The series breaks with Law & Order's method of splitting the episode in half, one part being about the investigation of the crime and the other about the prosecution of that crime. Instead, SVU utilizes character based drama by focusing on the main two detectives, Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson with a supporting cast who act as foils to the main two. This makes the series less about the crime committed and more about the reactions of the detectives to the crime.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Christopher Meloni Det. Elliot Stabler 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mariska Hargitay Det. Olivia Benson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Danny Pino Det. Nick Amaro 13 14 15 16
Kelli Giddish Det. Amanda Rollins 13 14 15 16
Richard Belzer Sgt. John Munch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Michelle Hurd Det. Monique Jefferies 1 2
Stephanie March ADA Alexandra Cabot 2 3 4 5 6 10 11 13
Diane Neal ADA Casey Novak 5 6 7 8 9 12 13
Ice-T Det. Fin Tutuola 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Raul Esparza ADA Rafael Barba 14 15 16
Adam Beach Det. Chester Lake 8 9
Michaela McManus ADA Kim Greylek 10
B.D. Wong Dr. George Huang 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Tamara Tunie ME Melinda Warner 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Dann Florek Capt. Donald Cragen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Isabel Gillies Kathy Stabler 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 12
Harvey Atkin Judge Alan Ridenour 1 2 3 4 5 7 10 11 12
Jeffrey Scaperrotta Dickie Stabler 1 2 5 6 8 10 11
Holiday Segal Kathleen Stabler 1
Allison Siko 3 6 8 9 10 12
Dean Winters Det. Brian Cassidy 1 13 14 15
Joanna Merlin Judge Lena Petrovsky 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tom O'Rourke Judge Mark Seligman 2 3 4 5 6 7
Peter Hermann Defense Attorney Trevor Langan 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15
Joel de la Fuente TARU Tech Ruben Morales 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Jill Marie Lawrence Defense Attorney Cleo Conrad 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Robert John Burke Lt. Ed Tucker 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 12 14 15
Daniel Sunjata CSU Tech Burt Trevor 3 4 5
Judith Light EADA Elizabeth Donnelly 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Caren Browning CSU Capt. Judith Siper 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ned Eisenberg Defense Attorney Roger Kressler 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 13 14
Peter McRobbie Judge Walter Bradley 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14
Mike Doyle CSU Tech Ryan O'Halloran 5 6 7 8 9 10
Stephen Gregory Dr. Kyle Beresford 5 6 7 8 10 11 12
Joselin Reyes Paramedic Martinez 5 6 7 8 12 13 15
Audrie Neenan Judge Lois Preston 6 7 9 10 11 12
Erica Bradshaw Court Officer Lyons 7 8 9 10 11 12

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 20, 1999 May 21, 2000 22
Season Two October 20, 2000 May 11, 2001 21
Season Three September 28, 2001 May 17, 2002 22
Season Four September 27, 2002 May 16, 2003 25
Season Five September 23, 2003 May 18, 2004 25
Season Six September 21, 2004 May 24, 2005 22
Season Seven September 20, 2005 May 16, 2006 22
Season Eight September 19, 2006 May 22, 2007 22
Season Nine September 25, 2007 May 13, 2008 19
Season Ten September 23, 2008 June 2, 2009 22
Season Eleven September 23, 2009 May 19, 2010 24
Season Twelve September 22, 2010 May 18, 2011 24
Season Thirteen September 21, 2011 May 23, 2012 23
Season Fourteen September 26, 2012 May 22, 2013 24
Season Fifteen September 25, 2013 May 21, 2014 24
Season Sixteen September 24, 2014 24

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The First Year October 21, 2003 6 purchase
The Second Year September 27, 2005 3 purchase
The Third Year January 30, 2007 5 purchase
The Fourth Year December 4, 2007 5 purchase
The Fifth Year September 14, 2004 5 purchase
Year Six April 1, 2008 5 purchase
Year Seven July 29, 2008 5 purchase
Year Eight February 17, 2009 5 purchase
Year Nine May 26, 2009 5 purchase
Year Ten September 22, 2009 5 purchase
Individual Episodes
Premiere Episode June 3, 2003 1 purchase

External Sites

The Law & Order Franchise
Current Series

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLaw & Order: UK

Past Series

Law & OrderLaw & Order: Criminal IntentLaw & Order: Trial by JuryLaw & Order: Los AngelesConviction