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Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit

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Alternate Title(s) L&O: SVU, SVU,
Special Victims Unit,
Sex Crimes
Format Crime Drama
Police procedural
Picture Format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Running Time 40–45 minutes
Created by Dick Wolf
Starring See below
Narrated By Steven Zirnkilton
Opening Theme by Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Language English
Original channel NBC
Original run 20 September 1999
Finale
No. of seasons 21
No. of episodes 467
(As of present)
List of episodes Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit episodes
IMDB profile Law & Order: SVU
TV.com summary Law & Order: SVU
related shows Law & Order franchise
"In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offences are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a crime drama television series aired on NBC that premiered in September 1999. Created and produced by Dick Wolf, the series premiered on NBC on September 20, 1999, as the first spin-off of Wolf's successful crime drama, Law & Order.

The Special Victims Unit is located in the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department and focuses on victims of sexual crimes, such as rape, pedophilia and domestic abuse, as well as cases involving children, the handicapped and elderly victims of non-sexual crimes who require specialist handling from the unit. Its stories also touch on the political and societal issues associated with gender identity, sexual preferences, and equality rights.

As with the original Law & Order, episodes are often loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention or as the franchise calls it "ripped from the headlines".

As of now, Special Victims Unit is the last surviving show in the American Law & Order franchise.

As of November 21, 2019, the series has aired 467 episodes.

On March 29, 2019, the show was renewed for a 21st season, making it the longest running primetime drama series in history as well as the longest running series in the Law & Order franchise.

For a list of episodes, see Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episodes.


Main Cast

Current Cast and Characters

Image Actor Character Seasons
Mariskahargitayseason21 Mariska Hargitay New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Lieutenant
(promoted from Junior to Senior Detective,
later promoted to Sergeant, then Lieutenant and then Captain)
Olivia Benson
Seasons 1-present
Kelligiddishseason21 Kelli Giddish New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police Detective First Grade Amanda Rollins
Seasons 13-present
Icetseason21 Ice-T New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D. 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police Sergeant First Grade (promoted from Detective) Odafin Tutuola
Seasons 2-present
Peterscanavinoseason21 Peter Scanavino New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior Police Detective First Grade, later promoted to A.D.A. Dominick Carisi, Jr.
Seasons 16-present
Jamiegrayhyderseason21 Jamie Gray Hyder New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Junior Police Detective Katriona Tamin
Seasons 21-present

Previous Cast and Characters

Image Actor Character Seasons
Hurd icon Michelle Hurd New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit / Vice, Junior
Police Detective Monique Jeffries
Season 1-2
(Recurring Season 1)
Beach icon Adam Beach New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Brooklyn /
Manhattan Special Victims Unit
(S.V.U.), Junior Police Detective
Chester Lake
Season 9
(Recurring Season 8)
Untitled1 Diane Neal New York City, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Bureau
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Casey Novak
Seasons 5-9
(Recurring Season 12-13)
McManus icon Michaela McManus New York City, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Bureau
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Kimberly "Kim" Greylek
Season 10
Capture-1 Stephanie March New York City, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Bureau
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Alexandra Cabot
Seasons 2-5, 11
(Recurring Seasons 10, 13)
(Guest Seasons 6, 19)
Chrismelstab Christopher Meloni New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Senior
Police Detective Elliot Stabler
Seasons 1-12
Wong icon B.D. Wong New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) contracted Forensic Sex
Crimes Psychiatrist Doctor,
FBI Special Agent George Huang
Seasons 4-12
(Recurring Seasons 2-3)
(Guest Seasons 13-15, 17)
Tunie icon Tamara Tunie New York City NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner (O.C.M.E.),
Assistant Medical Examiner (M.E.)
Doctor Melinda Warner
Seasons 7-12
(Recurring Seasons 2-6, 13-19)
Belzer icon Richard Belzer New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.),
Senior Police Detective
(later promoted to Sergeant) /
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
District Attorney Investigation Unit
John Munch
Seasons 1-15
(Guest Seasons 15, 17)
Florek icon larger Dann Florek New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police
Captain Donald "Don" Cragen
Seasons 1-15
(Guest Season 16)
Amaro icon Danny Pino New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 16th Precinct, Manhattan
Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.), Police
Detective Second Grade Nick Amaro
Seasons 13-16
Barba icon Raúl Esparza New York City, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Sex Crimes Bureau
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Rafael Barba
Seasons 15-19
(Recurring Season 14)
Peter Stone2 Philip Winchester New York City, Sex Crimes Bureau
Manhattan District Attorney's Office,
Assistant District Attorney
(A.D.A.) Peter Stone
Seasons 19-20
(Guest Season 19)

Crossover Guest Stars

Image Actor Character Seasons
Orbach icon Jerry Orbach New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D.) 27th Precinct, Manhattan,
Homicide Unit, Senior Police
Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe
(Recurring Season 1)
Martin icon Jesse L. Martin New York City Police Department
(N.Y.P.D) 27th Precinct, Manhattan,
Homicide Unit, Junior Police
Detective Edward "Ed" Green
(Recurring Season 1)
Hill icon Steven Hill New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Adam Schiff
(Guest Season 1)
McCormickSeason4 Carolyn McCormick New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) / Manhattan District
Attorney's Office
Psychologist
Doctor Elizabeth Olivet
(Recurring Season 2 and 19)
(Guest Seasons 1 and 14)
Waterston icon Sam Waterston New York City, Manhattan
Executive Assistant District Attorney
(E.A.D.A.) / District Attorney (D.A.)
John James "Jack" McCoy
(Guest Seasons 1, 9, 11, and 19)
Wiest icon Dianne Wiest New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Nora Lewin
(Guest Seasons 3-4)
Thompson icon L&O Fred Dalton Thompson New York City, Manhattan
District Attorney (D.A.) Arthur Branch
(Guest Season 4)
(Recurring Seasons 5-7)
Rex Winter3 Skeet Ulrich Los Angeles Police Department (L.A.P.D)
Robbery/Homicide Division Senior Police
Detective Rex Winters
(Guest Season 12)
Jonahd3 Terrence Howard New York City Defense Attorney
Jonah "Joe" Dekker
(Guest Season 12)
Roache icon Linus Roache New York City, Manhattan District
Attorney's Office
, Sex Crimes Bureau,
Bureau Chief Assistant District Attorney
(B.C.-A.D.A.) Michael "Mike" Cutter
(Recurring Season 13)
Erbe09 Kathryn Erbe New York City Police Department (N.Y.P.D.) One Police Plaza, Manhattan,
Major Case Squad (M.C.S.)
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames
(Recurring Season 14)
DeLaGarzaicon3 Alana De La Garza New York City, United States
Department of Justice
, Assistant U.S.
Attorney
(A.U.S.A.)
Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa
(Guest Season 15)

Recurring Guest Stars

For a list of recurring characters, see SVU recurring characters.

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