Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Created by: Dick Wolf
Starring: Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay
Casey Novak
Donald Cragen
Produced by: Wolf Entertainment
Universal Television
Distributed by: NBC
Related shows: Law & Order: LA
In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses 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.

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Created and produced by Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on 20 September, 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 and domestic abuse, as well as cases involving children and the elderly.

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".


Main Cast and Characters

Image Actor Character
Christopher Meloni Detective
Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay Detective
Olivia Benson
Diane Neal Assistant District Attorney
Casey Novak
Ice-T Detective
Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Dann Florek Captain
Donald Cragen

Crossover Guest Stars

Image Actor Character Episodes
Skeet Ulrich Detective
Rex Winters
12.03 Behave
Terrence Howard Deputy District Attorney
Jonah "Joe" Dekker
12.21 Reparations


Image Episode Sypnosis Airdate
Svu1203.jpg 12.03
Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler help a repeat rape victim stand up to her attacker. September 29, 2010
Svu1221.jpg 12.21
ADA Casey Novak returns when a man is accused of rape and his cousin DDA Jonah Dekker steps in to defend him. April 6, 2011

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Characters Elliot StablerOlivia BensonCasey NovakOdafin "Fin" TutuolaDonald Cragen
Crossover Episodes BehaveReparations
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