Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV Series

Law & Order Special Victims Unit
The cast of Law & Order Special Victims Unit

Overview of the Law & Order Special Victims Unit TV Series

Law & Order Special Victims Unit (often abbreviated to just Law & Order: SVU) is an American police procedural television drama series that is set in New York City.

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit television series was created and produced by Dick Wolf and aired on the NBC television network. The Law and Order SVU TV series premiered on September 20, 1999 as the first spin-off of Dick Wolf’s successful crime drama, Law & Order.

The successful show originally centered around the police detectives of the Special Victims Unit in a fictional version of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). In the style of the original Law & Order, the show’s episodes are often taken from current newspaper headlines or loosely based on crimes that really happened. This approach to script writing helps keep the subject matter fresh and relevant to the viewing audience and generally makes the shows more popular.

Cast Members

The show stars actor Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler, a senior detective in the Manhattan SVU, and Mariska Hargitay as his partner, Detective Olivia Benson, who plays a rookie to the unit and who is also a child of a raper victim.

As the TV series progressed, additional supporting characters were added as allies of the detectives in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and in the Medical Examiner’s office. Typical episodes follow the detectives and their colleagues as they investigate and prosecute sexually based offenses around the city.

Law & Order Special Victims Unit Season Episodes

Law & Order ran for an amazing 19 seasons and a total of 434 episodes. Each episode ran for approximately 40 to 44 minutes. All of the seasons and episodes are available online at Amazon.

  • Law & Order Special Victims Unit – The First Year on DVD – A six disc boxed set that includes 22 episodes from the first season.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – The Second Year on DVD – Features all 21 episodes from the second season and bonus features such as deleted scenes, character profiles, and cast interaction with real police detectives.
  • The Third Season on DVD
  • The Fourth Year on DVD – Includes all 25 episodes from season 4.
  • The Fifth Year on DVD
  • Year Six on DVD – This set features 23 episodes from season 6 in a five-disc set.
  • The Seventh Year on DVD – Includes 22 episodes from season 7 on a 5 disc set.

Critical Response, Ratings and Awards

  • The series has a rating of 8.9 out of 10 stars on IMDB
  • The series has a rating of 8.9 out of 10 stars on
  • Amazon Video viewers give the series a rating of 4 out of 5 stars


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