Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

American police procedural crime drama television series
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (often abbreviated to Law & Order: SVU or just SVU) is an American crime drama television series created by Dick Wolf for NBC. It stars Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson, the lead detective of the Special Victims Unit located in a fictionalized version of the New York City Police Department. Christopher Meloni played the other lead detective, Elliot Stabler, until departing from the series after 12 seasons. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit follows the style of the original Law & Order in that episodes are often "ripped from the headlines" or loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention.

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  • Law & Order: SVU
  • SVU
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United States
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English
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21
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40–44 minutes
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September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
present
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Detective John Munch: A military plane drops J.F.K.'s coffin in the middle into 9,000 feet of water three years after the assassination. You don't fund that suggestive-perhaps even a tad bit disquieting? Detective Brian Cassidy: No. Detective John Munch: No? The Justice Department waits 33 years before they impart this tidbit on the American people and then they say they did it because it wasn't evidence? What are you, sheep? Will you believe anything?
  • Benson's shield number is 4015.
  • Mariska Hargitay keeps a photo of her mother Jayne Mansfield on her desk on the set.
  • Peter Hermann (who plays Attorney Trevor Langan in 19 episodes) is Mariska Hargitay's real-life husband.
  • Fin's last name (Tutuola) means "The gentle one" in the African Yoruba language.
  • Richard Belzer carried his role of Det. John Munch over from the series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993) and the TV movie Homicide: The Movie (2000). He also played John Munch in "Law & Order" (1990) which had several crossover episodes with "Homicide", an episode of "The X-Files" (1993), an episode of "The Beat" (2000), an episode of "Law & Order: Trial by Jury" (2005), the finale of "Arrested Development" (2003) and an episode of "The Wire" (2002). This is a record for appearances by an actor playing the same character in different programs. Det. John Munch's character was also played in "Sesame Street" (1969) voiced by Joey Mazzarino.

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