Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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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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Also known as
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • SVU
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Theme of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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United States
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English
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No. of seasons
21
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40–44 minutes
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September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
present
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