Thursday 21:00 on NBC
22 Seasons, 483 Episodes

Genre: Crime / Musical / Soap /

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Based out of the New York City Police Department's 16th precinct in Manhattan, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) delves into the dark side of the NYC underworld as the detectives investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes including rape, pedophilia, and domestic violence. They also investigate the abuses of children, the disabled and elderly victims of non more
...-sexual crimes who require specialist handling, all while trying to balance the effects of the investigation on their own lives as they try not to let the dark side of these crimes affect them. Its stories also touch on the political and societal issues associated with gender identity, sexual preferences, and equality rights. The unit also works with the Manhattan District Attorney's office as they prosecute cases and seek justice for victims. The series often uses stories that are "ripped from the headlines" or based on real crimes. Such episodes take a real crime and fictionalize it by changing some details.
 
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Svu Ep: 'It's Pretty Clear' That Stabler Will Be in Season 22 Premiere

Law & Order aficionados may not have to wait until the SVU spinoff to see Elliot Stabler in action again. In a new episode of the show’s behind-the-scenes podcast, SVU showrunner Warren Leight says, “It’s pretty clear that Elliot will be in the SVU season opener. I think that much I know.” At the end of March, news broke that NBC had ordered a Stabler-led spinoff of... more Comments

John Waters Dishes on His Upcoming 'Law and Order: Svu' Episode

Ever the provocateur, no one upends expectations quite like John Waters. The Prince of Filth, the Doyenne of Depravity, the Master of the Macabre, Waters will be lending his acting talents to the folks over at TV’s longest-running primetime drama, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Over the years, the NBC franchise has developed as many a rabid devotee as Waters himself, so this special guest spot seems like a match mad... more Comments

New Study Reveals How Crime TV Series Distort Understanding of Race and Criminal Justice System

Today, Color Of Change released a first of its kind report titled “Normalizing Injustice: The Dangerous Misrepresentations that Define Television’s Scripted Crime Genre.” The report is a study of how scripted series that fall under the crime television genre depict the criminal justice system and play a significant role in helping to advance what the study identifies are distorted representations of crime, justice, race, and gender in media and culture. Given that these shows collectively reach tens of millions of Americans annu... more Comments

Law & Order: Svu Promotes New Detective to Series Regular

Congratulations are in order for Law & Order: SVU‘s newest recruit. Jamie Gray Hyder has been promoted to series regular for the NBC procedural’s current season, TVLine has confirmed. Hyder’s character, a former Vice officer named Katriona “Kat” Azar Tamin, made her first appearance in SVU‘s Season 21 premiere, which found her going undercover as an aspiring ac... more Comments

Svu Premiere Recap: Who Left? Who's Promoted? And Who's the New A.D.A.?

Law & Order: SVU kicked off its premiere with a nod to Gunsmoke, the series whose record it’s surpassing in this history-making Season 21. (Missed it? Rewind and check out what’s playing on the TV at the bar.) But after that brief, meta moment, Olivia Benson & Co. are back at it — because even after two decades, perps gonna perp. The episode opens with Carisi packing up his desk and telling Rollins he’s turned in his gun. Wait, what? S... more Comments

Svu: Margaret Cho to Guest-Star - Will She Rub Benson & Co. the Wrong Way?

Margaret Cho is going from Poodle to perp. The comedian and Masked Singer Season 1 contestant will guest-star on a future episode of Law & Order: SVU, TVLine has learned exclusively. Cho will play a massage-parlor manager who’s swept up in a sex-trafficking sting operation. The episode is titled “Counselor, It’s Chinatown,” and it is slated to air in No... more Comments

Law & Order: Svu: Warren Leight Returning as Showrunner for Season 21

When Law & Order: SVU becomes the longest-running live-action TV series this fall, it’ll do so with a (somewhat) new showrunner at the helm. Warren Leight, who called the shots from Seasons 13 to 17, will return for the procedural’s milestone 21st, our sister site Deadline reports. “We have a ‘murderers’ row’ of writers and showrunners on our shows,” series creator Dick Wolf said in a statement. “What they do on a daily and weekly basis is mind-boggling. I’m thrilled that Warren is retu... more Comments

'Law & Order: SVU' Renewed For Record-Breaking 21st Season By NBC As Dick Wolf & Mariska Hargitay Write TV History

The renewal also marks a milestone for Hargitay’s Lt. Benson as the longest-running character in a primetime live-action series. Hargitay surpassed Gunsmoke‘s James Arness and Milburn Stone as well as Kelsey Grammer who have all portrayed the same character for 20 consecutive seasons. (Grammer did it as Frasier Crane on two series, Cheers and Frasier, and was a series regular for 17 of the seasons versus 20 for the other actors). “We tip our cap to Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay and the ... more Comments

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 20 Episode 4 Photos Revenge

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 20 Episode 4 Photos Revenge – As a string of break-in assaults grows more violent, the cops investigate an online incel group to identify a suspect. Starring Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino and Philip Winchester. Guest starring Callie Thorne (Nikki Staines), Sarah Rich (Anne Whitman), Louis Mustillo (Dave Arnold) and Ethan Slater (Riley Porter). Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” now in its 20th season, is the longest-running primeti... more Comments

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 20 Episode 3 Photos Zero Tolerance

LAW & ORDER SVU Season 20 Episode 3 Photos Zero Tolerance – After the rescue of a young girl from a sex trafficker, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stone (Philip Winchester) must take drastic measures to reunite her with her mother. Meanwhile, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) decides to give her rocky relationship another chance. Also starring Ice T (Sgt. Fin Tutuola) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring George Newbern (Dr. Al Pollack), Carl Weathers (SA Mark Jefferies), Scarlett Lopez (Gabriela Sosa) and Andy Powers (Jeff Phelps). Cr... more Comments

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