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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

IMDB: 8.1

1999, 19 seasons to date

Crime / Drama / Mystery

By Dick Wolf

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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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Season 1

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    Episode 1: Payback
    Stabler and Benson investigate the murder and castration of...
    Sep 20, 1999
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    Episode 2: A Single Life
    A probable suicide becomes a murder investigation with suspe...
    Sep 27, 1999
  • ...Or Just Look Like One

    Two underage models are attacked, raped and killed. The detectives identify the background details of the modeling business.

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  • Hysteria

    Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a young woman who is initially believed to be a prostitute and the latest in a long line of victims.

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Season 2

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    Episode 1: Wrong Is Right
    Detective Stabler's daughter witnesses a gory crime scene in...
    Oct 20, 2000
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    Episode 2: Honor
    The assault of an Afghan diplomat's daughter.
    Oct 27, 2000
  • Closure: Part 2

    Stabler and Benson investigate a sexual assault very similar to one they worked a year and a half ago, whose first-known victim now follows her alleged attacker and reports his activities anonymously to the police, and the rapist's wife.

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  • Legacy

    A 7-year-old girl lapses into a coma and the detectives investigate the members of her family to determine who's responsible for the abuse.

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Season 3

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    Episode 1: Repression
    Stabler and Benson investigate the allegations of an woman w...
    Sep 28, 2001
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    Episode 2: Wrath
    Three people are found murdered, all unconnected to each oth...
    Oct 5, 2001
  • Stolen

    The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey.

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  • Rooftop

    An HIV-positive man with a habit of carrying out sexual trysts with teenage girls on the roofs of buildings is caught by the detectives, who are determined to put him back prison. But when a series of rapes and murders throughout Harlem cannot be traced to the man, and begin to affect Fin personally, they begin to wonder if they've been wrong about their prime suspect.

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Season 4

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    Episode 1: Chameleon
    Benson and Stabler investigate the death of a prostitute but...
    Sep 27, 2002
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    Episode 2: Deception
    A school reports to SVU about a 5 year old girl drawing dist...
    Oct 4, 2002
  • Vulnerable

    A senile elderly lady is found wondering inside in a home that she was familiar with as a child. Detectives realize that she has been suffering abuse, when cigarette burns are discovered all over her frail body. Following the trail from her greedy, neglectful son, to the expensive nursing home he pulled her out of, they discover the man they believe was abusing her. During the course of their investigation, however, Benson and Stabler stumble across an even more sinister criminal committing even more heinous, previously undetected crimes against the elderly.

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  • Lust

    A dog finds an unrecognizable older lady's body in a park, with a bloody knife and bloody rain poncho nearby, plus doggy treats and an empty leash. Detectives locate the dog at a nearby vet, cleaned by the vet of trace evidence, but with the victim's bloody shoe. A lift in the shoe leads to identification of the victim, a health care worker whose duties included identification of the sources of patients' HIV infections. Eventually detectives suspect the victim's lawyer husband, who refuses to give a DNA sample, but donated at the blood bank, which informs that he was ...

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Season 5

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    Episode 1: Tragedy
    When a pregnant woman is kidnapped and carjacked, the squad...
    Sep 23, 2003
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    Episode 2: Manic
    While investigating a school shooting that claimed the lives...
    Sep 30, 2003
  • Mother

    Police find a female forensic psychiatrist unconscious and bound in a basement, along with would-be rapists. She turns out to be the author of a book about rehabilitating convicted sex offenders. The detectives identify one of her patients as a suspect, and ask the doctor for his records, but they disappeared when her office was vandalized shortly after she left the hospital. A tape that disappeared during the break-in is brought to police by another suspect's sister, which leads the investigation to focus on victimology.

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  • Loss

    Investigating the brutal rape and murder of an undercover federal agent and forced to use discretion in order to protect the identities of those agents in the field, the detectives arrest a suspect highly connected with a Colombian drug cartel. As the case proceeds towards trial, Cabot is faced with death threats on herself and her family along with pressure to yield the case to federal authorities.

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Season 6

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    Episode 1: Birthright
    The investigation into the attempted kidnapping of a six-yea...
    Sep 21, 2004
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    Episode 2: Debt
    As Benson and Stabler investigate the disappearance of a mot...
    Sep 28, 2004
  • Obscene

    One teenager is raped and another is imprisoned when they are thrown together by the manipulative adults in their lives whose sole motivations are celebrity and publicity for their own self-serving interests.

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  • Scavenger

    The entire squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover the clues scattered throughout the city by a serial killer who is taunting them to find him and the next victims on his list.

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Season 7

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    Episode 1: Demons
    Det. Stabler goes undercover to determine if a recent parole...
    Sep 20, 2005
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    Episode 2: Design
    A woman claims rape by a wealthy scientist, but upon further...
    Sep 27, 2005
  • 911

    A little girl calls for help, claiming she's being held hostage, but the team has to keep her on the line to track her down.

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  • Ripped

    When a girl is attacked, a young man is arrested. They later learn that he takes steroids which is what made him attack her. The guy turns out to be the son of a cop Stabler knows. The cop later attacks his son and it turns out he is also taking steroids. Stabler is forced to deal with issues involving his own father.

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Season 8

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    Episode 1: Informed
    When a particularly brutalized rape victim resists all effor...
    Sep 19, 2006
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    Episode 2: Clock
    The detectives investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-ol...
    Sep 26, 2006
  • Recall

    Stabler and his new partner go after a possible serial rapist with the help of an unlikely victim from 30 years earlier.

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  • Uncle

    A homeless man is suspected of murder. As the case unfolds, so do Munch's family secrets.

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Season 9

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    Episode 1: Alternate
    A woman's child is missing, but her multiple personalities m...
    Sep 25, 2007
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    Episode 2: Avatar
    A young woman is abducted, and the clues to her disappearanc...
    Oct 2, 2007
  • Impulsive

    Benson and Stabler arrest a high school teacher for having sex with one of her students, but the teacher alleges that the student raped her.

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  • Savant

    The only witness to a mother's beating is her mentally disabled daughter who is suffering from Williams Syndrome. The husband is an early suspect, but he is protected from prosecution because of the Patriot Act.

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Season 10

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    Episode 1: Trials
    Olivia discovers that a case involving a troubled foster chi...
    Sep 23, 2008
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    Episode 2: Confession
    A teenager comes to SVU asking for help because he is having...
    Sep 30, 2008
  • Swing

    Stabler is forced to confront his mother and the ghosts of his childhood when he learns that his daughter is in trouble with the law and in desperate need of psychiatric attention.

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  • Lunacy

    Stabler runs into an old friend when the team investigates the rape and murder of an astronaut.

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Season 11

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    Episode 1: Unstable
    SVU gets the help of an angry, violent police officer to sol...
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    Episode 2: Sugar
    The body of an online call girl is found in a suitcase, and...
    Sep 30, 2009
  • Solitary

    Stabler is attacked by a man that he helped put away 19 years earlier. When that man faces attempted murder charges, he claims that he was the victim because of the solitary confinement he faced during his sentence.

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  • Hammered

    An alcoholic who fell off the wagon is charged in the brutal rape and murder of an abortion doctor. His defense argues that alcoholism is a disease, but why is ADA Paxton so bitterly opposed to the claim?

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Season 12

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    Episode 1: Locum
    While Benson and Stabler investigate the circumstances behin...
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    Episode 2: Bullseye
    Benson and Stabler reluctantly get help from a neighborhood...
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  • Behave

    A rape victim claims that she has been raped 4 times and harassed across the country by the same man, and the investigation reveals that she may not be his only victim.

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  • Merchandise

    A malnourished teenage girl is killed when she is hit by a car, and Benson and Stabler soon discover that she and her brother are victims in a human trafficking and sex trade scheme.

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Season 13

  • Blood Brothers

    A pregnant 13 year old girl from Washington Heights claims that the son of an ambassador raped her, but the accused goes missing before SVU can question him.

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  • Double Strands

    Detective Rollins believes that SVU has caught a serial rapist from one of her earlier cases in Georgia, but an impassioned request after a suicide attempt leads Amaro to think they may have the wrong person.

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Season 14

  • Twenty-Five Acts

    An erotic novelist is sexually assaulted by a popular TV-show host who attempts to bring her book to life. The SVU persuades her to press charges but the investigation reveals a secret that could ruin the novelist's career and her case.

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  • Acceptable Loss

    SVU is forced to work with Homeland Security--represented by former Major Case detective Eames--when a sex slave ring it is investigating is discovered to have ties to terrorism.

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Season 15

  • American Tragedy

    A celebrity Southern chef shoots and kills a teenage African-American boy that she thought was a serial rapist. But was her life in danger, or was she just an over-reactive racist?

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  • Internal Affairs

    Cassidy is forced to infiltrate a corrupt precinct whose officers are suspected of raping young women during their shifts.

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Season 16

  • Producer's Backend

    While investigating the erratic behavior of a former teen actress, SVU discovers that she may have been the victim of sexual abuse by her former producer.

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  • Holden's Manifesto

    A lovelorn, socially awkward young man begins to exact revenge on the the women he believes has wronged him in his life, and his actions soon escalate to murder.

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Season 17

  • Transgender Bridge

    A transgender teen dies after she is pushed off a bridge by another teen. The DA's office wants to try the aggressor as an adult and charge him with a hate crime, even though he appears to be genuinely remorseful.

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  • Institutional Fail

    SVU goes after Social Services after a pattern of falsified reports leads to the death of a young girl, but Benson is receiving a lot of political pressure to let it go and not open up a can of worms.

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Season 18

  • Imposter

    SVU chooses to pursue a risky "rape by fraud" case involving a con artist who poses as a college admissions director to have sex with the mothers of prospective students.

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  • Heightened Emotions

    An aspiring Olympic athlete claims she is a rape victim, but the publicity surrounding the case could threaten her Olympic future, and reveal some shocking details about her sordid personal life.

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