Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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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.wikipedia
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Mariska Hargitay

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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.
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) is an American actress known for her role as New York Police Department Captain Olivia Benson on the NBC drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Olivia Benson

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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.
Captain Olivia Margaret Benson is a fictional character on the NBC police procedural drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portrayed by Mariska Hargitay.

Christopher Meloni

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Christopher Meloni played the other lead detective, Elliot Stabler, until departing from the series after 12 seasons.
He is known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its first twelve seasons and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz.

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After the premiere of the 21st season in September 2019, the series became the longest-running US live action series on television.

Elliot Stabler

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Christopher Meloni played the other lead detective, Elliot Stabler, until departing from the series after 12 seasons.
Elliot Stabler is a fictional character portrayed by Christopher Meloni and one of the lead characters on the NBC police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during the first twelve seasons.

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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.
Later in the evening, drama series of various types (such as NCIS, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Grey's Anatomy) air.

Law & Order (franchise)

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The show premiered on September 20, 1999 as the second series in Wolf's successful Law & Order franchise.
In October 2012, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner/executive producer Warren Leight said of the future of the Law & Order franchise, "[Dick Wolf and I] sometimes talk in general terms of where (the franchise) could go. I'm curious to see if there's another iteration somewhere down the line," he says.

Law & Order

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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.
Law & Orders twenty seasons are second only to its spin-off Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999–present) for the longest-running live-action scripted American primetime series.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (season 12)

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Executive producer Neal Baer left Law & Order: SVU as showrunner at the end of season twelve, after eleven years (seasons 2–12) on the show, in order to sign a three-year deal with CBS Studios.
The twelfth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered in the United States on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) on September 22, 2010, and concluded on May 18, 2011.

Ted Kotcheff

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Additionally, Ted Kotcheff wanted to create a new series that was not dependent upon the original series for success.
William Theodore Kotcheff (born April 7, 1931) is a Bulgarian-Canadian film and television director and producer, known primarily for his work on British and American television productions such as Armchair Theatre and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Neal Baer

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Executive producer Neal Baer left Law & Order: SVU as showrunner at the end of season twelve, after eleven years (seasons 2–12) on the show, in order to sign a three-year deal with CBS Studios.
He is best known for his work on the television shows Designated Survivor, ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Payback (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

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The first episode, "Payback", premiered on NBC on September 20, 1999.
"Payback" is the pilot episode of the police procedural television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the first spinoff of the original Law & Order series.

Warren Leight

Baer was replaced by former Law & Order: Criminal Intent showrunner Warren Leight.
He is best known for his work on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Lights Out and as the showrunner for In Treatment and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Dick Wolf

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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.
Wolf serves as creator and executive producer of the current Law & Order drama series from Wolf Films and NBC Universal Television – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (which as of May 2019 is the longest-running scripted primetime drama, having aired 458 episodes, breaking the original Law & Order number of 456, and being renewed for a record-breaking twenty-first season, beating both the original Law & Order and Gunsmoke).

List of Law & Order episodes

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As of November 21, 2019, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has aired 467 original episodes, surpassing the episode count of the original Law & Order series.

Dann Florek

The first actor to be cast for the show was Dann Florek.
He is best known for his role as New York City Police Captain Donald Cragen on NBC's Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Donald Cragen

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Florek had originated the character of Captain Don Cragen in the 1988 pilot for Law & Order and played the character for the first three seasons of the show until he was fired on the orders of network executives, who wanted to add female characters to the all-male primary cast.
Donald Cragen is a fictional character played by Dann Florek in the American crime drama television series Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC.

Richard Belzer

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Shortly after the cancellation of Homicide: Life on the Street, Richard Belzer heard that Benjamin Bratt had left Law & Order.
He is best known for his role as BPD Detective, NYPD Detective/Sergeant and DA Investigator John Munch, whom he has portrayed as a regular cast member on the NBC police drama series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as in guest appearances on a number of other series.

Chicago Justice

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Chernuchin was also co-creator and executive producing showrunner of Chicago Justice, another Wolf-related show that was canceled by NBC at the end of the 2016–17 TV season.
After the show ended, Philip Winchester's character Peter Stone became a regular on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where Chernuchin became showrunner, while Jon Seda's character Antonio Dawson returned to Chicago P.D. The show averaged a 1.5 rating (adults 18-49, Live+7) in comparison to 1.9 for Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, with Chicago Fire receiving a 2.3 rating that season.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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Baer was replaced by former Law & Order: Criminal Intent showrunner Warren Leight.
Another Rob Dougan track, "I'm Not Driving Anymore", is used as the theme for Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

NBC

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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.
Littlefield was replaced as president of NBC Entertainment by Scott Sassa, who oversaw the development of such shows as The West Wing, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Fear Factor.

John Munch

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Belzer requested his manager to call Wolf and pitch the idea for Belzer's character from Homicide, Detective John Munch, to become the new partner of Jerry Orbach's character, Detective Lennie Briscoe, since they had previously teamed in three Homicide crossovers.
On the cancellation of Homicide in 1999, Belzer was offered a regular role as Munch on the Law & Order spin-off titled Special Victims Unit.

Ed Green

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Wolf loved the idea, but had already cast Jesse L. Martin as Briscoe's new partner, Detective Ed Green.
He appeared in 202 episodes (198 episodes of Law & Order, two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and one episode of Law & Order: Trial by Jury).

Dean Winters

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Dean Winters was cast as Munch's partner, Brian Cassidy, at the insistence of Belzer.
He is known for his role as Ryan O'Reily on the HBO prison drama Oz and has also appeared on such television series as Rescue Me, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as portraying "Mayhem" in a series of Allstate Insurance commercials.

Lennie Briscoe

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Belzer requested his manager to call Wolf and pitch the idea for Belzer's character from Homicide, Detective John Munch, to become the new partner of Jerry Orbach's character, Detective Lennie Briscoe, since they had previously teamed in three Homicide crossovers.
He appears in 282 episodes (273 episodes of Law & Order, two episodes of Law & Order: Trial by Jury, one episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, three episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and three episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street), the TV movie Exiled and the Law & Order video games Law & Order: Dead on the Money, Law & Order: Double or Nothing, Law & Order: Justice is Served and Law & Order: Legacies.