Law & Order: SVU (seasons 1 – 14)

{5/5} “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.”

Olivia and her teammates are police officers in New York City. They work specifically on cases where a sexual assault has taken place. Working with medical personnel and district attorneys, they try very hard to ensure that guilty persons are prosecuted. These can be very difficult cases, often bringing up questions that don’t have easy answers.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a spinoff of Law & Order. The original lasted 20 years and SVU has lasted 14 years so far (there have also been 3 other spinoffs).

Unlike the other shows I’ve been reviewing, I’m not sure exactly how much of this show I’ve seen over the years. I saw most of the season that just finished, and there are probably several other seasons I’ve seen most of — but there may be other seasons I haven’t seen at all. There was a time when I watched it 5 days a week in reruns.

It’s a serious show, although there are moments of levity. The show is focused on the main characters while they’re at work, but we gradually get to know a bit about them.

Some stories are based on real crimes, but although the writers may get ideas from these real cases the details will be very different.

This is an intense show — although it’s extremely well done, you might not want to watch episodes back to back.

In season 13 the show lost one of its main characters, Elliot. But like its parent show, SVU was able to add new interesting characters and continue producing episodes of the highest quality.

Mariska Hargitay (the TV movie Plain Truth) plays Olivia, Richard Belzer (the TV show Homicide: Life on the Street) plays John, and Ice-T (Johnny Mnemonic) plays Fin. Dann Florek (the TV show Law & Order) plays Captain Cragen, their superior officer.

BD Wong (Seven Years in Tibet) plays Dr. Huang, a forensic psychiatrist. Tamara Tunie (Flight) plays Dr. Warner, a medical examiner.

Two new actors joined the team in the 13th season. Danny Pino (the TV show Cold Case) plays Nick, Olivia’s partner. Kelli Giddish (the TV show All My Children) plays Amanda, Fin’s partner.

Christopher Meloni (Bound) played Elliot, Olivia’s former partner, from seasons 1 to 12.

The show (as with all Law & Order shows) was created by Dick Wolf (writer on Hill Street Blues, producer on Miami Vice).

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One Response to “Law & Order: SVU (seasons 1 – 14)”

  1. Dave Switzer Says:

    The show continues, but I’m not watching it right now — it’s probably still brilliant, but it’s just too serious for me.

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