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"Law & Order: SVU" Season 17 on NBC was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf. The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC's "Law & Order" brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New
"Law & Order: SVU" cast
Law & Order: SVU cast
York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past – as a product of rape and a witness to her mother's grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help.

Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek, reprising the role he played on the first three seasons of "Law & Order" 1990-1993), oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team's complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day. Detective John Munch, (Richard Belzer, "Homicide: Life on the Street"), a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team.

Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice-T) adds a unique sense of humor and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner. Detectives Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) have earned their place as top-notch SVU detectives and bring their own talents and style of investigation, while facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU. Pino was nominated in 2013 and 2014 for the Imagen Award for his role as Nick Amaro, and was nominated for the ALMA Award for Favorite TV Actor in 2012. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) seeks justice for SVU's victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.

Hargitay garnered eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Benson, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category. She has received six SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, two Golden Globe nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, winning the award in 2005 and has won three Gracie Allen Awards for Outstanding Female Lead in 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2013, she was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"SVU" has been frequently acknowledged for its guest players, with Emmy wins for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Ann-Margret (2010), Ellen Burstyn (2009), Cynthia Nixon (2008), Leslie Caron (2007) and Amanda Plummer (2005), and nominations for such renowned talent as Brenda Blethyn, Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Angela Lansbury, Marlee Matlin, Mare Winningham, Barbara Barrie, Martha Plimpton, Jane Alexander and Tracy Pollan.

In 2012, the NAACP Image Awards honored "SVU" as the year's Outstanding Drama Series, with Ice-T and guest actress Anika Noni Rose nominated in the acting categories. In 2010, guest star Delroy Lindo won the Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Three "SVU" episodes have been nominated by the GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding representation of the LGBT community, and SVU was honored with two wins and ten Edgar Allan Poe award nominations for Best Television episode. In addition, the show has garnered several People's Choice Award nominations, including Favorite Dramatic TV Actress (Hargitay), Favorite TV Drama, Favorite Scene Stealing Star (Richard Belzer, guest star Luke Perry, and winning guest star Robin Williams), and Favorite TV Crime Fighter (Hargitay).

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer, Peter Jankowski and Warren Leight are executive producers.

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Network: NBC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: September 20, 1999
Seasons: 17
Theme Song:
"I'm Not Driving Anymore" written by Rob Dougan and performed by Rob Dougan
Production Companies:
Wolf Films
Universal Media Studios

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lupiz says:
come out with more seasons! i love law & order SVU!
carrie says:
I LOVE Law and Order SVU, Its the ONLY thing that is set to record permanatly on my DVR! Greatest show ever!!!
lizv says:
We LOVE Law and Order SVU at our home, it is an intelligent and entraining show. The only show I make time for, abosolutely worth watching. Please come up with more episodes for more seasons. I would be lost without it.
ja73 says:
i do love svu it is a great show it showes what happens in the real world today and teaches alot !! first you should never get rid of the orig char.. meloni , hargitay, ice t , belzer, tunie , huang , florek !! they are such good co workers together the best !! and another idea dont like any of the da you have had couldnt stand casey !! the best one and the one that played the role the best was alex cabet !! big mistake letting her go !! anyway great show hope it goes another 20 years !!
heather says:
I love law and order svu... please come out with more episodes

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