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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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In the criminal justice system, sexually based crimes are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of the Special Victims Unit. Following the investigation and prosecution of these crimes may not only grip you with suspense - but change your life.
Starring
Chris MeloniMariska HargitayRichard Belzer
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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  1. 1. Payback
    September 20 1999
    43min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    The grisly murder and dismemberment of a New York cabbie draws the elite Special Victims Unit of the NYPD, including veteran Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni, "Oz") and his partner, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, NBC's "ER"), who soon discover that the victim had assumed the identity of another man -- mainly because he himself was a wanted man.
  2. 2. A Single Life
    September 27 1999
    43min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a woman clad only in a slip falls several floors to her death, the case is referred to Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) of the special victims unit whose investigation yields many likely suspects, including her unethical psychiatrist (guest star Dennis Boutsikaris), her married anchorman/boyfriend (guest star Michael Nouri) and her suspicious family mem.
  3. 3. Or Just Look Like One
    October 4 1999
    43min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a popular teenaged model is found beaten, sexually assaulted and dumped, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) try to connect the dots when they probe a netherworld populated by careless parents, a slick photographer (guest star Ritchie Coster), drug-dealing doctors and a trendy modeling agency executive (Emmy and Tony Award-winning guest star Bebe Neuwirth,.
  4. 4. Hysteria
    October 11 1999
    42min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a series of suspected prostitutes is found murdered in similar patterns, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) can't understand why the latest victim was a cultured college student -- but they begin to believe that a fellow cop could be responsible for other slayings dating back over 30 years.
  5. 5. Wanderlust
    October 18 1999
    44min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    When a handsome travel writer is found murdered -- with a woman's panties stuffed in his mouth -- Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) focus on a pedophiliac (guest star John Dossett), the unassuming boyfriend of the victim's landlord (guest star and Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson, "Home Improvement").
  6. 6. Sophomore Jinx
    October 25 1999
    43min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a promising female student at an exclusive private college is found murdered and sexually assaulted, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) zero in on a pair of star basketball players (guest stars Chuck Mosley and Kohl Sudduth) who are shielded by administration officials fearful of an investigation that could harm the school's image.
  7. 7. Uncivilized
    November 15 1999
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) have the unsavory task of investigating the sensationalized murder and sexual assault of a young boy, and their prime suspect (guest star Stephen Bogardus) is a convicted child molester whose only obsession seems to be collecting stamps.
  8. 8. Stalked
    November 22 1999
    44min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    When an assistant district attorney is found murdered and sexually assaulted in Central Park, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) narrow their probe to a realtor (guest star Bruce Kirkpatrick) with a history of date-rape and a need to humiliate powerful women -- and Stabler worries that a combative Benson may be his next victim.
  9. 9. Stocks and Bondage
    November 29 1999
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A female financial analyst with a fetish for sexual bondage is found hanging dead, but while Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) debate if her death was a suicide or homicide, they discover that the victim recently tried to purchase $10 million of diamonds -- all of which leads to a Wall Street financier (guest star Geoffrey Nauffts) with a mean streak.
  10. 10. Closure
    January 7 2000
    45min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The devastating results of a sexual assault begin to weigh heavily on the victim (guest star Tracy Pollan, "Family Ties") after Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler's (Christopher Meloni) prime suspect (guest star Terry Serpico) -- who matches the assailant's description and is found to have used her credit card -- cannot be identified by the shaken woman.
  11. 11. Bad Blood
    January 14 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) search for the killer of a young gay man whose father (guest star Jerry Lanning) heads a conservative watchdog group, but when they suspect a violent ex-convict (guest star Stephen Beach) who lives in the same building, they are in for a shock.
  12. 12. Russian Love Poem
    January 21 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a multimillionaire with a sordid sex life is found bound and slain, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) try to penetrate a suspicious ring of soulless Russian immigrants whose fatalism and enigmatic cooperation leave them going in circles.
  13. 13. Disrobed
    February 4 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) investigate the unusual circumstances behind the shooting murder of an admired judge with a reputation of protecting abused women and putting away sex offenders, but they soon learn that the victim took sordid advantage of the criminal justice system.
  14. 14. Limitations
    February 11 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    The special victims unit is on the hot seat when a five-year-old sexual assault case is reopened just days before the statute of limitations ends, so Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) scramble to interview the three distinctly different victims, but are crushed when their legal maneuver to file an arrest warrant is denied.
  15. 15. Entitled - Part I
    February 18 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The police teams from "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" probe the gunshot murder of a man believed to be a sexual aggressor but the evidence points to the trouble-prone daughter (guest star Noelle Beck) of a wealthy family whose protective and haughty female clan leader (Emmy and Tony Award winner Jane Alexander) could make trouble for investigators and prosecutors alike.
  16. 16. The Third Guy
    February 25 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) lead the investigation into the sexual assault and possible murder of an elderly woman, and their scanty leads point to two neighborhood toughs (Eugene Byrd and Rick Gonzalez) who will only admit that they broke into the victim's apartment as thieves.
  17. 17. Misleader
    March 31 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When the daughter-in-law of a prominent religious educator (guest star Robert Foxworth, "Lateline") is found murdered in her hotel room, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) suspect an at-large burglar who recently has been breaking and entering several Manhattan hotel rooms.
  18. 18. Chat Room
    April 14 2000
    43min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    When a 16-year-old girl (guest star Paz De La Huerta) claims that she was sexually assaulted by a man, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) delve into the netherworld of Internet porn in search of the suspect known as "The Yachtsman" (guest star Reed Birney) but they soon discover how difficult it is to prosecute cyberspace pedophiles.
  19. 19. Contact
    April 28 2000
    42min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) wonder where to start their investigation of a series of anonymous sexual attacks on helpless women (one is played by Nicole Sullivan, "Mad TV") who are trapped standing in crowds on subway cars at rush hour, but when one suspect (guest star Bruce Bohne, "Fargo") finally is arrested, none of the victims can identify him.
  20. 20. Remorse
    May 5 2000
    44min
    15
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    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Detective Munch (Richard Belzer) forms an unlikely close bond with a television news reporter (guest star Jennifer Esposito, "Spin City" ) who was sexually assaulted by two men months earlier but it's Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) who stumble into making the first arrest (guest star Jason Field) as the cops try to use their prime suspect as a link to his .
  21. 21. Nocturne
    May 12 2000
    43min
    15
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A sharp-eyed photo developer puts Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) on the tail of a seemingly harmless piano instructor (guest star Kent Broadhurst) who molests his students -- all boys -- but their prime witness is an unstable young man (guest star Wilson Jermaine Heredia) who recoils when he sees the suspect's videotape of his shame from years before.
  22. 22. Slaves
    May 19 2000
    44min
    15
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    In the season finale, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) check out a witness' report of a desperate woman's (guest star Layla Alexander) cry for help, and after a related murder, their investigation points to a controlling attorney (guest star Andrew McCarthy, "Weekend at Bernie's") suspected of making a female sex slave out of a newly arrived Romanian immigra.

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Directors
Jean DeSegonzac
Supporting actors
Dann FlorekMichelle Hurd
Season year
2000
Network
NBC Universal
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4.6 out of 5 stars

447 global ratings

  1. 82% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 8% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Nicola S. SmytheReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT SERIES
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Over the years have viewed most of the Dick Wolf franchise Law & Order&Law & Order SVU: Law & Order Criminal Intent etc. The early series, like this one, are by far the best. Great storylines, often very graphic, great dialogue, great actors & acting. Series 1 delivers a punch on many levels as the stories are relevant today. Current Law & Order SVU series are mainly US court procedural in content. The earlier series are character & story driven. Have enjoyed viewing very much. Definitely recommended.
StefaniReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good quality and interesting series
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I really enjoyed the first season and it's a really high quality series that makes you reflect on serious crimes and how difficult it has been for police to manage those in the past.
It can very witty and humorous at times but also very dark because of the nature of the crimes they're investigating.

Overall I'm quite satisfied with the start of the series and I'll continue to purchase more seasons going ahead.
AndyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Series
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This series is by far and away, the best crime drama on TV. I have series 1-17, absolutely love it. There have been a few dull episodes but that always happens. A truly gripping series which has oten brough me to tears
D. NelsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show
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I have been watching the later shows on TV , but I wanted to see the show right from the start
the chemistry between Benson and Stabler is electric , munch is wise cracking , and of yet there is no Ice T
RickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Still entertaining though dated.
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This season is so old that it cannot help but be dated. The video is SD at best but the stories and acting are still good. If you can but it on special it is a good deal but not at the usual price.
Linda IrvineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great first episode
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It was good watching the first episode you saw Olivia speaking with her mother and it gave you a better insight into there feelings for the rest of the series’s.
Blue IvyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I'm a big fan of SVU and love the twist and turns in every story line. The main characters Benson and Stabler makes the story even more exciting with their superb action.
Mr Jason BrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great show
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Great hard hitting and realistic tv show, concentrates on the story and not the characters life’s so much.
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