Law and Order - Special Victims Unit
Special victims include sexually based offenses (including rape, pedophilia, and sex trafficking), child abuse, and crimes against the elderly. For the first 12 seasons, the show featured Detectives Elliott Stabler and Olivia Benson. Christopher Meloni who played Elliott Stabler abruptly left the series after the 12th season. Although many people were worried about Meloni’s departure, Law an Order: SVU continued to thrive. Some may even say that it allowed writers a chance to expand on Detective Benson’s character (played by Mariska Hargitay). Throughout the years, Detective Benson has been promoted to Sergeant and is currently the department’s Lieutenant.
The stars of the show attempt to maintain a balance between work and their personal lives. Victims always find an advocate within the cast. Most of the cases are pulled directly from the current headlines and parallel real-life situations. In addition to the detectives and district attorneys, viewers also often see the series psychiatrist and the county medical examiner.
Although there has been frequent turnover on SVU, the show remains overwhelmingly captivating and relevant. The characters and stories seem to have a way of drawing the viewer in.
As of this writing, the show has been renewed for its 19th season. You can catch up on previous episodes and seasons on Amazon video, Netflix, and NBC On Demand.
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