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Law & Order is one of America's favorite franchises. This police procedural has spawned numerous spin-offs, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Each version of Law & Order focuses on different detectives. The detectives' personal lives and reactions to cases are as compelling as the crimes themselves. SVU focuses on Detectives Stabler and Benson. Like the other Law & Order shows, SVU frequently bases episodes on real-life crimes that are in the news.
Detective Elliot Stabler was one of the most popular characters on the show. A married man with several children of his own, he occasionally took cases personally, displaying a violent temper. Detective Stabler struggles to deal professional with the criminals he encounters. He admits to fantasizing about hurting the people he arrests and is almost removed from the force when he reveals this. His experience raising his own children has made him good at relating to child victims he encounters while working cases. Despite his bad temper and occasional poor judgment, many viewers can relate to Detective Stabler and his disgust at the criminals he arrests and interviews.
Detective Olivia Benson is Detective Stabler's partner for most of the show. She balances his anger towards criminals with her own compassion for sexual victims. Detective Benson eventually reveals that her childhood was not happy due to an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Benson's tragic past led her to work for the Special Victims Unit. Many female viewers see Detective Benson as a positive role model.
Other detectives and support staff feature heavily in the series. Like other Law & Order shows, the detectives have close relationships with the NYPD's medical examiner and the New York District Attorney's office. Viewers love watching the characters grow over the course of the show, but the ultimate draw of Law & Order is seeing each week's criminal caught and brought to justice. SVU adds something extra to the formula by showcasing "especially heinous" crimes in every episode.
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- First Aired: November 20, 2013
Detective Amanda Rollins helps her friend Lena Olson press charges against her lover when she accuses him of rape. But Lena's history with him and her sexual preferences prove to disprove any evidence. Until the case escalates to murder.
- First Aired: November 13, 2013
Junior officer Amelia Albers is arrested for DUI while on leave in New York City, but her appearance and injuries suggest something's amiss.
- First Aired: November 06, 2013
A four-year-old accuses a reputable singing coach, who has a role on television's biggest reality show, "American Diva," and a steady position teaching music at a prestigious New York City school, of sexual abuse.
- First Aired: October 23, 2013
The city's mayoral frontrunner Alex Muñoz is in the hot seat after an undercover investigation reveals sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old.
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Rollins' sister makes a return visit, and this time she's battered and pregnant. When the situation escalates, Rollins resorts to dire actions, leading Internal Affairs to open up an investigation.
Detective Olivia Benson reunites with an old colleague to reopen a 25-year-old cold case. But things don't go as planned. Will Olivia have to betray a friend in the name of justice?
Mike Tyson and Ed Asner guest star as the detectives struggle to uncover a past history of sexual abuse. Reggie Rhodes is set to be executed, but can some recent revelations set him free in time?
The rapper who stirred up trouble between Ice-T and Coco is reportedly shopping around photos of Coco that will prove much more damaging to her marriage than the last batch.
Give Dick Wolf's baby credit where it's due: not every show survives long after losing an iconic lead. Despite Christopher Meloni's season 13 departure, NBC has given a 14th "Law & Order: SVU" season the thumbs-up for Fall 2012. "I'll be back. I can't leave this show. I'm having too much fun," said star Mariska Hargitay.