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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 14 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (231) IMDb 8.1/10

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit chronicles the life and crimes of the elite Special Victims Unit of the NYPD. Each episode features a new case to solve, new victims to console as well as the constant struggle for the detectives to juggle the emotional toll of the job and the pressure it puts on their personal lives. The show stars Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Dean Winters and Michelle Hurd. The series follows Detective Elliot Stabler (Meloni) and his partner Olivia Benson (Hargitay). Overseeing the unit is Captain Donald Cragen (Florek).

Starring:
Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay

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1. Payback

Detectives Stabler and Benson investigate the murder and dismemberment of a cabdriver who was a wanted man himself.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 20, 1999
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2. A Single Life

Benson and Stabler run into multiple dead ends while investigating the case of a woman who fell to her death wearing only a slip.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 27, 1999
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3. Or Just Look Like One

When a popular teen is sexually assaulted, Benson and Stabler enter into a modeling underworld of thoughtless parents, drug-dealing doctors and a trendy agency executive (guest star Bebe Neuwirth).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 4, 1999
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4. Hysteria

Detectives Benson and Stabler believe a fellow cop may be behind murders going back 30 years; Munch is in rare form during a child molestation case. Guest star: Jerry Orbach.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: October 11, 1999
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5. Sophomore Jinx

Benson and Stabler suspect a pair of college basketball players of murdering a female student, but officials don't want to draw negative attention to the school.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 25, 1999
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6. Stalked

Stabler fears a combative Benson will be the next victim of a real estate agent suspected of sexually assaulting and murdering a lawyer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 22, 1999
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7. Stocks and Bondage

Benson and Stabler investigate a successful woman's suspicious death and find themselves in the world of sadomasochism.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 29, 1999
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8. Closure

Benson and Stabler encounter problems when the prime suspect in a sexual assault cannot be identified by the shaken victim (guest star Tracy Pollan).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 7, 2000
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9. Bad Blood

Detectives Benson and Stabler hunt for the killer of a gay man whose father heads a conservative watchdog group; Munch looks for Benson's biological father.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 14, 2000
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10. Russian Love Poem

A suspicious ring of Russian immigrants offers little help in assisting Stabler and Benson (Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay) to solve the murder of a multimillionaire.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 21, 2000
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11. Disrobed

Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the shooting death of a sleazy judge who abused the criminal justice system. Angie Everhart guest stars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 4, 2000
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12. Limitations

Benson and Stabler have their work cut out for them when a 5-year-old sexual assault case is reopened days before the statute of limitations ends.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 11, 2000
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13. Entitled - Part I

The daughter of a socialite (guest star Jane Alexander) may be responsible for the gunshot death of an alleged sexual predator.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 18, 2000
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14. The Third Guy

Two local hoods are implicated in the murder and rape of an elderly woman, though they claim they only broke in to rob her.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 25, 2000
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15. Uncivilized

The state pursues a media-sensationalized case against a known pedophile who's suspected of assaulting and killing a youth.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 15, 1999
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16. Misleader

When pregnant daughter-in-law of a prominent religious figure (guest star Robert Foxworth) is found slain in a hotel room, it is discovered she may have been having an affair.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 31, 2000
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17. Chat Room

A sexual assault case involving a teen-age girl leads Benson and Stabler to set up a sting operation to trap Internet pedophiles.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 14, 2000
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18. Wanderlust

Benson and Stabler believe a pedophile may be behind the murder of a travel writer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 18, 1999
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19. Contact

Benson and Stabler become frustrated by a series of sexual attacks on women in crowded subway cars.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 28, 2000
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20. Remorse

Detective Munch forms a close bond with a TV reporter who was sexually assaulted by two men, but it's Benson and Stabler who make the first arrest.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 5, 2000
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21. Nocturne

The trial of an accused child molester is jeopardized when the prime witness has difficulty dealing with his past.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 12, 2000
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22. Slaves

An attorney (guest star Andrew McCarthy) suspected of keeping a Romanian immigrant as a sex slave is linked to a woman's murder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 19, 2000
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By Adam Dukovich on October 3, 2003
Format: DVD
The first Law and Order Spinoff series, Law and Order: SVU is an often stark and depressing look into the most destructive crimes being committed today. This series offers an uncompromising look into the minds of some truly disturbing sex offenders and reminds us about what happens every day that we'd rather just ignore. Occasionally lurid and often brilliant, this show combines Law and Order's entertaining, 'ripped-from-the-headlines' storytelling while reminding its audience about what is casually glossed over in the news every night.
Although the original Law and Order was very much a story-driven show, this incarnation focused much more on the lives of the detectives on the Special Victims Unit. Christopher Meloni plays Detective Stabler, a family man who is very dedicated to his work. The fact that he has a wife and daughters makes him a very interesting character and adds to his movivation to get the job done, to get the bad guys off the street, so that it won't be his daughters being abused next. His partner, Detective Bensen, is played by Mariska Hargitay. She is in the work for different reasons. The fact that she herself was the product of a rape makes her also a very interesting character, as her motivations for being in the unit are very complicated. Richard Belser reprises his role from 'Homicide' as Detective John Munch, and he brings a lot of black humor to the show. It's just fun to watch him work, and Belser is a terriffic actor. His partner in the first year was Michelle Hurd, although she would later be supplanted by Ice-T. Hurd played a slightly off-kilter policewoman who wasn't quite prepared for the rigors of the job and was forced off the squad at year's end. Rounding out the cast was Dann Florek, reprising his role as Captain Cragen from the original Law and Order.
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Dick Wolf masterminded another great spin-off from the Law & Order franchise with Law & Order SVU (originally titled Sex Crimes)which consistently now ranks in the top 20 shows. This DVD set is an exciting way to capture the beginnings of the series and to see how much growth has occurred in the writing and character development. The series manages to tackle a number of gripping sexually based subjects without being exploitative. In fact, the writing on this series is top-notch and never seems to grow stale or contrived.
As the intro to each episode states, the SVU, or Special Victims Unit, is in charge of particularly heinous crimes that are sexually based. Lead detectives are Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni). Detective Munch (Richard Belzer) is paired first with Cassidy (Dean Winters) and later with Jefferies (Michelle Hurd). Ice-T doesn't become Munch's partner until season two. The entire group of detectives is commanded by Captain Don Cragen (Dann Florek).
As a previous viewer stated there are commercials at the beginning of disc one, but on that disc only. The set includes 22 full length episodes including the pilot for the series. Two featurettes are also on the final disc. Special Victims Unit: The Beginning features cast members and producers giving insight into the making of and success of the show. Dann Florek's Squad Room Walk Through clues us into life on the set and little tidbits about the squadroom such as the photo on Olivia's desk (that of Mariska's real mother, Jayne Mansfield with her two dogs Momsicle and Popsicle), the wanted pictures on the bulletin board (actually crew and office workers), the rationale behind props in Captain Cragen's office, and many more insider scoops.
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Chances are that if you're thinking about buying this set, you've seen the show enough to judge the quality. The writing is top-notch, the acting is great, and the cases tend to strike an emotional chord within us who want to see sex offenders brought to justice. I won't bore you with an episode-by-episode rundown. The show is set up differently from regular Law & Order in that you actually get to know the characters from their private lives and why they react to certain crimes and criminals the way they do.
Now, the question you want answered is: Is it worth the money? The series alone is. It's highly entertaining and captivating. The special features are a little scarce, with only two good but short featurettes. In my opinion, ever dvd set of a television series should really go all out with the features. Let the public in on the process! Give us some outtakes and behind the scenes goodies. We know you have them! The show gets 5 stars, the set 4. Definitely worth the 40 bucks, but it would be nice to be let in on a little more.
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I started to watch this series on UK television this year. There was a huge advertising campaign and it worked on me - I sat down and watched the first episode.. and well I was hooked. I do not believe I have ever seen such a compelling series as this. As a Brit I am a huge fan of US drama series - I thought that ER would never be beaten for exhausting gritty realism - but I think I have found its equal. A bold and brave series it concentrates on the darker side of crime fighting - that of sex crimes. It required superior story lines and acting to get this series of the ground and running. Once again this debut series had both elements in abundance. The whole cast are excellent especially Hargitay and Meloni who bring a huge aray of emotions to the screen without excessive sentimentality. All the actors play vunerable characters - but their dedication and compassion to their work brings a sense of balance between the terrible crimes they investigate and the people they try to protect. Amazingly there is also a wonderful brand of humour which runs through the episodes which lightens the mood and adds further dimension to the characters and storylines. I am delighted that the first series has finally been brought out on DVD. It deserves to be seen, so do.
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