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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) (1999)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Running time: 60 min. | Genre: TV series, Drama, Judicial drama / Lawyers, Cop Movies, Crime, Sexual abuse
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)

Synopsis

TV Series (1999-present). Originally called Sex Crimes, executive producer Dick Wolf wisely opted for something less lurid when the second in the inexhaustible Law & Order franchise hit the air in 1999. Still, as the opening voiceover makes clear, the 'sexually based offenses' investigated by New York's Special Victims Unit can be 'especially heinous.'

Wolf penned series premier 'Payback,' which sets the scene, but not the tone. It's a lively, if uneasy mix between horror (rape) and comedy (risqué banter). As the show progressed, humor would be written out altogether (leaving Richard Belzer's Homicide-derived John Munch with increasingly less to do). Less emphasis would also be placed on the home lives of this 'elite squad of dedicated detectives.' Mostly, 'Payback' introduces us to the unit, centering around partners Olivia Benton (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni). For two people with so little in common, they make a terrific team--arguably one of TV's best. Stabler is married with four children; Benton is single and her closest relationship is with her mother (Elizabeth Ashley). While Stabler can get a little rough with suspects, Benton tends to over-empathize with the victims. They report to the no-nonsense Captain Cragen (Law & Order vet Dann Florek). Like the parent program's Lenny Briscoe, he's a recovering alcoholic. Dean Winters and Michelle Hurd round out the rock-solid cast.

Cast

Nominations & Awards

Golden Globes Awards

Best Leading Actress in a TV Series - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) WINNER
Best Leading Actress in a TV Series - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED

Emmy

Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) WINNER
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actor TV - Drama (Christopher Meloni) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED
Best Leading Actress TV - Drama (Mariska Hargitay) NOMINATED

Details

Original title

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)

Directors

Dick Wolf (Creator), David Platt, Peter Leto, Constantine Makris, Jean de Segonzac, Juan José Campanella, Arthur W. Forney, Steve Shill, Helen Shaver, Alex Zakrzewski, Jonathan Kaplan, Ted Kotcheff, Richard Dobbs, Alex Chapple, Jud Taylor, Michael Slovis

Producer

Emitida por la cadena NBC

Running time

60 min.

Screenwriter

Dick Wolf, Dawn DeNoon, Jonathan Greene, Amanda Green, Judy McCreary, Lisa Marie Petersen, Warren Leight, Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Julie Martin, Patrick Harbinson, Robert F. Campbell, Daniel Truly

Music

Mike Post

Cinematography

Geoffrey Erb, George Pattison, Tony C. Jannelli, Tom Weston, Phil Oetiker

Year

1999

Country

United States United States

Ranking

IMDb
8.0

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