TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD who investigate sexually related crimes.
According to Executive Producer Ted Kotcheff the lead parts of Detective Olivia Benson and Detective Elliot Stabler came down to three actors and three actresses: Mariska Hargitay, Reiko Aylesworth, and Samantha Mathis for the role of Benson, and Christopher Meloni, Nick Chinlund, and John Slattery for the role of Stabler.
ADA Casey Novak:
This changes everything.
Despite many of the crimes being homicides in addition to being sex crimes, homicide detectives are not shown to have responded to the case. The major crime would be the murder itself, with the sex crime elements being included offenses.
From the second episode of the second season (2000-2001), the opening credits break the pattern followed by the earlier episodes of SVU, the original Law & Order, and Criminal Intent. Instead of the credits ending with a shot of the cast walking towards the camera, they instead are shown sitting around a desk.
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