TV Series | TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.
Gary Sinise was the first choice to play Elliot Stabler. He would go on to star as head New York Crime Scene Investigator Mac Taylor in CSI: NY (2004) and then as Senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jack Garrett in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016).
Det. Olivia Benson:
Your one night as a bachelor and you go to the grocery store? That's lame.
Det. Elliot Stabler: A grocery store with strippers.
The series is ostensibly based on the NYPD's Special Victims Division, but the SVD wasn't established until 2003, four years after the series premiered.
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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