On September 20, 1999, the first Law & Order spinoff series premiered. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — commonly known simply as SVU — gives viewers a look at the detectives who investigate sex crimes that are, according to the opening narration, “considered especially heinous.” Its two charismatic stars, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, were a quick hit with audiences, and eventually the show’s ratings surpassed that of the original Law & Order.
The show has seen multiple cast members come and go, in addition to legions of recurring characters and big changes in the lives of its regular players. Hargitay’s Olivia Benson has become the commanding officer of the unit and the show is now the longest-running scripted non-animated series still on the air.
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