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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC3 
Show Genre: Police Procedural
Season Premiere: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Season Finale: Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Time: 20h31 - 21h30

Show Summary

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf as a spin-off of the crime drama Law & Order about the Special Victims Unit in a fictional version of the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.

The series premiered in the USA on NBC on 20 September, 1999.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered in South Africa on SABC3 on Thursday 10 January 2002, at 21h30. It later aired on DStv's Universal Channel, beginning with Season 8.

See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.


This hard-hitting and emotional series from the Law & Order brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, the elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

The drama follows Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner, Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), whose difficult past - a product of rape - is the reason she joined the unit.

Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) oversees the unit with his tough but supportive approach to the team's complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day.

Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills to the team.

And his partner, Detective Odafin Fin Tutuola (Ice-T), adds his unique sense of humour and investigative experience, making him a formidable match for Munch.

Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak (Diane Neal) brings closure to the intense investigations with her legal expertise.

Forensic psychiatrist, George Huang (B.D. Wong), has insight into the minds of the accused often provides significant clues that lead to the resolution of a case, and Medical Examiner Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) lends her skills to uncover forensic evidence.


Note: the first seven seasons did not air on Universal Channel

Season 1 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 10 Jan 2002 | Finale: 6 Jun 2002 | Thursdays, 21h30

Season 2 (21 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 11 Nov 2003 | Finale: 30 Mar 2004 | Tuesdays, 20h31

Season 3 (23 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 28 Sep 2004 | Finale: 15 Mar 2005 | Tuesdays, 20h31

Season 4 (25 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 27 Sep 2005 | Finale: 14 Mar 2006 | Tuesdays, 20h31

Season 5 (25 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 7 Aug 2007 | Finale: 29 Jan 2008 | Tuesdays, 20h31

Season 6 (23 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 31 Mar 2009 | Finale: 1 Sep 2009 | Tuesdays, 22h15

Season 7 (22 episodes)

Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 1 Apr 2010 | Finale: 20 May 2010 | Tues-Thur, 22h15

Season 8 (22 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 21 Jul 2010 | Finale: 29 Sep 2010 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 14 Nov 2011 | Finale: 24 Jan 2012 | Mon/Tue, 22h00

Season 9 (19 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 6 Oct 2010 | Finale: 8 Dec 2010 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 15 Jul 2013 | Finale: 25 Nov 2013 | Mondays, 22h30

Season 10 (22 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 2 May 2011 | Finale: 11 Jul 2011 | Mondays, 20h00

Season 11 (24 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 28 Mar 2012 | Finale: 30 Apr 2012 | Weekdays, 23h10

Season 12 (24 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 9 May 2012 | Finale: 25 Jul 2012 | Wednesdays, 20h00

Season 13 (23 episodes)

Channel: Universal | Premiere: 23 Oct 2013 | Finale: 8 Jan 2014 | Wednesdays, 20h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Detective Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Detective Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Detective John Munch Richard Belzer
Captain Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola Ice-T
Dr. George Huang BD Wong
Dr. Melinda Warner Tamara Tunie
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot Stephanie March
Opening Announcer Steven Zirnkilton
Amelia Chase Diane Neal
Roger Berry Kevin Chamberlin
Vinnie Robert Clohessy
Detective Milton David Zayas
Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly Judith Light
Trevor Langan Peter Hermann
TARU Tech Ruben Morales Joel de la Fuente
Sister Peg Charlayne Woodard
Computer Forensics Technician José Zúñiga
Carolyn Maddox CCH Pounder
Asst. M.E. Karlan Mike Doyle
Kathy Stabler Isabel Gillies
Special Agent Rod Franklin John Doman
IA Sgt. Ed Tucker Robert John Burke
Claire Rinato Martha Plimpton
Junior Hassan Johnson
Harry Baker Michael Pitt
Allen Cooper William Hill
Detective Janowicz Adam Mucci
Locksmith Manager Louis Mustillo
Police Officer Robert Funaro
Benjamin Tucker Lee Pace
Leon Tate Dorian Missick
Sam Cavanaugh Bret Harrison
Margaret Talmadge Celia Weston
Cassie Germaine Emily Deschanel
Judge Alan Ridenour Harvey Atkin
CSU Tech Christopher Mann
Lily Ramsey Sarah Hyland
Mia Kessler Sprague Grayden
Dr. Taylor Lance Reddick
Mark Sanford Bruce Altman
Rodney Thompson Todd Williams
Edwin Todd/Edward Crandall Henry Winkler
CSU Technician Burt Trevor Daniel Sunjata
Eric Plummer Justin Kirk
Investment Banker David Pittu
Dorothy Rudd Piper Laurie
Robert Prescott Michael Nader
Wesley Jansen/Peter Ivanhoe Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Eddie Fuente Otto Sanchez
Joe Parker Darren Pettie
Matthew Linwood Brodus Nick Chinlund
Ronnie the Informant Michael Mosley
Kyle Novacek Bobby Cannavale
Annie Colon Zabryna Guevara
Alan Messinger Ty Burrell
Robert Sorenson Josh Pais
Officer Marcosi Michael O'Keefe
Pam Adler Paige Turco
Kevin Ragolia Armand Schultz

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