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Show Details

Broadcaster: DStv 
Show Genre: Police Procedural
Season Premiere: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Season Finale: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Time: 20h00 - 21h40 (double bill)

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.

Season 12 premiered on Universal Channel on Wednesday 9 May 2012, at 20h00. New episodes broadcast in a double bill, weekly. There are 24 episodes in the twelfth season.

Season 12

This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC's 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.

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is now entering its eleventh season.

The program has received numerous citations from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and the cast members are frequently recognised for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

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.

Meloni is recognised as one of the most versatile actors today, taking on challenging and diverse roles in both television and film. He is well known for his portrayal of the duplicitous inmate Chris Keller on HBO's critically praised series Oz. He moved to the right side of the law, however, on Law & Order: SVU where he was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 2006 as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

In 2009, Hargitay (Detective Benson) garnered her sixth Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category. In 2006, she received her third SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Detective Benson.

In 2005, Hargitay earned her first Golden Globe Award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the role and her second Emmy nomination; and in 2004, both an Emmy and a SAG nomination in the same category.

Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek, reprising the role he played on the first three seasons of Law & Order 1990-1993), 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, Homicide: Life on the Street), 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.

Forensic psychiatrist, George Huang (B.D. Wong), whose 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) lend their skills to uncover forensic evidence.

In 2009, Ellen Burstyn, Brenda Blethyn, and Carol Burnett were all nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series In 2008, Cynthia Nixon won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and Robin Williams earned a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for their guest roles on SVU.

Leslie Caron was also awarded an Emmy at the 2007 Creative Arts Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

In 2007, the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards nominated SVU's Sin for an Outstanding Individual Episode. In addition, Richard Belzer was nominated for a 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite Scene Stealing Star, and Law & Order: SVU was nominated for Best Drama.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Media Studios. Wolf, is creator and executive producer; Neal Baer, Ted Kotcheff and Peter Jankowski are executive producers.


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
Opening Announcer Steven Zirnkilton
TARU Tech Ruben Morales Joel de la Fuente
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly Judith Light
Trevor Langan Peter Hermann
A.D.A. Casey Novak Diane Neal
Carolyn Maddox CCH Pounder
Hashi Horowitz Joe Grifasi
Judge Barry Moredock John Cullum
Kathy Stabler Isabel Gillies
Lt. Ed Tucker Robert John Burke
Judge Walter Bradley Peter McRobbie
Judge Andrews Lindsay Crouse
Miranda Pond Alex Kingston
Victor Geoffrey Cantor
Erik Weber Henry Ian Cusick
June Frye Elizabeth Mitchell
Dr. Audrey Shelton Noelle Beck
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke Melissa Sagemiller
Detective Rex Winters Skeet Ulrich
Larissa Welsh Taryn Manning
Dr. Ari Nathan Christian Campbell
Dr. Captain Jackson Jeremy Irons
Dwayne Dylan Blue
Patrick Holbart Paul Schulze
Rose Samonsky Ruby Jerins
Jenna Fox Hayley McFarland
Orville Underwood David Patrick Kelly
Eddie Skinner Michael Raymond-James
Bill Harris James LeGros
Aubrey Elding Hadley Delany
Dr. Vincent Prochik David Krumholtz
CSU Clifton Montgomery Neal Bledsoe
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton Christine Lahti
Judge Taten Patricia Kalember
Pamela Burton Joan Cusack
Edwin Adelson Stephen Tobolowsky
Vicki Sayers Jennifer Love Hewitt
Nurse Didi Conn
Christine Danielson Gloria Reuben
Judge Miranski Zach Grenier
Dave Seaver Michael Boatman
Francine Brooks Rosemary Harris
Victor Ramos Kevin Alejandro
Bill Dixon Michael Gladis
Jeremy Swift David Alan Grier
Alexander Gammon Jason Wiles
Joyce Dixon Meredith Patterson
Vivian Arliss Maria Bello
Sarah Hoyt Kat Foster
Walter Burlock R. Lee Ermey
Nicholas Turner Christopher Flockton
FBI Agent Dana Lewis Marcia Gay Harden
Seth Coleman Jeremy Davidson
FBI Agent Dowley Dion Graham
Brian Ackerman J.C. MacKenzie
Judge Sylvia Quinn Kate Nelligan
Mike O'Doole Mike Starr
Sandra Roberts Drea de Matteo
Debbie Shields A.J. Cook
Detective Sean Riggs Kenny Johnson
Detective Sunny Qadri Shohreh Aghdashloo
Jordan Hayes Colm Feore
Greg Engels Spencer Treat Clark
Carol Tara Thompson
Alicia Harding Debra Messing
Annette Cole Kate Burton
Bruce Clarkson David Costabile
Justin Jennings Shane McRae
Cindi LuAnn de Lesseps
Doug Loveless Ryan Hurst
Jerry Bullard Tom Irwin
Cassandra Davina Rose McGowan
Lorna Talcott Irma P. Hall
Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker Terrence Howard
Ken Turner John Stamos
Dede Aston Lori Singer
Judge Alan Ridenour Harvey Atkin
Sister Peg Charlayne Woodard
ATF Supervisor Al Sapienza
Isabelle Wright Afton Williamson
Emma Brooks Amanda Fuller
Chuck Mills Charlie Barnett
Joe Gilbert James Carpinello
Ava Melissa Benoist
Sheila Stephanie Brait
Hunter Mazelon Sterling Beaumon
Dru Erin Moriarty
A.D.A. Sherri West Francie Swift
Ray Castaneda TJ Edwards
David Watson Michael Siberry
Mackenzie Burton Bailee Madison
Dr. Manning Amir Arison
Kate Alyssa Sutherland
Donny Greenway Jeremy Bobb
Special Agent Greer Pedro Pascal

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