Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is now in its 13th season and chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.
Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past - as a product of rape and a witness to her mother's grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help.
Captain Donald Cragen, (Dann Florek, reprising the role he played on the first three seasons of Law & Order 1990-1993), oversees the unit with a tough but supportive approach to the team's complex cases, guiding the squad through the challenges they face every day.
Sergeant 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.
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (Ice-T) adds a unique sense of humour and undercover investigative experience, making him a formidable match for any partner.
New to the squad are Detectives Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), who bring their own talents and style of investigation, all the while learning the ropes from senior detectives and facing head-on the emotional toll it takes to work the SVU.
At the end of Season 12, Christopher Meloni departed the cast, unable to come to terms with his contract.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is a Wolf Films production in association with Universal Television. Dick Wolf is creator and executive producer; Peter Jankowski and Warren Leight are executive producers.