Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

1999 TV-14 14 seasons

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

1999 TV-14 14 seasons
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Tackling hard-hitting social issues ripped from headlines, this edgy police procedural follows members of the Special Victims Unit as they investigate sexual offenses such as rape, incest, pedophilia, torture and serial murder.
Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek, Christopher Meloni, B.D. Wong, Kelli Giddish, Tamara Tunie, Stephanie March, Diane Neal, Raúl Esparza , Danny Pino, Peter Scanavino, Michelle Hurd, Adam Beach, Michaela McManus, Philip Winchester
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  • SEASON  14
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Summary of Season 1 (1999) - 6 discs

"In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous." So goes the introduction to each episode of this riveting offshoot of the hugely popular "Law & Order" franchise. Top detectives Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) investigate stomach-churning murders and sexual assaults, while assistant district attorney Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) prosecutes the perps.
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is the most sensationalized of the Law & Order franchises. Graphic, unusual crimes are the norm, and victims are frequently women and children -- making the show potentially upsetting for younger teens coming into their own sexuality.

Sexual Content

Many types of sexual crimes are perpetrated against women, kids, and other victims, including rape, incest, mutilation, and more.


The show specifically focuses on violent (and often sensational) crimes that also involve sex in some way. There's some gunplay as well. Scenes can be graphic.


A few "damns," "asses," and "bastards."

Social Behavior

Good usually triumphs over evil, but not after highlighting the perpetration of unusual (and often extremely deviant) crimes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drugs often figure prominently in the plotlines.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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