Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 17 (2015 - 2016)


Season 17
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Air date: Sep 23, 2015
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In the 17th season of this crime drama, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is promoted to lieutenant and takes command of the squad, but she doesn't get to choose who will be her second-in-command. Instead, Deputy Chief Williams Dodds decides to put his son Mike Dodds (Andy Karl) in that position. Benson also enters into a new relationship in her personal life when she begins dating Lt. Ed Tucker (Robert John Burke). Meanwhile, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) experiences some big changes in her personal life as well when she becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby girl. Guest stars this season include Whoopi Goldberg as an overwhelmed Department of Child Services supervisor; Chris Elliott as an unscrupulous crew member on a reality show; and Brad Garrett as a corrections officer who abuses his power.


Mariska Hargitay
as Sgt. Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish
as Det. Amanda Rollins
as Det. Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Peter Scanavino
as Det. Dominick "Sonny" Carisi
Raul Esparza
as ADA Rafael Barba
Andy Karl
as Sgt. Mike Dodds
Peter Gallagher
as Deputy Chief William Dodds
Danny Pino
as Det. Nick Amaro
Tamara Tunie
as M.E. Warner
Josh Pais
as Hank Abraham
Dallas Roberts
as Gregory Yates
Delaney Williams
as John Buchanan
Brad Garrett
as Gary Munson
Michael O'Keefe
as Father Eugene
Bill Irwin
as Dr. Peter Lindstrom
Richard Belzer
as Det. John Munch
Elizabeth Marvel
as Counselor Rita Calhoun
Jefferson Mays
as M. E. Rudnick
Karina Logue
as Lisa Munson
Jonathan Cake
as Monsignor Mulregan
Michael Potts
as Sgt. Draper
Abigail Savage
as Nina Kelly
Mary Bacon
as Susie Frain
Robert Sean Leonard
as ADA Kenneth O'Dwyer
Ernest Waddell
as Ken Randall
Daveed Diggs
as Louis Henderson
Danny Johnson
as Teddy "Brown Sugar" Hawkins
Cody Lindquist
as Brooke Norwalk
Ned Eisenberg
as Roger Kressler
Whoopi Goldberg
as Janette Grayson
Virginia Madsen
as Beth Rollins
Christopher Dylan
as Avery Parker
Tom Sizemore
as Lewis Hodda
Jack McGee
as Lt. Allen James
Susie Essman
as Arlene Heller
Ryan Devlin
as Pastor Eldon
B.D. Wong
as Dr. Huang
Sophia Bush
as Erin Lindsay
Dante Brown
as Darius McCrae
John Magaro
as Keith Musio
Isiah Whitlock Jr.
as Capt. Reese
Geneva Carr
as Pam Baker
Jessica Pimentel
as Manuela Ozuna
Dashiell Eaves
as Sgt. Kevin Donlan
Jon Seda
as Antonio Dawson
Zach McGowan
as Anton Krasnikov
Adrienne C. Moore
as Cheryl McCrae
Joseph Lyle Taylor
as Counselor D'Angelo
Victoria Leigh
as Lane Baker
Chris Elliott
as Pete Matthews
Danny Burstein
as Eric Parker
Josh Marcantel
as Matt Sheridan
Caris Vujcec
as Det. Louise Campesi
Elizabeth A. Davis
as Alessandra Bay
Jenna Wolfe
as Herself
Rebecca Luker
as Lisa Parker
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Rev. Curtis Scott
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Critic Reviews for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 17

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It's all about who people think you are and who you really are and the reconciliation of those, often opposing, views. The exploration of that this season on SVU will make for some very interesting television for sure.

Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…
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There's something comforting about knowing exactly how the hour will proceed. Then, once in a while, SVU breaks the mold and instead delivers a creepy, weird story. Law & Order: SVU Season 17 Episode 1 is one of those times.

Sep 24, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 17

  • Aug 03, 2016
    Old, Dead, Uninspiring.
  • Jul 13, 2016
    SVU is absolutely a fabulous show, perhaps one of the best in the history of television. I stumbled upon the show on Netflix, so I started viewing the series with season 13. I watched seasons 13-17 first, and now I've just gone back and started with season 1 (thank you Hulu!). Having fallen in love with the characters and storylines starting in season 13, then going back to season 1, I have to say I don't understand any of the fuss about Christopher Meloni--granted, I've just started (I'm mid way through season 1), but I find Meloni arrogant and narcissitic, believable as a cop but not that likable, so hands down 'SVU 2.0' is the much better show. The characters all wrestle with their own problems, while still caring deeply about the victims they are trying to help (so far, I've never believed Meloni truly cares about the victims). I think Benson has blossomed in his absence, and I think it's really inspiring to watch her manage her own life, being the boss, and still finding the energy to care about others--not an easy task. I try to live by the saying, not one person can save the world, but we can help the people who cross our paths, and I really admire Ms. Hargitay, the entire cast and crew, as well as the producers and network, for keeping this show going--I'm sure it is not easy to stay on the same show for years and years, and creatively I'm sure they would love to move on to other projects, but this show does a lot of good in the world--it helps give voice to people who have suffered in horrible ways, reminding both the victims and the viewers watching the show, of the struggles for justice, of our role in society for helping put a stop to such evils. Pay attention, listen, and don't hesitate to call 911 if something isn't right--we share such a brief time on this planet together, we owe it to each other to look out for one another. Sometimes a show can magically balance art, entertainment and social good, and this show manages to harness them all, without sacrificing any of them for the other. A rare feat. I hope this show lasts another twenty long as there is suffering in the world, we need this show to help us shed light, insight, and hope for the world.
  • May 25, 2016
    This has got to be the worst episode of Law and Order SVU I have ever seen. The writing, directing, and editing being so all over the place that a third grader could have done a better job. And the threats to Barba plot? Gone elsewhere apparently. Seems that someone forgot all about him and so except for showing up at the bar for Dodds wake, he disappeared. One of the main problems with SVU these days is that it always somehow ends up being about Olivia Benson. Even Dodds getting shot turns out to be all about her. And the funniest part of this episode occurred when her therapist or counsellor told her that no one could have seen this (Dodd getting shot and dying) coming - no one that is except for pretty well everybody who was watching the show. In fact, the "plot" was so thinly delivered that as soon as Dodds offered to go with Olivia, his doom was assured. This show has run its course and if they insist on bringing it back for yet another season they should rename it "All about Olivia" because ever since she became a producer of the show that is exactly what has happened - her being the focus and everybody else (even the dead guy) being put in the background. Dreadful
  • Oct 21, 2015
    Extraordinary cast chemistry led by the Mariska Hargitay, coupled with tight, relevant scripting, direction and editing. This season has taken an already superb show to another level entirely. Some may find the legal decisions upsetting, but this about as real as it gets.

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