Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)



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Air date: Sep 20, 1999
Air date: Sep 27, 1999
Air date: Oct 4, 1999
Air date: Oct 11, 1999
Air date: Oct 18, 1999
Air date: Oct 25, 1999
Air date: Nov 15, 1999
Air date: Nov 22, 1999
Air date: Nov 29, 1999
Air date: Jan 7, 2000
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The successful series "Law & Order" launched its first spin-off with the premiere season of this crime drama, which focuses on a specialized Manhattan police unit trained to deal with sex crimes, as well as crimes involving children. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are the show's main detectives, and they report to Capt. Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), who appeared on the original "Law & Order" for three series. This series' reputation for casting famous guest stars began with this first season, which features Tracy Pollan as a rape victim seeking revenge and Andrew McCarthy as a corporate lawyer who's hiding something.


Christopher Meloni
as Det. Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay
as Det. Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer
as Det. John Munch
Dann Florek
as Capt. Donald Cragen
Dean Winters
as Det. Brian Cassidy
Michelle Hurd
as Det. Monique Jeffries
Elizabeth Ashley
as Serena Benson
B.D. Wong
as George Huang
Isabel Gillies
as Kathy Stabler
Audra McDonald
as Audrey Jackson
Angie Harmon
as ADA Abbie Carmichael
Jenna Stern
as ADA Kathleen Eastman
Peter Francis James
as Judge Kevin Beck
Jerry Orbach
as Lennie Briscoe
Andrew McCarthy
as Randolph Morrow
Reed Birney
as Harry Waters
Robert Foxworth
as Dr. Ben Hadley
James McCaffrey
as Jesse Hansen
Tom McCarthy
as Nick Ganzner
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Frank Martin
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Dr. Mark Daniels
John Driver
as Lyle Morris
Anne Twomey
as Sharon Hadley
Jason Paul Field
as Mark Krieger
Bebe Neuwirth
as Nina Laszlo
Ellen Muth
as Elaine
Tracy Pollan
as Harper Anderson
Lothaire Bluteau
as Henri Rouseau
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Richard White
Kathryn Meisle
as Gina Silver
Jane Alexander
as Regina Mulroney
Mili Avital
as Marta Stevens
Neil Maffin
as Kenneth Clearly
Sal Viscuso
as Sal Avelino
Jack Gwaltney
as Roger Silver
Jenny Bacon
as Jennifer Neal
Allison Mackie
as Kimberly Phillips
Michael Nouri
as Dallas Warner
Lynn Collins
as Virginia Hayes
Catherine Dent
as Deborah Latrell
Josef Sommer
as Patrick Rumsey
Bo Foxworth
as Ben Hadley Jr.
Christopher Evan Welch
as William Lexner
Sean Squire
as Chuck Mosley
Alex Sullivan
as Ray Gunther
Deborah Rush
as Christina Harlin
Layla Alexander
as Ilena Codrescu
Paul Hecht
as Robert Sidarsky
Rita Gardner
as Doris Harrington
Angie Everhart
as Emily Waterbury
Amy Ryan
as Lorraine Hansen
Bruce Bohne
as Bruce Abbott
Joseph Edward
as Jonathon's Father
Susan Floyd
as Mrs. Morrow
Austin Lysy
as Mike D.
Ritchie Coster
as Carlo Parisi
Noelle Beck
as Stephanie Mulroney
Patrick Fitzgerald
as Tommy McConagh
Christian Lincoln
as Adam Harlin
Kohl Sudduth
as Riley Cougar
Adrienne Dreiss
as Louise Billings
John Dossett
as Tom Dayton
Norbert Leo Butz
as John Fenwick
Mary Lou Rosato
as Constanta Codrescu
George Martin
as Father McCourt
Henry Strozier
as Jon Freeman
Leonora Gershman
as Sidra Lonstein
Peter Rini
as Off. Bandolini
Otto Sanchez
as Delfino Melendez
Sean Cullen (II)
as Arthur Pruitt
Judith Hawking
as Victoria Kraft
Russ Anderson
as Charles Poe
Maria Tucci
as Mrs. Briggs
Laila Robins
as Ellen Travis
Olivia Birkelund
as Jane Tyler
Steve Ryan
as Hank the Bartender
Nahanni Johnstone
as Helen Katisch
Al Sharpton
as Rev. Thomas Clayton
Michael Kell
as Sam lardner
Brenda Pressley
as Carole Pinto
Seana Kofoed
as Lois Creen
Myk Watford
as Mr. Davies
Ann Hubbard
as Allison Logreco
Jerry Lanning
as William Langdon
Caren Browning
as Mrs. Davies
Torquil Campbell
as Christopher James
Erin Broderick
as Maureen Stabler
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Critic Reviews for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (7)

They're off to a decent start, though; the acting is fine, the city locations are as big an asset as on the original series,... straight from Law & Order, give Special Victims Unit an assured and polished look for a new show.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Neither Meloni nor Hargitay is a great actor, and both are guilty of overacting here.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Right from the opening voiceover, it was clear that this addition (the first of many) to the mega-popular police procedural Law & Order franchise was unafraid to tread into salacious, sordid territory.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Gamey stuff indeed.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

[It] weaves its plots through its characters' personal lives, in contrast to the more detached Law & Order... which promises to be a solid cop drama capable of occasionally stretching toward greatness.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The show swiftly finds its balance. Not every series lends itself to cloning, but the essential qualities of ''Law and Order'' seem made for it.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…

This "Law & Order" spinoff wastes no time getting to a juicy crime and expertly tucking the necessary character exposition into a handful of scenes that propel the drama.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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Am I alone in finding the absence of courtroom antics in this spin-off a relief?

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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