Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order - Special Victims Unit

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 City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.
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 City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.

Season 18 (21 episodes)

  • 1. Terrorized

    Original air date: 09/21/2016 Runtime: 42:47 min.

    Original air date: 09/21/2016 Runtime: 42:47 min. A young boy is found wandering alone in Central Park and the search for his parents leads to startling evidence of a planned mass casualty event in the city.

  • 2. Making a Rapist

    Original air date: 09/28/2016 Runtime: 42:48 min.

    Original air date: 09/28/2016 Runtime: 42:48 min. After 16 years in prison, a convicted rapist (guest star Henry Thomas) is exonerated due to newly tested DNA evidence.

  • 3. Imposter

    Original air date: 10/05/2016 Runtime: 42:59 min.

    Original air date: 10/05/2016 Runtime: 42:59 min. A man tears a family apart when he uses a prominent fake identity to lure a vulnerable wife and mother into his bed.

  • 4. Heightened Emotions

    Original air date: 10/12/2016 Runtime: 42:16 min.

    Original air date: 10/12/2016 Runtime: 42:16 min. An athlete is the victim of sexual assault, but her secret double life could ruin both the case against her attacker and her Olympic future.

  • 5. Rape Interrupted

    Original air date: 10/26/2016 Runtime: 42:04 min.

    Original air date: 10/26/2016 Runtime: 42:04 min. A sergeant (guest star Anthony Edwards) makes Benson (Mariska Hargitay) choose between loyalty and duty when his son is accused of rape.

  • 6. Broken Rhymes

    Original air date: 11/09/2016 Runtime: 42:38 min.

    Original air date: 11/09/2016 Runtime: 42:38 min. A record label CEO (guest star Wyclef Jean) and his protégé are questioned for their involvement in the assault of a transgender student.

  • 7. Next Chapter

    Original air date: 01/04/2017 Runtime: 42:46 min.

    Original air date: 01/04/2017 Runtime: 42:46 min. A woman is sexually assaulted by a masked man, but she believes the rapist is the same man who went to jail for stalking her.

  • 8. Chasing Theo

    Original air date: 01/11/2017 Runtime: 42:22 min.

    Original air date: 01/11/2017 Runtime: 42:22 min. A 6 year old boy disappears from his bed in the midst of a wild, drug fueled party thrown by his mother.

  • 9. Decline and Fall

    Original air date: 01/18/2017 Runtime: 41:59 min.

    Original air date: 01/18/2017 Runtime: 41:59 min. The powerful family of a retail empire closes ranks when a bartender accuses one of their own of rape.

  • 10. Motherly Love

    Original air date: 02/08/2017 Runtime: 46:38 min.

    Original air date: 02/08/2017 Runtime: 46:38 min. 400th episode directed by Mariska Hargitay. A teenaged boy uses a rifle to stop an assault on his mother, but soon learns the target was someone he knows.

  • 11. Great Expectations

    Original air date: 02/15/2017 Runtime: 41:34 min.

    Original air date: 02/15/2017 Runtime: 41:34 min. The SVU investigates the players of a top youth hockey team after a vicious locker room hazing.

  • 12. No Surrender

    Original air date: 02/22/2017 Runtime: 40:29 min.

    Original air date: 02/22/2017 Runtime: 40:29 min. Fin (Ice T) revisits his military roots when a fellow Army Ranger (guest star Sarah Booth) struggles to recover from a sexual assault.

  • 13. Genes

    Original air date: 03/22/2017 Runtime: 42:56 min.

    Original air date: 03/22/2017 Runtime: 42:56 min. An investigation hits a nerve with Benson (Mariska Hargitay) when a suspect claims his genetics causes him to commit rape.

  • 14. Net Worth

    Original air date: 03/29/2017 Runtime: 42:20 min.

    Original air date: 03/29/2017 Runtime: 42:20 min. A top level investment banker (Missy Peregrym) accuses her billionaire client of rape (Tate Donovan).

  • 15. Know It All

    Original air date: 04/05/2017 Runtime: 41:39 min.

    Original air date: 04/05/2017 Runtime: 41:39 min. A man under investigation for rape and murder threatens to expose the secrets of those working the case.

  • 16. The Newsroom

    Original air date: 04/26/2017 Runtime: 42:50 min.

    Original air date: 04/26/2017 Runtime: 42:50 min. Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) ask witnesses to put their jobs on the line after a news anchor (guest star Bonnie Somerville) makes an on air disclosure of rape against her boss.

  • 17. Real Fake News

    Original air date: 05/03/2017 Runtime: 41:03 min.

    Original air date: 05/03/2017 Runtime: 41:03 min. A congressman (guest star James Waterston) falsely accused of soliciting underage girls asks SVU to debunk the rumor, but the investigation leads to a real sex trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Rollins (Kelli Giddish) become the targets of a salacious website.

  • 18. Spellbound

    Original air date: 05/10/2017 Runtime: 42:57 min.

    Original air date: 05/10/2017 Runtime: 42:57 min. The SVU investigates a charismatic spiritual healer (guest star Stuart Townsend) when a client claims he incapacitated and assaulted her using hypnosis.

  • 19. Conversion

    Original air date: 05/17/2017 Runtime: 42:55 min.

    Original air date: 05/17/2017 Runtime: 42:55 min. When a young woman is raped by a member of her church group, Barba (Raúl Esparza) must argue that the First Amendment doesn't entitle a person to break the law.

  • 20. American Dream

    Original air date: 05/24/2017 Runtime: 41:13 min.

    Original air date: 05/24/2017 Runtime: 41:13 min. A hate crime against a Muslim family results in the death of their daughter. When a crucial witness in the case is deported, Barba (Raúl Esparza) is forced to drop the charges against a suspect, and tensions rise between communities on opposing sides of the case.

  • 21. Sanctuary

    Original air date: 05/24/2017 Runtime: 42:45 min.

    Original air date: 05/24/2017 Runtime: 42:45 min. The unexpected release of a suspect in a hate crime case leaves Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Barba (Raúl Esparza) caught between two families seeking justice for their loved ones. As public protests escalate to violence, Benson goes to desperate lengths to make an arrest.