The 'Law and Order: SVU' Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

What was "Law & Order: SVU" supposed to be called?

The series was originally supposed to be called Sex Crimes, but creator Dick Wolf wanted it associated with the "Law & Order" franchise.

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True or false? "Law & Order: SVU" is the longest-running prime-time drama currently on TV.

True. Now in its 17th season, SVU has been on the air longer than any other prime-time drama.

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What New York precinct is the Special Victims Unit?

The Special Victims Unit is located in the 16th Precinct of the New York City Police Department and focuses on victims of sexual crimes, such as rape and domestic abuse.

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What NBC show was Detective John Munch originally on?

Detective John Munch was originally a character on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street." Munch also was a regular on "Law & Order," as well.

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How many children does Detective Elliot Stabler have with his wife Kathy?

Detective Stabler and his wife Kathy have five children.

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Who is John Munch's second partner on SVU?

All of these were Munch's partners -- Briscoe was his partner on "Law & Order" and Jeffries was his first partner on SVU. Fin Tutuola replaced Jeffries after she was transferred to vice.

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What happened to Assistant District Attorney Alex Cabot?

Assistant DA Alex Cabot appears to have been killed in a drive-by shooting, but she actually entered the federal Witness Protection Program after threats are made against her and her mother by rapist Rafael Zapata Gaviria.

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When did the first episode of "Law & Order: SVU" air?

NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" premiered on Sept. 20, 1999.

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What Emmy Award-winning actress plays Detective Eliot Stabler's bipolar mother?

Ellen Burstyn plays Detective Stabler's bipolar mother, who is reluctant to admit that she has a disease.

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How many years were Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler partners?

Benson and Stabler were partners for 12 years.

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Who becomes Olivia Benson's partner when Detective Elliot Stabler abruptly resigns from the police force?

Nick Amaro transfers to SVU after working in both the warrants and narcotics squads and becomes partners with Detective Benson.

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Which SVU actor has appeared in more episodes of the "Law & Order" franchise than any other character?

Dann Florek, who played Capt. Don Cragen on SVU, has appeared in 400 episodes of the "Law & Order" franchise, more than any other actor.

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True or false? Academy Award-nominee Bradley Cooper was in an episode of SVU that also starred Angela Lansbury, Alfred Molina and Rita Moreno.

True! Cooper played defense attorney Jason Whitaker in a two-hour crossover episode of SVU and "Law & Order Trial by Jury."

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True or false? In its 17th season, SVU will air an episode inspired by the hit reality show "The Bachelor."

True. The show will revolve around a fictional reality dating show called Heart's Desire.

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What famed actress portrayed the role of Janis Donovan, a woman with multiple personalities who is accused of child abuse?

Cynthia Nixon won the 2008 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Janis Donovan.

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What unit did Fin Tutuola transfer from when he joined SVU?

Detective Tutuola came to SVU from the Narcotics Division where he often spent months undercover.

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What kind of addiction does Captain Donald Cragen deal with?

Captain Cragen is a recovering alcoholic.

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Who takes over as SVU's interim supervisor when Captain Cragen retires?

Captain Cragen asks Olivia Benson to take the sergeant's exam and tells her he's approaching the mandatory retirement age. Eventually she replaces him when he retires to join his girlfriend on a six-month cruise around the world.

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True or false? Olivia Benson is the child of rape.

True. Her mother Serena Benson was raped in 1967 by a food salesman named Joseph Hollister, who later committed suicide.

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How many children does Fin Tutuola have?

Detective Tutuola has one son, Kwasi "Kenneth" Randall, who is openly gay.

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Why did Detective Amanda Rollins join SVU?

Detective Rollins joined SVU in September 2011 after moving to New York City from Atlanta. While in Atlanta, Rollins hunted a serial rapist who ended up in New York City.

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Not long after Detective Amanda Rollins joins SVU, Captain Cragen finds out she is hiding an addiction to what?

Captain Cragen finds out Detective Rollins has a gambling problem and is $20,000 in debt with a bookie. Instead of firing her, he convinces her to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings.

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Who is Ed Tucker?

Ed Tucker is the captain and long-time officer of the Internal Affairs division. In Season 16, he and the now-Lt. Olivia Benson are possibly involved in a romantic relationship.

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True or false? "Law & Order" is currently the last remaining show in the American "Law & Order" franchise.

True. There have been many spinoffs from the original "Law & Order," but only SVU is still on air.

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How many awards has "Law & Order: SVU" been nominated for?

SVU has been nominated for 132 different awards, and won 47, including the 2005 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama, and the 2006 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, both for Mariska Hargitay.

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How many Prism Awards has SVU been nominated for?

Fourteen episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" have been nominated for the Prism Award -- six have won -- recognizing their accurate depiction of substance abuse and mental illness.

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True or false? Kelli Giddish made her SVU debut as a rape victim named Kara Bawson.

True. Later in Season 13 Giddish joined the SVU team as Detective Amanda Rollins.

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True or false? Rafael Barba, played by Raúl Esparza, is SVU's first regular male assistant district attorney.

True. While there have been some men who've had roles as ADAs on SVU (who could forget Harry Connick playing David Haden?), none were regulars until ADA Barba. Past assistant district attorneys include Alexandra Cabot, played by Stephanie March, Diane Neal as Casey Novak, Michaela McManus as Kim Greylek, Melissa Sagemiller as Gillian Hardwicke and Judith Light as Elizabeth Donnelly.

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How many countries and territories view "Law & Order: SVU?"

To date, SVU has been sold to more than 250 countries and territories around the world.

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Fill in the blank. In the criminal justice system,__________. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."

You know the words! In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.

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