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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2020
  • Season 22
  • 16 episodes
  • Drama
  • Crime/detective

Episode 1: Guardians and Gladiators


The squad members are hampered by their own blind spots and a community that is losing trust in the police when they try to solve an assault in Central Park. Action drama, starring Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish and Ice-T


Season 22 begins with a self-inventory as SVU asks whether its cops can still be considered heroes following the killing of George Floyd. Tackling the topic of institutionalised racism head on, we witness a black man being wrongfully arrested following an assault in Central Park, and then subsequently filing a lawsuit against officers Captain Olivia Benson and Sergeant Fin Tutuola. 

For Benson, this results in her confronting her own unconscious bias, while Fin is left pondering whether it’s possible to be both “black and blue”. Long-time viewers, meanwhile, will be heartened to find that after so many years on our screens, this is a series that still desires to stay relevant and find flaws in characters whose careers we’ve followed for decades. 





Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Amanda RollinsKelli Giddish
Det Odafin `Fin" TutuolaIce-T
Dominick CarisiPeter Scanavino
Dep Chief Christian GarlandDemore Barnes
Katriona TaminJamie Gray Hyder

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The fractures in America’s policing system are something that Special Victims Unit has been tackling with renewed vigour of late, with this new episode taking a cogent look at what can happen when a cop prioritises loyalty to a colleague above all else.

The officer in question is series regular Amanda Rollins of Manhattan’s SVU, who decides to back a detective from the Bronx by the name of Moldovan after he acts in a questionable manner during an arrest. Overzealous he may have been in his pursuit of a guy suspected of a series of rapes, but Moldovan’s also growing increasingly territorial about crimes committed in his borough. Pretty soon, a headline-making police turf war has broken out, but where will Rollins’s moral compass eventually lead her?


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