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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC
Monday 9:00–10:00 p.m.; moved to Friday 10:00–11:00 p.m.
Cast:
Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Dean Winters, and Michelle Hurd

The longest-running drama on television, Law & Order has survived perennial cast turnovers and the ax of fickle network programmers. With Dick Wolfe behind the spin-off, there's no reason to think SVU won't be equally as fresh, well-written, gritty. The format's the same, but the detectives primarily investigate sex crimes. Richard Belzer, fresh from Homicide: Life on the Street reprises his role as conspiracy-theory buff John Munch.