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'Law & Order: SVU' will air Duggar-inspired episode

The series stars Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Ice-T, and will air the Duggar-inspired episode Nov. 4.

By Annie Martin
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'Law & Order: SVU' will air Duggar-inspired episode
Josh Duggar (R) and wife Anna Duggar. 'Law & Order: SVU' will air an episode inspired by the Duggar family in November. Photo by Josh Duggar/Instagram

NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will air a Duggar-inspired episode in November.

The NBC police procedural will take on the famous family in episode 8, titled "Patrimonial Burden." The story line will see the team investigate a reality television family with 10 children after the 13-year-old daughter is discovered to be pregnant.

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Two of a Kind actor Christopher Sieber and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actress Geneva Carr will play the husband and wife with 10 children, with additional guest roles by Andy Karl, Ryan Devlin, Victoria Leigh and Chris Elliott.

The Duggar family came to fame on TLC series 19 Kids & Counting, which was canceled following Josh Duggar's molestation scandal. The 27-year-old was further disgraced when he confessed to being unfaithful to wife Anna Duggar following word he had an Ashley Madison account.

"It won't be that exact," Raul Esparza, who plays assistant district attorney Rafael Barba, said of the episode in September. "Ultimately it's got to stay fiction and got to stay engaging. We don't want to recreate what you just lived through."

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"With the Duggar one, it was like the double-whammy because [he molested] his sisters," he added. "I mean, honestly, I feel like we're dealing with some topics this season that feel a bit meatier than some lunatic fringe family ... When I think about that guy, it boils my blood."

Josh Duggar, the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19 children, admitted in May to molesting five girls, including sisters Jill and Jessa Duggar, as a teenager. Jill and Jessa Duggar addressed the abuse on TLC special Breaking the Silence in August, and will appear on forthcoming network specials.

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