The 10 Best Episodes of ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ According to IMDb

by Jeremy Spirogis
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For greater than 20 years, Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the remainder of the Law & Order: SVU crew have been fixing among the most heinous crimes in New York City. Since the present premiered in 1999, 478 episodes of the present have aired. In truth, with the 2019-20 season, the Dick Wolf sequence turned the longest-running scripted primetime drama of all time. 

Over the years, Benson, Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Fin (Ice-T), and the present’s different characters have been confronted with horrifying crimes and brought down greater than their fair proportion of dangerous guys. But a few of these crimes are extra memorable than others. We turned to IMDb to seek out out which episodes of Law & Order: SVU followers think about one of the best. 

10. ‘Hardwired’ (2009) 

In this 2009 episode, Benson and Stabler examine after a boy is sexually abused by his stepfather. Once the abuser is arrested, he tries to chop a deal, providing to share details about a pedophile-rights group in an effort to get a lesser sentence. SVU nabs the chief of the group, however he tries to argue his sexual desire for youngsters is “hardwired.” This episode earned a 9.1 ranking from IMDb customers. 

9. ‘Perverted’ (2009) 

Benson is framed for the homicide of biker who was concerned in prostitution on this season 11 episode, which has a 9.1 ranking on IMDb. Stabler fights to clear his companion’s title and discover out who set her up. 

8. ‘Shadow’ (2010) 

Christopher Meloni left SVU in 2011, however followers nonetheless love his character. Nearly each episode on this record predates his departure from the present. In “Shadow” (ranking: 9.1), he and Benson examine after a rich couple is discovered murdered. Soon, their daughter emerges because the prime suspect within the killings. 

7. ‘Behave’ (2010) 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt and Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: SVU | Will Hart/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

Jennifer Love Hewitt visitor stars on this 2010 SVU episode. She performs a lady who has been raped a number of instances by the identical man, who has adopted her throughout the nation, at the same time as she’s tried to cover and alter her id. Soon, the detectives notice she won’t be the perp’s solely sufferer. It has a 9.1 ranking on IMDb. 

6. ‘Heartfelt Passages’ (2016)

The season 17 finale, which was rated 9.1 by IMDb customers, is among the solely non-Stabler episodes to make it into the highest 10. In this installment of the present, Benson results in a hostage scenario that ends in the tragic demise of a member of the SVU crew. 

5. ‘Conscience’ (2004) 

Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan visitor stars on this SVU episode a couple of boy who’s murdered by one other little one throughout a celebration. Realizing the killer is probably going a younger sociopath, the sufferer’s father (MacLachlan) takes issues into his personal fingers to make sure he gained’t damage anybody else. It has a 9.2 ranking on IMDb. 

4. ‘Dominance’ (2003) 

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A celebratory dinner ends within the brutal demise of a number of {couples}, and the SVU detectives quickly notice that the murders could have simply been the start of a killing spree. Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) visitor stars on this episode that has a 9.2 ranking.

3. ‘Loss’ (2003)

Assistant district lawyer Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March) makes her final common SVU look on this season 5 episode. Cabot is prosecuting a rapist related to a drug cartel, regardless of the dangers it poses to her security. At the episode’s finish, she is seemingly killed in a drive-by taking pictures, however she has truly entered the Witness Protection Program. This episode earned a 9.2 ranking from IMDb customers. 

2. ‘Scavenger’ (2004) 

Benson and Stabler are in a race towards time as they attempt to discover a serial killer who taunts them with mysterious clues that time to when he may strike once more. The perp seems to be a failed crime novelist who’s imitating one other sequence killer on this episode with a 9.2 ranking. 

1. ‘911’ (2005)  

The greatest episode of Law & Order: SVU is season 7’s “911” (ranking: 9.3). A 9-year-old lady calls the police, saying she’s being stored in a locked room. While the remainder of the detectives (apart from Stabler, who doesn’t seem) are suspicious, Benson believes her story. Hargitay earned an Emmy for her efficiency on this episode. 

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