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10 Best 'Law & Order: SVU' Episodes of All Time, Ranked

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Law & Order: SVU) is one gripping drama.

The crime series, which is also the first spin-off of Law & Order by Dick Wolf, premiered back in September of 1999, and has since gone on to become the longest-running primetime U.S. live-action series in the history of TV, and the only live-action ’90s series still producing new episodes.

It features stars like Christopher Meloni as Elliot Stabler (who left in 2011), and Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson.

The iconic opening provides the premise: “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.”

Law & Order: SVU has gone on to be nominated for dozens of awards, and plenty of acclaim – but there are certain episodes that stand out among the rest.

We’ve gathered together the Top 10 episodes of Law & Order: SVU, based on user ratings on IMDb.

Find out what the 10 best episodes of Law & Order: SVU are…

Here's How Anthony Anderson's Detective Bernard Is Written Out of 'Law & Order' in Season 22 (Spoilers!)


Law & Order lost Detective Bernard!

As previously reported, Anthony Anderson did not return for Season 22 on the long-running NBC series, which premiered on Thursday (September 22).

If you didn’t know, the actor had signed on for just one year of the NBC revival.

Find out how he is written out…

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'Law & Order' Season 22 - Five Stars Confirmed to Return, One Leaving, One Actor Joining Main Cast!

Law & Order is returning for season 22 and there will be a new face in the mix!

The long-running series originally ended back in 2010 after 20 seasons. Then NBC decided to revive the show and the 21st season aired in early 2022.

Some of the regular cast members from the earlier seasons returned for season 21, but they’re not all staying for season 22.

Click through the slideshow to see who is and isn’t returning for season 22…

Mariska Hargitay Jokes About Being Christopher Meloni's 'Work Wife' at 'Law & Order' Premiere Event

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni step out for the Law & Order franchise premiere event held at Capitale on Monday (September 19) in New York City.

The two actors were joined by their fellow Law & Order stars including Ice-T, Sam Waterston, Mehcad Brooks, Brent Antonello, Pearlena Igbokwe, Camryn Manheim, Ainsley Seiget, Odelya Halevi, Hugh Dancy, Danielle Mone Truitt, Octavio Pisano, and Rick Gonzalez.

While appearing at the 2022 Emmy Awards earlier this month, Mariska and Chris joked about her being labeled his wife on a Wikipedia page.

“I mean, I don’t think I’ll be marrying him any time soon, but I am kind of like his second wife,” she joked about the slip up. “Wife, therapist, bestie, sister, mother.”

added that “the fandom goes nuts” over their onscreen chemistry, before saying that “I think the uber fans literally want our spouses to go away.”

The trio of Law & Order shows will kick off on Thursday, September 22 with a triple crossover on NBC. Get the details here!

Click inside to see 40+ pictures of Mariska Hargitay, Christoper Meloni and more Law & Order stars…More Here! »

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Camilla Belle Spotted Filming 'Law & Order' With Christopher Meloni - Learn About Her Character!

Camilla Belle has joined the cast of Law & Order: Organized Crime for its upcoming third season and she has been spotted on set!

The 35-year-old actress was seen filming with co-star Christopher Meloni on Tuesday (August 29) in New York City.

The series follows Elliot Stabler, Meloni‘s character from Law & Order: SVU, a veteran detective who returns to the New York Police Department following his wife’s murder. He joins the Organized Crime Task Force.

Camilla and Fear the Walking Dead‘s Gus Halper have joined the show as “New York City power couple Pearl Serrano and Teddy Silas, respectively,” according to Deadline.

For those who don’t know, Camilla is best known for her work in movies like When a Stranger Calls, 10,000 BC, and From Prada to Nada. This will mark her biggest TV role to date!

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Here's Why Kelli Giddish Is Reportedly Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' After 12 Years

It was announced this week that one of Law & Order: SVU‘s most-loved stars will be leaving the show after the upcoming season.

Kelli Giddish revealed on social media that she is exiting the long-running show after 12 years with the series.

“Playing Rollins has been one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life. I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of the ‘Law & Order’ family for the last 12 years. There is simply no other character on TV like Rollins. She’s grown and changed, and I have as well. I started on this show when I was in my late 20s and I’m grateful I got to spend so many of my adult years with Rollins in my life,” she said in a statement.

A new report claims that Kelli‘s exit is not by choice.

Click to the next slide to learn the alleged reasons behind Kelli Giddish’s departure…

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One Big Star Is Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU' After Season 24

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is losing a cast member.

The long-running NBC drama, which is set to arrive with Season 24 this fall, will have one less star after it debuts with the premiere episode, which is set to make history for the franchise.

Season 24 premieres on NBC Thursday, September 22, at 9 p.m. ET.

Find out who it is…