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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 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…

All 3 'Law & Order' TV Shows Will Have a Crossover Episode for Season Premiere - Watch the First Promo!

Huge news for Law & Order fans!

NBC is doing something with the long-running franchise for the very first time this fall television season.

All three shows in the brand: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime — will come together for a single story across their season premieres on September 22.

While it’s the first time this has happened with the Law & Order universe, executive producer Dick Wolf has done it with shows like NBC’s Chicago dramas and CBS’ FBI franchise.

Watch the first teaser…

'Law & Order: SVU' to Tackle Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is about to take on a hot topic.

The long-running crime NBC series will be putting their own spin on the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp defamation trial that’s made headlines for months.

New set photos reveal that the cast is working on an upcoming episode in New York City, which seemingly recreates the Heard-Depp trial.

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Two Series Regular Stars Exit 'Law & Order: SVU' Ahead of Season 23

It’s goodbye to Jamie Gray Hyder and Demore Barnes on Law & Order: SVU.

The two actors are leaving the long-running program just after being promoted to series regulars in season 22.

Deadline reports that Jamie and Demore‘s exits will be revealed during the two-hour Season 23 premiere.

In the season 23 premiere, which picks up just hours after the season 22 finale, viewers will see Catalina Machado (Zabryna Guevara) arrested for trafficking single mothers living in shelters in a complex housing-for-sex scheme.

She now wants to flip on her superiors in exchange for a deal with the Feds, and names a powerful congressman as the big fish.

Jamie played Kat Azar Tamin, the first LGBTQ officer on the show. Demore was Deputy Chief Christian Garland.

Law & Order: SVU season 23 will premiere on Thursday, September 23 on NBC.

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Mariska Hargitay Reacts to News of the Elliot Stabler Spinoff for Christopher Meloni!

Mariska Hargitay is reacting to the news that her former Law & Order: SVU co-star Christopher Meloni is going to get his own spinoff series!

Christopher will be returning to NBC as his iconic character Elliot Stabler for a new crime drama series. The show will also be set in New York, centering on “the NYPD organized crime unit led by Stabler.”

The first season of the upcoming series already has a 13-episode order.

Mariska took to Instagram on Thursday (April 2) to wish Chris a happy 59th birthday and also to congratulate him on the new show.

“Congratulations and welcome home Elliot Stabler,” she wrote. In hashtag format she added, “It’s been a while” and “missed you.”

Make sure to check out the hot shirtless photo that Christopher Meloni shared last week!