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Law & Order: SVU

BY LAW & ORDER: SVU #5 in TV

4.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars85%
  • 4 Stars12%
  • 3 Stars3%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.82 / 5 based on 11,209 Reviews

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
  • "(In my opinion) I watched my first episode about three years ago and I have probably seen every episode and still up to date with the current season." in 52 reviews
  • "Something about these kind of shows keep me wondering what is next they have great story lines throughout the series also. " in 45 reviews
  • "Law&Order is 1 of my favorite shows, I watch the reruns every day on TNT n USA, but never get tired of them..I love the actors and the crime drama." in 36 reviews
  • "Only started watching this show in the last couple of years, but thanks to Netflix, I've seen every episode of all 16 seasons up to date." in 25 reviews
  • "There was a period in my life that spanned about 3-5 years where I'd watch nothing but Law and Order SVU on the weekends and the new episodes during the week." in 22 reviews
Shania G.
52 reviews
I absolutely love this show. I have watch a good amount of them. I can sit and watch hours worth of SVU in one sitting, even if i've already seen it. It's definitely worth the watch. You never know what you might learn or find a sudden interest in. SVU is the only Law and Order television series I will watch. 
Lexi P.
Michigan City, IN
77 reviews
This has been one of my top 10 shows of all time since i was like 10. I have watched every episode of every season and i still cant wait for new episodes to come on. Its the best crime drama show on tv. I am never disappointed and always impressed. Never let down in the like 20 years it has been on television.
Heather G.
Galax VA
39 reviews
Law and order svu is one the best TV show I have ever watched. It is suspenseful you never know what the detective and victims will get into to. I have watched about every episodes a bunch of times they never get old or boring. 
Zohra K.
New Brighton, MN
471 reviews
When I am communicating with other people interested in crime series it is remarkable how many people seem to watch either CSI or CSI: Miami or both.
Rarely (actually never) have I heard talk about this show, unless I brought it up myself and ended up discussing it with them. Of course I do not know the situation in America and other countries regarding this show, but I feel it is very underrated in the Netherlands. Of course this has a lot to do with it's programming spot. While CSI is usually on Saturday's at 8:30 or 9:30 p.m. and CSI: Miami on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., SVU's spot has been Sunday's around 11p.m. for quite some time now. That's hardly what I call a prime time spot. Just to compare I looked up the share's of those 3 shows on the internet. CSI has a share of 26 in the US and 17,5 in the Netherlands. For CSI:Miami these numbers are 15,0 and 13,2 and for SVU they are 17,0 and 7,7. This doesn't mean much, but once bring the number of households into it, it gets a lot clearer. CSI has about 18,6 million viewers in the US while CSI:Miami and SVU have 10,5 and 11,9 viewers respectively. In the Netherlands these figures are 1,175 million; 910 thousand and 370 thousand. This means that SVU has less than one-third of the viewers CSI has and MUCH less than half the viewers CSI: Miami has. In America SVU has two-thirds of the viewers of CSI and about 10% more than CSI:Miami. In my opinion this has a lot to do with the extremely bad programming spot SVU has gained in the Netherlands and the fact that the program is not advertised as vigorously as the two CSI's, for I feel it cannot have anything to do with it's quality.
The thing that makes SVU stand out so much in opinion, is that the stories depicted are very realistic and heart felt. I personally appreciate it very much, that there are no cheap attempts to make you cry by extending dramatic scenes or underscoring them with sad music. Mostly the sad parts happen quite suddenly and are relatively short. Maybe that's just another 'trick' to get you to cry without being as obvious as many soap opera's. TO me though, it makes the stories appeal much more life-like and truly gut-wrenching and sad.
Also all of the characters are good. If you watch long enough, you can get bits and pieces of information on everyone of them, thus discovering what makes them tick. I must admit that the series has changes it's emphasis a bit in recent years. In the first year there were numerous episode's that featured theme's or events from the investigator's home environment (especially Stabler's). This trend has somewhat diminished over the years, yet you can still see each individual's background shining through into their work ethics. One thin I really had to get used to was Richard Belzer's (Det. John Munch) role getting smaller. It seems to me that in the first few years of the series he was present much more and he made much more cynical remarks, something I really enjoyed. But overall the series has not changed for the worse, for I feel it has actually improved. While a few years ago I'd given this series an 8 out of 10 I'm much more inclined now to rate it even higher. What I've come to appreciate these last 2 or three years, were the additions of Ice-T (Det. Fin Tutuola), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) and Stephanie March (A.D.A. Alex Cabbot) to the team. Stephanie March's character provides the viewer not only with an insight to what the D.A's job is, but her involvement in the series also shows what difficult decisions need to be made at times when the victim becomes the pursued or when a suspect cannot legally be brought to justice. Huang's intense involvement lately is in my opinion the biggest and best evolution the series has undergone (up until now). Not only because there have been few if any series which placed the work of the forensic psychiatrist is in the spotlight, but also it is much more realistic than for instance the media's depiction of profilers in The Silence of the Lambs or the TV-series Profiler. Also I think it is good (in addition to being very interesting) to show the public that not every offender is purely bad, but there is often much more when you go beyond the surface. As for Ice-T's character, I think he really completes the mix in the show, as the tough street cop. Him and Belzer are an ideal couple, just like Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni).
The reasons, I personally feel SVU is the best crime series on the tube at the moment, are easily summarized. It has very much diversity, it offers insight into the psyche's of both victim's and perpetrators and it is realistic in every aspect.
Denise T.
Milwaukee, WI
412 reviews
I love any type of Crime show. But hands down I prefer Law and Order SVU over criminal intent. The stories are gripping, and I love how some of the stories replicate real life cases. I've watched this show since middle school, and I'm hooked. Every episode I've seen, I've watched all the way through.
Cassandra D.
33 reviews
My absolute favorite show of all time - I've watched every single episode with my family for years, and it amazes me that this show can continue for so long and still be so amazing! The actors are incredible, the plot lines are addictive, and the show is awesome for anyone who loves crime!
Ashley S.
Lompoc, CA
333 reviews
OMG i've been watching this since i was like 14 and at 31 it is still one of my favorite shows. I don't ever get bored with this. It doesn't ever feel old they have don't  great job with keeping it interesting and suspenseful. Great Series my favorite of all the law and orders. 
Hannah W.
41 reviews
My current favorite TV show. I've probably watched ever episode more than three times. I know the monologue by heart. The acting is really authentic something most shows don't have. Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) is the heart of the show. Wonderful show and definitely recommend.
Shahara W.
190 reviews
i absolutely love this show. i watch it all the time. It comes on just about daily. even if i have already seen it i still watch the episode. The characters really draw you in. I like that they bring in popular celebrities to portray crazy or scum like people. even victims at times.
Taylor M.
Aiken, SC
137 reviews
This is my #1 favorite show. It gives you insights to things you normally wouldn't think about. This show is different from other shows on so many levels. The acting is so good that I forget it is just a tv show. SVU will tug at your heart strings but it is worth it.
Virginia M.
22 reviews
Who else is sad Stabler left the show?
Erica W.
Middletown, NY
253 reviews
Who's your favorite detective, past or present?
Helene H.
100 reviews
Have you been watching the show since Stabler's departure?
Kayla R.
84 reviews
Who is your favorite A.D.A? I personally like Casey Novak the best. I love her sass and smarts.
krystal m.
Westmont, IL
65 reviews
Does anybody else miss stabler and hate olivia's new partner?

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