Ranking The Seasons Of “Law & Order: SVU”

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People have comfort shows, but only those with A1 taste count THEE TV procedural, Law & Order: SVU as their show to turn to.

Courtesy of many cable TV channels with regular day and weekend-long marathons, SVU is one of a special group of shows that you could realistically binge before streaming was a thing.

Only those with true taste understand that SVU gives their viewers everything: friendship, drama, crime that surprises and tugs at heartstrings all at once.

It’s important to note that there’s no such thing as a perfect TV show, and when you’ve had one running for 20+ seasons, some things won’t age well. SVU certainly has its faults.

After over two decades and 500+ episodes, I’ve got some strong feelings about how the 23 seasons of SVU rank. Here they are, from worst to best.

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Season 12

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Season 12 is super intense and feels like something major, even though many fans did not know it would be Meloni/Stabler’s last. One of the most memorable episodes of the season features a chilling guest appearance by John Stamos.

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Season 15

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Unlike other seasons, a lot of Season 15’s action revolves around one case, but it’s an intense one that puts Benson through the wringer and earns her the sergeant title. It also features Hargitay’s directorial debut, the beginning of many episodes she’s directed.

5.
Season 8

Season 8 had some struggles with the tension in Benson and Stabler’s relationship (while filming during the end half of Mariska Hargitay’s pregnancy). Once that was squared away, the season delved more into Olivia’s past with the introduction of her half-brother, Simon Marsden. The highs were high, and the lows were low in this one.

SVU-hive, I’m ready for your feedback. Where do you agree with the rankings? Where do you disagree? And what do you expect out of Season 24? Let’s hear it in the comments.



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