Best Law & Order SVU episodes

January 10, 2020

Best Law & Order SVU episodes

Now in the middle of its 21st season, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” has become one of the most well-known staples in the crime-drama genre. It’s the first of two spinoffs of the original “Law & Order” series, loosely based on a specific precinct of the New York City Police Department. “SVU” usually deals with sex crimes, child abuse, missing children, domestic violence, and crimes against the elderly. As seen in many “SVU” episodes, however, the detectives also find themselves occasionally tackling homicides, drug trafficking, hate crimes, burglaries gone awry, and even terrorists.

Mariska Hargitay, who plays detective-turned-lieutenant Olivia Benson, is often hailed as the reason for the show’s immense popularity. The Emmy Award-winning actress has starred in every season since the show’s inception in 1999, and she’s not ready to retire her badge just yet. Another fan-favorite is rapper Ice-T—who plays Odafin “Fin” Tutuola—who joined the show in season two for four episodes. Ice-T ended up loving the role so much that he is still on the show to this day.

With a notable cast of characters who grew and evolved with the show, viewers find themselves not only drawn to the cases that are the focus of each episode, but also the personal stories of the detectives. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the crimes, the “SVU” writers are known for tackling current-day controversies surrounding sexual violence in a unique and thoughtful way. The show is also notable for being the longest-running primetime live-action TV series that is still on the air today, and show creator Dick Wolf has no plans of stopping the show’s epic run anytime soon.

After nearly 500 memorable episodes, and countless cameos—think Serena Williams, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Brolin, just to name a few—Stacker is taking a trip down “SVU” memory lane by listing the 50 best episodes in the show’s history. The rankings are based on IMDb user ratings as of Dec. 20, 2019, and the number of IMDb user votes was used to break any ties. So many of the show’s episodes are highly rated, that 48 of the top 50 episodes have a user rating of 9/10 or above.

Read on to see which legendary episodes made the list and what iconic stories they featured.

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#50. Season 17, Episode 11 - Townhouse Incident

- IMDb user rating: 8.9
- IMDb user votes: 819
- Air date: Jan. 13, 2016

This episode starts with Olivia Benson’s babysitter, Lucy, realizing something seems off at the townhouse where the other family she works for lives. Benson goes to investigate, only to end up as a hostage of three robbers trying to score some cash from the family. Benson must navigate a tense situation on her own, while making sure to protect the two young children in the house from being gunned down by the robbers.

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#49. Season 15, Episode 1 - Surrender Benson

- IMDb user rating: 8.9
- IMDb user votes: 1,022
- Air date: Sept. 25, 2013

This season opener picks up exactly where the show left off at the end of last season, with Benson kidnapped, beaten, and tied to a chair at the hands of rapist William Lewis (played by Pablo Schreiber). It doesn’t take long for the other SVU detectives to realize that Benson is missing and that Lewis is responsible. As the detectives trace Lewis’ steps through stolen cars and additionals victims, Benson fights for her life.

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#48. Season 7, Episode 6 - Raw

- IMDb user rating: 8.9
- IMDb user votes: 1,055
- Air date: Nov. 1, 2005

In this chilling episode, a sniper shooting leaves numerous kids wounded and one dead on a school playground. Though extensive witness interviews fail to give the detectives a viable lead on the shooting suspect, the sniper rifle gets traced back to a dangerous Neo-Nazi group. The sniper’s trial ends in a horrific way, a detective gets seriously injured, and shocking secrets about the shooting and one of the group’s members are revealed.

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#47. Season 7, Episode 18 - Venom

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 625
- Air date: March 28, 2006

Rapper and actor Ludacris guest stars as Darius Parker, the cousin of Tutuola’s son, Ken Randall (played by Ernest Waddell), in this episode. Randall gets in trouble for digging up a lot that was later found to contain the remains of a baby’s body. At first, Randall tries to claim that Parker and he overheard someone talking about the baby’s body in a bar, but this story proves to be false. Tutuola is then torn between doing his job and protecting his estranged family, as all kinds of buried secrets are discovered and the episode ends up foreshadowing the final episode of the next season.


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#46. Season 3, Episode 20 - Greed

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 698
- Air date: April 26, 2002

In this head-scratcher of an episode, a wealthy woman is the victim of a rape and a burglary, but only her watch was stolen. Numerous suspects are looked at as the detectives discover that a very similar crime occurred at a different household just two weeks before. Actor Henry Winkler, known for his iconic role as Fonzie on “Happy Days,” guest stars.

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#45. Season 10, Episode 21 - Liberties

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 701
- Air date: May 19, 2009

“Liberties” was one of 17 episodes directed by Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella, a many who has no lack of experience crafting eerie plotlines. Campanella is the mastermind behind creepy crime-based mysteries such as "The Secret in Their Eyes" and "Cannibals." In this episode, Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) gets a strange request from a judge to interview the convicted serial killer he just put away, and to find the judge’s long-lost son, who was kidnapped 30 years ago. These cases end up being connected in the most unsuspecting way.

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#44. Season 10, Episode 18 - Baggage

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 707
- Air date: April 7, 2009

To catch a serial killer, Tutuola and Stabler must team up with Detective Victor Moran (played by Delroy Lindo), who’s been trying to solve the case for months. Moran first comes off as callous and cold, a natural lone wolf, but Stabler soon discovers the personal reason why Moran is so attached to the case. When the detectives finally have a suspect in custody, he seems to be the obvious culprit behind every rape and murder but one, and the detectives must figure out whether he’s lying, or whether they got the wrong guy.

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#43. Season 5, Episode 11 - Escape

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 712
- Air date: Dec. 2, 2003

“This is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia stars in this episode, in which two prisoners escape from a Virginia prison by overpowering a guard and taking his clothes. One of the prisoners, Michael Baxter (played by Stephen Lang), heads to New York to find his ex-girlfriend Carin Healy (Nancy Allen) and her son Lee Healy (Ventimiglia). Ten years ago, Lee testified that Baxter raped him when he was just 11 years old. Benson must work with an old flame to catch the escapees and protect Carin, Lee, and Danny—who is Carin and Baxter’s biological son.

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#42. Season 4, Episode 11- Damaged

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 713
- Air date: Jan. 10, 2003

In what appears to be a robbery of a video store gone wrong, three people are shot: a little girl, a random man standing outside the store, and the gunman himself, shot by the video store clerk. Further investigation into the robbery-homicide reveals that the little girl has gonorrhea, and that’s when SVU is brought in. Benson and Stabler must now figure out who was abusing the little girl, and whether she was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, or the real target of the shooting. Meanwhile, the little girl’s parents are trying to take the girl off life support—which would hinder SVU’s investigation—so they can donate her organs to someone who needs them. It’s up to Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot (portrayed by Stephanie March frequently throughout the series) to work the legal system in order to catch the mastermind behind the crime and get justice for the little girl.

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#41. Season 12, Episode 2 - Bullseye

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 741
- Air date: Sept. 22, 2010

In this chilling 250th episode of “SVU,” Benson and Stabler are called to investigate what happened to a girl that shows up at a convenience store, dirty and beaten. The detectives eventually trace her parents to Amber (played by Melissa Rain Anderson) and Jeff Samonsky (Daniel Stewart Sherman), who seem to care more about video games than their children. Dr. George Huang (B.D. Wong), FBI agent and SVU’s psychiatrist, diagnoses Amber with Capgras delusion, a rare disorder in which a person believes that people close to them were replaced by imposters, and they don’t feel a familial connection to them. Capgras is often caused by a brain injury, such as the one Amber had after getting hit by bus. However, the investigation into the rape of the girl leads detectives to interviewing numerous sex offenders, having to work with a vigilante group, and finding the common link between this girl’s rape and another girl’s attack.

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#40. Season 3, Episode 11 - Monogamy

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 741
- Air date: Jan. 4, 2002

Stabler and Benson arrive at the crime scene just as a woman who was cut, kicked, and raped is being put into an ambulance. It’s quickly discovered that she was pregnant and her attacker performed an emergency cesarean section and stole her baby. The answer to the case may lie in who the father of the baby really is. Hargitay’s husband, Peter Hermann makes his first appearance as Defense Attorney Trevor Langan. Hermann and Hargitay have been married since 2004 and have three children, two of them adopted. Hargitay first met Hermann on the set of “SVU” during this episode.

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#39. Season 3, Episode 21 - Denial

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 756
- Air date: May 3, 2002

Tutuola gets involved in a case that involves a junkie, a dysfunctional and toxic family dynamic, and a decomposed finger. Claire Rinato (Martha Plimpton) was found to be carrying the finger after she was raped at a party. With the rapist quickly caught, Tutuola and the other detectives try to figure out who the finger belongs to, and why Rinato was carrying it around in her purse. With his experience working in the narcotics division of the NYPD, Tutuola is able to establish a connection to Rinato and encourages her to get clean, as the rest of SVU tries to figure out who in the Rinato family, if anyone, committed a horrible crime.

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#38. Season 1, Episode 21 - Nocturne

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 763
- Air date: May 12, 2000

From the very first season, “SVU” not only tells the stories of criminals and victims, but takes a look at these characters from a psychological point of view. The center of this episode is piano teacher Larry Holt (Kent Broadhurst), who is seen as a hero in the neighborhood for teaching piano to underprivileged kids and giving them a chance at having a future. However, the SVU detectives quickly discover that Holt has another side to him when he’s all alone with his students. In order to convict him, Stabler, Benson, Detective John Munch (portrayed by Richard Belzer and featured in over 15 seasons), and Detective Monique Jeffries (played by Michelle Hurd and featured during the first two seasons of the show) must convince one of Holt’s star students to testify against him. However, Evan (Wilson Jermaine Heredia) is a complicated character, and his actions elicit strong emotional responses from a few of the detectives.

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#37. Season 12, Episode 13 - Mask

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 773
- Air date: Jan. 12, 2011

When the daughter of a sex therapist with a sleazy past is brutally attacked by a man wearing a creepy mask, the detectives must interrogate him in order to find his daughter’s attacker. The doctor is clearly hiding something, as he became estranged from his daughter years ago for unknown reasons, but these reasons don’t become clear until later in the episode. To solve the case, Stabler explores the complicated world of sex addiction when he’s forced to go undercover in the uncooperative therapist’s clinic.

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#36. Season 2, Episode 20 - Pique

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 778
- Air date: May 4, 2001

This episode marks Wong’s first appearance as George Huang, when he is called to assist in a strange case that involves a mother, a son, and the concept of piquerism—receiving sexual gratification from harming another person’s skin with sharp objects.

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#35. Season 12, Episode 23 - Delinquent

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 780
- Air date: May 11, 2011

Stabler finds himself in a tricky situation when he clashes with 14-year-old Hunter Mazelon (Sterling Beaumon). Mazelon was found undressed in a women’s bed, and SVU detectives believe that he had the intention of raping the women, but Mazelon is cunning and admits nothing. Later, when Mazelon accuses Stabler of sexually assaulting him while the boy is in custody, Stabler makes it his personal mission to clear his name, dig deeper into who Mazelon was growing up, and prevent him from doing anymore harm.

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#34. Season 10, Episode 7 - Wildlife

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 781
- Air date: Nov. 18, 2008

When a young model is raped and murdered, the detectives discover that she was part of an exotic animal smuggling ring, and they must figure out who is the person in charge. Stabler goes undercover as a dirty TSA agent, who promises that the smugglers will be able to fly their newest import into New York City without getting caught. As the smugglers start catching on that Stabler isn’t who he seems to be, Benson must try to protect both her partner’s life and his marriage without blowing his cover.

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#33. Season 12, Episode 24 - Smoked

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 784
- Air date: May 18, 2011

In an emotional episode that will end up flipping the core partnerships in SVU, the detectives must investigate the shooting of a woman—who was about to testify in a rape trial against a high-profile hairstylist—in front of her daughter. Benson, Stabler, and the victim’s daughter Jenna (Hayley McFarland) all believe that the hairstylist, Luke Ronson (Andrew Howard), is responsible for the shooting, even though he has an alibi. As the detectives’ investigation takes them to a homeless shelter, a cigarette smuggling ring, and a complicated conspiracy to commit murder, the end of the episode—and the season—is one that no one sees coming.

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#32. Season 3, Episode 10 - Ridicule

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 791
- Air date: Dec. 14, 2001

The death of a young woman takes a back seat as this episode progresses due to Benson and Stabler discovering that the victim had taken part in the rape of a male stripper with her friends. This often-forgotten acknowledgment of men being victims of rape as well is only slightly hindered by the fact that the wrong amendment was cited by one of the judges regarding gender equality protections.

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#31. Season 8, Episode 21 - Pretend

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 793
- Air date: May 15, 2007

When a teenage boy dies in what seems to be an underground wrestling match with his best friend, Scott Heston (Michael Welch), the SVU detectives investigate if the death was intentional. Their attention quickly turns to Heston’s girlfriend, Cassandra Sullivan (Misti Traya), after it’s discovered that she is actually a 28-year-old woman pretending to be 16. This episode is loosely based on the case of Treva Throneberry, who was arrested in 2001 for continually assuming the identity of Brianna Stewart, also a 16-year-old girl, when the woman was 28 years old.

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#30. Season 9, Episode 4 - Savant

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 801
- Air date: Oct. 16, 2007

A young girl diagnosed with Williams syndrome observes an attack that leaves her mother beaten and in a coma. Because she is the only witness to the attack, detectives first suspect and try to interrogate the victim’s husband. But with the man’s legal team using the Patriot Act to keep him from testifying, the young girl must be questioned in order to find out what happened.

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#29. Season 6, Episode 20 - Night

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 804
- Air date: May 3, 2005

A woman dies of a heart attack after being raped, and $500 in cash is found on and around her body. The detectives eventually realize that she is another victim of a rapist who goes after undocumented immigrant women; Benson tries to get one of them to come forward, at the risk of being deported. As the detectives investigate a wealthy but erratic suspect, one member of the team is attacked as a result of the investigation.

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#28. Season 10, Episode 16 - Ballerina

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 808
- Air date: March 17, 2009

A mysterious shooter is responsible for the death of three people, one of them being dancer Tisa Flores. The investigation into Flores’ background leads detectives to a skeevy building owner who owns numerous strip clubs, but the real focus of the show is the tight-knit relationship between the building owner’s wife and the man she calls her nephew. Carol Burnett guest stars as the elegant but mysterious Birdie Sulloway; one scene of the episode even features a clip of Burnett dancing onscreen in her titular comedy-variety show.

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#27. Season 14, Episode 19 - Born Psychopath

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 821
- Air date: April 3, 2013

When a school nurse finds bruises and marks on a little girl’s body that the little girl claims to have been done by a monster, the SVU squad looks further into it and finds a unique and eerie psychopath. In this episode, numerous references are made to "The Twilight Zone: It's a Good Life" (1961), such as the Fremont High School, named after “the monster” Anthony Fremont in the movie.

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#26. Season 10, Episode 8 - Persona

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 823
- Air date: Nov. 25, 2008

Benson, while investigating the claims of a domestic abuse victim, unearths another cold case involving a woman shooting her alleged rapist. Will she let it go, or reopen old wounds in search of the truth?

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#25. Season 7, Episode 1 - Demons

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 836
- Air date: Sept. 20, 2005

In this season opener, a detective is convinced that a convicted rapist (Ray Schenkel, played by Robert Patrick) who was just released on parole has not reformed. He shares these concerns with Stabler, who keeps an eye on Schenkel, especially after a rape occurs that matches Schenkel’s MO. Stabler must eventually go undercover as a fellow sex offender and befriend Schenkel in order to make sure he doesn’t hurt more people.

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#24. Season 17, Episode 23 - Heartfelt Passages

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 849
- Air date: May 25, 2016

SVU is no stranger to hostage situations, and the one involving corrections officer Gary Munson in this episode is no exception. If you happen to rewatch the episode and find Munson a little too lovable to be an intimidating antagonist, that may be because you recognize him as Brad Garrett, the face of fan-favorite Robert Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

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#23. Season 9, Episode 12 - Signature

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 851
- Air date: Jan. 8, 2008

Tasked with hunting down a serial killer known as the Woodsman, Benson and Detective Chester Lake (played by Adam Beach, an SVU detective for two seasons) enlist the help of an FBI agent, Lauren Cooper (guest star Erika Christensen). However, as the case progresses, cracks begin to appear in Cooper’s tough veneer, and her true relationship to the case is revealed.

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#22. Season 12, Episode 1 - Locum

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 858
- Air date: Sept. 22, 2010

“Locum” deals with a young girl who Detectives Stabler and Benson learn has a distressing relationship with her parents. Anyone with a complicated family history is advised to stay far away unless you’re willing to confront some painful themes throughout the course of the episode.

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#18. Season 6, Episode 12 - Identity

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 948
- Air date: Jan. 18, 2005

While this episode is loosely based on the controversy around gender reassignment surgery, the way the topic plays out is incredibly unexpected. The main suspect in a case of sexual assault is dead, so the detectives are left to deal with the evidence his sister presents.

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#17. Season 9, Episode 15 - Undercover

- IMDb user rating: 9.0
- IMDb user votes: 1,042
- Air date: April 15, 2008

The rape kit of a teenage girl who was brutally assaulted goes missing. Her mother is in jail during the investigation, and Benson and Tutuola go undercover to investigate the corrections officers at the facility. An episode not for the faint of heart, Benson’s physical, emotional, and physical strength are all put to the test and might change her forever.

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#16. Season 11, Episode 9 - Perverted

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 749
- Air date: Nov. 18, 2009

Benson struggles with both the flu and being framed in this episode, as evidence starts to suggest that she is responsible for the death of a biker gang member. Benson claims she has never met the deceased biker, but with no alibi, she looks good for the murder. As the rest of the SVU detectives try to prove her innocence and figure out why she’s being framed, Benson must deal with the legal system and internal suspicions that she and Stabler have become dirty cops.

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#15. Season 4, Episode 1 - Chameleon

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 753
- Air date: Sept. 27, 2002

SVU detectives investigate the murder of a prostitute discovered during a police raid of a gentlemen’s club. The investigation leads them to another prostitute, who killed the suspect in self-defense after claiming that he raped and beat her. It becomes clear that this wasn’t the prostitute’s first kill, however, and the detectives must figure out whether the crimes really were committed for protection, or whether the prostitute had some sinister intentions. “Chameleon” is based on the case of Aileen Wuornos, a sex worker who turned into a killer.

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#14. Season 11, Episode 5 - Hardwired

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 765
- Air date: Oct. 21, 2009

A young boy’s strange behavior leads his mother to discover that the child was sexually abused by his stepfather. The case seems to be open-and-shut, but the defendant complicates things when he offers to give up the pedophile advocacy group he is part of in order to avoid the charges.

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#13. Season 7, Episode 19 - Fault

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 841
- Air date: April 4, 2006

Benson and Stabler track a recently released sex offender who has kidnapped two children. The fate of those children’s lives, as well as the two detectives' professional relationship, hang in the balance.

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#12. Season 7, Episode 2 - Design

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 851
- Air date: Sept. 27, 2005

Benson manages to save a suicidal pregnant woman from killing herself, but there’s more to April Troost than she claims. Can Benson find the truth while also protecting April? Bobby Flay and Lynda Carter have guest star appearances on this episode.

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#11. Season 11, Episode 12 - Shadow

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 873
- Air date: Jan. 13, 2010

"SVU" is often known for some of its nonsexual crime cases, this being one of them. In a complicated mix of money, fraud, and connections, Benson and Stabler are on the task to find out who murdered a well-known couple.

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#10. Season 6, Episode 7 - Charisma

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 889
- Air date: Nov. 16, 2004

SVU is called by a hospital to investigate into the life of a pregnant 12-year-old girl (Melanie Cramer, played by Holliston Coleman) who’s staying there. Benson discovers that the girl has a husband, who is the leader of a religious cult, and has impregnated a numerous amount of his followers. The detectives must try to break through to at least one of these women in order to protect Cramer and the rest of the children who reside within the cult.

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#9. Season 10, Episode 22 - Zebras

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 953
- Air date: June 2, 2009

Because of a mistake made by Crime Scene Unit tech Dale Stuckey, a killer goes free. This leads to more killings, putting more and more people at risk. Meanwhile, Kevin Carolan plays one of his three roles in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

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#8. Season 9, Episode 1 - Alternate

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 977
- Air date: Sept. 25, 2007

Cynthia Nixon is known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in “Sex and the City.” Her character in this episode is Janis, a woman with multiple personalities, who is looking for her missing child. But when her mental illness starts to worsen, along with multiple deaths occurring in her family, the detectives find this case even harder to solve.

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#7. Season 12, Episode 3 - Behave

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 1,007
- Air date: Sept. 29, 2010

Vicki Sayers ends up in the hospital after being raped and beaten. Throughout the investigation, detectives Benson and Stabler discover that she’s been beaten and raped by the same attacker since she was 16 years old.

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#6. Season 9, Episode 17 - Authority

- IMDb user rating: 9.1
- IMDb user votes: 1,293
- Air date: April 29, 2008

Robin Williams makes a special appearance for the 200th episode of the series, as an unstable man who wants to play out the Milgram experiment in real life—testing people’s responses to authority by making them commit heinous acts.

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#5. Season 4, Episode 20 - Dominance

- IMDb user rating: 9.2
- IMDb user votes: 864
- Air date: April 4, 2003

This episode's case begins with the detectives zeroing in on a quadruple homicide that occurred among a dinner party, and it gets increasingly more disturbing from there. Tony award-winning actor Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon") guest stars along with Ian Somerhalder ("Vampire Diaries") and Jason Ritter ("Raising Dion").

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#4. Season 6, Episode 4 - Scavenger

- IMDb user rating: 9.2
- IMDb user votes: 881
- Air date: Oct. 19, 2004

An active serial killer leaves clues throughout the city for the team to find in order to stop him from taking his next victim. Once the detectives have the suspect in the interrogation room, he tells them his latest victim is buried alive with only 15 hours of air from an oxygen tank. 

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#3. Season 5, Episode 4 - Loss

- IMDb user rating: 9.2
- IMDb user votes: 906
- Air date: Oct. 14, 2003

This is Assistant District Attorney Cabot’s last episode starring in the main cast before the new ADA Casey Novak (played by Diane Neal) takes over. Novak, Cabot, and the detectives are involved in a tense case surrounding undercover agents and Colombian drug dealers, but they must be careful to bring down the entire drug ring before the dealers can get to them.

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#2. Season 6, Episode 6 - Conscience

- IMDb user rating: 9.2
- IMDb user votes: 971
- Air date: Nov. 9, 2004

In this episode of "SVU," a boy murders his 5-year-old neighbor. After he’s revealed to be a sociopath, the 5-year-old’s father takes drastic steps to resolve the case.

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#1. Season 7, Episode 3 - 911

- IMDb user rating: 9.3
- IMDb user votes: 1,504
- Air date: Oct. 4, 2005

A young girl’s call to 911 leads SVU detectives to discover she’s a child pornography victim. As Benson struggles to find out the girl’s location and save her life, she learns more and more about the young girl in hopes of calming her down and rescuing her from the perpetrator.

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