20 Best Law and Order SVU episodes

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1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: 911 (2005)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A little girl calls for help, claiming she's being held hostage, but the team has to keep her on the line to track her down.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 848

2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Zebras (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

CSU Stuckey's careless error causes a deranged killer to go free on a technicality. Later, more signature killings emerge, and more people connected to the case may be targeted.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 422

3. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Fault (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A serial paedophile murders members of a family and kidnaps the two younger children.

Director: Paul McCrane | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 321

4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Undercover (2008)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a teenage girl says a corrections officer raped her and has also been threatening her mother in prison, Benson risks her own safety to go deep undercover and investigate.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 528

5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Wildlife (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Stabler is shot while working undercover investigating a violent animal smuggling ring believed to be connected to a young woman's murder.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 254

6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Paternity (2007)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The discovery of a lost boy leads detectives to a case involving the rape and murder of a nanny, and an automobile accident puts the lives of Stabler's wife and unborn child in jeopardy.

Director: Kate Woods | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 375

7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Alternate (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman's child is missing, but her multiple personalities make finding out what happened to the child more difficult. And the case is further complicated by the appearance of the woman's sister and the murder of their parents.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 443

8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Perverted (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Detective Benson claims that she is being framed for the brutal murder and mutilation of a biker, but how can she explain away the discovery of her DNA on the murder weapon?

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 251

9. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Loss (2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Investigating the brutal rape and murder of an undercover federal agent and forced to use discretion in order to protect the identities of those agents in the field, the detectives arrest a... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 352

10. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Demons (2005)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Det. Stabler goes undercover to determine if a recent parolee is reverting to his rapist urges.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 323

11. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Wrath (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three people are found murdered, all unconnected to each other, except to that of cases that Detective Benson has investigated.

Director: Jean de Segonzac | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 264

12. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pure (2005)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After an 18-year-old girl is kidnapped, psychic Sebastian Ballentine comes forward claiming to have information on the killings. Stabler refuses to believe that Ballentine is a real psychic... See full summary »

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 289

13. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Scavenger (2004)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The entire squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover the clues scattered throughout the city by a serial killer who is taunting them to find him and the next victims on his list.

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 368

14. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Infiltrated (2006)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The environmental group Olivia is infiltrating for the FBI is accused of murdering the CEO of a pharmaceutical company. But when she discovers that the crime may be sexual in nature, she conducts her own independent investigation.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 246

15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Philadelphia (2007)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Olivia finds her biological brother in New Jersey, but discovers that he is under investigation by local police for sexual crimes. But her obsession with finding him puts another ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 211

16. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Risk (2003)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When cans of baby formula are found to be filled with cocaine, Detective Elliot Stabler, with the help of Detective Olivia Benson and the rest of SVU, goes undercover to bust open the world of corporate drug trafficking.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 203

17. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Spooked (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A grisly double homicide appears to be drug related, but the FBI soon becomes involved, and Benson and Stabler are led toward a new motive.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 209

18. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Raw (2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An investigation of a horrific school sniper attack leads the team to a particularly obnoxious Neo-Nazi group.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 457

19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Crush (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Over the course of a complex "sexting" case involving an abused teenage girl, the team encounters a corrupt family court judge who hands down unusually harsh sentences for borderline sexual offenses.

Director: Peter Leto | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 302

20. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Pretend (2007)

TV-14 | 41 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The investigation into an extreme fighting death leads to the discovery of a 28-year-old woman posing as a 16-year-old high school student.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 287