The best Law & Order: SVU episodes

by merelala | created - 29 Jun 2012 | updated - 27 Sep 2013 | Public

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1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Disrobed (2000)

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

Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a judge who often delivered special verdicts for women in return for sexual favors and was also behind the funding of a local governor's bid for... See full summary »

Director: David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek

Votes: 757

First time Olivia shoots someone

2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Abuse (2001)

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

Benson and Stabler suspect parental neglect in the death of the son of two famous singers, The detectives fear for their surviving daughter, who has a history of serious injuries, and ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 565

Olivia won't stop trying to help the daughter of a famous singer, so the singer gets a restraining order against SVU

3. 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: 765

4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Monogamy (2002)

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

The case involves the beating of a seven-months-pregnant woman, whose unborn child has been torn from her body via a primitive cesarean section. Among the many witnesses questioned is the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 733

5. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Waste (2002)

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

The SVU team is put on the case of a woman who has been in a coma for 14 months and is found to be 7 weeks pregnant. After going though many suspects, they focus on the patient's doctor. ... See full summary »

Director: Donna Deitch | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 677

6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Juvenile (2002)

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

Two young middle school boys are accused of the rape of a woman.

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

Votes: 510

Two middle schoolers are charged with murder.

7. 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: 422

Elliot goes undercover, shoots dirty cop.

8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Futility (2003)

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

After arresting a man accused of raping several neighborhood women, Detectives Benson and Stabler attempt to obtain an indictment for their suspect with the help of a key eyewitness--his ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

Votes: 700

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: 894

Alex works a tough case

10. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Serendipity (2003)

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

After finding a dead baby in a plastic bag in the sewer, the detectives find the mother, also dead, in her nearby apartment. After talking to her doctor the detectives discover that the ... See full summary »

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 471

ADA Novak's first episode.

11. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Home (2004)

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

A young boy is found outside an NYC apartment eating from the family's garbage. When SVU is called in, they find out the boy, Jacob, isn't homeless, but is actually from a nearby home and ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Wallace | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 485

12. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Careless (2004)

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

After a young boy dies during a church vigil, Tutuola and Munch investigate the boy's foster parents and social worker for neglect.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 429

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

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

The investigation into the attempted kidnapping of a six-year-old girl uncovers a fertility doctor's scheme to steal embryos, and prompts a custody battle between the child's biological and birth mothers.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 798

Amazing performance by Abigail Breslin

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

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

The entire SVU squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover clues scattered throughout NYC 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: 874

15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Conscience (2004)

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

The detectives and the district attorney are manipulated first by the teen-aged murderer of a young boy, and then by the victim's father.

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

Votes: 961

Amazing episode where the kid is the suspect

16. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Charisma (2004)

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

A career con artist, forger and thief turns to murder and serial pedophilia to populate the cult he created and get his hands on a multi-million dollar trust fund.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 883

Amazing Benson interrogation scene.

17. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Contagious (2005)

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

A medical exam after a car accident reveals a fourth-grader's sexual assault. The perpetrator is obvious -- but not as obvious as everyone thinks.

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

Votes: 620

The little girl is phenom in this episode.

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

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

Fourteen years ago, Stabler had a chance to arrest a man for kidnapping, rape and murder, but the man managed to get off. With the recent discovery of a murdered woman, Stabler has another ... See full summary »

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 783

Almost one long interrogation. Super fascinating.

19. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Parts (2005)

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

When the head of a woman is found with traces of semen on it, the detectives suspect they have a necrophiliac. But they learn that they're dealing with a black market organ ring. John ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Earl Beesley | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 731

Amazing episode with Munch & Elliot as partners. AMAZING.

20. 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: 825

Elliot goes undercover to find out what a rapist on parole is up to.

21. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Design (2005)

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

A woman claims rape by a wealthy scientist, but upon further investigations she's not as much as a victim as it appears.

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

Votes: 838

*see part 2 on the original l&o: season 16 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629265/ (Design & Flaw are crossover episodes)

22. 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: 1,489

Olivia on the phone w/ the girl most of the time...so good!

23. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Ripped (2005)

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

When a girl is attacked, a young man is arrested. They later learn that he takes steroids which is what made him attack her. The guy turns out to be the son of a cop Stabler knows. The cop ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Wallace | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 738

Elliott's convo with his therapist

24. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Taboo (2006)

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

When a baby boy is discovered in the rubbish, detectives Benson and Stabler use a t-shirt found at the scene to trace the crime back to a well-to-do college student.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 693

25. 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: 834

Such a good last half!

26. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Web (2006)

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

After a young boy claims molestation, the investigation turns from his pedophile father to another family member.

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

Votes: 776

27. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Confrontation (2006)

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

Stabler and Beck track down a serial rapist who repeatedly attacks his victims based on their ovulation cycles so that he can impregnate them.

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

Votes: 681

28. 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: 675

29. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Burned (2007)

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

Elliott thinks a possible rape victim is lying to enhance her divorce settlement. But Olivia thinks it's a sign of her husband's escalating violence, and believes that Stabler's judgment is clouded because of his divorce.

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 695

Elliot & Olivia's conversation on the stoop

30. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Dependent (2007)

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

A woman is murdered and her husband attacked, with their 6 year old son a witness to the attack. The man awakens in the hospital and remembers seeing his teenage daughter at the scene.

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

Votes: 608

31. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Responsible (2007)

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

The mother of a high school girl is caught having a sexual relationship with one of her daughter's classmates, and she may have supplied alcohol for a high school party where another student died.

Directors: Yelena Lanskaya, David Platt | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 744

super good episode about teen drinking

32. 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: 968

33. 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: 878

Stabler's wife goes into labor while Olivia is taking her to an appointment.

34. 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: 1,035

Olivia goes undercover in a prison.

35. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Signature (2008)

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

Detectives Benson and Lake get the help of an FBI agent as they search for a serial killer who brutally attacks young women. However, there are signs that the agent may not be able to handle the mental and emotional weight of the case.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal

Votes: 840

FBI agent is suspected of killing a serial killer, and she kills herself in front of Olivia

36. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Inconceivable (2008)

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

A canister of frozen embryos is stolen from a fertility clinic. The SVU team race against the clock to retrieve it before the embryos are no longer suitable for implantation.

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

Votes: 566

Great EO episode

37. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Authority (2008)

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

A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.

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

Votes: 1,286

200th episode, guest starring Robin Williams. Olivia is kidnapped

38. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Confession (2008)

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

A teenager comes to SVU asking for help because he is having sexual desires for his five-year-old stepbrother. He says that he has not acted on his impulses yet, but not everyone believes that this part of his story is true.

Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 760

39. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Swing (2008)

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

Stabler is forced to confront his mother and the ghosts of his childhood when he learns that his daughter is in trouble with the law and in desperate need of psychiatric attention.

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

Votes: 871

40. 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: 497

41. 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: 947

Stuckey!

42. 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: 483

Olivia kidnapped!

43. 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: 743

Olivia is framed for murder

44. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Witness (2010)

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

A potential witness in a rape case is reluctant to testify because she is an illegal immigrant who both witnessed and was the victim of unspeakable war crimes against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

Votes: 641

45. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Shadow (2010)

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

Benson and Stabler work with a Special Frauds Unit detective who believes that an heiress murdered her parents and could be a sociopath.

Director: Amy Redford | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 867

46. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Shattered (2010)

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

A delusional and grief-stricken mother, distraught over the botched kidnapping that resulted in the death of the son she was trying to take away from his father, shoots Dr. Warner and creates a hostage situation in the morgue.

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

Votes: 595

47. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Bullseye (2010)

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

Benson and Stabler reluctantly get help from a neighborhood vigilante group leader to help find out which registered sex offender may have raped two young girls.

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

Votes: 737

48. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Behave (2010)

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

A rape victim claims that she has been raped 4 times and harassed across the country by the same man, and the investigation reveals that she may not be his only victim.

Director: Helen Shaver | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Ice-T

Votes: 1,002

49. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Wet (2010)

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