In the world of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, several episodes over the many seasons are ripped straight from newspaper headlines. The writers of SVU often adapt current events into scripts for the dark, gritty police procedural show that everyone loves to binge (if you're looking for something to watch you can also check out our list of other shows like Law & Order).
What's the best Law & Order: SVU episode based on a true story? "Funny Valentine" was based on the physical altercation that took place between pop singer Rihanna and rapper Chris Brown in 2009. Another episode, "Devastating Story," was based on the UVA allegations published in Rolling Stone magazine that were later proven to be false.
Other top based-on-a-true-story episodes of SVU include "Intimidation Game" (based on the Gamergate controversy of 2014) and "Scavenger," (based on the BTK serial killer case).
Before the credits fade to black, and Executive Producer Dick Wolf's name pops up on the screen, vote up the best episodes of Law & Order: SVU that were ripped straight from newspaper headlines.