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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Law & Order: SVU'

Updated November 12, 2020 1.2k votes 242 voters 16.0k views22 items

There have been so many seasons of Law & Order: SVU and even though they all have been great, which seasons really stand out? Olivia Benson and the entire special victims unit team work tirelessly to solve horrific offenses. Some of the most memorable episodes of Law & Order: SVU come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Law & Order: SVU are, let's rank every Law & Order: SVU season from best to worst.

Law & Order: SVU is an American crime drama series following the style of the original Law & Order series, but focusing on sexually based offenses. Law & Order: SVU premiered on NBC on September 20, 1999 and as of 2019 became the longest-running U.S. live action series on television. Mariska Hargitay, who plays Captain Olivia Benson, has starred in the series since 1999.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Law & Order: SVU , and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Law & Order: SVU season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like. If you've shamelessly seen every episode, you can watch more shows like Law & Order: SVU.

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    The seventh season of Law & Order: SVU premiered on September 20, 2005, and contains 22 episodes. Mariska Hargitay won an Emmy Award for her work in this season.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "911," "Demons," and "Alien."

    Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • Stabler seeks counseling.
    • Benson gets a call from a little girl locked in a room.
    • Benson requests a new partner so Stabler is temporarily partnered with Blaine.
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    The tenth season of Law & Order: SVU premiered on September 23, 2008, and contains 22 episodes. This season introduces Kim Greylek (Michaela McManus) as the unit's new ADA.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Confession," "Wildlife," and "Zebras."

    Memorable moments from Season 10 include:

    • Stabler finds his daughter's picture on a website for predators.
    • ADA Alexandra Cabot returns.
    • Stabler and Benson discover Stuckey has a dark past.
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    The fourteenth season of Law & Order: SVU premiered on September 26, 2012, and contains 24 episodes. This season finds the series celebrating its landmark 300th episode.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Lost Reputation," "Above Suspicion," and "Manhattan Vigil."

    Memorable moments from Season 14 include:

    • Bureau Chief ADA Paula Foster investigates Cragen.
    • Eames and the SVU detectives bust a terrorist.
    • The NYPD deals with a pair of sniper shootings.
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    The fifteenth season of Law & Order: SVU premiered on September 25, 2013, and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on Benson coming to terms with being taken.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Surrender Benson," "Psycho/Therapist," and "Comic Perversion."

    Memorable moments from Season 15 include:

    • Sergeant Munch retires.
    • William Lewis escapes from prison.
    • Benson is rescued by the squad.
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