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The Most Infuriating 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' Tropes

Updated 21 Sep 2020 1.9k votes 237 voters 6.9k views15 items

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No one denies the immense appeal of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which has reliably churned out new episodes since its 1999 debut. But like any massively successful franchise, the show falls into all sorts of predictable SVU cliches. As is the case with other popular crime shows, you can expect to find predictable SVU plots almost every other episode. And if it isn't doling out outrageous storylines, SVU gives you flat-out lies about how law enforcement actually runs. For most fans, the show's banality is something they've grown to love. While many episodes feature engaging plot twists and juicy mysteries, the cliches are unavoidable.

Law & Order: SVU may not be the only show guilty of procedural cop show tropes, but it certainly is one of the most prolific.

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