The 20 Best Episodes Of 'Law & Order SVU' From The Last Two Decades

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With its Season 21 premiere, Law & Order SVU is officially the longest running drama on TV. For 20 years, the show has entertained viewers with the stories of a heroic New York City sex crimes unit, many of which were ripped straight from the headlines. I’ve been a fan since the very first season, and while it may be hard to pick a favorite, I think these are some of the best Law & Order SVU episodes ever.

Full disclosure: I was and always will be an Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) shipper. Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing Olivia in her new role as captain with Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) still by her side, and I think Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) are amazing. But the chemistry, friendship, and trust between Stabler and Benson is incomparable, so you might see a hefty amount of episodes on this list from those early SVU days.

With over 400 episodes to choose from — all of which you can stream on Hulu — narrowing down the best isn’t an easy task. But as a fan, I’ve dedicated 20 years of my life to this elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit, and these are my favorite stories. Dun dun…