The 10 best “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episodes are must-see for any fans of Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson. These riveting – and sometimes gruesome – storylines stand out among hundreds of other excellent episodes.
1. “Slaves” (Season 1). In the finale of the first season of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” a young Romanian woman is kept as a sex slave by her rich employer. Andrew McCarthy makes a super creepy guest appearance.
2. “Pique” (Season 2). This episode marks the first appearance of B.D. Wong as FBI psychiatrist George Huang. The episode also features Rob Lowe and Margot Kidder as a mother and son with a disturbing relationship.
3. “Monogamy” (Season 3). A woman is beaten and her unborn child is torn out of her womb. John Ritter guest stars as the husband – and suspect – in this gripping “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode.
4 . “Sick” (Season 5). One of their episodes that is seemingly “ripped from the headlines,” this one is about a boy who claims he was molested by a child-like billionaire.
5. “Scavenger” (Season 6). A vicious and clever serial killer taunts the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” squad by placing clues around the city regarding his next victim. The team has to work together to solve them before he kills again.
6. “Demons” (Season 7). In this Season 7 premiere, Detective Stabler goes undercover as a sex offender to stop a convict from raping any more girls.
7. “911″ (Season 7). Detective Benson receives a call from a little girl named Maria, who claims that she has been kidnapped. This episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” leaves you wondering until the end if the caller is a hoax, or a real victim.
8. “Alternate” (Season 9). Cynthia Nixon won an Emmy award for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personality disorder in this episode.
9. “Authority” (Season 9). In the 200th episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Robin Williams guest stars as a highly intelligent engineer who always seems to be one step ahead of the detectives.
10. “Swing” (Season 10). Ellen Burstyn appears as Detective Stabler’s mentally ill mother. The episode received critical acclaim for the way it depicts mental illness, and Burstyn received an Emmy for her role.