10 Best Episodes Across The Franchise, According To Reddit

Law and order fans have reason to be excited after the news that the franchise’s current 3 shows will have a 3-hour crossover event starting September 22. The main point of attention will be the link between the main law enforcement officials. Since Captain Olivia Benson (SVU) and det. Elliot Stabler (Organized crime) have worked together before, it will be interesting to see how franchise newcomer Det. Frank Cosgrove (Original Series) comes into the equation.

There’s no doubt that the crossover event has the potential to produce one (possibly three) of the best installments in the franchise. The franchise has churned out thousands of episodes so far, tackling all sorts of cases that might come up. And according to Reddit, some episodes are far more memorable than others.


ten “The Ring” (S13E5) – Law & Order

Redditor devilsadvocate1966 thinks the episode “was one of the best thrillers Dick Wolfe has done”. In it, the remains of a woman thought to have died at the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks are discovered in Hell’s Kitchen, forcing police to investigate what really happened.

The slow-burning nature of “The Ring” is one of the most distinctive things about it. Unlike many other installments in the franchise, there’s no rush to solve the mystery. Clues are laid out gradually and carefully, giving viewers an even greater reason to focus. Until the last 10 minutes, all evidence points to the victim being in both Hell’s Kitchen and the World Trade Center just prior to his death. As a reward for paying attention, a major twist is thrown at the end, one that involves unfaithful partners.

9 “Prisoner” (S5E3) – Law & Order: Criminal Intent

A prison guard is forced to pay a ransom for his kidnapped wife only for authorities to learn that she has a happy relationship with the man responsible, who also happens to be an escaped convict. Redditor spyfyj thinks the episode is “incredibly satisfying”.

“Prisoner” carefully juggles love, crime, abuse and revenge, making them all intertwine in ways viewers never imagined. It’s one of the few episodes of things-not-as-they-appear where the criminal isn’t the antagonist. Although the warden is initially portrayed as the victim, more information is provided showing that he was an abuser whose actions caused his wife to cohabit with the escaped convict.

8 “Deep Voting” (S11E24) – Law & Order

When a woman is murdered, authorities discover the intended target was an investigative journalist. LakeLov3r calls it the best “last minute shock” episode.

The cases where victims find themselves caught up in situations they have nothing to do with are always sadder, and the deep vote “Deep Vote” keeps the melancholy alive by constantly highlighting the husband’s inability to overcome his grief. And in a plot that might mirror that of some of the best conspiracy movies, mob activities are mixed with politics to show how far some people would go to gain power.

seven “Anger” (S3E2)” – Law & Order: SVU

Three people connected to former cases handled by Olivia Benson are all found dead, forcing the star cop to investigate. Richte36 sums it up as “a great episode you’ll love to watch”.

The main argument of “Wrath” is that the authorities are not always right. Mistakes can be made and innocent people have to pay the price. All of the deaths turn out to be revenge killings by an innocent man Benson put behind bars. Even though the man’s actions are wrong, the events force viewers to be disgusted by one of TV’s best cops for once.

6 “Torrents of Greed: Parts I & II” (S1E15) – Law & Order

Detectives attempt to bring down an organized crime family after a store mugging, but false testimony threatens to ruin progress. Causerae likes that “justice is not done, but there is some vengeance”.

A franchise norm is that detectives always manage to catch criminals and then a successful prosecution is initiated. Here, viewers are presented with a mob boss who knows how to game the system. It’s hard not to be impressed by the way he deceives the authorities and walks out of court a free man. Although he ultimately pays for his actions, he still comes across as a sympathetic villain due to his intelligence and the fact that his actions are far from the worst. Law and order crimes.

5 “Replica” (S6E23) – Law & Order

Honeybucket206 thinks “Aftershock” stands out because it was “the one episode that broke the formula”, adding that there was “no crime, just characters”. In it, officers and prosecutors begin to have doubts about their work after witnessing the execution of an inmate.

“Aftershock” serves the important purpose of analyzing whether capital punishment is indeed necessary. Overall, the episode is wholesome as it dissects the officers’ personal struggles, which is normally done only on victims and suspects. From strained father-daughter relationships to infidelity, “Aftershock” travels into new territory, and it all turns out to be very satisfying.

4 “911” (S7E13) – Law & Order: SVU

ReasonableCoyote34 comments that the episode is great due to the good performances from the cast and reminds everyone that “Mariska Hargitay won her only Emmy Award for this episode”. In it, a girl calls 911, claiming to be locked in a room, but doesn’t know where she is.

Mariska Hargitay has been on the show for over 2 decades and the fact that she won an Emmy for her performance in “911” speaks volumes about the quality of the episode. The episode sets itself on the path to greatness by not throwing all of a sudden. The primary focus is on the rescue mission rather than the crime, resulting in spirited performances and incredible action sequences. There are also endless tense moments, including one where the little girl almost dies, but Benson brings her back to life.

3 “Major Case” (S8E14) – Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Officers investigate the death of a drug addict who was trying to quit using drugs. Manaphy91 thinks it’s commendable how Nichols solves an “otherwise unsolvable complex case”.

“Major Case” emphasizes the human side of the officers. Since the victim is not from a wealthy family, the murder is labeled a “minor case”, but Nichols fights for priority, even though he gains nothing from it. There are also a few special things about the episode. It’s the first time Nichols and Earnes have worked together, leading to what could be considered one of the best Law and order partnerships. Fans can also say goodbye to fan favorite Megan Wheeler.

2 “Dive” (S2E20) – Law & Order: SVU

The team investigates Jason, a killer who grew up hating women after being constantly molested by his mother when he was younger. Kaidan_no_sashuka notes that the antagonist and his mother share “a very Bates Motel relationship”.

The Redditor is aware that the antagonist is quite similar to one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best villains, Norman Bates. Like Bates, Jason and his mother have an unhealthy obsession with each other, but the former is the one hard hit by it. Jason is portrayed as an extremely scary and terrifying person, which makes viewers look forward to when the chaos will end.

1 “Pro Se” (S6E21) – Law & Order

A schizophrenic lawyer who refuses to take medication is charged with murder and insists on defending himself. Captnkurt admits that the screenplay is “the one that always understands me”.

No other installment in the franchise deals with mental health better than “Law Se.” Although the murderous lawyer continues to make irrational decisions on the record, authorities and prosecutors treat him fairly, even recommending that he plead insanity so he gets a barrister’s sentence. Watching him struggle to get himself acquitted is touching, but the episode ends with a fair ending: a stay in a mental institution.

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