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Law & Order, Mariska Hargitay, Chris Noth, Jerry Orbach


True Crime Week, Theme Week

In the TV criminal justice system, ripped-from-the-headlines episodes are considered especially juicy. The Law & Order franchise is basically synonymous with commenting on real-life events—scandals and crimes—with the episodes always putting a unique spin on the well-known case. To celebrate the return of Law & Order: SVU, the only remaining Law & Order series still on the air, and E! News' True Crime week, we've assembled the ultimate ranking of the scandalous ripped-from-the-headlines episodes.

This is our ranking.

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Law & Order: SVU season 18 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on NBC.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)