Even though Christopher Meloni isn't taking down sex offenders as Detective Elliot Stabler alongside Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on a weekly basis anymore, the two former co-stars couldn't be any closer.
After working together from 1999 to 2011 when Meloni left the crime drama, it's clear that the two co-stars' friendship still runs deep, which in turn keeps fans' hopes alive for a Law & Order: SVU reunion somewhere down the line. Fingers crossed!
Until that day comes, we have to settle for quick reunions between the real-life pals and the photographs that they take to document these glorious events.
OK, this is in no way settling because we all love both Meloni and Hargitay as friends, but wouldn't be wonderful to see Stabler and Benson back in action as the dedicated detectives who investigate sex crimes on TV?
Obviously, the answer is always going to be yes!
Since we don't know when (or if) Meloni will return to the NBC drama, the sweet reunions between the two longtime friends will have to tied fans over for now.
Feel free to take a look below at the duo's best off-screen reunions since the 57-year-old actor left SVU seven years ago, and relive the glory days of Stabler and Benson in the process.
Even though we don't have Meloni on our TV screens as a detective right now, we do get to see Hargitay in all her glory every week, which is why she is a finalist for the E! People's Choice Awards for Drama TV Star of 2018.
So, technically this is also a fan-appreciation post for the one and only Detective Olivia Benson, because let's be honest, she is the No. 1 reason we are still watching the hit drama year after year. That, and the fact that the stories are so freaking good!
To see if Hargitay takes home the PCAs trophy this year, check out the live award show next month and in the meantime make sure to celebrate her best BFF moments with the other SVU original badass below.
Law & Order: Special Victims Units airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
(NBC and E! are both a part of the NBCUniversal family).