"In the criminal justice system, Sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories." (sfx Dun-dun).
–"Law & Order: SVU" opening.
"When a show ends, there’s a social demand to find meaning in it: some vanguard quality, some dramatic paradigm shift. But Law & Order was not the kind of show most people will collect on DVD, or go to fan conventions for, or analyze frame by frame. It inspired a different kind of passionate fanhood—solo, hard-core rerun-watching. Sheer watchability, the formula that somehow works every single time, is a kind of greatness, too."
I'm a hardcore SVU fan who watches the infinite re-runs on various TV channels during the weekends. In between these "reenactment" loops, you begin to develop surrogate relationships with these characters and you start filling in their spaces off camera ...