• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12

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  1. Dec 19, 2010
    Reviewed the pilot earlier and gave it an 8... moving forward with that the show has only improved IMO. The stories are well thought out, there is no consistency to expect with how things turn out (which keeps you on your feet). One episode the detectives will take up 10 mins, the prosecution 30 minutes. The next episode the prosecution might barely get a scene in because of how cut and dry the detectives have made the case. Sometimes it bounces back and forth. Sometimes one side fails and the other doesn't. Sometimes both fail. This variation in how the detectives/prosecutors are involved with each case really helps keep the show fresh. Couple that with well thought out cases to begin with and you get an enjoyable crime show, albeit nothing out of the ordinary. The acting is very Law and Order generic... I don't mean that in a bad way, it just doesn't present anything fresh. Overall I simply don't see why any avid L&O fan couldn't enjoy this show. Expand
  2. Oct 5, 2010
    I really enjoy the Law & Orders shows but, the cast in the Los Angels one doesn't seem to mesh too well for me. Skeet Ulrich is good but he seems to be on auto-pilot for much of it with no real emotions. Hopefully as the series progresses it will get much better and will gain the staying power the other Law & Orders have gotten.
  3. Oct 13, 2010
    Regarding the pilot: Skeet Ulrich is too lightweight for his role and had a hard time getting beyond that. Someone with the gravitas of a Russell Crowe would be a good choice. Shawnee Smith gave a weak performance as the twisted mother. The story was fairly predictable and conventional, which would have been okay with stronger performances.
  4. Oct 24, 2010
    The main characters are not appealing. The cases are not interesting. The dialogue and drama are recycled and derivative. In short, if you are looking for something to take the place of Law & Order, keep looking.
  5. Nov 27, 2011
    Law & Order SVU is an amazing television show which contains a brilliant cast. The plot schemes always leaves viewers wondering what's going to happen next, and keeps you glued in at all times. Law & Order SVU will wholeheartedly go down in history as one of the best television shows to ever exist.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 11, 2011
    LOLA for its part shows signs of getting that old Law & Order moxie back.
  2. 63
    Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll are well-paired as detectives, and Alfred Molina, looking like an irascible owl, adds some harrumping power as deputy DA. [18 Sep 2010, p.40]
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    The prosecutors on this new show--led by actor Peter Coyote, who hauls loads of Adam Schiff gravel in his voice--are given to putting whole systems on trial, metaphorically and otherwise....Though [Detectives] Rex and T.J. do, in fact, dig for clues, it somehow feels that they're just watching them erupt.