"Law & Order: SVU" has garnered a cult following that seems to be primarily composed of women. Boyfriends across the world can testify to this fact, as they are continuously forced to binge watch episodes with their girlfriends on USA.
Why do women across the world seem to worship this rather gory and violent series? Is it because Detective Stabler is so damn attractive? Is it because Detective Benson kicks major ass as a female? Is it because it's fun to laugh as Ice-T attempts to take on a serious role? (Hey, Ice-T, if you're reading this, I'm still bitter at the fact you ran away from me at the Gansevoort on Valentine's Day.)
Regardless, we women love SVU. We love the drama and we love the intensity, but mostly, we love talking along with the introduction: "The dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. (*DUN DUN*)"
Let's take a look into why girls can't help but love "Law & Order: SVU."
1. Olivia Benson takes no prisoners
It means you're a f*cking badass and a force to be reckoned with, Olivia!
2. It's all the comfort you need at night
Who needs to leave their apartment to enjoy the amount of comfort staying in and watching "SVU" ensures?
3. Celebrity guest appearances
Hilary Duff appeared during season 10. Jessica Walter, aka the matriarch from "Arrested Development," had a role as an attorney in 2009. Hayden Panettiere appeared as a child back in 2001, and Amanda Seyfried made her debut in 2004. The list goes on and on and on.
4. Stabler is banging and sometimes takes off his shirt
That's when you know it's a really, really good episode.
5. It reinforces our decisions to take taxis at night
How many episodes involve a girl walking home alone in the middle of the night?
6. You can pop in at any episode
It doesn't matter if this is your first, fifth or fifteenth episode; you can jump into the season at any point. There is somewhat of a plot line, but it's not one of those series that you have to see every preceding episode to understand the one you're currently watching.
7. You feel like justice exists in the world
The majority of the time, the bad guy is paying the price for whatever atrocious crime he or she committed. You aren't left unsatisfied after devoting an hour to watching the program.
8. Stabler and Benson are an epic power couple
The chemistry is effortless!
9. Story lines are pulled from the news
The Duke lacrosse scandal, the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the Anna Nicole Smith death mystery were all story lines that have had episodes dedicated to them.
10. It's the best pre-sleep television show
There's nothing quite as relaxing as falling asleep to the voices of your favorite characters. Chances are you've probably seen this episode, anyway, so you don't feel guilty about ducking out early.
11. You feel smart watching it
You really feel as if you know something about police work and the legal system, even though you haven't taken a political science class in your entire life.
12. It's the perfect show to stay in on a Saturday night to watch
13. Strong female role model
Don't we all need one of these in our lives? Who better than the successful and strong Detective Benson?
14. You can watch a marathon without getting sick of it
You started your marathon at 11 am, and before you know it, it's 7 pm. You ask yourself where the time has gone as you dive into another episode.
15. No dull moments, which is perfect for our ADD selves
Millennials have a difficult time paying much attention to anything. "SVU" always has a new twist or turn keeping us on the edge of our seats, or more likely, our beds.
16. Serves as a great response to: "What's your favorite TV show?"
Who are you going to respect more: the girl whose favorite program is "The Bachelor" or the one who loves "SVU"? Exactly.
17. Guys think it's cooler than any Bravo program you could force them to watch
Your boyfriend or FWB will instantaneously think you are a much cooler girl for not falling into the trap of reality TV shows.
18. It's reliable
The only stability in my life is knowing that I can come home from work and have an episode of "SVU" waiting for me.
19. It's family friendly
It's hard to find a program you feel completely comfortable watching with your parents. I tried doing this with "Nip/Tuck," but that was clearly short-lived.
20. It basically teaches us the safety rules of NYC
Walking through Central Park alone in the dark? I think not.
21. Loads of drama
It's filled with drama! It's a guaranteed hour well-spent. That's why we keep coming back for more.
22. Unlimited episodes
How many seasons are there now? Fourteen? Fifteen? Twenty? Who knows! But there are over 500 episodes to chose from.
23. It's literally always on
Have you ever turned on your TV and not seen "Law & Order" playing on at least one channel? There's, like, a 75 percent chance that if you turn on USA at any given time, "SVU" will be playing.
24. It gives you something to bond over with other people
There's a unique understanding between people who are addicted to "Law & Order." This creates a special bond because you know the next time you want to stay in for a marathon, all you have to do is call this new friend.