Relationship Development Raises Stakes
Law & Order: SVU has developed some strong relationships over the years, but the show is generally more about the cases than the characters, which may be why some fans have latched so hard onto dynamics like Benson/Stabler and Rollins/Carisi. Mostly, though, viewers get to know the characters via how they investigate, whereas Organized Crime spent some more time developing relationships. Some were romantic, while others were platonic, while still others were antagonistic. And then whatever is going on between Benson and Stabler, which even they don’t seem to really understand!