Another way, “Law & Order: SVU,” with Dick Wolf as the show’s creator, offered an entirely new take on crime and mystery genres. A formula that has proven incredibly popular has allowed it to last this long: the show’s creators take a real-life news story and fictionalize it for their purposes, exploring complex characters and issues on the streets and in court (Tasker, 2012). For the most part, the first half of each episode is a crime procedural, complete with all the suspense (and occasionally troubling content) that comes with the territory. As the action moves to the courtroom, a fast-paced legal drama takes over in the second half of the episode. Even though each episode may feature a different set of crimes, the show’s overarching theme remains consistent. Some episodes may focus on child sex offenses that have occurred (Gripsrud, 2010).

When it comes to homicides, some may focus on crimes committed by minors and adults alike, while others may focus on the person killed before their death and how they died(Gripsrud, 2010). In the end, though, they will continue to search for the rapist and the rapist-killer so that they can receive the justice they so justly deserve. Although the crimes depicted in the episode occur primarily in New York, they may be found almost anywhere. Although it is not well-publicized, the presentation encourages people to speak out about similar situations. The series accomplish what was previously said, but it also provides information. Many individuals could benefit from the presentation, and it could and should encourage those who have been victims of similar crimes to come forward as well if they so choose. In addition to being an entertaining pastime to watch, it is also extremely informative, as previously mentioned (Tasker, 2012).


Gripsrud, J. (2010). Relocating Television: Television in the Digital Context. Routledge.

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Tasker, Y. (2012). Television Crime Drama and Homeland Security: From Law & Order to “Terror TV.” Cinema Journal, 51(4), 44–65.