I became a fan of this show due to: 1. Benson is a strong female character fighting for justice for female victims. 2. She is the result of a crime herself. 3. All of the lead characters have problems and family members who alreadly clashed with the law. 4. Interesting episodes involving social criticism und gives you food for thought. I miss characters like Barba, Stabler and Novak. I'm not fond of Stabler's tantrums, though. It is one of the longest running shows - rightly so. German TV has stopped showing it after pushing the latest episode into very late night (saturday evening....).