Creator: Dick Wolf
Ah, what the heck. They’re basically the same show with different actors. I rank this one higher as I find cases on sex crimes a little more compelling than murders, as often the victims are still alive. Also, Mariska Hargitay. She’s fantastic. Funny thing, though. I don’t particularly like Chris Merloni. But Hargitay was better when she had him to play off of. Now that she’s in charge, eh. I haven’t watched this regularly, or at all really, in about five years.
The other reason I like this version a tad more than the original is that the cast seemed to work together better. Richard Belzer and Ice-T make a delightful cop duo. Dann Florek is better in this show than he is in Farmer’s Insurance commercials. And both of the primary ADA’s, Stephanie March and Diane Neal, are solid.