Whoopi Goldberg on SVU. (NBC)

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Recap 17×4: Who Will Save the Children?

There is a contingent of people who say that Law & Order: SVU is just too hard to watch. For those people, they’re missing out on a level of discussion about important issues that isn’t really present anywhere else, at least not anywhere else in narrative television.

When Dick Wolf first pitched the original Law & Order to then NBC president Warren Littlefield, Littlefield admits that at the time he wasn’t sure if the public was ready for a show about crime and punishment, emphasis on the punishment part. There have always been crime dramas but most ended with the acquisition of the bad guy and that was the end of it. Now some 25 years later, it’s clear that not only were viewers ready for this type of series, that shows the repercussions of criminal activity, but that there is a certain segment of the population that was yearning for this. Yearning for the type of program that fills a emotional need to know about the human condition and its evolution.

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