Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) left the precinct about five years ago, and he left a big ol' hole in our hearts. "Law & Order: SVU" has tried to fill the void with some new faces, but -- let's face it -- they'll never be Stabler.

Here are nine reasons we will always miss him. Cue the Sarah McLachlan.
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
NBCTV14September 20, 1999
Based on 22 critics

A special unit in New York investigates heinous cases. Read More