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

Led by courageous and compassionate veteran Lieutenant Olivia Benson, the NYPD's elite Special Victims Unit, including Detectives Odafin Tutuola, Amanda Rollins and Sonny... Read More