WARNING: Scenes of explicit violence, drug use, suicide, sex, and/or abuse occur regularly. Not intended for children or sensitive viewers.
Often jokingly called “SUV,” Special Victims Unit is about the sexually oriented crimes in New York. And while it has Detective Munch (aka the center of the universe), it also had Alex Cabot and Olivia Benson, who had more chemistry than anyone else in the entire L&O universe.
Which is why they totally played it up and queer baited us.
I said it.
They knew that a large number of viewers watched for the looks and smiles between Benson and Cabot.
Look, Stephanie March (who played Alex) said this of the Alex/Olivia dynamic:
I’m not saying we’re not…I’m not saying we’re not in love.
And executive Producer Neal Baer was well aware of it.
But was there ever payoff? Would there ever be payoff? Of course not.
Congratulations, SVU, you made the list for queerbaiting.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
The episode “Transitions” is about a teen trans-woman, Hailey, who is accused of attacking her father. She didn’t, and after the trial she returns home and her father lets her start hormone blockers. In the episode “Fallacy,” a trans-woman kills her attempted rapist and goes to prison. Men’s prison. She is beaten and raped on her first night.