What is it about Law and Order: Special Victims Unit that makes for such an epic binge watch? Logically, a show this disturbing should not be so easy to watch. And yet — people can't stop watching it. Coming up on 20 seasons, SVU is one of the longest-running network scripted dramas ever made.
SVU proves that "entertainment," essentially, isn't a code-word for light-hearted. It's a code-word for compelling and interesting. It's whatever keeps you watching, and sometimes that happens to be a show's more dark and horrific elements. Anyone who watched the second episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse can attest to the fact the show's most gruesome scenes are often its most thrilling.