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Bold statement but we’re going with it: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is one of the greatest television programs of our time. (Not sorry.) And as any casual viewer knows, SVU is at its best when it packs an episode (all of which can be streamed on Hulu and Netflix) with some celebrity casting. Here, a ranking of our 21 favorites. DUN DUN. 

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1. Carol Burnett

Comedy, drama, an alleged murder. Is there anything this woman can’t do?

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2. Judith Light

More a recurring character than a guest star, but the Who’s the Boss? star is just so damn good as no-nonsense judge Elizabeth Donnelly.

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3. Cynthia Nixon

Top-notch episode. (Seriously, she won an Emmy for it.)

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4. Natasha Lyonne

A pre-OITNB Lyonne plays a very convincing psych ward patient.

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5. Viola Davis

Solid training for getting away with murder.

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6. Ludacris

Finn’s son’s half-brother (stay with us) was not one of the good guys, but Luda played it oh so well.

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7. Marcia Gay Harden

Such a badass.

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8. Martin Short

Such a creep.

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9. Hilary Duff

Playing a Casey Anthony-type, this is some of Duff’s best work since a little program called Lizzie McGuire.

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10. Terrence Howard

Playing a character decidedly un-Lucius-like in his general abiding by the law, Howard's character got his own spin-off in the form of the short-lived Law & Order: LA

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11. Mischa Barton

Those purple tights though.

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12. Dean Cain

Listen to this and try to watch this episode with a straight face ever again.

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13. Jerry Lewis

Wherein he breaks your heart into a billion little pieces.

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14. Ellen Burstyn

Ditto.

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15. John Stamos

Not Uncle Jesse!

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16. Elizabeth Banks

Playing a porn star, natch.

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17. Hayden Panettiere

Babyyyyyy.

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18. Angela Lansbury

Let’s be honest, she’ll always be Mrs. Potts to us.

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19. Jesse McCartney

Remember him?

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20. Eric McCormack

We miss Will & Grace.

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21. Questlove

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, the Roots’ frontman played a corpse in the morgue for all of 40 seconds. So while it wasn’t quite a guest-star spot, it’s awesome nonetheless.

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