In the history of Law & Order: SVU, there were a number of detectives who came and went, but two of them, despite their differences, stayed partners for seven years and got along remarkably well.
Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Elliot Stablerer would later rival their legendary relationship (Christopher Meloni).
Munch and Tutuola’s detectives worked well together,
From Season 2 in 2000 to Season 8 in 2007, two of SVU’s most famous detectives, John Munch (Richard Belzer) and Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola (Ice-T), were partners.
While they have different backgrounds – Fin comes from undercover drugs and Munch worked as a homicide detective in Homicide: Life on the Street for the Baltimore Police Department – despite their bumpy start, they work very well together.
With their witty dialogue and constant banter, Fin and Munch inspire each other. Munch is an enthusiastic and pessimistic conspiracy theorist, continuously interjecting grim information about all types of subjects.
Even though they prefer each other, it’s all good fun, and for many years they have been working together in this way.
Fin attempts to move in 2008, but when the transfer falls through, he goes back to the SVU unit. (Fin’s old drug unit counterpart, who is in charge of transfers, will not let the move go through).
Fin may no longer work for him when Munch is promoted to sergeant. He deals with Chester Lake (Adam Beach) investigators instead, and then Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish).
But in 2013, in season 15, Munch retired from the department and now serves as a lawyer.
Though he appears again in season 17, “Fashionable Crimes,” in episode 20, Munch is no longer with SVU.
In season 19, Fin becomes the right-hand man to Sergeant and Captain Benson.
But fans haven’t forgotten Munch and Fin’s fascinating friendship. In the history of the franchise, it remains one of the most successful collaborations.
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Fans have been known to chat about the charismatic couple, and the relationship on Reddit was recently addressed. “I love the bromance of Munch and Fin more than the partnership of Benson and Stabler,” one fan confessed in a recent post.
Other fans seem to agree with that sentiment and reacted to the matter with their own opinions.
One fan recalled how, though they were no longer partners, Munch and Fin were the good friends they were.
“Saaaaaaaaame,” said the fan. “A big reason why season 2 is my favorite, just seeing how they were so at odds at first and gradually worked toward an epic partnership. I would have loved to see, for example, one Munch and Fin-centric episode like ‘Manhunt’ per season.”
The humor the two partners share is missed by one audience. “Exactly! Their humor together was hilarious, I miss it so much lol,” it read.
One fan thinks that “more natural and funny” was the dynamic between Munch and Fin than the one shared by Benson and Stabler. Exactly the same. They said, “Exactly the same. It was much more natural and fun than the Benson/Stabler stuff,” “Fin seems to measure up more naturally with his peers than anyone else.”
One fan seems to agree, saying, “I don’t think that’s an unpopular opinion.”
The relationship that Munch and Fin shared for seven years still seems to be appreciated by some fans.