NBC’s flagship show Law & Order: SVU has been renewed for an amazing 21st season.
21 seasons means that the procedural has outlasted both its progenitor Law & Order and classic western Gunsmoke it terms of seasons. Only The Simpsons has been on the air longer at this point in terms of scripted shows.
The series, which first premiered in 1999 and has starred Mariska Hargitay from the beginning, chronicles the lives of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. The show was created as a “Law & Order” spinoff by Dick Wolf.
“We tip our cap to Dick Wolf, Mariska Hargitay and the amazing cast and crew of ‘SVU,’ who now all go into the record book,” said NBC Co-Chairmen Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks in a statement. “This incredible run is an example of what happens when producers, writers and actors all come together and create a show that, year after year, speaks to its audience in a powerful way. We couldn’t be more proud of this remarkable achievement.”
Star Mariska Hargitay who has since become women’s advocate and activist released the following statement:
“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today. The longevity and continued success of ‘SVU’ is a testament not only to the show’s powerful storytelling and ability to connect with viewers, but to its necessity. We have told important stories for 20 years, and we will continue to tell them.”