“Law & Order: SVU” just made TV history.
The show was picked up for a 21st season in 2019 through 2020, which will make it the longest-running primetime drama in TV history.
“SVU’s” run surpasses the original show, which ran from 1990 to 2010, and “Gunsmoke,” which aired from 1955 to 1975. “SVU” star Mariska Hargitay has received more than 30 award nominations for her role as Detective Olivia Benson. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2006.
“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today,” she said in a recent press statement. “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.”
Throughout its run, “SVU” has been credited with increasing both awareness of and conversations about sexual assault. Hargitay even testified before Congress in 2017 about the issue of backlogged rape kits in cities across the U.S.