The procedural becomes TV's longest-running primetime drama.
March 29, 2019
NBC announced a history-making renewal today. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has been picked up for a record-setting 21st season. While not a surprise given the show's continued solid performance, the news is especially noteworthy as the veteran procedural will now become American television's longest-running scripted live-action series.
The previous record was held by the original Law & Order, as well as 1950s western Gunsmoke, which both lasted 20 seasons. It is particulary interesting that Law & Order SVU, a spin-off series, was able to surpass the original. It goes to show the strength of the franchise, as it is extremely rare to have two shows within the same family to last as long as these two have.
Look for the Season 21 premiere of Law & Order: SVU this fall.
04/11/19 at 00:00am
Jack - You didn’t get much right, if anything, in your last comment. You appear to stick up for Emily (with her gross comment) who watches it and likes liberal content but found one thing contrary to harp about. And I am not one who thinks abortion is murder or should always be illegal. Nobody who brought up (or implied) the insertion of liberal politics appears to watch the show. I almost never watch it because it’s too formulaic. It is fair to comment on why someone doesn’t watch a show. I could be wrong but I never saw Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) or Rosanne’s show as being liberal or conservative. I didn’t watch them because they weren’t funny enough when I did. And it is fair to watch a show that you mostly like but to sharply criticize what or what about who you don’t like. Enough on vapidness.
Suzanne’s comments rate high on intelligence as usual.
04/08/19 at 09:07am
Emily: there are people commenting here who honestly make everything into a political issue if it's something they personally dislike, when all they need to do is not watch the show. I don't watch shows with Roseanne or Tim Allen, so I'm not sure why these folks watch shows that obviously make them angry.
04/06/19 at 09:01am
"Rape is bad" is a political statement now? This last episode featured Benson meddling in the reproductive decisions of a pregnant rape victim, so maybe this show is trying to court conservatives who support a government small enough to fit in a uterus.
04/02/19 at 12:33pm
Dick Wolf isn't liberal. He's actually conservative but has some views that might be misconstrued as liberal. He just really, really hates Trump. Which is kinda hilarious. Finn (Ice-T) often espouses views that aren't liberal at all.
04/01/19 at 07:58pm
Smollett - what a pitiful and nauseating story. What he did seems so much worse then all of these rich parents who paid and lied to get their kids into colleges, and they are charged with mail fraud. I'm not defending their actions, but ruined careers seems enough punishment. Mail fraud makes me think of using the IRS for Al Capone.
But on topic: I like an occassional procedure - even if it has gotten pretty ridiculous. The advantage of procedurals is the writing is more important then the acting. For a lot of the parts, I don't really care what actor they hire for the character. I don't have to remember story arcs that I binge in large blocks and tend to forget details. I watch too many of those already. I'll probably keep watching SVU as long as they keep cranking out SVU. It takes less thought.
03/30/19 at 06:04pm
I hope you guys are right about nobody hiring Smollett. The crazier something is these days, the trend is for it to get support. It’s getting harder to be surprised - except that I will be surprised if somebody doesn’t hire him. If not in TV, there’s NIKE.
By the way, a DA on Law and Order did just leave the show so they need a new hire. Is Kaepernick a available?
03/30/19 at 01:56pm
Jussie is done probably. He is not coming on this show. He did escape jail.. If you or I did that we'd be in jail. 14 detectives were on this case. That's 14 real victims who GOT no attention. The man does not even care I bet.
03/29/19 at 06:52pm
@ Steve s. NBC won't hire jussie Smollett, his job at empire is hanging by a thread. The producers have said that they are looking at recasting the role and with the new Disney merger that just got finalized, I'm pretty sure Jussie is done in television period.
03/29/19 at 03:37pm
Amazing how they can get so many shows out of 1 basic story line.
03/29/19 at 03:32pm
Original ran for 20 even, so this does break the record. Impressive run for a once great show, After three "jump the shark" moments (Stucky turning evil, then Stabler leaving, then the FBI lady becoming evil), I still tuned in, but then after the recent Presidential election, it became too much about politics and the Plopster tuned out. Congrats to the Liberal fans who still watch, and to the Conservative fans who are able to tune out the agenda crap and still enjoy it.
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