Law & Order: Svu: Season 21 Renewal Announced by NBC

Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is staying on the case -- and on the air. NBC has renewed their Law & Order: Special Victims Unit TV show for year 21 for the 2019-20 television season.

It becomes the longest-running primetime live-action series in U.S. history (surpassing Gunsmoke and the original Law & Order). It's worth noting that Gunsmoke still holds the record when it comes to total episodes. Gunsmoke ran for 635 episodes and Svu will likely "only" have 480 installments by the end of season 21.

A Dick Wolf NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Svu stars Hargitay, Ice-t, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, and Philip Winchester. The police procedural centers on Lt. Benson (Hargitay) and her elite squad of New York City Police Department detectives who investigate crimes including sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic

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