'Law & Order: SVU' renewed for 21st season, making it longest running primetime drama in history

Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 31, 2019

"Law & Order: SVU" has been renewed for its 21st season, making in the longest running primetime drama in history.

The popular series first debuted in 1999. It centers around the NYPD's Special Victim's Unit as they investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.

Mariska Hargitay, a main star on the show, has been a real-life advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, speaking out about the backlog of untested rape kits across the country.

Hargitay tweeted this following the announcement.

We've all broken this ground together. #SVUSeason21 https://t.co/foJUUuNkQy

— Mariska Hargitay (@Mariska) March 29, 2019

"You're an iconic figure as a star, advocate and crusader for women," the show's producer Dick Wolf said of Hargitay.

The show's writers also tweeted about the renewed season.

"We'll keep writing stories that help sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim joy in their lives as long as they let us," their tweet read.

The show airs on Thursdays on NBC.