‘Law & Order: SVU:’ Why the Series Might Never Be Canceled

Chances are you’ve seen an episode of Law & Order: SVU. It’s an iconic television program that was just renewed for its 21st season. For decades, the Mariska Hargitay-led show has been a beloved favorite for people all over the world. It’s the longest running live-action series to date. But even so, will the show ever be in danger of being canceled?

Law & Order: SVU may never be canceled because of its fan following

The series may never be canceled because of its enormous fan following. The show does an excellent job of connecting viewers to what they’re watching, making you feel the real-life element to the stories.

The fact is, many of the situations portrayed were and can be based off real experiences of survivors. It allows viewers to better connect with what they’re watching, because they may in fact themselves be affected by the very situation they are seeing on their television screens.

SVU touches what were once taboo topics and puts them out front and center. Some of the stories involve situations involving child abuse, murder and sexual assault. The fact is, these things happen in our society and SVU has brought the issues out of the shadows and into the light.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ has excellent storytelling abilities

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Mariska Hargitay is spotted on the set of Law & Order SVU filming at 60 Centre Street on April 15, 2019 in New York City. Bauzen/GC Images

Since its inception, SVU has been about the people behind the stories. You become literally engrossed in the character’s lives and performances. Mariska Hargitay, the lead and real-life activist, has been with the series since the beginning, and believes the show inspires viewers everywhere through its stories.

“I’m deeply proud to be a part of this groundbreaking show, and humbled to make television history today,” said Hargitay in a 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.”

Mariska Hargitay feels newly challenged and ready for Season 21 and beyond

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Actress Mariska Hargitay and Snoop Dogg and Ice-T are seen on the set of Law & Order SVU on April 1, 2019 in New York City. Raymond Hall/GC Images

Mariska Hargitay, who plays Lieutenant Olivia Benson, is known for her advocacy for women and victims of abuse the world over. She told People that after her longtime costar Christopher Meloni’s departure from the series in season 12, she grappled with her commitment with the show.

“I did a lot of soul-searching of whether I wanted to go on,” Hargitay told People. “I was on my way to being at peace to be done.” She credits a revitalized season 17 and new opportunities to direct and produce led her to feel recharged.

“I feel so newly challenged and inspired and excited, which just surprises me. I can’t believe how much I care now,” Hargitay added.

‘Law & Order: SVU’ is relatable to audiences

‘Law & Order: SVU’ Season 20 trailer

The characters are likable and fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves. SVU has a way of drawing you in and binge-watching multiple seasons in a single sitting. It’s one of the many reasons why SVU is working on its 21st season.

“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 Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment in making the announcement for a 21st season. “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.”