On September 20th, 1999, a new crime drama was added to the NBC lineup. It’s name was Law & Order SVU.
It was an offshoot of Law & Order. But instead of focusing on crime in general, the focus of the show are victims of sexual crimes.
On Thursday, SVU will start off its 20th season, making it the longest running drama in television history.
I’ve been a fan of SVU from nearly the beginning of the run of the show. Most shows, if they are lucky, run out of steam perhaps five or six years after their premiere. The fact that SVU is still going strong 19 years later says something. Not only is the writing and acting absolutely still fantastic after all of these years, but it still speaks to audiences. The show has broken barriers, created conversations and allowed us as a culture to talk about topics that must be discussed, but are often avoided.
After all of these years, nothing gives me a high like the opening theme song.
Here is the 20th season and many more seasons to come.
The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres this Thursday, September 27th and 9PM.