"The full measure of the collective contributions made by Dick Wolf and his 'Law & Order' franchise over the last two decades to the success of NBC and Universal Media Studios cannot be overstated," Jeff Gaspin, chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment said in a statement. "The legacy of his original 'Law & Order' series will continue to make an impact like no other series before."
Having been broadcast on NBC for 20 seasons, "Law & Order" ends its run tied with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running prime-time drama in network television history. It holds the record for most consecutive best-drama Emmy nominations with 11, and won the award in 1997.
A third spinoff, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," airs on the NBC Universal-owned cable network USA and is currently in its ninth season.