List of longest-running TV shows by category

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This is a list of the longest-running television shows by category. The criterion for being the longest-running show is by the number of years the show has been on the air and NOT the number of episodes produced.

Category Show Name Country Duration No. of episodes
Award ceremony Academy Awards United States United States (1929-1952, not aired) NBC: 1953–1960, 1971–1975, ABC: 1961–1970, 1976–present 85 Ceremonies
Animated Sazae-san Japan Japan Fuji Television: 1969–present 6917+

Doraemon Japan TV Asahi: 1979-present Naruto Japan TV Tokyo: 2002-present Pocket Monsters Japan TV Tokyo: 1997-present Chibi Maruko Chan Japan Fuji TV: 1990-present Crayon Shin Chan Japan TV Asahi: 1992-present One Piece Fuji Television: 1999-present

Automotive Top Gear United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1977–2001, 2002–present 515; 161+9 specials
Children's show Sooty United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC: 1955–1967, ITV: 1967–2004, CITV: 2011–present 8,000+
Comedy Radio Rochela Venezuela Venezuela RCTV: 1960–2010 2,652
Cooking show Hasta La Cocina Mexico Mexico 1960–present 11,232+[1]
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1953–present
Educational Show Teleclub[2] Costa Rica Costa Rica 1963–present[3]
Espionage thriller Spooks United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One, BBC Three: 2002–2011 86
Fantasy Touched By An Angel United States United States CBS: 1994-2003 211
Female ensemble The Liver Birds United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC1: 1969 - 1978, 1996 86
Finance show The Money Programme United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1966-2010
Game show The Price Is Right United States United States CBS: 1956–1965, 1972–present 7,302 as of 19 August 2010
Game show syndication Wheel of Fortune United States United States 1983-present
Historical drama Zenigata Heiji Japan Japan 1952–present
History series Timewatch United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1963–present
Medical drama Casualty United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1986–present 843+
Music show- Syndication Hee Haw United States United States 1971-1993 (aired on CBS television during the 1969-1971 season)
Music show NHK Nodo Jiman Japan Japan NHK: 1953–present ~2,900 as of 2012[4]
Music video show Rage Australia Australia ABC1: 1987–present, ABC2: 2005-2009, Fly TV: 2001-2003
News show Meet the Press United States United States NBC: 1947–present 4,946+
Newscast Tagesschau Germany Germany Das Erste: 1952–present ~20,000 by late 2009
Noontime Show Eat Bulaga Philippines Philippines GMA 7: 1979–present 10,106
Police drama Tatort Germany Germany Das Erste: 1970–present 867 as of 11 March 2013[5]
Police Procedural The Bill United Kingdom United Kingdom Talkback Thames: 1984–2010 2,400
Quiz Show It's Academic United States United States 1961-present[6]
Reality show COPS United States United States Fox: 1989–present 435+
Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949–present
Rural documentary Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand TV One: 1966–present
Science fiction series Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present[7] 800 as of 25 December 2013
Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1957–present 705+
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1973–2010 295
Soap opera Coronation Street United Kingdom United Kingdom 1960–present 8271[+](as of 6 February 2014)
Song Contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1951–present
Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada 1952–present
Talk / chat show The Tonight Show United States United States 1954–present ~10,680 as of 9 March 2012
Teen drama Grange Hill United Kingdom United Kingdom 1978–2008 605
Telenovela Mara Clara Philippines Philippines 1992–1997 1209
Travel show Holiday United Kingdom United Kingdom 1969–2007
TV feedback show Points of View United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961–present Unknown
Variety show Royal Variety Performance United Kingdom United Kingdom 1957–present 84
Western Gunsmoke United States United States 1955–1975 635

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