List of longest-running United States television series

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This is a list of the longest-running United States television series, ordered by number of years the show has been aired. This list includes only first-run series originating in North America and available throughout the U.S. via national broadcast networks, U.S. cable networks, or syndication. Series continuations (with name changes and/or changes in network) are noted, but series' revivals are treated as separate from the originals (see The People's Court and Jeopardy!). Series broadcast within the US but produced in other countries, such as Coronation Street (50+ years) and Doctor Who are not included.

60-80 years[edit]

Series shaded in light blue are currently in production.
Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
66 years 66th Meet the Press (NBC News)[1] NBC November 6, 1947[2] present 5,048+ Longest-running show.
65 years 65th CBS Evening News (CBS News)[3] CBS May 3, 1948 present 16,400+ Longest-running network newscast.
64 years 64th Music and the Spoken Word[4] Syndicated October 1949 present 4,406+
62 years 62nd Hallmark Hall of Fame[5] NBC December 24, 1951* December 17, 1978 243+ Not broadcast on a regular schedule, with only a limited number of productions per year.
CBS November 14, 1979 April 30, 1980
PBS February 9, 1981 May 6, 1981
CBS December 1, 1981 January 29, 1989
ABC April 30, 1989 April 23, 1995
CBS December 10, 1995 April 13, 2011
ABC December 2011 present
62 years 62nd Today (NBC News) NBC January 14, 1952 present 15,785+
60 years 60th ABC World News (ABC News)[6] ABC September 1953 present 15,722+

50–59 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
59 years 59th The Tonight Show[7] NBC September 27, 1954 present 11,352+ World's longest-running talk show
58 years 59th It Is Written Syndicated March 1956 present First religious television program to broadcast in color.[8]
59 years 59th Face the Nation (CBS News) CBS November 7, 1954 present
58 years 58 NASCAR on ABC ABC February 26, 1961 August 5, 2000
March 10, 2007 October 11, 2013
57 years 57 Guiding Light (CBS Daytime)[9] CBS June 30, 1952* September 18, 2009 15,762 Longest-running dramatic series of any genre. Longest-running daytime drama. *While its television debut was on June 30, 1952, The Guiding Light's first incarnation was as a radio show, which premiered on January 25, 1937.
58 years 57th The Open Mind Syndicated May 1956 present
55 years 55th Professional Bowlers Tour (ABC Sports)[10] ABC[11] 1962 June 21, 1997
CBS 1998[12] 2000
ESPN 1998 present
54 years 54 As the World Turns (CBS Daytime) CBS April 2, 1956 September 17, 2010 13,858
54 years 53 The Wonderful World of Disney [13] ABC October 27, 1954 June 11, 1961 1,224
NBC September 24, 1961 August 16, 1981
CBS September 26, 1981 May 3, 1983
ABC February 2, 1986 May 22, 1988
NBC October 9, 1988 August 26, 1990
Disney
Channel
September 23, 1990 August 25, 1996
ABC September 28, 1997 December 24, 2008
53 years 54th NFL on CBS CBS September 30, 1956 January 23, 1994 5,000+
September 6, 1998 present
53 years 53rd It's Academic NBC, CBS October 7, 1961 present
51 years 51st General Hospital (ABC Daytime) ABC April 1, 1963 present 12,843+
51 years 51 NASCAR on CBS CBS February 12, 1960 July 15, 2000

40–49 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
48 years 48th Days of Our Lives (NBC Daytime) NBC November 8, 1965 present 12,112+
47 years 47th Washington Week[14] NET, PBS February 23, 1967 present 2,000+
47 years 46th Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Syndicated September 1966 present 46 Annual broadcast
45 years 45th NFL Films Presents Syndicated 1968 1997
ESPN 1997 present
NFL Network November 4, 2003 present
46 years 47th Day of Discovery syndicated May 5, 1968 present
45 years 45th 60 Minutes (CBS News) CBS September 24, 1968 present
45 years 45 Wide World of Sports (ABC Sports) ABC April 29, 1961 August 2006[15]
45 years 45 Agronsky & Co./Inside Washington Syndicated 1969 December 20, 2013
44 years 43rd Sesame Street NET November 10, 1969 October 4, 1970 4,327 Longest-running children's show.[16]
PBS October 5, 1970 present
45 years 46 One Life to Live (ABC Daytime) ABC July 15, 1968 January 13, 2012 11,096 While the show had ceased airing as a television series it was still in production for a brief time after. On April 29, 2013 the show had resumed airing now as a web series on the internet and could be seen through Hulu, iTunes and YouTube until August 19, 2013 before being confirmed as being discontinued again on September 3, 2013.
44 44th Hour of Power Syndicated February 1970 present 2,000+
43 years 43rd Monday Night Football ABC September 21, 1970 December 26, 2005 641+
ESPN September 11, 2006 present
43 years 43rd NBC Nightly News (NBC News) NBC August 3, 1970 present NBC has had an evening broadcast since 1948, starting with Camel News Caravan, lasting until 1956, when it was replaced by Nightly News' predecessor the Huntley-Brinkley Report.
43 years 43rd Masterpiece Theatre PBS January 10, 1971 present
41 years 42nd The Price Is Right (CBS Daytime)[17] CBS September 4, 1972 present 8,000+ Longest-running game show.
41 42nd Great Performances PBS November 4, 1972 present
41 years 41st Romper Room/Romper Room & Friends[18] Syndicated February 1953 September 1994
41 years 41st The Young and the Restless (CBS Daytime) CBS March 26, 1973 present 10,200+
41 years 42nd All My Children (ABC Daytime) ABC January 5, 1970 September 23, 2011 10,712 While the show had ceased airing as a television series it was still in production for a brief time after. On April 29, 2013 the show had resumed airing now as a web series on the internet and could be seen through Hulu, iTunes and YouTube until September 2, 2013 before being confirmed as being discontinued again on November 11, 2013.

35–39 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
39 years 40th Nova PBS March 3, 1974 present 698
38 years 39th The Victory Garden[19] PBS April 16, 1975 present
38 years 39th Good Morning America ABC November 3, 1975 present 9,914+
39 years 39th Saturday Night Live[20] NBC October 11, 1975 present 758 The longest-running sketch comedy show on American television, as well as the longest-running variety show in U.S. history.
38 years 38th PBS NewsHour[21] PBS October 20, 1975 present
37 years 38th Live from Lincoln Center PBS January 30, 1976 present[22]
37 years 37th Austin City Limits PBS 1976 present
37 years 37th Creative Living with Sheryl Borden Syndicated 1976 present
37 years 37th Family Feud ABC July 12, 1976 June 14, 1985 2,311
CBS July 4, 1988 1995 1,200
Syndicated September 20, 1999 present 2,390+
36 years 36th The 700 Club[23] Syndicated[24] 1966 present
ABC Family 1977 present
36 years 36th Inside the NFL HBO 1977 February 6, 2008
Showtime September 10, 2008 [25] present
35 years 36th 20/20 ABC June 6, 1978 present
35 years 35 Search for Tomorrow (CBS and NBC Daytime) CBS September 3, 1951 March 29, 1982 9,130
NBC March 26, 1982 December 26, 1986
35 years 35 Another World (NBC Daytime) NBC May 4, 1964 June 25, 1999 8,891 Longest-running continuous title sequences on television
34 years 35th Nightly Business Report[26] PBS January 22, 1979 present
34 years 35th CBS News Sunday Morning CBS January 28, 1979 present
34 years 35 Soul Train Syndicated October 2, 1971 March 25, 2006[27] 1,117
34 years 35 Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser[28] PBS November 20, 1970 June 24, 2005
34 years 35 Evening at Pops PBS July 12, 1970 August 29, 2004

30–34 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
34 years 34th SportsCenter ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS September 7, 1979 present 50,000+ More episodes than any other television series.
34 years 34th This Old House PBS 1979 present 786+
34 years 34th The Woodwright's Shop[29] PBS 1979 present 429+
33 years 33rd Nightline[30] ABC March 24, 1980 present
33 years 33rd Bobby Jones Gospel BET November 1980 present
33 years 33rd Washington Journal[31] C-SPAN October 7, 1980 present
33 years 33 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood NET February 19, 1968 October 4, 1970 895
PBS October 5, 1970 August 31, 2001
33 years 33 Firing Line Syndicated 1966[32] 1971 1,504
PBS 1971 December 26, 1999
32 years 32 American Bandstand[33] ABC August 5, 1957 November 5, 1987 4,134
Syndicated 1987 1988
USA April 8, 1989 October 7, 1989
32 years 32nd Noticiero Univision[34] Univision June 1, 1981 present
32 years 32nd Entertainment Tonight Syndicated September 14, 1981 present Longest-running entertainment news program.
32 years 32nd This Week[35] ABC November 15, 1981 present
31 years 31 Faith for Today[36] ABC May 21, 1950 1955
Syndicated 1955 1981
31 years 31st The McLaughlin Group Syndicated 1982 present
31 years 31st Nature PBS October 10, 1982 present 440+
31 years 31st MotorWeek[37] PBS 1982 present
31 years 31st Frontline PBS January 17, 1983 present 520+
31 years 31st Wheel of Fortune (primetime) Syndicated September 19, 1983 present 6,000+
31 years 31 Lamp Unto My Feet CBS 1948 1979
30 years 30th Jeopardy! (revival)[38] Syndicated September 10, 1984 present 6,600+
30 years 30th Gilad's Bodies in Motion ESPN 1983 1994
Fox Sports Net 1994 1995
Discovery Health 1995 2004
FitTV 2004 2011
Discovery Fit & Health 2011 present
30 years 30 Live from the Met[39] PBS 1977 2007
30 years 30 NASCAR on ESPN ESPN, ESPN2, ABC 1981 2002
2007 2014

25–29 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
29 years 29th Real Videos TBN, JCTV October 4, 1984[40] present 900+
29 years 29 Captain Kangaroo[41] CBS October 3, 1955 December 8, 1984
29 years 29 Lou Dobbs Tonight[42] CNN June 1, 1980 November 11, 2009
28 years 28 Late Night[43] NBC February 1, 1982 June 21, 1993 1,819 ... with David Letterman
September 13, 1993 February 20, 2009 2,725 ... with Conan O'Brien
March 2, 2009 February 7, 2014 977 ... with Jimmy Fallon
February 24, 2014 present 73 [44] ... with Seth Meyers
28 years 28th Sunday NFL Countdown ESPN September 7, 1985 present
28 years 28th National Geographic Explorer[45] Nickelodeon 1985 1986
WTBS/TBS 1986 1999
CNBC 1999 2001
MSNBC[46] 2001 2005
National Geographic 2005 present
28 years 28th Grand Ole Opry Live[47] TNN April 20, 1985 August 2001
CMT August 2001 2003
GAC[48] 2003 present
28 years 29th The Edge of Night CBS April 2, 1956 November 28, 1975 7,420
ABC December 1, 1975 December 28, 1984
28 years 29 Love of Life CBS September 24, 1951 February 1, 1980 7,316
28 years 28 ESPN SpeedWorld ESPN 1979 2006
28 years 28 Mystery![49] PBS February 5, 1980 2008
27 years 27 The Lawrence Welk Show[50] ABC July 2, 1955 September 4, 1971
Syndicated 1971 February 1982
27 years 27th Biography[51] A&E April 6, 1987[52] August 2006
Biography Channel August 2006 present[53]
27 years 27th Hometime PBS November 1, 1986 present
27 years 27 The Phil Donahue Show[54] Syndicated 1969 1996
27 years 27th Sábado Gigante[55] Univision April 12, 1986 present
26 years 26 The David Susskind Show[56] Syndicated 1961 1987
26 years 26th The Bold and the Beautiful CBS March 23, 1987 present 6,500+
26 years 26th College GameDay (football series) ESPN September 1987 present
26 years 26th Live! with Kelly and Michael[57] Syndicated September 5, 1988[58] present 7,700+
26 years 26th NFL Primetime ESPN 1987 present
26 years 26th Showtime at the Apollo[59] Syndicated 1987 present
26 years 26th 48 Hours[60] CBS January 2, 1988 present
25 years 25th Inside Edition Syndicated January 9, 1989 present
25 years 25 What's My Line?[61] CBS February 16, 1950 September 3, 1967 2,191
Syndicated September 1968 September 1975
25 years 25 Insight Syndicated October 2, 1960 January 21, 1985
25 years 25 Camera Three CBS January 22, 1956 1979
PBS 1979 July 1, 1980
25 years 25 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom NBC January 6, 1963 April 11, 1971
Syndicated 1971 1988
25 years 25 Larry King Live CNN June 3, 1985 December 16, 2010
25 years 25th Cops Fox March 11, 1989 present 903+
25 years 25th American Experience PBS October 1, 1988 present 230+
25 years 25th The Sports Reporters[62] ESPN[63] October 9, 1988 present
25 years 25th NBA on TNT TNT October 30, 1988 present
25 years 25 The Oprah Winfrey Show Syndicated September 8, 1986 May 25, 2011 4,561
25 years 26th The Simpsons[64] Fox December 17, 1989 present 552 Longest-running animated American series, longest running American sitcom and longest running scripted primetime series.

20–24 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
24 years 24 CBS Morning News[65] CBS September 2, 1963 January 9, 1987
24 years 24th America's Funniest Home Videos ABC November 26, 1989 present 500
24 years 24th Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito[66] PBS October 1989 present Longest-running cooking program.
24 years 24 Hee Haw[67] CBS June 15, 1969 July 17, 1971
Syndicated 1971 1992
24 years 24 Truth or Consequences [68] CBS[69] September 7, 1950 May 1951
NBC[70] 1952 1952
NBC May 18, 1954[71] September 24, 1965
Syndicated[72] 1966 1974
24 years 24 At the Movies[73] Syndicated September 18, 1986 August 14, 2010
PBS January 2011 December 2011
23 years 24th Baseball Tonight ESPN March 19, 1990 present
23 years 24th ESPN Major League Baseball[74] ESPN, ESPN2[75] April 15, 1990 present
23 years 23rd NBA Inside Stuff NBC 1990 2002
ABC 2002 present
23 years 23rd Outside the Lines ESPN 1990 present
23 years 23 Death Valley Days Syndicated March 1, 1952 August 1, 1975 558
23 years 23 The Ed Sullivan Show[76] CBS June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971 1,087
23 years 23 Crossfire CNN 1982 June 3, 2005
CNN September 9, 2013 present
23 years 23 The George Michael Sports Machine[77] NBC September 2, 1984 September 8, 1991
Syndicated September 15, 1991 March 25, 2007
23 years 23 America's Most Wanted Fox February 1, 1988 June 18, 2011 940+
23 years 23 Lilias, Yoga and You[78] PBS 1976 1999
23 years 23 Reading Rainbow PBS June 6, 1983 November 10, 2006 155
22 years 22 The Original Amateur Hour[79] DuMont January 18, 1948 October 1949
NBC October 1949 September 1954
ABC October 1955 June 1957
NBC July 1957 October 1958
CBS May 1959 October 1959
ABC March 1960 September 26, 1960
CBS October 2, 1960 September 27, 1970
22 years 22 The Merv Griffin Show NBC October 1962 March 1963
Syndicated 1965 1969
CBS August 18, 1969 February 11, 1972
Syndicated 1972 September 1986
22 years 22 NFL on NBC[80] NBC 1975 1997
22 years 22nd E! News[81] E! September 1, 1991 present
22 years 22nd The Jerry Springer Show Syndicated September 20, 1991 present 5,084+
22 years 22nd Investigative Reports A&E September 27, 1991 present
22 years 22nd Charlie Rose PBS September 30, 1991 present
22 years 22nd Dateline NBC[82] NBC March 31, 1992 present 1,700+
22 years 21st[83] Power Rangers[84] FOX[85] August 28, 1993 September 7, 2002 775 Longest-running United States Tokusatsu Series.[86]
ABC Family[87] March 3, 2002 August 31, 2006
Toon Disney[88] February 14, 2004 February 12, 2009
ABC[89] September 14, 2002 August 28, 2010
The CW[90] August 25, 2012 January 12, 2013
Nickelodeon[91] February 7, 2011 present
Nicktoons[92] February 11, 2011 present
21 years 20th WWE Raw USA Network January 11, 1993 September 18, 2000 1,103+
TNN/Spike TV September 25, 2000 September 26, 2005
USA Network October 3, 2005 present
21 years 21st Reliable Sources CNN March 7, 1992 present
21 years 28th The Real World[93] MTV May 21, 1992 present 532+ Longest-running MTV Reality Series.
21 years 21 Issues and Answers[94] ABC 1960 1981
21 years 21 Mike Douglas Show Syndicated 1961 1982 6,000+
21 years 21 Sneak Previews[95] PBS 1975 1996
21 years 21 This Week in Baseball [96] Syndicated 1977 1998
21 years 21 Style with Elsa Klensch CNN June 1, 1980 January 2001
21 years 21 Cookin' Cheap PBS 1981 2002
21 years 21 The New Yankee Workshop PBS January 1988 June 27, 2009
20 years 20 The Red Skelton Show NBC September 30, 1951 June 21, 1953
CBS September 22, 1953 June 23, 1970
NBC September 14, 1970 August 29, 1971
20 years 20 Gunsmoke[97] CBS September 10, 1955 September 1, 1975 635 Longest-running prime-time drama. (tie)
20 years 20 Law & Order NBC September 13, 1990 May 24, 2010 456 Longest-running prime-time drama. (tie)
20 years 20 The Secret Storm CBS February 1, 1954 February 8, 1974 5,195
20 years 20 Evans and Novak[98] CNN September 1982 November 9, 2002
20 years 20th Late Show with David Letterman CBS August 30, 1993 present 4,000+
20 years 20th Monday Night Countdown ESPN September 6, 1993 present
20 years 20th NFL Matchup ESPN, ESPN2[99] September 5, 1993 present
20 years 20th NFL Films Presents ESPN 1993 present
20 years 20 The Doctors NBC April 1, 1963 December 31, 1982 5,280

17–19 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
19 years 19th Inside the Actors Studio Bravo August 14, 1994 present
19 years 19th Kickin' It with Byron Allen[100] Syndicated 1994 present
19 years 19th Extra[101] Syndicated September 5, 1994 present 4,000+
19 years 19th Fox NFL Sunday Fox September 18, 1994 present
19 years 19th Entertainers with Byron Allen[102] Syndicated September 1994 present
19 years 19th The Late Late Show[103] CBS January 9, 1995 present 3,468+
19 years 19 Lassie CBS September 12, 1954 May 1971 571
Syndicated September 1971 March 24, 1973
19 years 19 Barney & Friends[104] PBS April 5, 1992 November 2, 2010 248
19 years 19 The Porter Wagoner Show Syndicated 1960 1979
19 years 19 The NFL Today (original series) CBS 1975 January 23, 1994
19 years 19 Computer Chronicles PBS 1983 June 25, 2002
19 years 19 Friday Night Videos[105] NBC July 29, 1983 May 24, 2002
19 years 19 ESPN Sunday Night Football[106] ESPN November 8, 1987[107] January 1, 2006
18 years 18 Art Linkletter's House Party[108] CBS September 1, 1952 September 5, 1969
NBC December 29, 1969 September 25, 1970
18 years 18 NASCAR on TBS TBS 1983 2000
18 years 18 WWF Superstars syndication 1984 1996 924
USA 1996 2000
TNN 2000 2001
18 years 18th Golf Central Golf Channel January 18, 1995 present
18 years 18th Golf Talk Golf Channel January 17, 1995 present
18 years 18th Modern Marvels History Channel January 1, 1995 present 529+
18 years 18th Road Rules MTV July 19, 1995 present[109]
18 years 18th Squawk Box CNBC 1995 present
18 years 18th Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO 1995 present
18 years 18th MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon Syndicated October 1, 1996 Present 800+
17 years 17th The Daily Show Comedy Central July 22, 1996 present 2,319+
17 years 17th Your World with Neil Cavuto Fox News Channel October 6, 1996 present
17 years 17th The O'Reilly Factor[110] Fox News Channel October 6, 1996 present
17 years 17th Access Hollywood Syndicated September 9, 1996 present 3,265+
17 years 17th Gardening by the Yard HGTV 1996 present
17 years 17th E! True Hollywood Story E! 1996 present 500+
17 years 17th Fox News Sunday Fox[111] 1996 present
17 years 17th A Wedding Story TLC 1996 present
17 years 17 NBA on CBS CBS October 20, 1973 June 14, 1990
17 years 17 Showbiz Today CNN October 29, 1984 2001
17 years 17th South Park Comedy Central August 13, 1997 present 247
17 years 17th WNBA on ESPN ESPN 1997 present
17 years 17 USA Tuesday Night Fights USA March 30, 1982 1998
17 years 17 The Capital Gang CNN September 7, 1988 2005
17 years 17 The Montel Williams Show Syndicated June 24, 1991 May 16, 2008 3,000+
17 years 17 Private Screenings TCM January 1, 1996 present
17 years 17th Judge Judy Syndicated September 16, 1996 present Longest-running reality courtroom show.
17 years 17th Arthur PBS September 2, 1996 present 200 Longest-running animated series on PBS. 2nd longest on television

14–16 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
16 years 16 MTV Unplugged MTV November 26, 1989 March 2, 2007[112] 108
16 years 16 Booknotes C-SPAN April 2, 1989 December 5, 2004
16 years 16 Wheel of Fortune (daytime) NBC January 6, 1975 June 30, 1989
CBS July 17, 1989 January 11, 1991
NBC January 14, 1991 September 20, 1991
16 years 16 Fight Back! with David Horowitz Syndicated 1976 1992
16 years 16th Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Nickelodeon 1992 Present
16 years 16th Denise Austin's Daily Workout Lifetime 1997 present
16 years 16th ¡Despierta América! Univision April 14, 1997 present
16 years 16th The People's Court (revival)[113] Syndicated September 1997 present 1,500+
16 years 16th Antiques Roadshow PBS 1997 present
16 years 16th Hardball with Chris Matthews[114] CNBC 1997 1999
MSNBC 1999 present
16 years 14 Forensic Files TruTV April 21, 1996 June 17, 2011 410+
15 years 15th Fox & Friends Fox News Channel February 1, 1998 present
15 years 15 Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures Syndicated September 1, 1993 May 24, 2008
15 years 15 Sportsworld NBC 1978 1992
15 years 15 For Your Home PBS 1996 2011
15 years 15 I've Got a Secret CBS June 19, 1952 April 3, 1967 350+
15 years 15 Concentration NBC August 25, 1958 March 23, 1973 3,770
15 years 15 The Jack Benny Program CBS October 29, 1950 September 15, 1964 343
NBC September 25, 1964 September 10, 1965
15 years 15 That Good Ole Nashville Music Syndicated 1970 1985
15 years 15 Scientific American Frontiers PBS October 1, 1990 October 19, 2005 97
15 years 15 Newton's Apple PBS 1983 1998
15 years 15 ER NBC September 19, 1994 April 2, 2009 331
15 years 16th Big Brother US CBS July 5, 2000 Present 500+ Although Big Brother has multiple versions known around the world, the US version is the longest running version. It began airing 1 year after the Netherlands version of Big Brother. The UK version of Big Brother would have been the longest running version had it not been cancelled for a year before moving to a new TV station a year later. The UK however, has more seasons of Big Brother than any other version known around world; however, the US version has aired one season per year since 2000 with 2 seasons airing in 2008.
15 years 16th Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC September 20, 1999 Present 343 Currently the longest running scripted non-animated U.S. Prime-time television series
15 years 9th SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon May 1, 1999 present 188 Longest-running Nickelodeon animated series as well as the only remaining Nick program on air and in production that debuted on nick before the year 2000
14 years 8th Dora the Explorer Nickelodeon August 14, 2000 present 180 Longest-running Nick Jr. series.
14 years 14 Watch Mr. Wizard (original series) NBC May 26, 1951 June 27, 1965 547
14 years 14 The Adventures of
Ozzie and Harriet
[115]
ABC October 10, 1952 September 3, 1966 435 The longest "live action" sitcom
14 years 14 The Jack LaLanne Show Syndicated 1956 1970
14 years 14 Bonanza[116] NBC September 12, 1959 January 16, 1973 430
14 years 14 Hollywood Squares NBC October 17, 1966 June 20, 1980 3,536
14 years 14 Knots Landing CBS December 27, 1979 May 13, 1993 344
14 years 14 Ryan's Hope ABC July 7, 1975 January 13, 1989 3,515
14 years 14 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show ABC September 13, 1986 September 2, 2000 387+
14 years 14 Marty Stouffer's Wild America PBS 1982 1996 120
14 years 14 An Evening at the Improv A&E February 3, 1982 January 1, 1996
14 years 14 Speed Week ESPN 1983 1997
14 years 14 Video Soul BET June 26, 1983 1997
14 years 14 MADtv FOX October 14, 1995 May 16, 2009 321 Longest running rival sketch show to Saturday Night Live; longest-running FOX sketch show (beating out In Living Color by nine years)
14 years 14 X-Play G4 July 4, 1998 January 23, 2013 1,000+
14 years 14th Real World/Road Rules Challenge MTV September 28, 1997 present
14 years 14th Cheaters Syndicated/ The CW November 26, 1999 present 264
14 years 14th Divorce Court (revival reality show) Syndicated/Fox Twentieth Television September 15, 1999 Present 2,076
14 years 14th Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ABC August 16, 1999 June 27, 2002 2,300+
Syndicated September 16, 2002 present
14 years 15th WWE SmackDown UPN April 29, 1999 September 15, 2006 690
The CW September 22, 2006 September 26, 2008
MyNetworkTV October 3, 2008 September 24, 2010
Syfy October 1, 2010 present
14 years 14th NASCAR on Fox FOX February 18, 2001 Present
14 years 14 NASCAR on TNT TNT July 22, 2001 July 13, 2014

12–13 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
13 years 14th CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS October 6, 2000 Present 306
13 Years 9th The Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon March 30, 2001
February 18, 2008
March 23, 2013
November 25, 2006
December 29, 2011
Present
132 Second longest-running Nickelodeon animated series.
13 years 9 Rugrats Nickelodeon August 11, 1991 June 8, 2004 172 Third longest-running Nickelodeon animated series.
13 years 13 Let's Make a Deal[117] NBC December 30, 1963 December 27, 1968
ABC December 30, 1968 July 9, 1976
13 years 13 Howdy Doody NBC December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960
13 years 13 Armstrong Circle Theatre NBC June 6, 1950 June 1957
CBS October 1957 August 28, 1963
13 years 13 The 20th Century[118] CBS October 20, 1957 January 4, 1970
13 years 13 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids CBS September 9, 1972 August 25, 1984
Syndicated 1984 1985
13 years 14 Dallas CBS April 2, 1978 May 3, 1991 357
13 years 13 PM Magazine[119] Syndicated September 1978 January 1, 1991
13 years 13 Later NBC August 22, 1988 February 1, 2001
13 years 13 Unsolved Mysteries (original series) NBC January 20, 1987[120] September 5, 1997 560+
CBS November 13, 1997 June 11, 1999
Lifetime July 2, 2001 September 20, 2002
13 years 13 Tim Russert CNBC 1994 2008
13 years 13 King of the Hill FOX January 12, 1997 September 13, 2009[121] 259
13 years 13 Hannity & Colmes Fox News Channel October 6, 1996 January 9, 2009
13 years 28th Survivor (US series) CBS May 31, 2000 Present 383 Features two seasons per year.
12 years 10th Aqua Teen Hunger Force (alternative titles) Adult Swim September 9, 2001 present 130 The episode "Boston" was never released.
12 years 12th America's Test Kitchen PBS 2001 Present
12 years 24th The Amazing Race (US series) CBS September 5, 2001 Present 270
12 years 10 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Cartoon Network
Adult Swim
April 15, 1994
May 30, 2006
April 12, 2004
May 31, 2008
110 First longest-running Cartoon Network series and second Adult Swim longest-running series.
12 years 12th American Idol FOX June 11, 2002 Present 475
12 years 12th Monday Night Baseball ESPN April 7, 2002 Present
12 years 12th Last Call with Carson Daly NBC January 8, 2002 Present 1,157+
12 years 12th 30 Minute Meals Food Network November 17, 2001 Present 445+
12 years 12th BET's Top 25 BET September 22, 2001 Present
12 years 12th Don Francisco Presenta Univision October 10, 2001 present
12 years 12 NASCAR on Speed Speed February 11, 2002 August 16, 2013
12 years 12 The Joker's Wild CBS September 3, 1962 June 13, 1975 3,026
Syndicated[122] September 1977 May 23, 1986
12 years 12 Star Search[123] Syndicated September 10, 1983 May 20, 1995
12 years 12 American Sports Cavalcade TNN 1983 1995
12 years 12 To Tell the Truth CBS December 18, 1956 September 6, 1968
12 years 12 The Joy of Painting PBS 1983 1995
12 years 12 Divorce Court (original series)[124] Syndicated 1957 1969
12 years 12 CBS Reports CBS October 27, 1959 September 7, 1971
12 years 12 The Lucy Show /Here's Lucy[125] CBS October 1, 1962 September 2, 1974 156
12 years 12 The People's Court (original series)[126] Syndicated September 1981 1993 2,484
12 years 12 My Three Sons ABC September 29, 1960 September 2, 1965
CBS September 16, 1965 August 24, 1972
12 years 12 NYPD Blue ABC September 21, 1993 March 1, 2005 261
12 years 12 Murder, She Wrote CBS September 30, 1984 May 19, 1996 264
12 years 12 Hawaii Five-O (original series) CBS September 26, 1968 April 26, 1980 284
12 years 12 Loving ABC June 27, 1983 November 10, 1995 3,169
12 years 12 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Syndicated January 1984 September 1996
12 years 12 CBS This Morning[127] CBS November 30, 1987 October 29, 1999 2,143+
12 years 12 House of Style MTV January 1, 1989 2000
12 years 12 The Jenny Jones Show Syndicated September 16, 1991 September 12, 2003 1,500
12 years 12 Room by Room HGTV December 31, 1994 2006[128]
12 years 12 NBA on NBC NBC 1990 2002

11 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
11 years 11th Around the Horn ESPN November 4, 2002 present 2,310+
11 years 11th Barefoot Contessa Food Network March 25, 2002 present 111+
11 years 11th Closing Bell CNBC February 4, 2002 present
11 years 11th The Daily Buzz Syndicated, The CW Plus September 16, 2002 present
11 years 11th Dr. Phil Syndicated September 16, 2002 present 1,671
11 years 11th Mythbusters Discovery Channel, TLC January 23, 2003 present 231
11 years 11th NBA Countdown ESPN December 25, 2002 present
11 years 11th NBA Shootaround ESPN October 25, 2002 present
11 years 11th NBA on ABC ABC December 25, 2002 present
11 years 11th NBA on ESPN ESPN and ESPN2 January 2003 present
11 11th On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren Fox News Channel February 2002 present
11 11th Recipe TV Featuring the World's Greatest Chefs Syndicated September 30, 2002 present
11 11th Studio B with Shepard Smith Fox News Channel August 2002 present
11 years 5th Scared! Staten Island Community Television September 12, 2002 present 19
11 years 11th Two and a Half Men CBS September 22, 2003 present 224
11 years 11th The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndicated September 8, 2003 present 1,666
11 years 11 The Chris Matthews Show Syndicated September 22, 2002 July 21, 2013
11 years 11 Kraft Television Theatre[129] NBC May 7, 1947 October 1, 1958 650
11 years 11 Homes Across America[130] HGTV December 1994 October 12, 2005
11 years 11 The Voice of Firestone NBC September 5, 1949 June 1954
ABC June 1954 June 1959
ABC September 1962 June 16, 1963
11 years 11 You Bet Your Life NBC October 5, 1950 June 29, 1961 429
11 years 11 The Andy Williams Show CBS 1957 1959
NBC 1962 1971
11 years 11 Beat the Clock (original series)[131] CBS March 23, 1950 September 12, 1958
ABC October 13, 1958 January 30, 1961
11 years 11 Jeopardy! (original NBC series)[132] NBC March 30, 1964 January 3, 1975 2,753
11 years 11 The General Electric College Bowl[133] CBS January 4, 1959 1963
NBC 1963 June 14, 1970
11 years 11 The Wilburn Brothers Show Syndicated 1987 1998 354
11 years 11 The Carol Burnett Show CBS September 11, 1967 March 29, 1978 278
11 years 11 M*A*S*H CBS September 17, 1972 February 28, 1983 251
11 years 11 The Howard Stern Show E! June 18, 1994 July 8, 2005
11 years 11 Geraldo Syndicated 1987 1998
11 years 11 Love Connection Syndicated September 12, 1983 July 1, 1994 2,425
11 years 11 The Danny Thomas Show ABC[134] September 29, 1953 July 1957
CBS[135] September 1957 September 14, 1964
11 years 11 Talk Soup E! December 26, 1991 May 17, 2002
11 years 11 Martha Stewart Living Syndicated 1993 2004
11 years 11 Ricki Lake Syndicated September 13, 1993 August 27, 2004
11 years 11 Good Eats Food Network July 7, 1999 2011 235
11 years 11 All That Nickelodeon September 6, 1994[136] October 22, 2005 184
11 years 11 7th Heaven[137] The WB August 26, 1996 September 18, 2006 243
The CW September 25, 2006 May 13, 2007[138]
11 years 11 Imus in the Morning[139] MSNBC September 2, 1996 April 11, 2007
11 years 11 Fox News Live Fox News Channel October 6, 1996 2008
11 years 11 The Jeffersons CBS January 18, 1975 July 23, 1985 255
11 years 11 Paula's Home Cooking Food Network 2002 2013 129+

10 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
10 years 12 Intimate Portrait Lifetime January 1995 October 2005
10 years 10 American Morning CNN September 12, 2001 December 30, 2011 1,000+
10 years 10 Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts[140] CBS December 6, 1948 July 21, 1958
10 years 10 Arthur Godfrey and His Friends CBS January 12, 1949 April 28, 1959
10 years 10 Total Request Live MTV September 14, 1998 November 16, 2008 2,247
10 Years 6 Ed, Edd n' Eddy Cartoon Network January 4, 1999 November 8, 2009 69 Second longest-running Cartoon Network series.
10 Years 7 Blue's Clues Nickelodeon September 8, 1996 August 6, 2006 143 Second longest-running Nick Jr. series.
10 years 10 Studio One[141] CBS November 7, 1948 September 29, 1958
10 years 10 Pantomime Quiz[142] CBS October 4, 1949 August 28, 1951
NBC January 2, 1952 March 26, 1952
CBS July 4, 1952 September 1952
CBS July 1953 August 28, 1953
DuMont October 20, 1953 April 13, 1954
CBS July 9, 1954 August 27, 1954
ABC January 1955 March 1955
CBS July 8, 1955 September 6, 1957
ABC April 1958 September 1958
ABC January 1959 September 1959
10 years 10 The Arthur Murray Party ABC July 20, 1950 September 1950 The first series to be shown on four US broadcasting networks
DuMont October 1950 March 1951
ABC April 1951 May 1952
CBS July 1952 August 1952
DuMont October 1952 April 1953
CBS June 1953 October 1953
NBC October 1953 September 1955
CBS April 1956 September 1956
NBC July 1957 September 6, 1960
10 years 10 Smilin' Ed's Gang[143] NBC August 26, 1950 May 19, 1951
CBS August 11, 1951 April 11, 1953
ABC August 22, 1953 April 23, 1955
CBS August 20, 1955 December 31, 1960
10 years 10 A Current Affair Syndicated July 28, 1986 1996
10 years 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (original series) Syndicated December 10, 1987 February 9, 1990 193
CBS September 10, 1990 November 2, 1996
10 years 11 Married... with Children Fox April 5, 1987 June 9, 1997 259
10 years 11 Happy Days ABC January 15, 1974 May 26, 1984 255
10 years 11 Cheers NBC September 30, 1982 May 20, 1993 273
10 years 9 One Tree Hill CW 2003 2012 187
10 years 11 Frasier NBC September 16, 1993 May 13, 2004 264
10 years 10 Getting Fit ESPN 1987 1997
10 years 6 American Chopper Discovery Channel, TLC September 29, 2002 December 17, 2012 233
10 years 7 Futurama Fox March 28, 1999 August 10, 2003 140
Comedy Central March 23, 2008 September 4, 2013
10 years 10 Friends NBC September 22, 1994 May 6, 2004 236
10 years 10 Beverly Hills, 90210 Fox October 4, 1990 May 17, 2000 293
10 years 10 NASCAR on TNN TNN 1991 2000
10 years 10th Grey's Anatomy ABC March 27, 2005 Present 220
10 years 10th NFL Total Access NFL Network 2003 present
9 years 12th Family Guy Fox January 31, 1999 August 1, 2000 231
July 11, 2001 November 9, 2003
May 1, 2005 present
9 years 12th NCIS CBS September 23, 2003 present 246

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only its time on television is counted here; it began on radio (as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press) in 1945
  2. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3403008/ns/meet_the_press-about_us/
  3. ^ CBS Television News 1948-1951, Douglas Edwards with the News 1951-1963
  4. ^ Only its time on television is counted here; it began on radio July 15, 1929.
  5. ^ Originally Hallmark Playhouse radio series, was Hallmark Television Playhouse (1951-1954)
  6. ^ ABC Evening News 1953-1965 and 1967-1978; Peter Jennings and the News 1965-1967; World News Tonight 1978-2006; World News with Charles Gibson 2006-2009
  7. ^ Includes the various permutations and rebrandings over the years, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  8. ^ http://www.itiswritten.com/about/facts/[dead link]
  9. ^ Originally The Guiding Light. Only its time on television is counted here; it began on radio January 25, 1937.
  10. ^ Name often altered to reflect primary sponsor. Name on current broadcasts: Denny's PBA Tour
  11. ^ In addition, NBC televised the fall tour, 1984-1991
  12. ^ 1998-2000 broadcast seasons were shared by CBS and ESPN
  13. ^ Disney anthology television series aired under a variety of titles, including Disneyland, Disney's Wonderful World of Color and The Magical World of Disney. The current title is The Wonderful World of Disney. See the main article for a complete broadcast history
  14. ^ Originally Washington Week in Review
  15. ^ Weekly broadcasts ended January 1, 1997; irregular airings afterward; officially ended with the absorption of ABC Sports into ESPN
  16. ^ This only applies to the time that a children's program has broadcast nationwide. Technically a few other children's programs may have run longer in years/seasons than Sesame Street. Its just that some of those programs' seasons/years don't count as said programs weren't broadcast nationwide for their entire run.
  17. ^ Originally The New Price Is Right; longest-running game show in American television history.
  18. ^ Was available to stations in both franchised and syndicated versions as Romper Room from 1953 to 1981; Was retitled Romper Room & Friends in 1981 and became a syndicated-only series as the local versions ended production
  19. ^ Jim Crockett's Victory Garden, 1975-79
  20. ^ Originally NBC's Saturday Night
  21. ^ Previously The Robert MacNeil Report (1975), The MacNeil/Lehrer Report (1975-1983), The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour 1975-1995, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer 1995-2009
  22. ^ Not currently on a regular schedule
  23. ^ Aired locally on WYAH-TV Portsmouth, Virginia, 1966-1977; evolved from locally broadcast telethons 1962-1966
  24. ^ Simulcast with cable network transmission
  25. ^ Scheduled
  26. ^ Broadcast locally only on WPBT, 1979-1981
  27. ^ Date of airing of last first-run episode. Since then, reruns have been syndicated as Best of Soul Train
  28. ^ Became Wall Street Week with Fortune after original host was fired in 2002
  29. ^ Broadcast only in North Carolina, 1979-1981
  30. ^ Evolved from The Iran Crisis - America Held Hostage (1979-80)
  31. ^ Weekend editions are simulcast on the BBC Parliament channel with the name America This Week
  32. ^ Pilot taped April 4, 1966
  33. ^ Continuation of Bandstand, which aired on WFIL 1952–1957
  34. ^ Originally titled "Noticiero SIN" when Univision was known as SIN (Spanish International Network).
  35. ^ Succeeded Issues and Answers; full title throughout its run is This Week With (host's name), beginning with David Brinkley, 1981-1996. Cokie Roberts and Sam Donaldson co-anchored from 1996-2002. George Stephanopoulos was host from 2002 to 2010. Christiane Amanpour took over as host in 2010.
  36. ^ Also Westbrook Hospital, 1975-1981
  37. ^ Also syndicated, 1982-present
  38. ^ Hosted by Alex Trebek
  39. ^ Also known as The Metropolitan Opera Presents
  40. ^ http://www.in.com/matthew-crouch/biography-191375.html
  41. ^ Reruns aired in syndication, 1984-1992
  42. ^ Began as Moneyline. Became Lou Dobbs Moneyline in 2001, Lou Dobbs Tonight in 2003
  43. ^ Late Night, as an entity, is in its 28th season. Over that period it has had four hosts, listed in the notes column.
  44. ^ as of press time
  45. ^ Host: Tom Chapin (1985-1988), Robert Urich (1988-1995), Robert Ballard (1988-1995), Boyd Matson (1995-2003), Michael Fay (2001), Lisa Ling (2003-)
  46. ^ Show renamed National Geographic Ultimate Explorer 2003-2005
  47. ^ Oldest continuously running radio program, airing on WSM radio, Nashville, Tennessee
  48. ^ As Grand Ole Opry Live!
  49. ^ Started in 2008, Mystery! was absorbed into Masterpiece (the former Masterpiece Theatre) and airs under the banner Masterpiece Mystery!
  50. ^ Originally The Dodge Dancing Party; reruns have been airing since 1982 on various PBS stations, often times re cut and spliced with new footage from surviving cast members to give the illusion of new episodes.
  51. ^ Originated on CBS
  52. ^ Reran CBS originals, 1984-1987
  53. ^ Rebroadcast A&E originals, 1999-2006
  54. ^ Originally The Phil Donahue Show
  55. ^ Continuation of series that aired 1962-1985 on Chile's Canal 13
  56. ^ Originally Open End; prior to syndication, aired on WNTA-TV 1958-1961
  57. ^ Other names: Live With Regis and Kathie Lee (1988-2000), Live With Regis (2000-2001), Live With Regis and Kelly, Live With Kelly
  58. ^ Date of first episode distributed nationally; was aired by WABC locally at The Morning Show, 1983-1988
  59. ^ Also known as Showtime in Harlem, Showtime, and Live in Hollywood
  60. ^ Also called 48 Hours Investigates
  61. ^ Longest-running game show in prime time network television
  62. ^ Full title ESPN Magazine's Sport Reporters
  63. ^ Program rebroadcast later the same day on ESPNews
  64. ^ Only its time as its own television show is counted here; it began on The Tracey Ullman Show as animated shorts. It is currently the longest-running prime time entertainment program with a consistent setting and recurring characters. While other prime-time shows have run longer, they are all news, sports, anthology or variety programs.
  65. ^ Morning 1979-1982
  66. ^ America's longest-running cooking show, running consecutive episodes and consecutive seasons. While some believe Julia Child's series to have run longer, Child and other appeared in series with different names, hosts. Ciao Italia has been on the air since 1989.
  67. ^ Renamed Hee Haw Silver for 1992-1993 season ("greatest hits"); reruns aired on The Nashville Network 1992-1997
  68. ^ Originated on NBC Radio 1940-1951.
  69. ^ Hosted by Ralph Edwards
  70. ^ Hosted by Jack Bailey
  71. ^ Hosted by Bob Barker; Steve Dunne also hosted a primetime version on NBC, 1958
  72. ^ Hosted by Bob Barker
  73. ^ Title through 1986. Subsequent titles: Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986–1989), Siskel & Ebert (1989–1999), Roger Ebert & the Movies (1999–2000), Ebert & Roeper and the Movies (2000–2001), Ebert & Roeper (2001-2007), At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper (2007-2008), At the Movies (2009-2010), Ebert presents At the Movies (2011-present)
  74. ^ Includes Sunday Night Baseball, Wednesday Night Baseball, etc.
  75. ^ ESPN2 started broadcasting major league baseball games in 2002 in addition to those offered by ESPN
  76. ^ Aired as Toast of the Town until 1955
  77. ^ Evolved from George Michael's Sports Final, 1980-1984 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111600669.html)
  78. ^ Local transmission only (WCET), 1972-1996
  79. ^ Originated on radio as Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour, 1934-1946
  80. ^ Originally GrandStand, then changed name to reflect year; was also NFL Live 1987-1997
  81. ^ Previously E! News Daily and E! News Live
  82. ^ Also known as Dateline (day of week it airs), Dateline With Stone Phillips
  83. ^ In 2010, in between the Power Rangers RPM season and the Power Rangers Samurai season of the show, Disney chose to create and broadcast a "newly re-versioned" season of episodes instead of an actual new season. Since this season is not actual new episodes in of themselves, but rather old episodes with new special effects thrown in them, this season is not usually counted by fans towards the total season count (making the current season the 21st despite being on for 22 years). However, it is mentioned here anyway because the current owner of the show (Saban Brands), from a production standpoint, does consider its existence as an official season in addition to the other seasons (even though it isn't included in the total season count).
  84. ^ While the show takes place in the same fictional universe, as a whole, for its entire run; it is often renamed on a yearly basis as the central location, theme, and characters change almost completely on a season by season basis. In essence, most seasons of the show can be thought of more as a series of individual shows that make up a larger television franchise, like Star Trek for example.
  85. ^ First broadcast episodes on August 28, 1993. Premiered new episodes from August 28, 1993 till August 10, 2002. Last broadcast episodes on September 7, 2002. In select markets was aired on another station other than FOX; such as independent stations, UPN or The WB (see Fox Kids broadcasting ambiguities).
  86. ^ Costumes and footage loosely adapted from Super Sentai.
  87. ^ First broadcast episodes on March 3, 2002. Premiered new episodes from February 14, 2004 till July 10, 2005. Last broadcast episodes on August 31, 2006.
  88. ^ First broadcast episodes on February 14, 2004. Premiered new episodes from July 16, 2005 till November 3, 2008. Last broadcast episodes on February 12, 2009.
  89. ^ First broadcast episodes on September 14, 2002. Premiered new episodes from September 14, 2002 till November 15, 2003; then again from March 7, 2009 till December 26, 2009. Premiered broadcasts of old episodes "newly re-versioned" from January 2, 2010 till August 28, 2010. Last broadcast episodes on August 28, 2010.
  90. ^ First broadcast episodes on August 25, 2012. Never premiered a new episode and never reran new episodes as encore airings shortly after they premiered. All airings were reruns from an older season. Last broadcast episodes on January 12, 2013.
  91. ^ First broadcast episodes on February 7, 2011. Premiered new episodes from February 7, 2011 till the present. Has yet to make its last broadcast.
  92. ^ First broadcast episodes on February 11, 2011. As of the present has never premiered a new episode, but does rerun them as encore airings shortly after they premiere. Also airs reruns from previous seasons. Has yet to make its last broadcast.
  93. ^ According to MTV, 19th season began August 8, 2007
  94. ^ Originally ABC Press Conference; succeeded in time slot by This Week
  95. ^ Originally Opening Soon at a Theater Near You (1975-1977); Sneak Previes Goes Video 1989-1991
  96. ^ Original version hosted by Mel Allen (1977-1996), Warner Fusselle (1996), and Ozzie Smith (1997-1998)
  97. ^ It was at one time, prior to The Simpsons succeeding them, known as the longest-running prime time entertainment program with a consistent setting and recurring characters. While other prime-time shows have run longer, they are all news, sports, anthology or variety programs.
  98. ^ Other names: Evans, Novak, Hunt, and Shields (1998-2001), Novak, Hunt, and Shields (2001-2002)
  99. ^ Presently, each episode first airs on ESPN2 on Fridays, then is repeated on ESPN two days later
  100. ^ Evolved from Jammin' (1991-1994)
  101. ^ Originally Extra:The Entertainment Magazine
  102. ^ Originally Entertainers
  103. ^ Host: Tom Snyder 1995-1999, Craig Kilborn 1999-2004, Craig Ferguson 2004-
  104. ^ Reruns only (no first-run episodes) in 1994, 1996, and 2001
  105. ^ Name changed to Friday Night 1994-2000, Late Friday 2001-2002. In both cases, the name change accompanied a change in program format
  106. ^ Moved to NBC in 2006, at which time Monday Night Football moves from ABC to ESPN
  107. ^ Sunday Night Football shared with TNT, with TNT getting the first half of the season, ESPN the second half, 1990-1997
  108. ^ Also on CBS Radio, 1945-1967
  109. ^ Season 14 in progress; the start of Season 15 has been announced for January 2008
  110. ^ Originally The O'Reilly Report
  111. ^ First-run broadcast on Fox; repeated in the afternoon of the same day on Fox News Channel
  112. ^ New episodes sporadic after 2001
  113. ^ Judges: Ed Koch (1997-1999), Jerry Sheindlin (1999-2001), Marilyn Milian (2001-present)
  114. ^ Originally Politics with Chris Matthews
  115. ^ Longest-running live-action sitcom.
  116. ^ First US network series to film all its episodes in color
  117. ^ original network series - syndicated version ran 1971-1977; short-lived "revivals" followed
  118. ^ The 21st Century 1967-1970
  119. ^ Aired locally on KPIX San Francisco as Evening: The MTWTF Show, 1976-1978
  120. ^ Includes series of specials, Jan. 1987 to May 1988
  121. ^ Show was kept in production for four episodes beyond what FOX had ordered for the final season. Several months after the last broadcast on FOX, these four leftover episodes premiered in syndication from May 3rd through May 7th, 2010.
  122. ^ Syndicated revival prompted by success of syndicated repeats of CBS episodes in 1976
  123. ^ Ed McMahon's Star Search, 1992-1995
  124. ^ With Judge Voltaire Perkins
  125. ^ Originally The Lucille Ball Show; was also Here's Lucy 1968-1974
  126. ^ With Judge Joseph Wapner
  127. ^ This Morning 1996-1999
  128. ^ HGTV continues to present reruns after non-renewal of series
  129. ^ Also known as Kraft Mystery Theatre (1958); another series of the same name ran concurrently on ABC, 1953-1955
  130. ^ Had 13 week seasons, according to HGTV
  131. ^ Emcee: Bud Collyer
  132. ^ Hosted by Art Fleming
  133. ^ Also known as G.E. College Bowl; on NBC radio, 1953-1955; pilot shot 1955
  134. ^ As Make Room for Daddy; NBC used the same name when airing reruns of this series, 1960-1965
  135. ^ As The Danny Thomas Show
  136. ^ "Special preview" airing, April 16, 1994
  137. ^ Longest-running family drama on television, per Reuters article about 7th Heaven finale
  138. ^ Scheduled date of last episode
  139. ^ Simulcast of live program at WFAN New York
  140. ^ On CBS radio 1946-1956
  141. ^ Originated on CBS Radio, 1947
  142. ^ Originally aired locally in Los Angeles, 1947-1950
  143. ^ Began on radio as Ed McConnell and the Buster Brown Gang, 1929-1950; became Andy's Gang in 1954 when Andy Devine became host after McConnell's death

References[edit]

  • Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present ISBN 0-345-45542-8
  • TV Guide Guide to TV (2006) ISBN 0-7607-7572-9
  • The show's listing on www.tv.com and www.epguides.com
  • The show's homepage (if available) and the Internet site of the network that offered the show.