List of longest-running television 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 NBC: 1953–1960, 1971–1975, ABC: 1961–1970, 1976–present 89 ceremonies
Animated Sazae-san Japan Japan Fuji Television: 1969–present 7400+[1]
Anthology drama series Maalaala Mo Kaya Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1991–present
Automotive Top Gear United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1977–2001, 2002–present 515; 161+9 specials
Charity show The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon United States United States Various/Love Network: 1966-2014 48
Didatic Mosaico na TV Brazil Brazil Vivo TV: 1961–present
Children's show Blue Peter United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC: 1958–2012, CBBC: 2012–present 4,937 (as of 16 November 2016)
Comedy Yoshimoto Shinkigeki Japan Japan MBS: 1962–present
Comedy Reality Candid Camera United States United States ABC: 1948–1949, NBC: 1949–1951, 1954–1959, CBS: 1959–1967, ABC: 1974, NBC: 1983, CBS: 1987–1988, 1996–2001, PAX: 2001–2004, TV Land: 2014–present 1,000+
Comedy Sketch Gag show Bubble Gang Philippines Philippines GMA-7: 1995–present
Cooking show Today's Cooking Japan Japan NHK: 1957–present
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1953–present
Educational Show Teleclub Costa Rica Costa Rica 1963–present[2]
Entertainment show Julehilsen til Grønland Denmark Denmark 1932–present
Espionage thriller Spooks United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One, BBC Three: 2002–2011 86
Fantasy Wansapanataym Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1997-2005; 2010–present 600+
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 NBC: 1956–1963, ABC: 1963–1965, CBS: 1972–present 8,000 as of April 7, 2014
Historical drama Zenigata Heiji Japan Japan 1952–present
History series Timewatch United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1963–present
Home Renovation/Architecture Grand Designs United Kingdom United Kingdom Channel 4: 1999–present
Medical drama Casualty United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1986–present 1,004 (as of 30 July 2016)
Magazine show Ittyadi  Bangladesh Bangladesh Television 1994-present 300+ (as of 2016)
Chart Music show Top of the Pops United Kingdom United Kingdom 1964-2006; Christmas shows only 2007–present 2,219
Music talent show NHK Nodo Jiman Japan Japan NHK: 1953–present ~2,900 as of 2012
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-variety show Eat Bulaga Philippines Philippines RPN-9: 1979-1989; ABS-CBN: 1989-1995, GMA-7: 1995-present 11,216
Police procedural Tatort Germany Germany Das Erste: 1970–present 867 as of 11 March 2013[3]
Quiz Show It's Academic United States United States 1961–present[4]
Reality show Dom-2 Russia Russia TNT (Russian TV channel): 2004–present 4679+
Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949–present
Rural documentary Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand TVNZ 1: 1966–present
Science fiction series Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present[5] 827 as of 25 December 2016
Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1957–present 705+
Sing-along show Allsång på Skansen Sweden Sweden 1979–present
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1973–2010 295
Soap opera Guiding Light United States United States 1952–2009 14,409+ (est. based on no. of weekdays, excluding public holidays)
Song Contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1951–present
Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada CBC: 1952–present
Sports magazine show Trans World Sport United Kingdom United Kingdom 1987–present 1500 as of 26 January 2016
Sports variety Grandstand United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–2007
Tabloid newscast TV Patrol Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1987–present
Talk/chat show The Tonight Show United States United States 1954–present ~11,462 as of 6 November 2015
Teen drama Grange Hill United Kingdom United Kingdom 1978–2008 605
Telenovela Anna Liza Philippines Philippines GMA Network: 1980–1985 1,317
Travel show Holiday United Kingdom United Kingdom 1969–2007
TV feedback show Points of View United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961–present Unknown
Variety show Sabado Gigante Chile Chile
United States United States
Canal 13: 1962–1986; Univision: 1986–2015 2,800+
Western Gunsmoke United States United States 1955–1975 635
War drama Un village français France France 2009–2016 152

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  2. ^ "Teleclub". YouTube. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  3. ^ "2013 - Alle TATORTe, alle Folgen, alle Kommissare". Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ "Mac McGarry, 'It's Academic' host, dies at 87". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC One - Doctor Who - Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-02.