List of longest-running U.S. syndicated television series

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This is a list of the longest running U.S. syndicated television series, ordered by number of broadcast seasons.

To qualify for this list, the programming must originate in North America, shown nationally in the United States, and be first-run (as opposed to a repackaging of previously aired material or material released in other media). For the purposes of this list, series that were available only on a local or regional basis will be excluded. For series that were also presented on U.S. broadcast networks or cable networks, only the amount aired nationally original syndicated programming is represented here.

Several long-lasting series were both in first-run syndication and on U.S. network television. For those that were in syndication for fewer than ten seasons, see List of longest-running United States television series.

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List[edit]

Series shaded in light blue are currently in production.

25 seasons and up[edit]

Number of
seasons
Series First broadcast Last broadcast Number of
episodes
45 Sesame Street November 10, 1969 present 4,378
41 The 700 Club[1] 1972[2] present
40 Saturday Night Live 1975 present
36 America's Black Forum 1977 present
35 Soul Train October 2, 1971 March 25, 2006[3] 1,117
32 Entertainment Tonight September 14, 1981 present
31 MotorWeek[4] 1982 present
31 The McLaughlin Group 1982 present
30 Wheel of Fortune September 19, 1983 present 5,850+
29 Jeopardy! (revival series)[5] September 10, 1984 present 6,600+
29 NFL Films Presents[6] 1968 1997
29 At the Movies[7] 1981 2012
27 Donahue[8] 1969 1996
26 The Simpsons[9] December 17, 1989 present 574
26 The David Susskind Show[10] 1961 1987
26 Faith for Today[11] 1955 1981
25 Live! with Kelly and Michael[12] September 5, 1988[13] present
25 Inside Edition October 9, 1988 present 4,216
25 Insight October 2, 1960 January 21, 1985
25 The Oprah Winfrey Show September 8, 1986 May 25, 2011

15–24 seasons[edit]

Number of
seasons
Series First broadcast Last broadcast Number of
episodes
23 Death Valley Days March 1, 1952 August 1, 1975 558
22 The Jerry Springer Show September 30, 1991 present 5,084
22 The Maury Povich Show September 9, 1991 present 2,500+
21 Showtime at the Apollo[14] September 12, 1987 May 24, 2008 1,093
21 Hee Haw[15] 1971 1992
21 This Week in Baseball[16] 1977 1998
21 The Porter Wagoner Show 1960 1981
20 Gunsmoke September 10, 1955 March 31, 1975 635
20 Law & Order September 13, 1990 May 24, 2010 456
19 South Park August 13, 1997 present 257
19 Extra[17] September 5, 1994 present
19 Entertainers with Byron Allen[18] September 1994 present
18 The Merv Griffin Show[19] 1965 1969
April 1972 September 1986
17 Access Hollywood September 9, 1996 present
17 Judge Judy September 16, 1996 present
17 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom[20] 1971 1988
17 The Montel Williams Show June 24, 1991 May 16, 2008 4,325
17 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit September 20, 1999 present 366
16 The People's Court (revival series)[21] September 1997 present 1,500+
16 Fight Back! with David Horowitz 1976 1992
16 The George Michael Sports Machine[22] September 15, 1991 March 25, 2007
16 Kickin' It with Byron Allen[23] 1994 present
15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation October 6, 2000 February 15, 2015 335
15 That Good Ole Nashville Music 1970 1985
15 Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures September 1, 1993 May 24, 2008

10–14 seasons[edit]

Number of
seasons
Series First broadcast Last broadcast Number of
episodes
14 Jack LaLanne Show 1956 1970
14 Family Feud (second revival series) September 20, 1999 present 2,390
14 Divorce Court (revival series) September 5, 1999 present 2,076+
14 Family Guy January 31, 1999 present 249
13 PM Magazine[24] September 1978 January 1, 1991
13 Cheaters September 2000 present 264
13 NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service September 23, 2003 present 282
12 Two and a Half Men September 22, 2003 February 19, 2015 262
12 Star Search[25] September 10, 1983 May 20, 1995
12 Divorce Court (original series)[26] 1957 1969
12 The People's Court (original series)[27] September 1981 1993 2,484
12 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous January 1984 September 1996
12 The Jenny Jones Show September 16, 1991 September 12, 2003
12 American Dad! February 6, 2005 present 190
12 Grey's Anatomy March 27, 2005 present 244
11 Frasier September 16, 1993 May 13, 2004 264
11 Cheers September 30, 1982 May 20, 1993 275
11 The Wilburn Brothers Show 1963 1974 354
11 The Lawrence Welk Show[28] 1971 February 1982
11 Love Connection September 12, 1983 July 1, 1994
11 Geraldo 1987 1998
11 Martha Stewart Living 1993 2004
11 Paula's Home Cooking 2002 2013 123
11 Ricki Lake September 13, 1993 August 27, 2004
11 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire September 16, 2002 present 1,950
11 Dr. Phil September 16, 2002 present 1,671
11 The Ellen DeGeneres Show September 8, 2003 present 1,666
11 Supernatural September 13, 2005 present 218
11 Criminal Minds September 22, 2005 present 233
11 Bones September 13, 2005 present 212
10 A Current Affair July 28, 1986 1996
10 Hard Copy September 18, 1989 April 26, 1999
10 Baywatch[29] October 1991 May 24, 2001
10 Stargate SG-1[30] July 27, 1997 March 13, 2007
10 Smallville[31] October 16, 2001 May 13, 2011 216
10 Beverly Hills, 90210 October 4, 1990 May 17, 2000
10 Friends September 22, 1994 May 6, 2004 236

See also[edit]

Progammed Serials
Televised Serials

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aired locally on WYAH-TV Portsmouth, Virginia, 1966–1977, syndicated 1972-present; evolved from locally broadcast telethons 1962–1966
  2. ^ Also simultaneously on CBN/Family/Fox Family/ABC Family nationally since 1977
  3. ^ Date of airing last first-run episode. Repeats continue to be syndicated as Best of Soul Train
  4. ^ Also on PBS, 1982-present
  5. ^ Hosted by Alex Trebek
  6. ^ Presented on ESPN since 1997 and on NFL Network since 2003
  7. ^ Title since 2007. Previously titled: At the Movies (1981–1986), Siskel & Ebert & the Movies (1986–1989), Siskel & Ebert (1989–1999), Roger Ebert & the Movies (1999–2000), Ebert & Roeper and the Movies (2000–2001), and Ebert & Roeper (2001–2007)
  8. ^ Originally The Phil Donahue Show
  9. ^ Fox TV
  10. ^ Originally Open End; prior to syndication, aired on WNTA-TV 1958–1961
  11. ^ On ABC 1950–1955; also Westbrook Hospital, 1975–1981
  12. ^ Other names: Live With Regis and Kathie Lee (1988–2000), Live With Regis (2000–2001), Live! With Regis and Kelly (2001–2011)
  13. ^ Date of first episode distributed nationally; was aired by WABC locally at The Morning Show, 1983–1988
  14. ^ Also known as Showtime in Harlem, Showtime, Live in Hollywood
  15. ^ On CBS 1969–1971; renamed Hee Haw Silver for 1992–1993 season ("greatest hits"); reruns aired on The Nashville Network 1992–1997
  16. ^ Original version hosted by Mel Allen (1977–1996), Warner Fusselle (1996), and Ozzie Smith (1997–1998)
  17. ^ Originally Extra:The Entertainment Magazine
  18. ^ Originally Entertainers
  19. ^ On NBC 1962–1963; on CBS 1969–1972
  20. ^ Originally on NBC, 1963–1971; revival on Animal Planet, 2002–present
  21. ^ Judges: Ed Koch (1997–1999), Jerry Sheindlin (1999–2001), Marilyn Milian (2001-present)
  22. ^ Originally on NBC, 1984–1991; evolved from George Michael's Sports Final, 1980–1984 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111600669.html)
  23. ^ Evolved from Jammin, 1991–1994
  24. ^ Aired locally on KPIX San Francisco as Evening: The MTWTF Show, 1976–1978
  25. ^ Ed McMahon's Star Search, 1992–1995
  26. ^ With Judge Voltaire Perkins
  27. ^ With Judge Joseph Wapner
  28. ^ Originally The Dodge Dancing Party; aired on ABC 1955–1971; reruns have been airing since 1982 on various PBS stations
  29. ^ Originally on NBC, 1989–1990
  30. ^ Stargate SG-1
  31. ^ Channel 4 [UK]/ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/?licb=0.6694587715901434