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 Channel No. of episodes
Animated Sazae-san Japan Japan 1969–present Fuji Television 7400+[1]
Annual live international Beauty pageant Miss Universe United States United States 1952–present CBS, NBC, FOX 66
Annual live national Beauty pageant Miss America United States United States 1955–present ABC, CBS 63
Automotive Top Gear United Kingdom United Kingdom 1977–2001, 2002–present BBC Two 515; 161+9 specials
Charity show The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon United States United States 1966–2014 Various/Love Network 48
Documentary Teleenciclopedia Romania Romania 1965–present TVR1 2500+
Children's show Blue Peter United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–present BBC One, CBBC 5,000 (as of 1 February 2018)
Comedy Yoshimoto Shinkigeki Japan Japan 1962–present MBS
Cooking show Today's Cooking Japan Japan 1957–present NHK
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom 1953–present BBC One
Educational show Teleclub Costa Rica Costa Rica 1963–present[2]
Fantasy Wansapanataym Philippines Philippines 1997-2005; 2010–present ABS-CBN 734
Finance show The Money Programme United Kingdom United Kingdom 1966–2010 BBC Two
Game Show Des chiffres et des lettres France France 1965–Present France 3 20,000 (as of October 2012)
Historical drama Zenigata Heiji Japan Japan 1952–present
History series Timewatch United Kingdom United Kingdom 1963–present BBC Two
Home renovation/architecture This Old House United States United States 1979–present WGBH 900+
Medical drama Casualty United Kingdom United Kingdom 1986–present BBC One 1,083 (as of 5 May 2018)
Magazine show Ittyadi  Bangladesh 1994–present Bangladesh Television 300+ (as of 2016)
Chart music show Top of the Pops United Kingdom United Kingdom 1964–2006; Christmas shows only 2007–present BBC One, BBC Two 2,219
Music talent show NHK Nodo Jiman Japan Japan 1953–present NHK 2,900 (as of 2012)
Music video show Rage Australia Australia 1987–present ABC1, ABC2/Fly TV, ABC Me
News show Meet the Press United States United States 1947–present NBC 4,946+
Newscast Tagesschau Germany Germany 1952–present Das Erste 20,000 (as of 2009)
Outside broadcast Lord Mayor's Show United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937–1938, 1946–present (not broadcast during WW2 1939–1945)[3] BBC Television Service, BBC One
Police procedural Tatort Germany Germany 1970–present Das Erste 1,060 (as of 27 May 2018)[4]
Quiz show It's Academic United States United States 1961–present[5]
Reality show 71 grader nord Norway Norway 1999–present TVNorge
Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949–present
Rural documentary Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand 1966–present TVNZ 1 1,100+
Science fiction series Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom 1963 - 1989, 1996 & 2005 - present[6] BBC One 850 (as of 10 December 2018)
Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom 1957–present BBC One, BBC Four 705+
Sing-along show Allsång på Skansen Sweden Sweden 1979–present Sveriges Television
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom 1973–2010 BBC One 295
Soap opera Coronation Street United Kingdom United Kingdom 1960–present ITV 9000+
Song contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1951–present
Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada 1952–present CBC, City/Sportsnet, CTV Unknown; Began as radio broadcast in 1931
Sports magazine show Trans World Sport United Kingdom United Kingdom 1987–present 1500 (as of 27 January 2016)
Sports variety Grandstand United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–2007 BBC One, BBC Two 3500 (estimated)
Sports relay The Championships, Wimbledon[7] United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937[8], 1939, 1946–present BBC Television Service, BBC One/Two
Tabloid newscast TV Patrol Philippines Philippines 1987–present ABS-CBN
Talk show Almorzando con Mirtha Legrand Argentina Argentina 1968–present Canal 13 (Argentina) 50 years, same presenter (Mirtha Legrand) - oldest prime-time TV presenter in the world (91 y/o)[9]
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 1980–1985 GMA Network 1,317
Travel show Holiday United Kingdom United Kingdom 1969–2007 BBC One 622
TV feedback show Points of View United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961–present BBC One, BBC Two Unknown
Variety show Sábado Gigante Chile Chile
United States United States
1962–1986; Univision: 1986–2015 Canal 13 2,800+
Western Gunsmoke United States United States 1955–1975 635
War drama Un village français France France 2009–2016 152
Medicine Talk Show Trupi dhe Shëndeti Albania Albania 1962–present RTSH 1000+
Sketch Show Sábados Felices Colombia Colombia 1972–present

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  2. ^ "Teleclub". YouTube. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  3. ^ "The Lord Mayor's Show dates". BBC Genome. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "2017 - Alle TATORTe, alle Folgen, alle Kommissare". Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  5. ^ "Mac McGarry, 'It's Academic' host, dies at 87". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 October 2014. | | |
  6. ^ "BBC One - Doctor Who - Episode guide". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon". Genome Project. 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Wimbledon and the BBC 1927 to 2017". History of the BBC. 22 November 2018.
  9. ^