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/Network Episodes
Children’s show (preschool) Play School Australia Australia 1966–present Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 4,500+
Agriculture Information Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand 1966–present [1] TVNZ 1 1,100+
Animated Sandmännchen Germany Germany 1959-present Deutscher Fernsehfunk 22,200
Anime for kids Sazae-san Japan Japan 1969–present Fuji Television 2,500+[2]
Annual live international beauty pageant Miss Universe United States United States 1955–present CBS, NBC, FOX 64
Annual live national beauty pageant Miss America United States United States 1955–present ABC, CBS, NBC 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 48
Children's show Blue Peter United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–present BBC One, CBBC 5,000 (as of 1 February 2018)
Comedy KVN Russia Russia 1961–present Channel One Russia, KVN TV
Cooking show Today's Cooking Japan Japan 1957–present NHK
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom 1953–present BBC One Teleclub
Fantasy Wansapanataym Philippines Philippines 1997-2005; 2010–2019 ABS-CBN 734
Documentary Teleenciclopedia Romania Romania 1965–present TVR1 2500+
Film review Film United Kingdom United Kingdom 1971–2018 BBC One
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 1958–present
Medical drama General Hospital United States United States 1963–present ABC 14,000 (as of 23 February 2018)
Medicine talk show Trupi dhe Shëndeti Albania Albania 1962–present RTSH 1000+
Magazine show Ittyadi  Bangladesh 1994–present Bangladesh Television 300+ (as of 2016)
Music chart show Top of the Pops United Kingdom United Kingdom 1964–2006; Christmas shows only 2006–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 CBS Evening News United States United States 1948–present CBS 16,400+
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 1,136 (as of 6 September 2020)[4]
Quiz show It's Academic United States United States 1961–present[5]
Reality show America's Funniest Home Videos United States United States 1989–present American Broadcasting Company 681 (as of May 19, 2019)
Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949–present
Satire Extra 3 Germany Germany 1976–present Das Erste
Science fiction series Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom 1963–1989, 2005–present[6] BBC One 861 (as of 1 March 2020)
Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom 1957–present BBC One, BBC Four 804 (as of September 2020)
Sing-along show Allsång på Skansen Sweden Sweden 1979–present Sveriges Television 223+
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom 1973–2010 BBC One 295
Sketch comedy show Sábados Felices Colombia Colombia 1972–present
Soap opera Coronation Street United Kingdom United Kingdom 1960–present ITV 10000+
Song contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1955–present RAI (radio broadcast since 1951, tv broadcast since 1955)
Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada 1952–present CBC, City/Sportsnet, CTV Unknown; Began as radio broadcast in 1931
Sports magazine show La Domenica Sportiva Italy Italy 1953–present RAI 3318 (as of 10 May 2020)
Sports variety Grandstand United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–2007 BBC One, BBC Two 3500 (estimated)
Sports outside broadcast 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 The Tonight Show United States United States 1954–present 12,649
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+
Variety Show Eat Bulaga Philippines Philippines 1979–present GMA 12,742 (as of November 2020)
Western Gunsmoke United States United States 1955–1975 635

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  3. ^ "The Lord Mayor's Show dates". BBC Genome. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "Die Fälle - Tatort - ARD | Das Erste".
  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.