List of longest-running United States television series

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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 United States via national broadcast networks, U.S. cable networks, or syndication. Series continuations (with name changes and/or changes in network) are noted. Series broadcast within the U.S. but produced in other countries, such as Coronation Street (50+ years) and Doctor Who are not included (see: List of longest-running UK television series).

Series shaded in light blue with bold are currently in production.

Over 60 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
71 years 70 Meet the Press[note 1]
(NBC News)
NBC November 6, 1947[1] present 3,600+ [weekly] [2] Longest-running show.
71 years 72 CBS Evening News[note 2]
(CBS News)
CBS May 3, 1948 present 16,400+ Longest-running network newscast.
69 years 69 Music & the Spoken Word[note 3] Syndicated October 1949 present 4,670(as of March 17, 2019)[3] Longest-running non-news television program.
67 years 68 Hallmark Hall of Fame[note 4] NBC December 24, 1951* December 17, 1978 258 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 24, 2011
ABC November 27, 2011 April 20, 2014
Hallmark Channel November 30, 2014[4] present
67 years 67 Today
(NBC News)
NBC January 14, 1952 present 17,624 (as of January 2, 2018)[needs update] Longest-running morning show.
65 years 65 ABC World News Tonight [note 5] ABC September 1953 present 15,722+
64 years 64 The Tonight Show[note 6] NBC September 27, 1954 January 25, 1957 2000 episodes before the Carson era. [note 7] Hosted by Steve Allen. Tonight Starring Steve Allen.
July 29, 1957 March 30, 1962 Hosted by Jack Paar. Tonight Starring Jack Paar.
October 1, 1962 May 22, 1992 4,531 Hosted by Johnny Carson. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
May 25, 1992 May 29, 2009 3,775 First time Hosted by Jay Leno. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
June 1, 2009 January 22, 2010 145 (1 unaired) Hosted by Conan O'Brien. The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.
March 1, 2010 February 6, 2014 835 [5] Second time Hosted by Jay Leno. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
February 17, 2014 Present 1,071 (as of May 17, 2019) [note 8] Hosted by Jimmy Fallon. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
64 years 64 Face the Nation
(CBS News)
CBS November 7, 1954 present
63 years 63[6] It Is Written Syndicated March 1, 1956[6] present Longest-running religious television program to broadcast in color.
63 years 63 The Open Mind Syndicated[7] May 1956[8] present Longest-running public television program.
62 years 58 NFL on CBS CBS September 30, 1956 January 23, 1994 5,000+[9] CBS originally broadcast NFL games from 1956 to its merger with the AFL in 1970. It continued to broadcast NFC regular and playoff games until 1994 when CBS lost the rights to broadcast these games to Fox. The network returned its football broadcasts by 1998 after CBS acquired the rights to broadcast AFC regular and playoff games from NBC.
September 6, 1998 present
61 years 61 NFL on NBC[note 9] NBC October 22, 1939 January 25, 1998 5,000+ GrandStand was the original name of the program. NBC Originally carried many NFL Games including the Pro Bowl. It later carried AFL/AFC games until 1997 when NBC lost its AFC contract to CBS. NBC later resumed its NFL Coverage with NBC Sunday Night Football. It currently airs a Sunday Night game every week and the NFL's Kick-off games, along with the Super Bowl.
August 6, 2006 present

50–59 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
59 years 58 CBS Sports Spectacular CBS January 3, 1960 Present
58 years 36 NASCAR on ABC ABC February 26, 1961 August 5, 2000
ESPN March 10, 2007 October 11, 2014
57 years 57 Guiding Light[note 10]
(CBS Daytime)
CBS June 30, 1952 September 18, 2009 15,762 Longest-running dramatic series (soap opera) 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, giving the production a total runtime of 72 total years.
57 years 57 It's Academic WRC-TV
WJZ-TV
WVIR-TV
October 7, 1961 present Longest-running game show of any type. Longest-running high school quiz show (broadcast in the Baltimore, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. areas only).
57 years 57 Professional Bowlers Tour[note 11] ABC[10] January 27, 1962 June 21, 1997 ESPN airs some of the tours on ABC.
CBS 1998[note 12] 1999
Fox Sports 1999 2000
ESPN 2000 present
57 years 52 The NFL Today[11] CBS September 17, 1961 January 23, 1994 Is the pre-game show counterpart to the NFL on CBS. Originally was 15 minutes long.
September 6, 1998 Present
55 years 53[note 13] CBS Morning News CBS September 2, 1963 1979 This version of the program was replaced by CBS This Morning, and later by The Early Show. The program was on hiatus for two years, then retooled and reintroduced in 1982.
October 4, 1982 present
56 years 56 General Hospital (ABC Daytime) ABC April 1, 1963 present 14,000 (as of February 23, 2018)[12] Longest-running dramatic series (soap opera) still in production.[12]
54 years 54 As the World Turns (CBS Daytime) CBS April 2, 1956 September 17, 2010 13,858
55 years 47 Jeopardy! NBC March 30, 1964 January 3, 1975 2,753 Originally presented by Art Fleming.
Syndicated September 1974 September 1975 39
NBC October 2, 1978 March 2, 1979 108
Syndicated September 10, 1984 present 7,000+ [13] Currently presented by Alex Trebek.
54 years 53 The Wonderful World of Disney[14] ABC October 27, 1954 June 11, 1961 1,224 Anthology television series featuring wide variety of topics ranging from Disney animation to live-action and documentaries. Walt Disney was the original host from show's inception until his death in 1966. From 1991 to 1997 and since 2008, the series only airs sporadically as a special presentation a few times a year.
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 53 Sábado Gigante Univision August 8, 1962 September 19, 2015 2,800+ Longest-running imported TV show.
53 years 53 Days of Our Lives (NBC Daytime) NBC November 8, 1965 present 13,598 (as of May 17, 2019)[15]
53 years 53 The 700 Club[note 14] Syndicated[16] 1966 present
CBN & Freeform 1977 present
52 years 50 Washington Week[note 15] NET, PBS February 23, 1967 present over 2,000 Longest continuous running Public Television show on PBS, having started on its predecessor NET and carrying over to PBS, along with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Sesame Street and others in 1970.
51 years 51 NFL Films Presents Syndicated September 17, 1967[17][18] January 26, 1997
ESPN August 31, 1997 present
NFL Network November 4, 2003 present
50 years 51 60 Minutes
(CBS News)
CBS September 24, 1968 present 2,325 (as of December 3, 2017)[19]
48 years 48 Day of Discovery Syndicated May 5, 1968 February 6, 2016

40–49 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
49 years 27 Scooby-Doo CBS September 13, 1969 October 27, 1973 376 Longest-running Hanna-Barbera television franchise.
ABC September 11, 1976 August 17, 1991
The WB September 14, 2002 April 16, 2005
The CW September 23, 2006 March 15, 2008
Cartoon Network April 5, 2010 March 12, 2016
Boomerang June 20, 2017 present
46 years 45 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon[note 16] Syndicated/ABC September 4, 1966[20] August 31, 2014 45 Annual broadcast; was broadcast as a two-hour special on ABC in 2013 and 2014.
49 years 49 Sesame Street NET November 10, 1969 October 4, 1970 4,481[note 17] Longest-running children's show.[note 18] While Sesame Street remains on the PBS schedule, new episodes now premiere on HBO and become available to PBS nine months later.
PBS October 5, 1970 present
HBO January 16, 2016 present
49 years 49 Hour of Power Syndicated February 1970 present 2550 [21]
48 years 49 (NFL seasons) Monday Night Football ABC September 21, 1970 December 26, 2005 718 (games) Per NFL Policy, all games that are broadcast via cable or satellite television on a Pay TV Network must also be made available on over-the-air television stations in each participating team's local market.
ESPN September 11, 2006 present
48 years 45 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.
48 years 46 Masterpiece Theatre[note 19] PBS January 10, 1971 present
46 years 47 The Price Is Right (CBS Daytime)[22] CBS September 4, 1972 present 8,000+ Longest-running game show to be broadcast nationally.
45 years 37 Wide World of Sports
(ABC Sports)
ABC April 29, 1961 August 2006[note 20]
45 years 45 Agronsky & Co./Inside Washington Syndicated [23] 1969 December 20, 2013
45 years 45 One Life to Live
(ABC Daytime)
ABC July 15, 1968 January 13, 2012 11,136 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.
46 years 46 Great Performances PBS November 4, 1972 present
46 years 46 The Young and the Restless
(CBS Daytime)
CBS March 26, 1973 present 11,000 (as of September 1, 2016)[24] [24]
44 years 35 Wheel of Fortune Syndicated September 19, 1983 present 6,000+ [25] Syndicated version normally runs in the evening. 2nd longest-running game show.
16 NBC January 6, 1975 June 30, 1989 Network version normally ran in the late morning.
CBS July 17, 1989 January 11, 1991
NBC January 14, 1991 September 20, 1991
41 years 41 Romper Room/Romper Room & Friends[note 21] Syndicated February 9, 1953[26] September 1994
41 years 42 All My Children
(ABC Daytime)
ABC January 5, 1970 September 23, 2011 ABC: 10,712 (television)
TOLN: 43 (internet and television)
Total: 10,755
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.
45 years 46 Nova PBS March 3, 1974 present 857
44 years 36 The Victory Garden[note 22] PBS April 16, 1975 present
43 years 44 Saturday Night Live[note 23] NBC October 11, 1975 present 871 The longest-running sketch comedy show on American television, as well as the longest-running variety show in U.S. history.
43 years 43 PBS NewsHour[note 24] PBS October 20, 1975 present Was hosted by Robert MacNeil (1975–1995) and Jim Lehrer (1976–2011).
43 years 43 Good Morning America ABC November 3, 1975 present 9,914+
43 years 43 Austin City Limits PBS 1976 present 300+
43 years 43 Creative Living with Sheryl Borden Syndicated 1976 present
43 years 43 Live from Lincoln Center PBS January 30, 1976 present[27] 251
41 years 41 Inside the NFL HBO September 14, 1977 February 6, 2008 Len Dawson and Nick Buoniconti hosted the show together 1978–2001.
Showtime September 10, 2008 present
40 years 41 20/20
(ABC News)
ABC June 6, 1978 present 500+ Long time hosts were Hugh Downs (1978–99) and Barbara Walters (1979–2004, 2013–14).
40 years 40 NASCAR on CBS CBS February 12, 1960 July 15, 2000
40 years 40 The Bugs Bunny Show ABC (1960-1968, 1986-2000), CBS (1968-1985) October 11, 1960 September 2, 2000 1040 episodes, including at least 5,000 total shorts being aired, although many were re-runs. Longest-running cartoon program on broadcast television, the last non-Disney ABC Kids show, and the last non-Educational and Informational (E/I) Saturday morning cartoon on broadcast TV.

35–39 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
40 years 38 Nightly Business Report[note 25] PBS January 22, 1979 present
40 years 40 CBS News Sunday Morning CBS January 28, 1979 present Originally hosted by Charles Kuralt (1979–1994), followed by Charles Osgood (1994–2016), and Jane Pauley (2016–present).
40 years 40 This Old House PBS 1979 present 1,003 (as of February 23, 2019) Originally hosted by Bob Vila until 1989.
40 years 38 The Woodwright's Shop[note 26] PBS 1979 present 481
39 years 39 SportsCenter ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews September 7, 1979 present 50,000+ More episodes than any other television series.
39 years 38 Nightline[note 27] ABC March 24, 1980 present Hosted by Ted Koppel (1980-2005).
38 years 36 Washington Journal[note 28] C-SPAN October 7, 1980 present
35 years 35 Search for Tomorrow
(CBS & NBC Daytime)
CBS September 3, 1951 March 23, 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.
35 years 35 Bobby Jones Gospel BET January 27, 1980 July 31, 2016
35 years 35 Soul Train Syndicated October 2, 1971 March 25, 2006[28] 1,117
35 years 35 Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser[note 29][note 30] PBS November 20, 1970 June 24, 2005 Since 2016, a new version of the program is now airing on the Fox Business. [note 31]
37 years 35 Noticiero Univision[note 32] Univision June 1, 1981 present
37 years 38 Entertainment Tonight Syndicated September 14, 1981 present 11,675 [29] Longest-running entertainment news program.
37 years 38 MotorWeek[note 33] PBS October 15, 1981 present
37 years 34 This Week[note 34] ABC November 15, 1981 present Originally hosted by David Brinkley (1981–1996), currently hosted by George Stephanopoulos (2002-2010, 2012–Present).
37 years 38 Late Night[note 35] 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 969 ... with Jimmy Fallon
February 24, 2014 present 840 (as of May 16, 2019) [30] ... with Seth Meyers
37 years 35 The McLaughlin Group Syndicated [31] January 1, 1982 August 12, 2016 The show ended its run when John McLaughlin died in 2016, but was then revived in 2018 with new host Tom Rogan.
36 years 36 Nature PBS October 10, 1982 present 533
36 years 37 [32] Frontline PBS January 17, 1983 present 600+
35 years 10 Columbo NBC February 20, 1968 May 13, 1978 69 Was on hiatus from 1978-1989, during the change in broadcast networks.
ABC February 6, 1989 January 30, 2003
37 years 37 American Bandstand WFIL-TV October 7, 1952 October 7, 1957 3,000 Hosted by Dick Clark (1956–1989).
ABC October 7, 1957 September 5, 1987
Syndicated September 19, 1987 June 4, 1988
USA April 8, 1989 October 7, 1989

30–34 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
34 years 34 Evening at Pops PBS July 12, 1970 August 29, 2004
32 years 32 American Masters PBS June 22, 1986 Present 236 (as of June 14, 2018)[33] [34]
33 years 31 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood NET February 19, 1968 May 1, 1970 912 (including specials) Fred Rogers died in 2003.
PBS February 15, 1971 August 31, 2001
33 years 34 Firing Line Syndicated April 4, 1966[35] 1971 1,504 Longest-running public affairs program to have a single host.
PBS 1971 December 26, 1999
34 years 32 Real Videos TBN, JCTV October 4, 1984[36] present 900+
31 years 31 Faith for Today[37] ABC May 21, 1950 1955
Syndicated 1955 1981
31 years 31 Lamp Unto My Feet[38] CBS 1948 1979
30 years 31 Gilad's Bodies in Motion ESPN 1983 1994
Fox Sports 1994 1995
Discovery Health 1995 2004
FitTV 2004 2011
Discovery Life 2011 2015
JLTV 2015 Present
34 years 31 Grand Ole Opry Live[39] TNN April 20, 1985 August 2001
CMT August 2001 2003
GAC[40] 2003 present
30 years 30 NASCAR on ESPN ESPN, ESPN2, ABC 1981 2002
2007 2014
32 years 29 Biography[41] A&E April 6, 1987[note 36] August 2006 Biography was cancelled in 2012, and later revived in 2017.
Biography Channel [42] August 2006 present[43]
32 years 31 The Bold and the Beautiful[44] CBS March 23, 1987 present 8,000 (as of January 4, 2019)[45] [45]
30 years 30 POV PBS July 5, 1988 Present 400+

25–29 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
29 years 29 Captain Kangaroo[note 37] CBS October 3, 1955 December 8, 1984 6,090 Bob Keeshan died in 2004.
29 years 29 Lou Dobbs Tonight[note 38] CNN June 1, 1980 November 11, 2009
29 years 29 Hometime PBS November 1, 1986 January 30, 2016
29 years 29 WCW Saturday Night[note 39] TBS December 25, 1971 August 19, 2000
31 years 18 CBS This Morning CBS November 30, 1987 October 29, 1999 3,110
January 9, 2012 present 1,667+
34 years 29 National Geographic Explorer[46] Nickelodeon 1985 1986 233
TBS 1986 1999
CNBC 1999 2001
MSNBC[note 40] 2001 2005
National Geographic 2005 present
31 years 31 48 Hours[note 41] CBS January 2, 1988 present 991[47]
28 years 28 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
30 years 31 Live with Kelly and Ryan[note 42] Syndicated September 5, 1988[note 43] present 7,580 (as of April 11, 2016)
28 years 26 Hee Haw[note 44] CBS June 15, 1969 February 23, 1971 655
Syndicated September 18, 1971 June 26, 1993
TNN November 23, 1996 December 27, 1997
28 years 28 ESPN SpeedWorld ESPN 1979 2006
28 years 28 Mystery![note 45] PBS February 5, 1980 2008
27 years 27 The Lawrence Welk Show[note 46] ABC July 2, 1955 September 4, 1971 1,065 Lawrence Welk died in 1992.
Syndicated 1971 February 1982
29 years 29 The Phil Donahue Show[48] Syndicated 1969 1996 5,515
29 years 29 The David Susskind Show[49] Syndicated 1961 1987 David Susskind died in 1987.
26 years 27 College GameDay (football series) ESPN September 1987 present
26 years 27 NFL Primetime ESPN 1987 present
25 years 26 [note 47][note 48] Power Rangers[note 49] FOX[note 50] August 28, 1993 September 7, 2002 860+ Longest-running United States Tokusatsu series.[note 51]
ABC Family[note 52] March 3, 2002 August 31, 2006
Toon Disney[note 53] February 14, 2004 February 12, 2009
ABC[note 54] September 14, 2002 August 28, 2010
The CW[note 55] August 25, 2012 January 12, 2013
Nickelodeon[note 56] February 7, 2011 present
Nicktoons[note 57] February 11, 2011 present
25 years 22 Showtime at the Apollo[note 58] Syndicated 1987 present 1,094 Was on hiatus in 2008-2016.
30 years 30 Inside Edition Syndicated January 9, 1989 present 6,625+ (as of May 28, 2015)
30 years 31 Cops FOX March 11, 1989 2013 1,071[50][51] [51]
Paramount Network 2013 present
30 years 31 American Experience PBS October 1, 1988 present 337
29 years 29 The Sports Reporters[note 59] ESPN[52] October 9, 1988 May 7, 2017
30 years 27 NBA on TNT TNT October 30, 1988 present
29 years 30 The Simpsons[note 60] FOX December 17, 1989 present 662 Longest-running animated American series, longest running American sitcom, and longest running scripted prime-time series.
29 years 29 America's Funniest Home Videos ABC November 26, 1989 present 681 (as of May 19, 2019)
29 years 27 ESPN Major League Baseball[53] ESPN, ESPN2[note 61] April 15, 1990 present
25 years 25 What's My Line?[54] CBS February 16, 1950 September 3, 1967 CBS: 876
Syndication: 1,320
Total: 2,196
Syndicated September 1968 September 1975
25 years 25 Sunrise Semester CBS September 9, 1957 October 1, 1982 800+
25 years 23 Insight Syndicated October 2, 1960 January 21, 1985 250
25 years 25 Camera Three CBS January 22, 1956 1979
PBS 1979 July 1, 1980
48 years 34 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom NBC January 6, 1963 April 11, 1971 Wild Kingdom was on hiatus 1988-2002 and ultimately was cancelled in 2011. The original host, Marlin Perkins, died in 1986.
Syndicated 1971 1988
Animal Planet September 17, 2002 May 22, 2011
25 years 25 Larry King Live CNN June 3, 1985 December 16, 2010 6,120[55] Since 2012, King now hosts Larry King Now that is very similar.
25 years 25 The Oprah Winfrey Show Syndicated September 8, 1986 May 25, 2011 4,561[56]
27 years 27 E! News[57] E! September 1, 1991 present 7,500+
27 years 27 The Jerry Springer Show Syndicated September 20, 1991 July 26, 2018 3,891+[58]
20 years 20 Investigative Reports A&E September 27, 1991 2011 [59] Hosted by Bill Kurtis.
26 years 25 Charlie Rose PBS September 30, 1991 November 17, 2017
27 years 28 Dateline NBC[note 62] NBC March 31, 1992 present 1,700+
27 years 27 Reliable Sources CNN March 7, 1992 present
26 years The Real World MTV May 21, 1992 present Longest-running MTV reality series. Epsides were 30 minutes long until 2008, after that each was one hour long.
26 years 26 WWE Raw USA Network January 11, 1993 September 18, 2000 1,355 (as of May 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)) Longest-running professional wrestling program on national television (while WCW Saturday Night ran for longer overall, the first 5 years of the program were only locally broadcast; some locally-televised promotions such as Portland and Houston ran as long as 40 years).
TNN/Spike TV [60] September 25, 2000 September 26, 2005
USA Network October 3, 2005 present
25 years 25 Monday Night Countdown ESPN September 6, 1993 present
25 years 25 NFL Matchup ESPN, ESPN2[note 63] September 5, 1993 Present Produced by NFL Films.
27 years 25 To the Contrary PBS April 1, 1992 Present
27 years 27 Maury Syndicated September 9, 1991 Present 2,640+ Presented by Maury Povich.

20–24 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
24 years 24 Truth or Consequences CBS September 7, 1950 [note 64] May 1951 Originated on NBC Radio 1940–1951.
NBC 1952 [note 65] 1952
May 18, 1954[note 66] September 24, 1965
Syndicated 1966 [note 67] 1974
24 years 24 At the Movies[note 68] Syndicated September 18, 1986 August 14, 2010
PBS January 2011 December 2011
32 years 24 Crossfire CNN 1982 June 3, 2005 Was on hiatus from 2005-2013.
September 9, 2013 October 15, 2014
29 years 26 Baseball Tonight ESPN March 19, 1990 present
28 years 19[note 69] NBA Inside Stuff NBC October 27, 1990 2002 Was on hiatus from 2005-2013.
ABC 2002 2005
NBA TV November 2, 2013 Present
29 years 29 Outside the Lines ESPN 1990 present
23 years 24 Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Nickelodeon April 18, 1992 December 15, 2015 178
23 years 23 Primetime
(ABC News)
ABC August 3, 1989 May 18, 2012 Originally hosted by Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer.
25 years 11 The X-Files FOX September 10, 1993 May 19, 2002 218 The program was on hiatus 2002-2016. Two new seasons have since been produced.
January 24, 2016 present
23 years 18 Death Valley Days Syndicated March 1, 1952 August 1, 1975 452
23 years 24 The Ed Sullivan Show[note 70] CBS June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971 1,068
23 years 23 The George Michael Sports Machine[note 71] NBC September 2, 1984 September 8, 1991 George Michael died in 2009.
Syndicated September 15, 1991 March 25, 2007
24 years 25 America's Most Wanted FOX February 7, 1988 April 21, 2012 1,186
Lifetime December 2, 2011 October 12, 2012
29 years 29 Lilias, Yoga and You[note 72] PBS 1976 1999 500[61]
23 years 21 Reading Rainbow PBS June 6, 1983 November 10, 2006 155
22 years 22 The Original Amateur Hour[note 73] 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
23 years 23 The Merv Griffin Show NBC October 1962 March 1963 4,855 Merv Griffin died in 2007.
Syndicated 1965 1969
CBS August 18, 1969 February 11, 1972
Syndicated 1972 September 1986
25 years 27 The Late Show CBS August 30, 1993 May 20, 2015 4,261[62] Hosted by David Letterman. Late Show with David Letterman.
September 8, 2015 Present 746 (as of May 17, 2019) Hosted by Stephen Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
24 years 24 NFL on Fox FOX August 12, 1994 present
24 years 22 Inside the Actors Studio Bravo August 14, 1994 present 274
21 years 22 Kickin' It with Byron Allen[note 74] Syndicated 1994 present
24 years 25 Extra[note 75] Syndicated September 5, 1994 present 7,679 [63]
24 years 24 Fox NFL Sunday FOX September 18, 1994 present
25 years 22 Entertainers with Byron Allen[note 76] Syndicated September 1993 present 19
19 years 19 Modern Marvels History Channel January 1, 1995 April 11, 2015 690
24 years 23 [note 77] The Late Late Show[note 78] CBS January 9, 1995 March 26, 1999 777 Hosted by Tom Snyder.
March 29, 1999 August 27, 2004 1,190 Hosted by Craig Kilborn.
September 20, 2004 December 31, 2004 79 Hosted by Guest Hosts.
January 3, 2005 December 19, 2014 2,058 Hosted by Craig Ferguson.
January 5, 2015 March 20, 2015 45 Hosted by Guest Hosts.
March 23, 2015 present 636 (as of May 16, 2019)[note 79] Hosted by James Corden.
24 years 23 Golf Central Golf Channel January 17, 1995 present
21 years 21 Issues and Answers[note 80] ABC 1960 1981
21 years 21 Mike Douglas Show Syndicated 1961 1982 4017 Mike Douglas died in 2006.
21 years 21 Sneak Previews[note 81] PBS 1975 1996 Had been hosted by:
Roger Ebert (1975–1982),
Gene Siskel (1975–1982),
Neal Gabler (1982–1985),
Jeffrey Lyons (1982–1996),
and Michael Medved (1985–1996).
31 years 29 This Week in Baseball Syndicated April 1, 1977 September 26, 1998 The program was on hiatus 1998–2000. Original version hosted by Mel Allen (1977–1996), Warner Fusselle (1996), and Ozzie Smith (1997–1998)
FOX April 8, 2000 September 24, 2011
21 years 21 Style with Elsa Klensch CNN June 1, 1980 January 2001
21 years 21 Cookin' Cheap PBS 1981 October 2002
21 years 21 The New Yankee Workshop PBS January 1988 June 27, 2009 284
24 years 22 Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel HBO April 2, 1995 present
23 years 23 Squawk Box CNBC August 7, 1995 present
23 years 23 Private Screenings TCM January 1, 1996 present Hosted by Robert Osborne.
20 years 20 The Red Skelton Show NBC September 30, 1951 June 21, 1953 672
CBS September 22, 1953 June 23, 1970
NBC September 14, 1970 August 29, 1971
20 years 20 Gunsmoke[note 82] CBS September 10, 1955 September 1, 1975 635 Tied longest-running prime-time drama.
20 years 20 Law & Order NBC September 13, 1990 May 24, 2010 456 Tied longest-running prime-time drama.
20 years 20 The Secret Storm CBS February 1, 1954 February 8, 1974 4,949
20 years 20 Evans and Novak[note 83] CNN September 1982 November 9, 2002 Originally hosted by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak; later joined by Al Hunt and Mark Shields.
22 years 23 My Classic Car TNN, MAVTV & Motor Trend 1997 present 474 [64]
20 years 20 Faith 20 Syndicated 1977 1997
20 years 20 The Doctors NBC April 1, 1963 December 31, 1982 5,155
22 years 25 [65] The Daily Show Comedy Central July 22, 1996 present 3,257 Hosted by Craig Kilborn (1996–98), Jon Stewart (1999–2015), and Trevor Noah (2015–present).
22 years 22 (3 upcoming) Arthur PBS October 7, 1996 present 246 Longest-running animated series on PBS, longest-running animated children's series on U.S. television, and second longest-running animated series on U.S. television.
22 years 23 Access Hollywood Syndicated September 9, 1996 present 7,055 (as of April 12, 2019: 5,880 weeknights, 1,175 weekend)
22 years 23 Judge Judy Syndicated September 16, 1996 present 2,612 Longest-running reality courtroom show. Hosted by Judy Sheindlin.
22 years 20 MoneyTV with Donald Baillargeon Syndicated October 1, 1996 present 950+
22 years 22 Your World with Neil Cavuto Fox News October 6, 1996 present Hosted by Neil Cavuto.
20 years 20 The O'Reilly Factor[note 84] Fox News October 6, 1996 April 21, 2017 Final three episodes (April 19–21, 2017) were simply titled The Factor, with hosts Dana Perino (April 19–20) and Greg Gutfeld (April 21).
17 years 23 The Bachelor ABC March 25, 2002 Present 242
22 years 18 Fox Major League Baseball FOX June 1, 1996 Present 1,730+

15–19 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
13 years 13 Gardening by the Yard HGTV 1996 2009
23 years 17 E! True Hollywood Story E! 1996 present 501 The program has been on hiatus since 2014, but is expected to return.[66]
23 years 23 Fox News Sunday FOX[note 85] 1996 present 1,133 (as of January 7, 2018) Currently hosted by Chris Wallace.
22 years 19 A Wedding Story TLC 1996 present
11 years 11 Denise Austin's Daily Workout ESPN2 & Lifetime 1997 2008 Was hosted by Denise Austin.
22 years 22 Hardball with Chris Matthews[note 86] CNBC 1997 1999 Hosted by Chris Matthews.
MSNBC 1999 present
22 years 22 WNBA on ESPN ESPN 1997 present
22 years 22 Antiques Roadshow PBS January 9, 1997 present
22 years 20 ¡Despierta América! Univision April 14, 1997 present
21 years 22 The View ABC August 11, 1997 present 4,000[67] [67]
21 years 22 South Park Comedy Central August 13, 1997 present 297 Longest-running Comedy Central series and the third longest-running animated series on American television.
37 years 32[note 87] The People's Court Syndicated September 14, 1981 May 17, 1993[note 88] 2,484 Judged by Joseph Wapner.
September 8, 1997[note 89] 1999 1,500+ Judged by Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City.
1999 2001 Judged by Jerry Sheindlin, the husband of Judy Sheindlin of Judge Judy.
2001 Present Judged by Marilyn Milian.
18 years 9 Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO October 15, 2000 present 90 (plus 60-minute special) Longest-running scripted HBO program.
19 years 19 Lassie CBS September 12, 1954 May 1971 591
Syndicated September 1971 March 24, 1973
19 years 19 The Porter Wagoner Show Syndicated 1960 1979
19 years 19 Computer Chronicles PBS 1983 June 25, 2002 Was presented by Stewart Cheifet.
19 years 19 Friday Night Videos[note 90] NBC July 29, 1983 May 24, 2002
19 years 19 ESPN Sunday Night Football[note 91] ESPN November 8, 1987[note 92] January 1, 2006
21 years 21 Fox & Friends Fox News February 1, 1998 present
20 years 33 The Challenge[note 93] MTV June 1, 1998 present 424 (as of February 13, 2019)
20 years 14 Whose Line Is It Anyway? ABC August 5, 1998 September 4, 2004 173 [note 94]
ABC Family[note 95] January 17, 2005 December 15, 2007 46
The CW July 16, 2013 Present 108 [note 96]
20 years 10 Will & Grace NBC September 21, 1998 May 18, 2006 228 Show was on hiatus from 2006 to 2017.
September 28, 2017 present
18 years 18 Art Linkletter's House Party[note 97] CBS September 1, 1952 September 5, 1969 Was hosted by Art Linkletter.
NBC December 29, 1969 September 25, 1970
18 years 18 NASCAR on TBS TBS February 27, 1983 October 8, 2000
15 years 15 WWF Superstars Syndicated September 6, 1986 1996 924
USA 1996 2000
TNN[note 98] 2000 August 2001
20 years 17 Family Guy FOX January 31, 1999 November 9, 2003 329 Fox's second longest-running American animated series and the fourth longest-running animated series on American television.
May 1, 2005 Present
20 years 12 SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon May 1, 1999 Present 244 Longest-running Nickelodeon series, longest-running Nicktoon, the only remaining '90s series on Nickelodeon currently on the air and in production, the first and only Nicktoon to get an eleventh season, the second longest-running animated children's show on U.S. television, and the fifth longest-running animated series on U.S. television.
62 years 36 Divorce Court Syndicated 1957 1962 5,767 Broadcast in Black & White 1957-1962.
1967 1969
1984 1993
September 15, 1999 Present Produced by 20th Television.
19 years 19 Family Feud
(second revival)
Syndicated September 20, 1999 Present 2,390+ Original series ran from 1976 to 1985 (on ABC and in syndication); an earlier revival aired from 1988 to 1995 (on CBS from 1988–1993 and in syndication from 1988–1995).
19 years 20 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC September 20, 1999 Present 458 The longest running currently-running scripted non-animated U.S. prime-time television series; longest running television spinoff.
20 years 20 WWE SmackDown UPN April 29, 1999 September 15, 2006 1,029 (as of May 7, 2019 (2019-05-07))
The CW September 22, 2006 September 26, 2008
MyNetworkTV October 3, 2008 September 24, 2010
Syfy October 1, 2010 December 31, 2015
USA January 7, 2016[68][69] present
19 years 19[70] Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?[71] ABC August 16, 1999 June 27, 2002 ABC: 363[71]
Syndication: 2,655 (as of October 6, 2017)
ABC (Super Millionaire): 12
ABC (10th Anniversary Special): 11
Although Millionaire has multiple versions known around the world, the American version is the longest running.
Syndicated September 16, 2002 Present
18 years 21 Big Brother
(U.S. series)
CBS July 5, 2000 present 719[note 99] Big Brother has multiple versions known around the world; the U.S. version is the second-longest-running. Episode count also includes one Celebrity Edition.
18 years 38 Survivor
(U.S. series)
CBS May 31, 2000 Present 568 Features two seasons per year.
18 years 15 Cheaters Syndicated October 21, 2000 Present 290
17 years 17 NBA on CBS CBS October 20, 1973 June 14, 1990
17 years 17 Showbiz Today CNN October 29, 1984 2001
16 years 16 USA Tuesday Night Fights USA March 30, 1982 August 25, 1998
17 years 17 Capital Gang CNN September 7, 1988 2005
17 years 17 The Montel Williams Show Syndicated September 30, 1991 May 16, 2008 4,325 Was hosted by Montel Williams.
18 years 10 Rick Steves' Europe PBS September 3, 2000 Present 129 Hosted by travel writer Rick Steves.
16 years 16 MTV Unplugged MTV November 26, 1989 March 2, 2007[note 100] 108
16 years 16 Booknotes C-SPAN April 2, 1989 December 5, 2004 801 Had been presented by Brian Lamb. The program lead to Book TV becoming regular weekend programming on C-SPAN2.
15 years 16 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndicated September 8, 2003 Present 3,000 (as of May 13, 2019) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
16 years 16 Fight Back! with David Horowitz Syndicated September 20, 1976 1992 582 (including California/Consumer Buyline) Was hosted by David Horowitz.
16 years 14 Forensic Files TLC & TruTV April 23, 1996 June 17, 2011 406 (including 6 hour-long specials)
16 years 14 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet[note 101] ABC October 3, 1952 April 23, 1966 435 The longest running U.S. live-action sitcom.
18 years 19 America's Test Kitchen Syndicated August 4, 2001 Present 481
18 years 17 Fox NASCAR FOX February 11, 2001 Present
16 years 10 The Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon March 30, 2001 November 25, 2006 161 Second longest-running Nickelodeon animated series and the sixth longest-running American animated series.
February 18, 2008 July 26, 2017
15 years 15 Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures Syndicated October 2, 1993 May 24, 2008 Was hosted by Jack Hanna.
15 years 14 Sportsworld[note 102] NBC 1978 1992
15 years 11 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Adult Swim December 30, 2000 August 30, 2015 139 (1 unaired)[72] Longest-running Adult Swim series and the seventh longest-running animated series on U.S. television. The episode "Boston" was never released.
15 years 13 Barney & Friends[note 103] PBS April 6, 1992 September 18, 2009 248
20 years 31 [73] For Your Home PBS 1996 2016
54 years 20 I've Got a Secret CBS June 19, 1952 April 3, 1967 CBS 1952-67, 1976: 760
GSN, 2006: 40
Presented by Garry Moore and Steve Allen.
Syndicated September 11, 1972 September 9, 1973 Presented by Steve Allen.
CBS June 15, 1976 July 6, 1976 Presented by Bill Cullen.
Oxygen 2000 2001 Presented by Stephanie Miller.
GSN April 17, 2006 June 9, 2006 Presented by Bil Dwyer.
33 years 24 Concentration NBC August 25, 1958 March 23, 1973 3,770 Presented by Hugh Downs and Bob Clayton.
Syndicated September 10, 1973 September 8, 1978 975 Presented by Jack Narz.
NBC May 4, 1987 September 20, 1991 1,020 Presented by Alex Trebek.
15 years 15 The Jack Benny Program CBS October 28, 1950 September 15, 1964 260 Starred Jack Benny.
NBC September 25, 1964 April 16, 1965
15 years 15 That Good Ole Nashville Music Syndicated 1970 1985
15 years 15 Scientific American Frontiers PBS October 3, 1990 April 13, 2005 97
15 years 15 Newton's Apple PBS October 15, 1983 October 31, 1999 195
15 years 15 ER NBC September 19, 1994 April 2, 2009 331
15 years 15 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS October 6, 2000 September 27, 2015 337
17 years 31 The Amazing Race
(U.S. series)
CBS September 5, 2001 Present 357 Two seasons per year.
17 years 15 Don Francisco Presenta Univision October 10, 2001 January 30, 2012
17 years 15 BET's Top 25 BET September 22, 2001 Present
17 years 18 Last Call with Carson Daly NBC January 8, 2002 present 1,942 (as of April 11, 2019)[74] Hosted by Carson Daly.
17 years 17 Closing Bell CNBC February 4, 2002 Present
20 years 19 Fox College Football FOX & Fox Sports January 1, 1999 Present
19 years 15 Independent Lens PBS August 9, 1999 Present 405
18 years 16 The Essentials TCM 2001 Present
16 years 17 Real Time with Bill Maher HBO February 21, 2003 Present 493 (as of April 26, 2019) Hosted by Bill Maher.
19 years 16 Early Today NBC September 9, 1999 Present Lead in to the Today show.
15 years 15 Morning Joe First Look MSNBC 2004 Present
19 years 19 Sally Syndicated October 17, 1983 May 24, 2002 3,820 Was hosted by Sally Jessy Raphael.
13 years 15 The Apprentice NBC January 8, 2004 February 13, 2017 192 The first 14 seasons were presented by Donald Trump.
11 years 16 Keeping Up with the Kardashians E! October 14, 2007 Present 234
14 years 17 The First 48 A&E June 3, 2004 Present 362
14 years 20 Intervention A&E March 6, 2005 Present 275
8 years 12 Storage Wars A&E December 1, 2010 Present 275 (as of March 2019)

10–14 years[edit]

Length Number of seasons Series Network First broadcast Last broadcast Number of episodes Notes
14 years 15 On the Record Fox News February 12, 2002 September 6, 2016 ...with Greta Van Susteren
September 7, 2016 November 11, 2016 ...with Brit Hume
14 years 13 Ryan's Hope ABC July 7, 1975 January 13, 1989 3,515
14 years 5 Davey and Goliath Syndicated February 25, 1961 June 29, 1975 73 (including specials)
14 years 15 An Evening at the Improv A&E February 3, 1982 January 1, 1996
14 years 17 MythBusters Discovery & TLC January 23, 2003 March 5, 2016 296
14 years 7 Futurama FOX March 28, 1999 August 10, 2003 140
Comedy Central March 23, 2008 September 4, 2013
14 years 8 Dora the Explorer Nickelodeon August 14, 2000 June 5, 2014 179 Third longest-running Nickelodeon series, the ninth longest-running animated U.S. series, and the longest-running Nick Jr. series.
14 years 14 Watch Mr. Wizard NBC May 26, 1951 June 27, 1965 547 Don Herbert was Mr. Wizard.
14 years 14 The Jack LaLanne Show Syndicated 1956 1970
14 years 14 Bonanza[note 104] NBC September 12, 1959 January 16, 1973 431
17 years 12 Cyberchase PBS January 21, 2002 present 116 Second longest-running PBS animated show and tenth longest-running American animated series.
38 years 26 Hollywood Squares NBC October 17, 1966 June 20, 1980 3,536 NBC Daytime
January 12, 1968 September 13, 1968 NBC Primetime
January 4, 1969 August 30, 1969 46 Saturday morning
Syndicated September 9, 1972 April 10, 1981
NBC October 31, 1983 July 27, 1984 192 NBC Daytime
Syndicated September 15, 1986 June 16, 1989 585
September 14, 1998 June 4, 2004 1,050
14 years 14 Knots Landing CBS December 27, 1979 May 13, 1993 344
14 years 14 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show ABC September 13, 1986 September 2, 2000 387+
13 years 14 Criminal Minds CBS September 22, 2005 present 314
12 years 12 Marty Stouffer's Wild America PBS 1982 1994 120
14 years 14 Speed Week ESPN 1983 1997
15 years 15 Video Soul BET June 26, 1981 September 1996
15 years 15 MADtv FOX October 14, 1995 May 16, 2009 329 (plus 1 special) Longest running rival sketch show to Saturday Night Live; longest-running Fox sketch show.
14 years 14 X-Play G4 July 4, 1998 January 23, 2013 1,378 (706 hours)
13 years 14 NASCAR on TNT TNT July 22, 2001 July 13, 2014
17 years 14 Illegal Knowledge Access Tucson March 24, 2002 present 66+
16 years 14 Barefoot Contessa Food Network November 30, 2002 present 275
27 years 17th Season Monday Night Baseball ESPN April 13, 1992 present
16 years 17 American Idol FOX June 11, 2002 April 7, 2016 593
ABC March 11, 2018 present
16 years 16 Shepard Smith Reporting Fox News August 2002 present Hosted by Shepard Smith. Originally titled Studio B with Shepard Smith.
16 years 16 The Daily Buzz Syndicated, The CW Plus September 16, 2002 present
16 years 17 Dr. Phil Syndicated September 16, 2002 present 2,191[75] Hosted by Phil McGraw.
16 years 16 Around the Horn ESPN November 4, 2002 Present 2,580+[76] Currently moderated by Tony Reali.
16 years 16 NBA Countdown ESPN December 25, 2002 present
16 years 16 NBA on ESPN ESPN & ABC December 25, 2002 Present Sometimes broadcast on ABC as NBA on ABC.
16 years 7 The Venture Bros. Adult Swim February 16, 2003 Present 81 (+1 pilot and 4 specials)
13 years 14 Good Eats Food Network July 7, 1999 April 29, 2010 249
Cooking Channel May 27, 2010 February 10, 2012
55 years 29 Let's Make a Deal NBC December 30, 1963 December 27, 1968 3,200 [77] Originally hosted by Monty Hall. Current host is Wayne Brady.
ABC December 30, 1968 July 9, 1976
Syndicated 1971 1977 234
1980 1981 195
1984 1986 390
NBC 1990 1991 128
2003 2003 3
CBS 2009 Present 1,500+
13 years 13 Howdy Doody NBC December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960 Was in Black & White until 1956, and color thereafter.
13 years 14 Armstrong Circle Theatre NBC June 6, 1950 June 1957 370
CBS October 1957 August 28, 1963
13 years 9 The 20th Century[note 105] CBS October 20, 1957 January 4, 1970 121 Was hosted by Walter Cronkite.
13 years 8 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids CBS September 9, 1972 October 24, 1981 110 + 4 specials Presented by Bill Cosby.
Syndicated September 1, 1984 August 10, 1985
13 years 14 Dallas CBS April 2, 1978 May 3, 1991 357
13 years 13 PM Magazine[note 106] Syndicated September 1978 August 30, 1991
13 years 13 Later NBC August 22, 1988 January 18, 2001 Originally hosted by Bob Costas.
15 years 14 Unsolved Mysteries NBC January 20, 1987[note 107] September 5, 1997 581 (including 7 specials)[78]
CBS November 13, 1997 June 11, 1999
Lifetime July 2, 2001 September 20, 2002
Spike TV [79] October 13, 2008 April 27, 2010
13 years 13 Tim Russert CNBC 1994 2008
13 years 13 King of the Hill FOX January 12, 1997 May 6, 2010 [note 108] 259 Third longest running Fox animated series.
13 years 13 Hannity & Colmes Fox News October 6, 1996 January 9, 2009
13 years 9 Rugrats Nickelodeon August 11, 1991 August 1, 2004 (2004-08-01)[80] 172 Fourth longest-running Nickelodeon animated series.
15 years 16 NCIS CBS September 23, 2003 present 377
15 years 24 America's Next Top Model UPN May 20, 2003 May 17, 2006 72
The CW September 20, 2006 December 4, 2015 316
VH1 December 8, 2016 Present 30
12 years 13 Road Rules MTV July 19, 1995 May 9, 2007
11 years 12 NASCAR on Speed Speed February 11, 2002 August 17, 2013
46 years 16 The Joker's Wild CBS September 4, 1972 June 13, 1975 3,026
Syndicated[note 109] September 5, 1977 May 23, 1986
Syndicated September 10, 1990 March 8, 1991
TBS & TNT October 24, 2017 Present
13 years 13 Star Search[note 110] Syndicated September 10, 1983 May 20, 1995 Originally presented by Ed McMahon.
CBS 2003 April 2004
12 years 12 American Sports Cavalcade TNN 1983 1995
62 years 28 [81] To Tell the Truth CBS December 18, 1956 September 6, 1968
Syndicated 1969 1978
1980 1981
NBC 1990 1991
Syndicated 2000 2002
ABC 2016 Present
12 years 31 The Joy of Painting PBS January 11, 1983 May 17, 1994 403 Starred Bob Ross.
12 years 12 CBS Reports CBS October 27, 1959 September 7, 1971
12 years 12 My Three Sons ABC September 29, 1960 September 2, 1965 380
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 (+4 TV movies)
12 years 12 Hawaii Five-O (original series) CBS September 26, 1968 April 26, 1980 279
12 years 12 Loving ABC June 26, 1983 November 10, 1995 3,169[82]
12 years 12 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Syndicated January 1984 September 1996
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[note 111]
12 years 12 NBA on NBC NBC 1990 2002
14 years 16 American Dad! FOX February 6, 2005 September 21, 2014 261 Fox's third longest-running animated series and second longest-running Seth MacFarlane show.
TBS October 20, 2014 present
14 years 9 Robot Chicken Adult Swim February 20, 2005 present 179 (and 11 specials)
12 years 25 Lockup MSNBC June 4, 2005 February 11, 2017 237
14 years 15 Grey's Anatomy ABC March 27, 2005 present 342
12 years 12 Two and a Half Men CBS September 22, 2003 February 19, 2015 262
11 years 11 The Chris Matthews Show Syndicated September 22, 2002 July 21, 2013 Was hosted by Chris Matthews.
11 years 11 Kraft Television Theatre[note 112] NBC May 7, 1947 October 1, 1958 525
11 years 11 Homes Across America [note 113] HGTV December 1994 October 12, 2005
11 years 11 The Voice of Firestone NBC September 5, 1949 June 1954 Was previously on NBC radio.
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 529 Was presented by Groucho Marx. Previously was on multiple radio networks.
11 years 11 The Andy Williams Show CBS 1957 1959 Starred Andy Williams.
NBC 1962 1971
11 years 11 Beat the Clock (original series)[note 114] CBS March 23, 1950 September 12, 1958
ABC October 13, 1958 January 30, 1961
11 years 12 The General Electric College Bowl[note 115] CBS January 4, 1959 1963
NBC 1963 June 14, 1970
11 years 11 The Wilburn Brothers Show Syndicated [83] 1963 1974 354
11 years 11 The Carol Burnett Show CBS September 11, 1967 March 29, 1978 279 Starred Carol Burnett.
11 years 11 Happening Now Fox News November 5, 2007 June 8, 2018
10 years 3 Wonder Pets! Nickelodeon March 3, 2006 September 3, 2016 62 Fifth longest-running Nickelodeon show and second longest-running Nick Jr. series.
11 years 11 M*A*S*H CBS September 17, 1972 February 28, 1983 256
11 years 11 The Howard Stern Show E! June 18, 1994 July 8, 2005 Hosted by Howard Stern.
11 years 11 Geraldo Syndicated 1987 1998 Last two seasons aired as The Geraldo Rivera Show.
11 years 11 Love Connection Syndicated September 19, 1983 July 1, 1994 2,425
11 years 11 The Danny Thomas Show ABC[note 116] September 29, 1953 July 1957 344
CBS[note 117] September 1957 September 14, 1964
11 years 11 Talk Soup E! January 7, 1991 May 17, 2002
11 years 11 Martha Stewart Living Syndicated September 1993 2004 The very similar The Martha Stewart Show aired 2005-2012.
11 years 5 The Crocodile Hunter Animal Planet October 25, 1996 September 4, 2007 78 (including pilot and 13 specials)
Longest-running Animal Planet series.
11 years 8 ToonHeads Cartoon Network October 2, 1992 July 1, 2001 102 (2 unaired)
Adult Swim November 4, 2001 November 23, 2003
11 years 11 Ricki Lake Syndicated September 13, 1993 May 21, 2004 Was hosted by Ricki Lake.
11 years 10 All That Nickelodeon April 16, 1994[note 118] October 22, 2005 175
11 years 11 7th Heaven[84] The WB August 26, 1996 May 8, 2006 243
The CW September 25, 2006 May 13, 2007[note 119]
11 years 11 Imus in the Morning[note 120] MSNBC September 2, 1996 April 11, 2007 Was hosted by Don Imus.
11 years 11 Fox News Live Fox News October 6, 1996 February 24, 2008
11 years 11 The Jeffersons CBS January 18, 1975 July 23, 1985 253
11 years 11 Paula's Home Cooking Food Network 2002 2013 135+
10 years 11 Married... with Children FOX April 5, 1987 June 9, 1997 259
10 years 11 Happy Days ABC January 15, 1974 September 24, 1984 255
10 years 10 Between The Lions PBS April 3, 2000 November 22, 2010 130
13 years 14 Supernatural The WB September 13, 2005 May 4, 2006 307
The CW September 28, 2006 present
16 years 16 NFL Total Access NFL Network 2003 present 297
12 years 12 Bones FOX September 13, 2005 March 28, 2017 246
13 years 27 Dancing with the Stars ABC June 1, 2005 present 437
13 years 18 Hell's Kitchen FOX May 30, 2005 present 282
13 years 13 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX August 4, 2005 2012 144
FXX September 4, 2013 present
11 years 12 The Big Bang Theory CBS September 24, 2007 May 16, 2019 279
12 years 13 Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Travel Channel November 1, 2006 present 147
13 years 11 Squidbillies Adult Swim October 16, 2005 present 114
14 years 11 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Cartoon Network April 15, 1994 July 22, 2001 80 Second longest-running Cartoon Network original series.
Adult Swim September 2, 2001 April 12, 2004 13
GameTap April 12, 2006 May 31, 2008 17
10 years 12 Intimate Portrait Lifetime January 3, 1994 October 3, 2005 271
10 years 10 American Morning CNN September 12, 2001 December 30, 2011 1,000+
10 years 10 Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts[note 121] CBS December 6, 1948 January 1, 1958 Starred Arthur Godfrey.
10 years 10 Arthur Godfrey and His Friends CBS January 12, 1949 April 28, 1959
20 years 20 Total Request Live MTV September 14, 1998 November 16, 2008 2,254
October 2, 2017 November 2018
10 years 4 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Playhouse Disney May 5, 2006 January 3, 2011 79 Longest-running Disney animated series.
Disney Junior February 14, 2011 November 6, 2016 46
10 years 6 Blue's Clues [85] Nickelodeon September 8, 1996 August 6, 2006 143[85] Sixth longest-running Nickelodeon show and third longest-running Nick Jr. series.
10 years 10 Studio One[note 122] CBS November 7, 1948 September 29, 1958 467
10 years 10 Pantomime Quiz[note 123] 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 U.S. 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[note 124] 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 August 30, 1996
11 years 11 Cheers NBC September 30, 1982 May 20, 1993 275 (including three double-length episodes and a triple-length finale)
11 years 11 Frasier NBC September 16, 1993 May 13, 2004 264
10 years 10 Getting Fit ESPN 1987 1997
10 years 10 American Chopper Discovery & TLC September 29, 2002 December 17, 2012 233
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 10 Stargate SG-1 Showtime & Syfy July 27, 1997 March 13, 2007 214 + 2 DVD films Spawned two direct-to-DVD movies, Stargate: Continuum and Stargate: The Ark of Truth. Syfy's longest running series.
10 years 10 The French Chef PBS February 11, 1963 February 11, 1973 201 Starred Julia Child.
10 years 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CBS December 28, 1987 November 2, 1996 193 Spawn many TV series spin-offs including its most recent series.
10 years 11 Curious George PBS September 4, 2006 April 1, 2015 108 Longest-running animated spin-off show of an animated movie.
10 years 6 Ed, Edd n Eddy Cartoon Network January 4, 1999 November 8, 2009 70 (131 segments) Longest running Cartoon Network original series and longest running Cartoon Cartoon
10 years 4 The Boondocks Adult Swim November 6, 2005 June 23, 2014 55
10 years 10 Smallville The WB October 16, 2001 May 11, 2006 217[86] [86]
The CW September 28, 2006 May 13, 2011
10 years 10 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC & USA September 30, 2001 June 26, 2011 195 Moved to USA in 2007.
10 years 10 JAG CBS September 23, 1995 April 29, 2005 227
9 years 10 NCIS: Los Angeles CBS September 22, 2009 Present 240
30 years 11 Murphy Brown CBS November 14, 1988 Present 260 Was on hiatus 1998-2018.
20 years 10 Roseanne ABC October 18, 1988 May 22, 2018 231 Was on hiatus 1997-2018.
10 years 10 CSI: Miami CBS September 23, 2002 April 8, 2012 232
9 years 10 Modern Family ABC September 23, 2009 Present 232
10 years 10 The United States Steel Hour ABC & CBS October 27, 1953 June 12, 1963 253 Moved to CBS in 1955.
11 years 11 Baywatch NBC September 22, 1989 April 6, 1990 242
Syndicated September 23, 1991 May 14, 2001
16 years 15 The Bachelorette ABC January 8, 2003 Present 160
16 years 17 Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC January 26, 2003 Present 2,655 (as of April 5, 2019)<ref name=Kimmelepguides>{{cite web Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
19 years 18 (US) Secrets of the Dead PBS May 15, 2000 Present 82 (US)
9 years 10 Shark Tank ABC August 9, 2009 Present 222
12 years 13 America's Got Talent NBC June 21, 2006 Present 326
9 years 10 American Ninja Warrior NBC December 12, 2009 Present 146[87] [87]
8 years 16 The Voice NBC April 26, 2011 Present 409
11 years 12 American Greed CNBC June 21, 2007 Present 157 & 3 Specials
13 years 15 So You Think You Can Dance FOX July 20, 2005 Present 281
10 years 10 General Electric Theater CBS February 1, 1953 June 3, 1962 302 Was presented by Ronald Reagan.
12 years 13 Rachael Ray Syndicated September 18, 2006 Present 2,000+ [88] Hosted by Rachael Ray.
10 years 11 The Wendy Williams Show Syndicated July 14, 2008 Present 1,500+ (as of July 20, 2018)[89] Hosted by Wendy Williams.
11 years 11 The Steve Wilkos Show Syndicated September 10, 2007 Present 1,200+[90] Hosted by Steve Wilkos.
13 years 13 The Real Housewives of Orange County Bravo March 21, 2006 Present 228 Part the The Real Housewives franchise.
10 years 11 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Bravo October 7, 2008 Present 235 Part the The Real Housewives franchise.
11 years 11 The Real Housewives of New York City Bravo March 4, 2008 Present 205 Part the The Real Housewives franchise.
13 years 16 Top Chef Bravo March 8, 2006 Present 244
12 years 10 Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles Bravo August 29, 2006 Present 114
11 years 11 Flipping Out Bravo July 31, 2007 Present 108 (as of November 20, 2018)
9 years 16 Worst Cooks in America Food Network January 3, 2010 Present 112
5 years 20 Guy's Grocery Games Food Network October 20, 2013 Present 256
14 years 13 Iron Chef America Food Network March 6, 2005 Present 205
13 years 14 Food Network Star Food Network June 5, 2005 Present 75
12 years 29 Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Food Network April 23, 2007 Present 384 [91]
5 years 20 Beat Bobby Flay Food Network August 24, 2013 Present 244 Hosted by Bobby Flay.
10 years 42 Chopped Food Network January 13, 2009 Present 466 + 26 specials
14 years 15 Deadliest Catch Discovery April 12, 2005 Present 242, plus:
Specials: 13
After the Catch: 30
The Bait: 17
On Deck: 23
Decked: 3
(as of August 31, 2018)
13 years 13 Cash Cab Discovery December 5, 2005 Present 453 (as of September 15, 2018) Was on Hiatus 2012-2017.
9 years 10 Tosh.0 Comedy Central June 4, 2009 Present 258
9 years 15 Pawn Stars History July 19, 2009 Present 522
9 years 20 American Pickers History January 18, 2010 Present 278
10 years 13 Ancient Aliens History March 8, 2009 Present 149
10 years 11 Ice Road Truckers History June 17, 2007 November 9, 2017 138
8 years 10 Swamp People History August 22, 2010 Present 166
10 years 11 Fareed Zakaria GPS CNN June 1, 2008 Present 215 (as of June 12, 2012) Hosted by Fareed Zakaria.
10 years 10 USA Up All Night USA January 7, 1989 March 7, 1998 900+
30 years 12 Mystery Science Theater 3000 KTMA-TV November 24, 1988 1989 217 Was on Hiatus from 1999-2017.
Comedy Channel 1989 1991
Comedy Central 1991 1996
Syfy 1997 1999
Netflix 2017 Present
15 years 15 Anderson Cooper 360° CNN September 8, 2003 Present 1,521 (as of June 2, 2016) Hosted by Anderson Cooper.
11 years 13 What Would You Do? ABC February 26, 2008 Present

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. ^ CBS Television News 1948–1951, Douglas Edwards with the News 1951–1963
  3. ^ Only its time on television is counted here; it began on radio July 15, 1929.
  4. ^ Originally Hallmark Playhouse radio series, was Hallmark Television Playhouse (1951–1954)
  5. ^ 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; ABC World News with Diane Sawyer 2009–2014
  6. ^ There have been six major hosts of the Tonight Show during seven tenure periods.
  7. ^ There were various other hosts for some short periods during the pre-Carson years. Please see the hosting history for further details.
  8. ^ The total number of episodes is 12,359.
  9. ^ Originally GrandStand, then changed name to reflect year; was also NFL Live 1987–1997
  10. ^ Originally The Guiding Light. Only its time on television is counted here; it began on radio January 25, 1937.
  11. ^ Name often altered to reflect primary sponsor. Name on current broadcasts: Denny's PBA Tour
  12. ^ 1998–2000 broadcast seasons were shared by CBS and ESPN
  13. ^ The show was off the air for two years.
  14. ^ Aired locally on WYAH-TV Portsmouth, Virginia, 1966–1977; evolved from locally broadcast telethons 1962–1966
  15. ^ Originally Washington Week in Review
  16. ^ Jerry Lewis died in 2017.
  17. ^ Season 44 (2013–2014) was the first time episodes were numbered in a seasonal order rather than the numerical and chronological fashion used since the show premiered. For example, episode 4401 means "the first episode of the 44th season", not "the 4401st episode" (it is in fact the 4328th episode).
  18. ^ 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 without being broadcast nationwide.
  19. ^ Was renamed to Masterpiece in 2008.
  20. ^ Weekly broadcasts ended January 1, 1997; irregular airings afterward; officially ended with the absorption of ABC Sports into ESPN
  21. ^ 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
  22. ^ Known as Jim Crockett's Victory Garden from 1975 to 1979
  23. ^ Originally NBC's Saturday Night
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ Broadcast locally only on WPBT, 1979–1981
  26. ^ Broadcast only in North Carolina, 1979–1981
  27. ^ Evolved from The Iran Crisis – America Held Hostage (1979–80).
  28. ^ Weekend editions are simulcast on the BBC Parliament channel with the name America This Week
  29. ^ Became Wall Street Week with Fortune after original host was fired in 2002
  30. ^ Louis Rukeyser died in 2006.
  31. ^ Current host is Maria Bartiromo.
  32. ^ Originally titled Noticiero SIN when Univision was known as SIN (Spanish International Network).
  33. ^ Also syndicated, 1982–present
  34. ^ 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.
  35. ^ Late Night, as an entity, is in its 38th season. Over that period it has had four hosts, listed in the notes column.
  36. ^ Reran CBS originals, 1984–1987
  37. ^ Reruns aired in syndication, 1984–1992
  38. ^ Began as Moneyline. Became Lou Dobbs Moneyline in 2001, Lou Dobbs Tonight in 2003
  39. ^ Broadcast locally on WQXI in 1971 and moved to WTBS starting in 1972. Went national when WTBS launched their satellite feed in 1976. Began as Georgia Championship Wrestling in 1971. Became World Championship Wrestling in 1981 and WCW Saturday Night in 1992. Ended as WCW Saturday Morning in 2000.
  40. ^ Show renamed National Geographic Ultimate Explorer 2003–2005
  41. ^ Also called 48 Hours Investigates
  42. ^ Other names: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1988–2000), Live with Regis (2000–2001), Live with Regis and Kelly (2001–2011), Live with Kelly and Michael (2012–2016).
  43. ^ Date of first episode distributed nationally; was aired by WABC locally at The Morning Show, 1983–1988
  44. ^ Renamed "The Hee Haw Show" for 1991–92 season, and Hee Haw Silver for 1992–1993 season ("greatest hits")
  45. ^ Started in 2008, Mystery! was absorbed into Masterpiece (the former Masterpiece Theatre) and airs under the banner Masterpiece Mystery!
  46. ^ Originally The Dodge Dancing Party; reruns have been airing since 1982 on various PBS stations, oftentimes recut and spliced with new footage from surviving cast members to give the illusion of new episodes.
  47. ^ 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 or the current owner of the show (Hasbro) towards the total season count (making the current season count one less than expected despite being on for 25 years). However, it is mentioned here anyway because the current owner of the show, from a production standpoint, does consider its existence as an official season in addition to the other seasons despite not including it in the total season count.
  48. ^ Also see List of Power Rangers episodes.
  49. ^ While the show takes place in the same fictional universe 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.
  50. ^ 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).
  51. ^ Costumes and footage loosely adapted from Super Sentai.
  52. ^ 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.
  53. ^ 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.
  54. ^ 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.
  55. ^ 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.
  56. ^ First broadcast episodes on February 7, 2011. Premiered new episodes from February 7, 2011 till the present. Has yet to make its last broadcast.
  57. ^ First broadcast episodes on February 11, 2011. As of the present[clarification needed] 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.
  58. ^ Also known as Showtime in Harlem, Showtime, and Live in Hollywood
  59. ^ Full title ESPN Magazine's Sport Reporters
  60. ^ 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.
  61. ^ ESPN2 started broadcasting major league baseball games in 2002 in addition to those offered by ESPN
  62. ^ Also known as Dateline (day of week it airs), Dateline With Stone Phillips
  63. ^ Presently, each episode first airs on ESPN2 on Fridays, then is repeated on ESPN two days later.
  64. ^ Hosted by Ralph Edwards.
  65. ^ Hosted by Jack Bailey until 1956.
  66. ^ Hosted by Bob Barker; Steve Dunne also hosted a prime-time version on NBC, 1958.
  67. ^ Hosted by Bob Barker.
  68. ^ 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).
  69. ^ Original series ran for 15 seasons, four seasons of the revival.
  70. ^ Aired as Toast of the Town until 1955
  71. ^ Evolved from George Michael's Sports Final, 1980–1984 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111600669.html)
  72. ^ Local transmission only (WCET), 1972–1996
  73. ^ Originated on radio as Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour, 1934–1946
  74. ^ Evolved from Jammin' (1991–1994)
  75. ^ Originally Extra:The Entertainment Magazine
  76. ^ Originally Entertainers
  77. ^ Tom Snyder hosted for 4 seasons, Craig Kilborn for 5, Craig Ferguson 9 for and James Corden for 5.
  78. ^ Host: Tom Snyder 1995–1999, Craig Kilborn 1999–2004, Craig Ferguson 2004–2014, James Corden 2015–Present.
  79. ^ The total number of episodes, for each host all combined, is 4,733 as at January 24, 2019.
  80. ^ Originally ABC Press Conference; succeeded in time slot by This Week
  81. ^ Originally Opening Soon at a Theater Near You (1975–1977); Sneak Previes Goes Video 1989–1991
  82. ^ 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.
  83. ^ Other names: Evans, Novak, Hunt, and Shields (1998–2001), Novak, Hunt, and Shields (2001–2002)
  84. ^ Originally titled The O'Reilly Report (1996–98).
  85. ^ Is repeated in the afternoon of the same day on Fox News Channel
  86. ^ Originally Politics with Chris Matthews
  87. ^ 12 (original series)
    20 (revived series)
    32 (overall)
  88. ^ Show went on hiatus from 1993 to 1997.
  89. ^ Show was on hiatus from 1993 to 1997.
  90. ^ Name changed to Friday Night 1994–2000, Late Friday 2001–2002. In both cases, the name change accompanied a change in program format
  91. ^ Moved to NBC in 2006, at which time Monday Night Football moves from ABC to ESPN
  92. ^ Sunday Night Football shared with TNT, with TNT getting the first half of the season, ESPN the second half, 1990–1997
  93. ^ Originally known as Road Rules: All Stars, followed by Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
  94. ^ List of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.S. TV series) episodes.
  95. ^ Now called Freeform.
  96. ^ All episodes total: 327 (as of February 2019).
  97. ^ Also on CBS Radio, 1945–1967
  98. ^ Relaunched as Paramount Network in 2018.
  99. ^ For list of episodes, see here.
  100. ^ New episodes sporadic after 2001.
  101. ^ Longest-running U.S. live-action sitcom.
  102. ^ Was also known as NBC SportsWorld.
  103. ^ Reruns only (no first-run episodes) in 1994, 1996, and 2001
  104. ^ First U.S. network series to film all its episodes in color
  105. ^ Known as The 21st Century from 1967–1970
  106. ^ Aired locally on KPIX San Francisco as Evening: The MTWTF Show, 1976–1978
  107. ^ Includes series of specials, Jan. 1987 to May 1988
  108. ^ 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 3 through May 7, 2010.
  109. ^ Syndicated revival prompted by success of syndicated repeats of CBS episodes in 1976
  110. ^ Ed McMahon's Star Search, 1992–1995
  111. ^ HGTV continues to present reruns after non-renewal of series
  112. ^ Also known as Kraft Mystery Theatre (1958); another series of the same name ran concurrently on ABC, 1953–1955
  113. ^ Had 13 week seasons, according to HGTV
  114. ^ Emcee: Bud Collyer
  115. ^ Also known as G.E. College Bowl; on NBC radio, 1953–1955; pilot shot 1955.
  116. ^ As Make Room for Daddy; NBC used the same name when airing reruns of this series, 1960–1965
  117. ^ As The Danny Thomas Show
  118. ^ "Special preview" airing April 16, 1994
  119. ^ Scheduled date of last episode
  120. ^ Simulcast of live program at WFAN in New York.
  121. ^ On CBS radio 1946–1956
  122. ^ Originated on CBS Radio, 1947
  123. ^ Originally aired locally in Los Angeles, 1947–1950
  124. ^ 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]

  1. ^ "Meet the Press". NBC News. Archived from the original on December 31, 2012.
  2. ^ (as of 2017)
  3. ^ See this link, which clearly lists the episode number (and its air date) as part of the episode synopsis.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 12, 2014). "Hallmark Hall Of Fame Moving To Cable, Will Air On Hallmark Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  5. ^ The total number of episodes hosted by Jay Leno combined is 4,610.
  6. ^ a b Land, Gary (2005). Historical Dictionary of the Seventh-Day Adventists (Historical Dictionaries of Religions, Philosophies, and Movements Series). Scarecrow Press. p. 310. ISBN 978-1442241879.
  7. ^ Normally to PBS stations.
  8. ^ Fox, Margalit (December 19, 2013). "Richard D. Heffner, Host of 'The Open Mind,' Dies at 88". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "NFL on CBS gears up for Game Number 5,000". Sportsnewser. November 22, 2010. Archived from the original on September 3, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  10. ^ In addition, NBC televised the fall tour, 1984–1991
  11. ^ Pro Football Kickoff (1961–1962)
    NFL Kickoff (1962–1964)
    The NFL Report (1964)
    The NFL on CBS (September–December 1974).
  12. ^ a b Various citations concerning the 14,000th episode of General Hospital:
  13. ^ "Jeopardy! 7,000". Sony Pictures. Archived from the original on May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. Tune in May 20th to celebrate with us.
  14. ^ 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
  15. ^ "Days of Our Lives Episode Schedule". United States: NBCUniversal. May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Simulcast with cable network transmission.
  17. ^ Michael Gershman; David S. Neft & Bob Carroll (1997). Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. Harper Resource. ISBN 0-06-270174-6.
  18. ^ Editors at the NFL (2005). NFL Record and Fact Book. Sports Illustrated. ISBN 978-1932994360.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  19. ^ Announced on the December 3, 2017 episode
  20. ^ "How it all began?". The Telethon Years. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  21. ^ as of December 16, 2018
  22. ^ Originally The New Price Is Right; longest-running game show in American television history.
  23. ^ Primarily to public television.
  24. ^ a b Strohm, Emily (July 18, 2016). "The Young and the Restless Celebrates 11,000 Episodes and 43 Years on Air!". People. United States: Time Inc. Archived from the original on July 19, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  25. ^ As of April 11, 2014.
  26. ^ Rasmussen, Fred (April 26, 1997). "1st `Romper Room' teacher Nancy Claster dies at 82". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  27. ^ Not currently on a regular schedule.
  28. ^ Date of airing of last first-run episode. Since then, reruns have been syndicated as Best of Soul Train
  29. ^ (as of December 28, 2018; 9,730 weekdays; 1,945 weekend)
  30. ^ The total number of episodes, for each host all combined, is 6,298, as at January 21, 2019.
  31. ^ primarily to public television
  32. ^ Number of seasons can be found at the List of Frontline episodes.
  33. ^ "Masters - American Masters - PBS".
  34. ^ "American Masters Season 32 Episodes - PBS". PBS.org.
  35. ^ Pilot taped April 4, 1966
  36. ^ "Celebrity Photo Gallery, Celebrity Wallpapers, Celebrity Videos, Bio, News, Songs, Movies". In.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  37. ^ Also Westbrook Hospital, 1975–1981
  38. ^ "George Crothers, 89, Television Producer". The New York Times. December 7, 1998. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  39. ^ Oldest continuously running radio program, airing on WSM radio, Nashville, Tennessee
  40. ^ As Grand Ole Opry Live!
  41. ^ Originated on CBS
  42. ^ Now called FYI.
  43. ^ Rebroadcast A&E originals, 1999–2006
  44. ^ "The Bold and the Beautiful - About". cbs.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  45. ^ a b SOD (December 13, 2018). "B&B Airs 8,000th Episode". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  46. ^ Host: Tom Chapin (1985–1988), Robert Urich (1988–1995), Robert Ballard (1988–1995), Boyd Matson (1995–2003), Michael Fay (2001), Lisa Ling (2003–)
  47. ^ "48 Hours on CBS". TV Guide. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  48. ^ Originally The Phil Donahue Show
  49. ^ Originally Open End; prior to syndication, aired on WNTA-TV 1958–1961
  50. ^ "Episodes: Cops". The TVDB. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  51. ^ a b ‘Cops Beyond The Bust’: Spike Sets Special To Mark 1,000th Episode Of ‘Cops’ Deadline Hollywood, July 26, 2017
  52. ^ Program rebroadcast later the same day on ESPNews
  53. ^ Includes Sunday Night Baseball, Wednesday Night Baseball, etc.
  54. ^ Longest-running game show in prime time network television
  55. ^ "Larry King ends his record-setting run on CNN". CNN. December 17, 2010.
  56. ^ Hollingshead, Iain (May 20, 2011). "Oprah Winfrey retires: Those in the spotlight can't bear the final curtain". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  57. ^ Previously E! News Daily and E! News Live
  58. ^ "Episodes: Jerry Springer". TV Guide. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  59. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290358/
  60. ^ Now called Paramount Network.
  61. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2011-12-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  62. ^ "'Late Show with David Letterman'". epguides.
  63. ^ (as of April 12, 2019; 6,400 weekdays; 1,279 weekend)
  64. ^ as of January 27, 2019
  65. ^ List of The Daily Show episodes
  66. ^ Petski, Denise (1 May 2018). "E!: Ashlee Simpson-Ross & Evan Ross, Busy Philipps Series, 'E! True Hollywood Story' Return Among Series Greenlights". Deadline. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  67. ^ a b "'The View' celebrates 4,000 episodes". Archived from the original on August 31, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  68. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 7, 2015). "'WWE SmackDown' Moves to USA Network in 2016". TV by the Numbers. Tribune Digital Ventures. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  69. ^ Bacle, Ariana (April 7, 2015). "WWE SmackDown moves to USA Network". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  70. ^ 20 (3 on ABC, 17 in syndication)
  71. ^ a b "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire". Gameshow Hall of Fame. GSN. January 21, 2007.
  72. ^ "Exclusive Interview With Meatwad, Er, Dave Willis, Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'". Star Pulse. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  73. ^ https://www.foryourhome.com/for-your-home-season-31/
  74. ^ Last Call with Carson Daly at epguides.
  75. ^ "Episodes: Dr. Phil on Syndication". TV Guide. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  76. ^ Reali, Tony (November 1, 2012). "Sgt. Reali's Around the Horn Club Band turns 10: 2,217 shows and counting".
  77. ^ Estimated.
  78. ^ "Unsolved Mysteries (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)". www.epguides.com.
  79. ^ Network later renamed Paramount Network.
  80. ^ "Season 9 Episode Guide". TV Guide. OpenGate Capital Magazine CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  81. ^ 12 (1956–1968)
    9 (1969–1978)
    1 (1980–1981)
    1 (1990–1991)
    2 (2000–2002)
    3 (2016–)
  82. ^ "Loving at TV.com", ABC. URL last accessed 2008-06-17.
  83. ^ Reruns now run on RFD-TV.
  84. ^ Longest-running family drama on television, per Reuters article about 7th Heaven finale
  85. ^ a b "Blue's Clues". Nickelodeon Animation. Burbank, Calif. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  86. ^ a b David Lambert (April 26, 2011). "The Complete Series on DVD: Timeframe, Packaging, New Extras and Answer to 'Why Not On Blu-ray?'". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  87. ^ a b "American Ninja Warrior (Titles & Air Dates Guide)". epguides. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  88. ^ "Rachael Ray Episodes on Syndication". TV Guide. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
  89. ^ "Episodes: The Wendy Williams Show". TV Guide. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  90. ^ "The Steve Wilkos Show Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  91. ^ "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved February 7, 2014.

Further reading[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.