Talk:List of longest-running U.S. primetime television series

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Survivor[edit]

How can Survivor be listed as 23 seasons when it first went on air May 31, 2000? This makes no sense. 173.21.154.254 (talk) 13:14, 13 October 2012 (UTC)

They have two seasons (aka series) per year. CitiCat 18:56, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Simpsons[edit]

The Simpsons should also be listed as "Longest-running prime time entertainment program with a consistent setting and recurring characters", not just "longest animation"

Ed S Florida 98.77.198.201 (talk) 17:45, 5 October 2011 (UTC)


Why is "The David Letterman Show" not on the list? On the air in 1982 on NBC and then moved to CBS.

Dennis S Arknasas

Probably for the same reason the Tonight Show isn't, or even Saturday Night Live. They aren't on in Prime-time. FrozenPurpleCube 22:29, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

But for another question, would it be helpful to add a column describing the type of show, such as anthology-series, news-program, drama, etc? Or would that be too cluttered? FrozenPurpleCube 22:29, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

I'd hardly called "Hallmark Hall of Fame" a "series," just because they put their name on the occasional TV special. Tyoda (talk) 17:28, 15 May 2009 (UTC)


Differentiating types of shows[edit]

The article implies that there are 54 tv series that are running for 10 or more seasons. Talk shows, movies, anthologies, news programs, vaudeville acts.

With regard to this subject, I think it's most important that we distinguish 60-minute dramas from 30-minute comedies. "The Simpsons" is the longest-running scripted comedy, ever, with 26 seasons. The article should have a separate list for this. "Two and a Half Men" would be in second place, with 12 seasons, while "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" and "Frasier" would tie for third place, with 11 seasons each. And of course, if we're talking live-action, "The Simpsons" wouldn't be on the list. But I'm not going anywhere near that argument. I never watched "The Simpsons," but have at it. Nothin' but love for ya. No problem here. 96.238.178.27 (talk) 02:16, 28 October 2014 (UTC)


In the minds of most people there are 7 "scripted series (of which 3 are animated) that are presently at 10 seasons or more. The article should be re-arranged to highlight this scripted series with core sets of characters. (1) Law & Order: SVU (2) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (3) NCIS (4) Two and a Half Men

(5) The Simpsons (6) South Park (7) Family Guy Pacomartin (talk) 04:36, 5 March 2013 (UTC)

Real World/Road Rules Challenge[edit]

"Real World/Road Rules Challenge" is a "reality game show" and doesn't belong to the category "Scripted television series". Affe 37,5 (talk) 10:47, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

The Adventures in School![edit]

I wanted to find more information about The Adventures in School, because, according to this article, it is the longest scripted primetime television series, but there is nothing about that show on the internet. So could please write somebody, where there is some information about that tv show. Affe 37,5 (talk) 19:01, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Seasons vs. years[edit]

To be fair, this article should list series by number of years, not number of seasons. It is misleading to rank shows like "Survivor" as high as they are considering they have two (or more) seasons per year. The number of seasons can still be included, but not as the primary criteria. [The List of longest-running United States television series does it properly.]    → Michael J    22:24, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Scripted television series[edit]

Why are scripted TV shows broken out in a separate header even though they are included in the earlier sections? Also, why is this section broken out by "10–11 seasons" and "12 seasons and up"? AldezD (talk) 15:12, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

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