Top 10 Longest Running TV Shows

Wednesday, November 7th 2012. | General

Currently, satellite and cable TV provides a selection of shows for television. Although many news programs and soap operas have lasted long, we have narrowed this list into the top 10 longest running TV shows in the United States.

10: Knots Landing (1979-1993)

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Knots Landing

This is a desperate housewife original. The event centered on Gary Ewing (from Dallas) and his wife, Valene, who moved to California. Their neighbors, including a number of dysfunctional families and have different backgrounds, this event continues to run for 344 episodes.

9: Dallas (1978-1991)

 Top 10 Longest Running TV Shows


This event lasted for 357 episodes, Dallas ranged wealthy Ewing family – patriarch Jock oil barons and Ewing, his wife, Miss Ellie, and their children, JR, Bobby, and Gary scapegoat. When JR was shot at the end of the third season, it was a mystery until a few seasons and then new people know who shot JR.

8: My Three Sons (1960-1972)

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My Three Sons

For the 380 episodes and 12 seasons, America stepped into the world of widower Steve Douglas and – guess what – three children: Mike, Robbie, and Chip, When Mike left the show after 1965. This event is a classic TV series that has many fans at the time, whether you had loyal viewers of this serial?

7: Law & Order (1990 -????)

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Law & Order

With 390 episodes (and counting) this shows premiered in 1990, the key to the success of this event may lie in the ever-revolving cast. None of the original actors remain on the show, and the cast member most only lasted a few seasons. This series offers new stories about the investigation and the law and make this event persisted until today.

6: The Simpsons (1989 -????)

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The Simpsons

With more than 400 episodes (and counting), the most successful animated family in television history has been going strong since 1989. Parody creator Matt Groening on average (although dysfunctional) American families with buffoonish yet lovable Homer Simpson, his wife, Marge; their brilliant daughter, Lisa; bad-seed son, Bart, and the baby, Maggie. Shows the Simpson’s is still running and have millions of viewers around the world.

5: Bonanza (1959-1973)

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The event was run for 430 episodes. The event revolves around the life of Ben Cartwright and his sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe (played by Michael Landon). Bonanza was the first series and holds the number one in the Nielsen ratings chart from 1964 to 1967.

4: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966)

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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Initially this show as a radio program in 1944 into a film in 1952 and later a successful television program which ran for 435 episodes. Telling Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their two children, David and Ricky. The event is a weekly television helped Rick become a pop singer, teen idol and make it a successful recording artist.

3: Death Valley Days (1952-1970)

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Death Valley Days

In 1952, Death Valley Days, which aired as a radio show from 1930 to 1945, developed into a successful TV show that lasted 18 seasons. This event has 451 episodes. This event is one of the most long television dramas.

2: Lassie (1954-1972)

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Run for 588 episodes, Lassie’s faithful telling a dog loyal family man who saved him from a variety of trouble. Over the years, Lassie is played by nine different male dogs, all descendants of the original Lassie, whose real name was Pal. During the event, Lassie has many owners, especially Timmy and Jeff.

1: Gunsmoke (1955-1975)

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Gunsmoke is the top of the list as the most long dramatic series in network television history with 635 episodes. Taking locations in Dodge City, Kansas, during the 1870′s, Gunsmoke began as a radio program in 1952, later turned into a television drama in 1955, and finally ended in 1975. And this serial is the longest running TV series.

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