Top 10 Longest-Running TV Shows

We’ve all been through the sorrowful, heart-breaking experience of watching the final episode of a TV show that we’ve been addicted to for weeks or even months. At that moment, don’t you pause and contemplate life thinking ”What do I do with my life anymore?” Well, you could obviously go out for a walk, play some sports, do some outdoor games, but for introverts, the solution to finishing a TV Show is nothing but starting yet another TV Show that would hopefully take its place or compensate for the melancholy we felt! But behold, what if I tell you that you can watch a TV Show that runs forever? The following is a list of the top 10 longest-running TV Shows that has been put together so that you can cheerfully wave goodbye to the ‘feels’ of finishing the last episode of your favorite TV Show.

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10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

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The show revolves around ”The Gang,” which consists of 5 friends who run Paddy’s Pub, an Irish bar in South Philadelphia. However, unlike a normal, united group of friends, what lies beneath the veil of this friendship is an unfathomable degree of selfishness as each member is somewhat dishonest, greedy and lazy. Incidents in the show portray The Gang using various means to blackmail and threaten not only one another but also anyone who comes their way, in order to achieve what they want.

9. Bones

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With 234 episodes, the American crime drama has been on-going since 2005. If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie (the Queen of Crime), this is just the show for you! The show revolves around diligent agents of the FBI trying to unravel the mystery behind some human remains that were discovered by the Special Agent and brought to the forensic lab. The incidents and personal lives of the characters also serve to be a main part of the show, making it even more intriguing.

8. Supernatural

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If you already know who Sam and Dean are, you’ve been living your life just right. To those who aren’t familiar with the mind-boggling show Supernatural, you need to stop missing out and start fangirling over the epic fantasy horror TV Show, which portrays two brothers, Sam and Dean, who track down and hunt the supernatural beings like monsters, ghosts and demons. The show not only falls under the category of horror but also under mystery, fantasy, adventure and action, thus attracting a larger audience

7. Criminal Minds

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The show represents a group of FBI profilers who set out to arrest criminals at all costs. It doesn’t only include the genre of police procedural and crime drama, but it is also meant for action and thriller-lovers. Incidents that take place in the daily lives of the characters are also portrayed, emphasizing on the tough problems that one of the FBI profilers encounters. Currently having 12 seasons, the show has received an enormous amount of support from mystery-lovers as well.

6. American Dad!

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Highlighting the situations encountered by an unusual family in their daily life, the American cartoon has been nominated for many awards and has been awarded as the  top television series in June 2013, which is more of a reason why this show is one of the best tv shows and definitely one of the longest-running tv shows known. The catchy roles played by the characters makes it not only a wonderful show for kids but a very comic and fun series for teens and adults to watch as well.

5. Grey’s Anatomy

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Based on the human anatomy textbook by Henry Gray named Gray’s Anatomy, the show outlines the occurrences in the lives of a group of surgical interns and doctors who are putting efforts into maintaining a balance between their personal lives and relationships, and their jobs which require keen caution. In addition to being a medical drama, the show also includes an engaging tinge of romance that makes it even more absorbing. So if you’re a fan of medicine or romance (or even better, a mixture of both), this is the show that will meet your drama demands!


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With a 15th season yet to be aired soon, the show illustrates gripping crime investigations by a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Once a crime involving Navy or Marine personnel is committed, the team instantly rushes to action. Since it depicts esoteric acts of murder, the show has successfully won the hearts of many and has been ranked as one of the best TV shows present.

3. Family Guy

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Being the ultimate source of laughter to many, the hilarious cartoon has stirred euphoria in the hearts of numerous adults as it depicts a unique family with the following members: Peter and Lois (the parents), their flamboyant kids Stewie, Chris and Meg and their equally important family member, Brian the pet dog. Even if you have missed this show from your bucket list, you must have seen those lovable characters all over the internet as this show has become quite a popular meme often used on social networking sites.

2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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As we go up the list of the longest-running TV shows, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit ranks the 2nd place with a total of 18 seasons and 394 episodes. Falling under the category of police procedural, the show highlights the detectives’ attempts in prosecuting sexually based offenses. The creator, Dick Wolf, explained that he was inspired to make this after watching the movie ”Preppie Murder,” in which a criminal had strangled a woman he used to date. Wolf later exclaimed that he was keen on going into the depths of psychological crimes and adding mind-games to the show.

1. The Simpsons

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Almost everyone is aware of the gigantic popularity of this jovial cartoon, but were you aware that it has topped the list of the longest running tv shows with flying colors? “The Simpsons” was first aired in 1989 and is still on-going with 601 current episodes and the 28th season had only recently begun (in September 2016). The Simpsons are a light-hearted family consisting of HomerMargeBartLisa, and Maggie, who go through situations that occur daily in real-life. The show has also stood out for illustrating parodies of the American culturesociety, television, and the human condition; thus winning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the year 2000. Still receiving loads of support from viewers of all age-groups, The Simpsons is definitely one of the best tv shows that have been aired.

Now that you have reached the end of the top ten longest-running tv shows list, we hope you have chosen your new best friend, who will hopefully accompany you for a very long time and will make sure to eliminate all traces of boredom from your life. You can comment down below saying which series has won your choice of selection. If you also happen to be a movie-addict who is at the same time a book-lover, feel free to check out our latest article on top 10 rarest books on Earth, which will definitely amuse you and deliver new facts! (link below)


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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Longest-Running TV Shows

  • Jet

    (October 31, 2016 - 5:33 pm)

    This is so interesting . I didn’t even know half of them. Thanxxxx to whoever wrote this article and made it interesting

  • Steph

    (October 31, 2016 - 5:39 pm)

    Oh wow . THIS IS FREAKING cool. I’m so happy I don’t have to sit back at home and go through that depressing stage after every show 😂

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