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The 40 Longest-Running American TV Shows of All Time

Best Life Logo By Richard Evans of Best Life | Slide 1 of 41: "Is that still on?" you'll hear people ask about one of your favorite shows. Amazingly enough, yes, some of the longest-running American TV shows of all time are still going strong, cranking out more episodes than the vast majority of series will ever come close to. Our list of these overachievers is comprised of shows like Grey's Anatomy that remain on the air, along with series that aired their final episode decades ago. Either way, you'll be blown away to discover just how many hours of television these iconic shows are responsible for.To keep things from spinning too wildly out of control, we're focusing on primetime, scripted, non-anthology series—with apologies to the soap operas, news programs, and late-night shows that have redefined staying power. With that in mind, take a look at our ranking of the 40 longest-running American TV shows ever made, from least to most episodes. And for more television nostalgia, revisit these 20 Beloved TV Shows You Won't Believe Are 20 Years Old.

The 40 Longest-Running American TV Shows of All Time

"Is that still on?" you'll hear people ask about one of your favorite shows. Amazingly enough, yes, some of the longest-running American TV shows of all time are still going strong, cranking out more episodes than the vast majority of series will ever come close to. Our list of these overachievers is comprised of shows like Grey's Anatomy that remain on the air, along with series that aired their final episode decades ago. Either way, you'll be blown away to discover just how many hours of television these iconic shows are responsible for.

To keep things from spinning too wildly out of control, we're focusing on primetime, scripted, non-anthology series—with apologies to the soap operas, news programs, and late-night shows that have redefined staying power. With that in mind, take a look at our ranking of the 40 longest-running American TV shows ever made, from least to most episodes. And for more television nostalgia, revisit these 20 Beloved TV Shows You Won't Believe Are 20 Years Old.

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