Top 10 Longest Running Sitcoms in Television History

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6. Danny Thomas Show

Danny Thomas Show

Originally known as Make Room for Daddy, this show ran from 1953 till 1964. The main protagonist was Danny Williams, an entertainer and nightclub artist and his family consisting of his wife and two children. This show led to many spin-offs such as the Andy Griffith Show and Make Room for Granddaddy.

 

7. Donna Reed Show

Donna Reed Show

Another show based on family life in small town America, this show was aired from 1958 till 1966 by ABC. Donna Reed received high acclaim for her portrayal of a middle class housewife married to pediatrician Alex.


8. Cheers

Cheers

A show that nearly got canceled due to the poor ratings in the first season, it rose to become one of the most popular sitcoms on American television. Set in the ‘Cheers’ bar in Boston, the main ensemble cast formed the baseline, but the wide range of characters around them gave it the ability to depict varied stories and situations.

9. M*A*S*H*

MASH

The popularity of this sitcom can be judged by the fact that when it aired its finale – its 251st show in 1983, it was watched by 125 million viewers, the largest audience for a sitcom in US Television history. Based on an Army Surgical Unit in Korea, it combined medical drama with comedy. Initially most of its stories were based on real life situations described by surgical units of the Army.

10. Beverly Hillbillies

Beverly Hillbillies

Undoubtedly one of the most popular series of its time, this sitcom was about a Hillbilly family moving into Beverly Hills, after discovering oil on their farmland. Most of the situations were based on their attempts to continue their rural lifestyle in the sanctified environs of Beverly Hills. Despite being criticised for its inane comedy by critics, it remained at the top of the charts for many years.

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