Top 10 Longest Running American TV Shows

Let us take a close look at the top 10 record setting American TV programs that have remained strong and stayed on air the longest in the program category.


1. Meet The Press, NBC


Meet The Press is an extremely popular morning program with a talk show format that formally started airing in November of 1947. It is considered as the longest running talk show in modern broadcast history worldwide.


2. CBS Evening News, CBS


The CBS Evening News initially aired in August of 1948 with Douglas Edward as anchorman. It is now considered as the flagship program of CBS which has had uninterrupted airing for 61 years.


3. Guiding Light, CBS


This soap opera initially started with NBC and later transferred to CBS in June of 1952. It is considered as the longest running daytime soap drama. Guiding Light is currently in its final season and will be on television for 57 years.


4. Pro-Bowler Tour, ESPN, Fox, ABC and CBS


This sports event was originally telecast in 1962 and it became the single reason for the continued popularity of Pro bowling in the US especially during the 60s up until the 70s. The event has lost its popularity since then, but it has still been on air for 47 years.


5. General Hospital, ABC


General Hospital is considered as the longest running TV program that is filmed in Hollywood. This daytime soap was started in April of 1963 and has been a banner program of ABC for 46 years.


6. The Price Is Right, NBC, ABC, CBS


The Price Is Right is the longest running TV program with a game show format. It originally started in 1956 and was hosted by Bill Cullen. It was discontinued by 1965 and resumed airing by September of 1972. That is whooping 45 years on television.


7. Sesame Street, PBS


The Sesame Street is considered the longest running children education TV show and has been airing for an astounding 40 years. This TV show with children education and entertainment format started airing in November of 1969.


8. The Simpsons, Fox


The Simpsons is considered as the longest TV show with scripted comedy format. It was initially started by master cartoonist Matt Groening as a special feature in the Tracey Ullman Show. The first episode aired sometime in April 1987 and  it has been on air for 22 years.


9. Gunsmoke, CBS


Gunsmoke is considered as the longest running American TV show following a scripted drama format. It has been a regular TV fare for 20 years since its initial airing in 1955 up until 1975.


10. Ciao Italia With Mary Ann Esposito, PBS


The cooking and culinary oriented show had its pilot airing in October 1989 and is considered as the longest running TV cook show program and will celebrate its 20 year mark in October 2009.


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