Top 10 Longest Running American TV Shows

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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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