The 20 Longest Running American TV Shows of All-Time

In today’s day and age it’s extremely difficult for a show to run for more than a few seasons, let alone 5, or 10, or even more.  There’s just so much on TV that’s it’s difficult to get people to commit to watching any one program for an extended period of time.  So we decided to comb through the TV universe to locate the shows that have stood the test of time.

This is a list of the twenty shows that have been on the air longer than any other. Omitting sports broadcasts, news programs or religious shows, these are the dramas, game shows, kids shows or comedies that have gone beyond the rest.  Not one of these aired for less than 25 years, and by the end of this list, you won’t even believe how long they’ve been on.

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28 Years – Wheel of Fortune

29 Years – Captain Kangaroo

32 Years – This Old House

32 Years – American Bandstand

33 Years – Family Feud

33 Years – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

34 Years – Soul Train

37 Years – Saturday Night Live

37 Years – Nova

38 Years – The Young and the Restless

39 Years – The Price is Right

40 Years – All My Children

43 Years – Sesame Street

43 Years – One Life to Live

45 Years – Days of Our Lives

49 Years – General Hospital

53 Years – The Wonderful World of Disney

54 Years – As the World Turns

55 Years – Candid Camera

57 Years – Guiding Light



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