How many of you are couch potatoes? Well, I am and everyone that I know is. Television, also known as an idiot box, is one of the best inventions of all times. It entertains you and educates you in the best way. For years, people have loved watching TV and some of the shows and programs have gained such popularity that they have literally become a part of our home and family. We may not meet the performers/artists ever in real life, but just by watching them and enjoying their stories, we have accepted them as an integral part of our life. To celebrate the joy that our television set brings us, we have for you a list of top ten longest running TV shows. Let’s see what we’ve got!!
How can we possibly forget the classic, Gunsmoke, when going through the list of top ten longest running TV shows? Gunsmoke is the longest-running dramatic series in network television history – it has 635 episodes to its credit, stretched over 20 seasons. It was most certainly the first ever television series to make it this long. That is why it will always be regarded as one of the most special TV series in the history of US Television. Set in Dodge City, Kansas, during the 1870s, the show originated as a radio program in 1952, soon after it was developed into a TV series in 1955, and successfully ran for 20 years, until it ended in 1975.
9. The Price is Right
The Price is Right – You have won a jackpot!!! Obviously, whoever makes it to our list of ten longest running TV shows is likely to win a jackpot of viewership from our beloved readers. This show is the longest-running TV show in the game show category. With more than 7, 000 episodes on air, the show has reported given away a huge amount of $800 billion in prize to date. The show was first aired in 1972 and is still running. So, before it ends, grab your money sack!!
8. Law and Order
As the legal profession is respected and regarded highly in every culture and society, shows based on attorneys have made a great contribution to the television over the years. Law and Order is undoubtedly among the top ten longest running TV shows, when it comes to its genre. Starting in 1990, the show has aired more than 456 episodes stretched over 20 seasons. The most interesting thing to mention here is that the show’s cast is ever-revolving, and it still has never hurt its popularity. In fact, it has pocketed a number of awards and prizes. Hats off to the Law and Order team!!!
7. Larry King Live
With 25 successful seasons and 6, 120 episodes, Larry King Live, is a part of our list of ten longest running TV shows in the talk show category. Hosted by Larry King, himself, on CNN, the show gained immense popularity owing to the extraordinarily forthcoming style of its host. The show began in 1985 and produced its finale in the year 2010. It had an audience of more than 5 million viewers in the US alone, which made it CNN’s most-watched show ever. The show’s format included a guest, every night, who would be interviewed, especially with respect to controversies likely to be attached with him/her.
6. Jerry Springer Show
Have you ever seen a show that is full of stuff that might make you puke but you still enjoy watching it? Well, Jerry Springer’s Show might just be one of those kinds. This show certainly deserves a spot in our list of top ten longest-running TV shows. Having aired 3600 episodes stretched to 18 long seasons, the show is still up and running. Jerry Springer, as we all know is a former politician-turned-host, hosts the show. In this syndicated television tabloid talk show, the host invites guests with ‘unusual’ issues to discuss with their family or friends, and this is how the talk ensues and reaches to a climax, where you keep sitting at the edge of your seat. The show is aired in more than 20 countries around the world.