5. The Bold and the Beautiful
One of the most popular and among the top ten longest running TV shows in the history of the world is The Bold and the Beautiful (Also known as B&B). It is the longest running show in the daily soap category. The basic plot of the soap opera is about an affluent family, the Forrester, living through the complicated webs of relationships, marriages, divorces and business ventures – fashion house business, the Forrester Creations. The first episode of the show was aired on the 23-03-1987 and is still running. So, it has been a good 28 years. Total number of episodes is over 7000, as of January 23, 2015. The Forrester family became a household name shortly after its first season. With the reported audience of over 27 million viewers across the globe, the show is certainly the longest-running and the most-watched soap opera ever. Some of the attractions include the love between Brooke Logan and Ridge Forrester. Brooke was once married to Eric Forrester, who is Ridge’s father. This was just a scoop for the ones who haven’t seen this amazing show yet!!!
4. The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show makes a place in our list of ten longest running TV shows, in the syndicated talk show category. The show originally ran between 1986 and 2011, which stretched over 25 seasons and a whopping number of 4,561 episodes. Considered as one of the highest-rated talk shows in the history of US Television, the show was hosted by the famous actor, host, activist, producer, and singer, Oprah Winfrey. The talk show was actually based on influential topics, where celebrities and common individuals were invited to share their experiences and their take on different topics. The show played a great role in motivating and providing platform for new writers, singers and professionals from different fields. The format of the show was designed to teach and inspire people and to spread positivity in the world. The main source of the show was to bring about a change in the attitudes and lives of the people, and the show did not do all this for its own financial gains. They had absolutely no licensing agreement with the writers/publishers of the books that they would include in their book club segment, or any products that they promoted on the show. It was all purely out of their motto to help people feel better and live better. This longest running daytime TV talk show has pocketed 47 well deserved Emmy Awards. However, unfortunately for us, the show ended after celebrating its 25 years of production.
3. The Simpsons
Well, we have all grown up watching the Simpsons!!! Haven’t we? It is the most popular and one of the top ten longest running TV shows in the animated family show category. It has been up since 1989 and does not only attract children but also has an appeal for adults. The show has run 564 episodes and is still counting. Not to forget, a total number of 25 seasons. Based on an interesting parody of an American family, the show features a father; Homer Simpson, a mother; Marge and their children. Their daughter Lisa is intelligent and smart, while their son, Bart is a bad-seed. They also have a baby, Maggie. The Simpsons has won the hearts of many during the course of years.
2. Funniest American home videos
Funniest American Home Videos finds a spot in our list of ten longest running TV shows owing to the great popularity the show enjoys even after all these years. The show is in its 25th season, and has produced over 400 episodes till date. It began in 1989 and is still running. It is the longest running TV show in the reality TV program category. The format of the show is very entertaining and it requires contribution from its viewers. Therefore, it is even more surprising to see people contributing to the show even after so many years. It features home-shot videos, which are humorous. Most common videos are those including children, or those shot while playing pranks on friends and family.
1. Sesame Street
The Sesame Street is one show I can safely say will always find its viewers, no matter what. The show adorns our list of ten longest running TV shows in the children’s show category. It has been running for the last 44 years with 43rd season going on. With a huge number of 4, 327 episodes, this show has made an impact on generations after generations. Starting in 1969, the show has taken up the task to ‘learning with fun’. The show is regarded as the world’s foremost and most highly regarded educators of young people. Televised in over 130 countries around the globe, it has been translated into several languages as well. Referred to as the pioneer of the contemporary standard of education that gels education with entertainment, it has given us the most legendary and everlasting characters like Elmo, Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, cookie monster and so on. Recipient of more than 120 Emmy Awards, Sesame Street is the most celebrated shows of all times.
These 10 longest-running TV shows have given us some of the best times of our lives. If you have missed out on watching any of the above mentioned shows, we suggest you go ahead now!!!