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The Top Ten Longest Running Scripted TV Shows In History

Each and every week, viewers have tuned to these hit shows for entertainment, laughs and drama during their remarkable long runs on television. See the top ten longest running scripted prime time TV shows in history and see if your favorites are on the list!

10. My Three Sons (1960-72) — The show about a single father raising his three rambunctious sons ran for 12 seasons with 380 episodes.

9. Dallas (1978-91) — The scripted drama followed the lives of the oil tycoon Ewing family for 357 episodes during its 13 year run. The show is getting a modern reboot in the summer of 2012 with some of the original cast!

8. The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet (1952-66) — Making the switch from radio to TV in 1952, the popular sitcom following the lives of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson ran for 435 episodes in its 14 years.

7. Bonanza (1959-73) — The western style sitcom about Ben Cartwright and his three sons ran for 430 episodes in 14 years and produced one of the catchiest theme songs on TV!

6. Knots Landing (1979-93) — The dramatic soap-style show about Gary Ewing and his family ran for 14 years with 344 episodes to its name.

5. Death Valley Days (1952-70) — Starring a young pre-President Ronald Reagan, this popular radio turned TV show ran for 18 seasons with 452 episodes.

4. Lassie (1954-72) — Timmy’s heroic canine friend lasted for 18 years with 588, and even earned Lassie’s own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because of its popularity.

3. Gunsmoke (1955-1975) — The popular radio western drama was converted to TV with leading man James Arness and became a huge hit. The 1870s set western ran for 20 years with 635 episodes.

2. Law & Order (1990-present) — One of the original TV crime dramas, Law & Order still draws in a big crowd with its thrilling story lines with over 400 episodes and counting for the past 21 years.

And the number one longest running scripted TV show is…

1. The Simpsons (1989-present) — The yellow-skinned cartoon is officially the longest running TV show in history with 22 years since first premiering with no signs of stopping. Fans have fallen in love with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie along with the rest of Springfield over the cartoon’s 400+ episodes.


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