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Longest Running US Drama Shows

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List of the longest-running TV drama shows in US history. These dramatic TV series have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series - for example, the "Law & Order" franchise - are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running shows in the history of TV drama.

Of the longest-running drama series in United States TV history, only a few examples are still on the air, and all are from the police procedural genre. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is currently the longest-running dramatic show, with 229 episodes spaced out over 11 seasons. The second-longest-running current show as of the writing of this list was "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," with 224 episodes over 10 seasons. (The original "Law & Order" series ran for 20 seasons before airing the series finale on May 24, 2010.)

What are the longest running TV dramas? Take a look here and you'll see for yourself.

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    Lassie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Lassie June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin 22 Seasons. 588 Episodes.

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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina 20 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

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    Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams 14 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

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    Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross 8 Seasons (from 4 "runs"). 450 Episodes.

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    ER is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies 15 Seasons. 331 Episodes.

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    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong 12 Seasons. 278 Episodes.

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    Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper 9 Seasons. 271 Episodes.

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    Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak 12 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

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    NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel 12 Seasons. 262 Episodes.

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    Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Baywatch David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

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    7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    7th Heaven Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads 11 Seasons. 229 Episodes. Currently in production

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    JAG is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux 10 Seasons. 227 Episodes.

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T 10 Seasons. 224 Episodes. Currently in production

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    The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott 9 Seasons. 221 Episodes.

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    Touched by an Angel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Touched by an Angel Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye 9 Seasons. 212 Episodes.

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    77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith 6 Seasons. 206 Episodes.

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    Matlock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday 9 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan 10 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

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    Mannix is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Mannix Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack 10 Seasons. 194 Episodes.

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    24 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

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    Charmed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Charmed Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause 8 Seasons. 179 Episodes.

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    Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

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    L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins 8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

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    Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris 7 Seasons. 171 Episodes.

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    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley 8 Seasons. 162 Episodes.

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    Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett 7 Seasons. 158 Episodes.

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    The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney 7 Seasons. 156 Episodes.

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    Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Simon & Simon Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker 8 Seasons. 156 Episodes.

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    Ben Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Ben Casey Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates 6 Seasons. 153 Episodes.

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    Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Trapper John, M.D. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield 7 Seasons. 151 Episodes.

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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen 6 Seasons. 150 Episodes.

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