live ranking

Longest Running US Drama Shows TV Programs
17,841 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

Longest Running US Drama Shows

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.

Check out more lists like the best legal drama tv shows still running, the best Drama actors of 2013 and the best historical dramas.
</>
  1. 1

    1954 22 Seasons. 588 Episodes.

    open report item
  2. 2

    1990 20 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

    open report item
  3. 3

    1955 14 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

    open report item
  4. 4

    1952 8 Seasons (from 4 "runs"). 450 Episodes.

    open report item
  5. 5

    1994 15 Seasons. 331 Episodes.

    open report item
  6. 6

    1968 12 Seasons. 278 Episodes.

    open report item
  7. 7

    1957 9 Seasons. 271 Episodes.

    open report item
  8. 8

    1984 12 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

    open report item
  9. 9

    1993 12 Seasons. 262 Episodes.

    open report item
  10. 10

    1989 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

    open report item
  11. 11

    1996 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

    open report item
  12. 12

    2000 11 Seasons. 229 Episodes. Currently in production

    open report item
  13. 13

    1995 10 Seasons. 227 Episodes.

    open report item
  14. 14

    1999 10 Seasons. 224 Episodes. Currently in production

    open report item
  15. 15

    1972 9 Seasons. 221 Episodes.

    open report item
  16. 16

    1994 9 Seasons. 212 Episodes.

    open report item
  17. 17

    1958 6 Seasons. 206 Episodes.

    open report item
  18. 18

    1974 9 Seasons. 203 Episodes.

    open report item
  19. 19

    1986 9 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

    open report item
  20. 20

    2001 10 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

    open report item
  21. 21

    1967 10 Seasons. 194 Episodes.

    open report item
  22. 22

    2001 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

    open report item
  23. 23

    1998 8 Seasons. 179 Episodes.

    open report item
  24. 24

    1993 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

    open report item
  25. 25

    1986 8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

    open report item

items 1 - 25 of 33

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists