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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.)

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

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    Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty 20 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

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    Alfred Hitchcock 14 Seasons. 456 Episodes.

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    Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, George Fenneman 8 Seasons (from 4 "runs"). 450 Episodes.

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    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies 15 Seasons. 331 Episodes.

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur 12 Seasons. 278 Episodes.

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    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Richard Anderson 9 Seasons. 271 Episodes.

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    Angela Lansbury, Len Cariou 12 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman 12 Seasons. 262 Episodes.

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    Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, David Hasselhoff 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

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    Jessica Biel, Tyler Hoechlin, Haylie Duff 11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger 11 Seasons. 229 Episodes. Currently in production

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    Catherine Bell, David James Elliott, Trevor Goddard 10 Seasons. 227 Episodes.

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    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret 10 Seasons. 224 Episodes. Currently in production

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor 9 Seasons. 221 Episodes.

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Louis Gossett, Jr., Della Reese 9 Seasons. 212 Episodes.

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    Richard Long, Joan Staley, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. 6 Seasons. 206 Episodes.

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    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Daniel Roebuck 9 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

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    Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Witt, Paul Wesley 10 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

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

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    Elisha Cuthbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Lana Parrilla 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

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    Kaley Cuoco, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano 8 Seasons. 179 Episodes.

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    Dick Van Dyke, Scott Baio, Victoria Rowell 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

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    Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Blair Underwood 8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

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    Leonard Nimoy, Sam Elliott, Martin Landau 7 Seasons. 171 Episodes.

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

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Tanya Roberts, Julie Newmar 7 Seasons. 158 Episodes.

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen 7 Seasons. 156 Episodes.

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

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    Stella Stevens, Franchot Tone, Vince Edwards 6 Seasons. 153 Episodes.

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    Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield 7 Seasons. 151 Episodes.

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    Jane Seymour, Chad Allen, Orson Bean 6 Seasons. 150 Episodes.

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