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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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  1. 1
    1954 More
    22 Seasons. 588 Episodes.
  2. 2
    1990 More
    20 Seasons. 456 Episodes.
  3. 3
    1955 More
    14 Seasons. 456 Episodes.
  4. 4
    1952 More
    8 Seasons (from 4 "runs"). 450 Episodes.
  5. 5
    1994 More
    15 Seasons. 331 Episodes.
  6. 6
    1968 More
    12 Seasons. 278 Episodes.
  7. 7
    1957 More
    9 Seasons. 271 Episodes.
  8. 8
    1984 More
    12 Seasons. 264 Episodes.
  9. 9
    1993 More
    12 Seasons. 262 Episodes.
  10. 10
    1989 More
    11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.
  11. 11
    1996 More
    11 Seasons. 243 Episodes.
  12. 12
    2000 More
    11 Seasons. 229 Episodes. Currently in production
  13. 13
    1995 More
    10 Seasons. 227 Episodes.
  14. 14
    1999 More
    10 Seasons. 224 Episodes. Currently in production
  15. 15
    1972 More
    9 Seasons. 221 Episodes.
  16. 16
    1994 More
    9 Seasons. 212 Episodes.
  17. 17
    1958 More
    6 Seasons. 206 Episodes.
  18. 18
    1974 More
    9 Seasons. 203 Episodes.
  19. 19
    1986 More
    9 Seasons. 195 Episodes.
  20. 20
    2001 More
    10 Seasons. 195 Episodes.
  21. 21
    1967 More
    10 Seasons. 194 Episodes.
  22. 22
    2001 More
    8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.
  23. 23
    1998 More
    8 Seasons. 179 Episodes.
  24. 24
    1993 More
    8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.
  25. 25
    1986 More
    8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

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