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

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

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

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

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

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong 12 Seasons. 278 Episodes.

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

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

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

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

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

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    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads 11 Seasons. 229 Episodes. Currently in production

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

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    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T 10 Seasons. 224 Episodes. Currently in production

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

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    Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye 9 Seasons. 212 Episodes.

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

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

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    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan 10 Seasons. 195 Episodes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates 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, Joe Lando, Chad Allen 6 Seasons. 150 Episodes.

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