The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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List of the longest-running sitcoms in US history. These funny 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 or even decades 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 are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running shows in the history of TV comedy.

What is the longest running sitcom? Popular sitcoms making it to 7, or even 10, seasons are not particularly rare. Many popular shows - such as "Seinfeld," "Everybody Loves Raymond" or "Friends" - are able to keep the central cast together and maintain narrative momentum to hit that landmark, or at least get close. But very rarely will a situation comedy exceed the 10th season, at least not without major cast shake-ups that change the basic nature of the show. So what is the longest running TV show? Kelsey Grammar series in which he plays Dr. Frasier Crane, however, seem to be the exception to the rule. Not only was "Cheers," the show introducing Frasier, a consistent hit for 11 years (and 275 episodes!), but the spinoff show "Frasier" also made it to 11 seasons and had a grand total of 264 episodes. That's a lot of listening!
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    The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Danny Thomas Show Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll 11 Seasons. 351 Episodes.

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    My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    My Three Sons Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady 12 Seasons. 380

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    The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson 14 Seasons. 435 Episodes.

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    Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman 204 Episodes.

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    Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Father Knows Best Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue 8 Seasons. 203 Episodes.

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    The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller 9 Seasons. 207 Episodes.

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    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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    Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams 9 Seasons. 215 Episodes.

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    Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett 9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner 9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.

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    The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow 10 Seasons. 236 Episodes.

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    The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange 9 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi 11 Seasons. 251 Episodes.

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    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts 8 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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    Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli 10 Seasons. 247 Episodes.

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    The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles 9 Seasons. 233 Episodes.

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    Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley 6 Seasons. 234 Episodes.

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    The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Real McCoys Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan 224 Episodes.

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    Petticoat Junction is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Petticoat Junction Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet 7 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf 9 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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    The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan 9 Seasons. 274 Episodes.

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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger 11 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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    The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Donna Reed Show Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz 8 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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    The George Burns and Gracie Al... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet 8 Seasons. 291 Episodes.

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal 11 Seasons. 263 Episodes.

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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce 11 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross 11 Seasons. 255 Episodes.

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    King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon 13 Seasons. 259 Episodes.

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    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent 8 Seasons. 254 Episodes.

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs 11 Seasons. 253 Episodes.

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

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    Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp 5 Seasons. 173 Episodes.

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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards 9 Seasons. 181 Episodes.

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    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston 8 Seasons. 184 Episodes.

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    According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    According to Jim James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell 8 Seasons. 182 Episodes.

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan 7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter 7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    I Love Lucy Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance 6 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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    That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis 8 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam 8 Seasons. 201 Episodes.

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback 9 Seasons. 202 Episodes.

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    Mack & Myer for Hire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Mack & Myer for Hire Mickey Deems, Joey Faye, Renee Roy 200 Episodes.

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    Coach is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Coach Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares 9 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll 9 Seasons. 193 Episodes.

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    Will and Grace 8 Seasons. 194 Episodes.

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    Who's the Boss 8 Seasons. 196 Episodes.

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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain 8 Seasons. 189 Episodes.

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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms

    Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

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