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The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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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    Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen 11 Seasons. 351 Episodes.

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    Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, Beverly Garland 12 Seasons. 380

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    Ricky Nelson, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson 14 Seasons. 435 Episodes.

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    Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith 204 Episodes.

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

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    Kevin James, Patton Oswalt, Leah Remini 9 Seasons. 207 Episodes.

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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    Jaleel White, Michelle Thomas, Reginald VelJohnson 9 Seasons. 215 Episodes.

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

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton 9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.

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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry 10 Seasons. 236 Episodes.

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer 9 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr 11 Seasons. 251 Episodes.

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    Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, Clint Howard 8 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen 10 Seasons. 247 Episodes.

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    Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Christa Miller 9 Seasons. 233 Episodes.

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    Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow 6 Seasons. 234 Episodes.

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    Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Andy Clyde 224 Episodes.

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    Edgar Buchanan, June Lockhart, Smiley Burnette 7 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne Barr 9 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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    Max Baer, Kathleen Freeman, Buddy Ebsen 9 Seasons. 274 Episodes.

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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer 11 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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    Donna Reed, Shelley Fabares, Bob Crane 8 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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    George Burns, Jack Benny, Gracie Allen 8 Seasons. 291 Episodes.

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate 11 Seasons. 263 Episodes.

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    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer 11 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio 11 Seasons. 255 Episodes.

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    Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Mike Judge 13 Seasons. 259 Episodes.

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    Elizabeth Montgomery, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Lynde 8 Seasons. 254 Episodes.

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict 11 Seasons. 253 Episodes.

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts 8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.

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    Ann B. Davis, Robert Cummings, Joi Lansing 5 Seasons. 173 Episodes.

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David 9 Seasons. 181 Episodes.

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    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy 8 Seasons. 184 Episodes.

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    Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jim Belushi, Kimberly Williams-Paisley 8 Seasons. 182 Episodes.

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

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall 7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon 8 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet 8 Seasons. 201 Episodes.

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    Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Linda Lavin 9 Seasons. 202 Episodes.

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    Mack & Myer for Hire 200 Episodes.

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    Craig T. Nelson, Shelley Fabares, Bill Fagerbakke 9 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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    Markie Post, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette 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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    Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Dana Plato 8 Seasons. 189 Episodes.

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    Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

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