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Longest Running US Soap Operas

List of the longest-running soap operas in US history. These TV soaps 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 soap operas in the history of US TV.

Because they typically run 5 days a week, long-running soap operas tend to have a staggering number of episodes, with some series coming close to or even breaking the 1000 episode barrier. The serialized nature of the programs means that they can run for many years - or even decades - continually, just by changing around the cast of characters as time passes. Before leaving the air in 2009, the CBS series "Guiding Light" was the longest-running drama series on television, and remains one of the record holders for the longest running broadcast programs of any kind in world history. (The show had debuted in 1937 as a radio serial, just days after the second inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.)
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    1979 14 Seasons. 344 Episodes.

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    1995 352 Episodes.

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    Dallas - Miniseries 14 Seasons. 357 Episodes.

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    Dallas - Weekly 14 Seasons. 357 Episodes.

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    1962 395 Episodes.

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    1972 426 Episodes.

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    1989 470 Episodes.

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    1997 755 Episodes.

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    Bright Promise 1969 605 Episodes.

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    1980 617 Episodes.

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    1964 514 Episodes.

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    A Flame in the Wind 1964 515 Episodes.

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    1983 3169 Episodes.

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    1975 3515 Episodes.

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    1956 54 Seasons. 13858 Episodes.

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    1937 57 Seasons. 15762 Episodes.

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    1964 8,89 Episodes.

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    1951 7500 Episodes.

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    1956 7420 Episodes.

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    1963 12401 Episodes. Currently in production

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    1965 11679 Episodes. Currently in production

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    1951 9130 Episodes.

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    1954 5195 Episodes.

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    1987 6036 Episodes. Currently in production

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    1963 5280 Episodes.

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