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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 More
    14 Seasons. 344 Episodes.
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    1995 More
    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 More
    395 Episodes.
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    1972 More
    426 Episodes.
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    1989 More
    470 Episodes.
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    1997 More
    755 Episodes.
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    Bright Promise

    1969 More
    605 Episodes.
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    1980 More
    617 Episodes.
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    1964 More
    514 Episodes.
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    A Flame in the Wind

    1964 More
    515 Episodes.
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    1983 More
    3169 Episodes.
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    1975 More
    3515 Episodes.
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    1956 More
    54 Seasons. 13858 Episodes.
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    1937 More
    57 Seasons. 15762 Episodes.
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    1964 More
    8,89 Episodes.
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    1951 More
    7500 Episodes.
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    1956 More
    7420 Episodes.
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    1963 More
    12401 Episodes. Currently in production
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    1965 More
    11679 Episodes. Currently in production
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    1951 More
    9130 Episodes.
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    1954 More
    5195 Episodes.
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    1987 More
    6036 Episodes. Currently in production
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    1963 More
    5280 Episodes.

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