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The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons 

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List Rules Upvote the best television shows that ran for over 10 seasons. No talk shows.

When a TV show you love lasts more than 10 seasons, you know it must be pretty amazing. Classic shows like Friends, M*A*S*H, Frasier, and Cheers each ran on air for over a decade, largely due to fan support and the attention of millions of viewers. TV shows that lasted 10 seasons or more have proven that they can withstand the test of time - especially shows like The Simpsons and South Park that keep evolving and changing as the years go by. 

Television shows that have been on the air for 10+ seasons have proven that people enjoy the production, and still have a desire to see more. These shows have somehow managed to remain relevant and appealing to their viewers, even though times have changed since their first episode aired. The top writers and producers of these shows have combined quality and longevity to consistently develop new material, bringing both comfort and excitement to their fans. They also have the potential to accumulate a wide variety of viewers because of their tenure.   

Vote for your favorite television show with 10 seasons or more below! Feel free to add any that aren't already on the list. 

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1
Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
10 (1994-2004)

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more

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2
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
25+ (1989-)

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11 (1972-1983)

Actors: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Number of Episodes: 251

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military, + more

M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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4
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11+ (1999-2002, 2005-)

Actors: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

Premiered: 1999

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Comedy, + more

Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more

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5
Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
15+ (1999-)

Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal drama, + more

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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6
Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11 (1987-1997)

Actors: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more

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7
South Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
16+ (1997-)

Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, Eliza Schneider, + more

Premiered: 1997

Network: Comedy Central

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, Animated cartoon, + more

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11 (1982-1983)

Actors: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
42 (1969-present)

Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Episodes: 4327

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Education, Animation, Children's television series, Live action, + more

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more

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10
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11+ (2003-)

Actors: Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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11
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
10 (2005-present)

Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Misha Collins, + more

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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12
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
38+ (1975-)

Actors: Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson

Premiered: 1975

Number of Episodes: 738

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy, + more

Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Hosted by a ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11 (1974-1984)

Actors: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

Number of Episodes: 255

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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14
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
20 (1990-2010)

Actors: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Legal drama, Legal

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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
14+ (2000-)

Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

Number of Episodes: 337

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Live action, + more

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
11 (1993-2004)

Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more

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17
ER is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
15 (1994-2009)

Actors: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

Premiered: 1994

Number of Episodes: 331

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Drama, Medical fiction

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18
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
13 (1997-2009)

Actors: Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cartoon, Animation, Television comedy, Sitcom, Satire, + more

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
AlexYoung added 12 (2005-2017)

Actors: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Comedy-drama, Police procedural

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
Henrik Schröder added 11 (1993-2002, 2016-2018)

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
annalm2000 added 10+ (since 2005)

Actors: Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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22
Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
12 (2003-2015)

Actors: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

Premiered: 2003

Number of Episodes: 224

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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60 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
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Actors: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft

Premiered: 1968

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): News, News program

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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
10 (2005-present)

Actors: Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: FXX

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy

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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons
10 (2001-2011)

Actors: Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 195

Network: USA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Live action, Legal

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