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Longest Running Children's TV Shows

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Updated June 14, 2019 71k views 11 items

List of the longest-running kids' TV shows in US history. These children's 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 children's television.

No other children's program in US history can really approach "Sesame Street" in terms of either ubiquity, popularity OR longevity. The creation of Jim Henson and the Children's Television Workshop has been a fixture on American television since the 1960s, raising generations of American kids and their parents. The show has clocked in over 4,000 episodes over the course of 41 seasons and continues going strong. Though there are no other US children's shows that have nearly that number of episodes, it's interesting to note that both China and the United Kingdom have longer running TV series for kids - "Dafengche" and "Blue Peter," respectively. These long running programs are icons in the TV business. There are few shows that have been around as long as these have.

What are some of the longest running children's TV shows? Take a look here and find out.

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz & Caroll Spinney (Public Broadcasting Service)
41 Seasons. 4256 Episodes. Currently in production
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The Friendly Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Bob Homme and Rod Coneybeare (CBC Television)
3000 Episodes.
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Double Dare is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Lou Ferrigno, Jennifer Malone & 'Weird Al' Yankovic (Nickelodeon)
547 Episodes.
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The Smurfs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Don Messick, Danny Goldman & Lucille Bliss (Global Television Network)
9 Seasons. 421 Episodes.
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Where in the World Is Ca... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen & Rockapella (Public Broadcasting Service)
5 Seasons. 296 Episodes.
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Mopatop's Shop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
4 Seasons. 260 Episodes.
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3-2-1 Contact is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring David Quinn, Debra Shapiro & Todd A. Rolle (Public Broadcasting Service)
233 Episodes.
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Square One Television is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring John Sayles, Yeardley Smith & Larry Cedar (Public Broadcasting Service)
5 Seasons. 230 Episodes.
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Arthur is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring J.T. Turner, Melissa Altro & Daniel Brochu (PBS Kids Go!)
13 Seasons. 185 Episodes. Currently in production
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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh & Nancy Cartwright (Nickelodeon)
12 Seasons. 172 Episodes.
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SpongeBob SquarePants is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Longest Running Children's TV Shows
Starring Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass & Bill Fagerbakke (Nickelodeon)
8 Seasons. 165 Episodes. Currently in production