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Longest Running US Drama Shows

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List of the longest-running TV drama shows in US history. These dramatic 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 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 - for example, the Law & Order franchise - are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running shows in the history of TV drama.

Of the longest-running drama series in United States TV history, only a few examples are still on the air, and all but one are from the police procedural genre. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is currently the longest-running dramatic show, with 229 episodes spaced out over 11 seasons. The second-longest-running current show as of the writing of this list was Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with 224 episodes over 10 seasons. (The original Law & Order series ran for 20 seasons before airing the series finale on May 24, 2010.) In 2019, Grey's Anatomy became the longest running television primetime medical drama when it aired its 332nd episode, beating the record previously held by ER.

What are the longest running TV dramas? Take a look here and you'll see for yourself.
 

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1986
8 Seasons. 172 Episodes. L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more
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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1966
7 Seasons. 171 Episodes. Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1980
8 Seasons. 162 Episodes. Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more
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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1978
7 Seasons. 158 Episodes. Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. A revival of the series originally aired on the same network ...more
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1999
7 Seasons. 156 Episodes. The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more
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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1981
8 Seasons. 156 Episodes. Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and ...more
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Ben Casey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1961
6 Seasons. 153 Episodes. Ben Casey is an American medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols "♂, ♀, ✳, †, ...more
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Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1979
7 Seasons. 151 Episodes. Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure ...more
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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
1993
6 Seasons. 150 Episodes. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Longest Running US Drama Shows
2005

14 Seasons. 307 Episodes.

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