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The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Updated June 2, 2019 208k views 71 items

List of the longest-running sitcoms in US history. These funny 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 TV comedy.

What is the longest running sitcom? Popular sitcoms making it to 7, or even 10, seasons are not particularly rare. Many popular shows - such as "Seinfeld," "Everybody Loves Raymond" or "Friends" - are able to keep the central cast together and maintain narrative momentum to hit that landmark, or at least get close. But very rarely will a situation comedy exceed the 10th season or get close to 300 episodes, at least not without major cast shake-ups that change the basic nature of the show. So what is the longest running TV show? Kelsey Grammar series in which he plays Dr. Frasier Crane, however, seem to be the exception to the rule. Not only was "Cheers," the show introducing Frasier, a consistent hit for 11 years (and 275 episodes!), but the spinoff show "Frasier" also made it to 11 seasons and had a grand total of 264 episodes. That's a lot of listening!

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Petticoat Junction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning & Bea Benaderet (Fox Broadcasting Company)
7 Seasons. 222 Episodes.
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman & Laurie Metcalf (American Broadcasting Company)
9 Seasons. 222 Episodes.
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The Beverly Hillbillies ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas & Irene Ryan (CBS)
9 Seasons. 274 Episodes.
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The Donna Reed Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Donna Reed, Paul Petersen & Carl Betz (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 275 Episodes.
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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York & Dick Sargent (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 254 Episodes.
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Michael Richards (NBC)
9 Seasons. 181 Episodes.
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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt & Suzanne Somers (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 172 Episodes.
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The Bob Cummings Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis & Rosemary DeCamp (CBS)
5 Seasons. 173 Episodes.
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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams & David L. Lander (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.
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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Bob Newhart, Mary Frann & Tom Poston (CBS)
8 Seasons. 184 Episodes.
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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith & Larry Joe Campbell (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 182 Episodes.
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White & Rue McClanahan (NBC)
7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter (NBC)
7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz & Vivian Vance (CBS)
6 Seasons. 180 Episodes.
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Topher Grace, Laura Prepon & Mila Kunis (Fox Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 200 Episodes.
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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad & Keshia Knight Pulliam (NBC)
8 Seasons. 201 Episodes.
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Alice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Linda Lavin, Beth Howland & Vic Tayback (CBS)
9 Seasons. 202 Episodes.
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Mack & Myer for Hire... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Mack & Myer for Hire
200 Episodes.
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Coach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke & Shelley Fabares (American Broadcasting Company)
9 Seasons. 200 Episodes.
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Harry Anderson, John Larroquette & Richard Moll (NBC)
9 Seasons. 193 Episodes.
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing & Megan Mullally (NBC)
8 Seasons. 194 Episodes.
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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Tony Danza, Judith Light & Alyssa Milano (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 196 Episodes.
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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges & Conrad Bain (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 189 Episodes.
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Bob Saget, John Stamos & Dave Coulier (American Broadcasting Company)
8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea & Beth Broderick (The WB Television Network)
7 Seasons. 163 Episodes.