Comedy The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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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, 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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The Adventures of Ozzie and Ha... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson - 14 Seasons. 435 Episodes.

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady - 12 Seasons. 380

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The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll - 11 Seasons. 351 Episodes.

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The George Burns and Gracie Al... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet - 8 Seasons. 291 Episodes.

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger - 11 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce - 11 Seasons. 264 Episodes.

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal - 11 Seasons. 263 Episodes.

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross - 11 Seasons. 255 Episodes.

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs - 11 Seasons. 253 Episodes.

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi - 11 Seasons. 251 Episodes.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow - 10 Seasons. 236 Episodes.

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli - 10 Seasons. 247 Episodes.

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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts - 8 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange - 9 Seasons. 249 Episodes.

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue - 8 Seasons. 203 Episodes.

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams - 9 Seasons. 215 Episodes.

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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett - 9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner - 9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn - 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. - 9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.

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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller - 9 Seasons. 207 Episodes.

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman - 204 Episodes.

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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles - 9 Seasons. 233 Episodes.

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley - 6 Seasons. 234 Episodes.

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The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan - 224 Episodes.

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Petticoat Junction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet - 7 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf - 9 Seasons. 222 Episodes.

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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan - 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
Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz - 8 Seasons. 275 Episodes.

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent - 8 Seasons. 254 Episodes.

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards - 9 Seasons. 181 Episodes.

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers - 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
Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp - 5 Seasons. 173 Episodes.

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander - 8 Seasons. 178 Episodes.

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston - 8 Seasons. 184 Episodes.

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According to Jim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell - 8 Seasons. 182 Episodes.

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan - 7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter - 7 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance - 6 Seasons. 180 Episodes.

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis - 8 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam - 8 Seasons. 201 Episodes.

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback - 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 Mickey Deems, Joey Faye, Renee Roy - 200 Episodes.

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Coach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares - 9 Seasons. 200 Episodes.

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll - 9 Seasons. 193 Episodes.

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally - 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
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano - 8 Seasons. 196 Episodes.

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain - 8 Seasons. 189 Episodes.

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier - 8 Seasons. 192 Episodes.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick - 7 Seasons. 163 Episodes.