watchworthy presents

The Longest Running US Sitcoms

TVs Frank
Updated June 2, 2019 206.6k 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!

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
1
The Adventures of Ozzie ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Starring Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, David Nelson (American Broadcasting Company)
14 Seasons. 435 Episodes.
2
My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
12 Seasons. 380
3
The Danny Thomas Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Annette Funicello, Danny Thomas, Pat Carroll (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
11 Seasons. 351 Episodes.
4
The George Burns and Gra... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet (CBS)
8 Seasons. 291 Episodes.
5
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger (NBC)
11 Seasons. 275 Episodes.
6
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce (NBC)
11 Seasons. 264 Episodes.
7
Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal (Fox Broadcasting Company)
11 Seasons. 263 Episodes.
8
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross (Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company)
11 Seasons. 255 Episodes.
9
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs (CBS)
11 Seasons. 253 Episodes.
10
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi (CBS)
11 Seasons. 251 Episodes.
11
Friends is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow (NBC)
10 Seasons. 236 Episodes.
12
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli (CBS)
10 Seasons. 247 Episodes.
13
The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts (CBS)
8 Seasons. 249 Episodes.
14
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange (American Broadcasting Company)
9 Seasons. 249 Episodes.
15
Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue (CBS)
8 Seasons. 203 Episodes.
16
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
9 Seasons. 215 Episodes.
17
Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett (CBS)
9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.
18
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner (CBS)
9 Seasons. 210 Episodes.
19
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn (NBC)
9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.
20
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. (CBS)
9 Seasons. 209 Episodes.
21
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller (CBS)
9 Seasons. 207 Episodes.
22
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman (American Broadcasting Company)
204 Episodes.
23
The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles (American Broadcasting Company)
9 Seasons. 233 Episodes.
24
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
Starring Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
6 Seasons. 234 Episodes.
25
The Real McCoys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Longest Running US Sitcoms
The Real McCoys Starring Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
224 Episodes.