10 Longest Running TV Sitcoms Of All Time

Posted by By Not_It at 27 July, at 05 : 55 AM Print

What was, or is, your favorite TV show?  When I was a kid, I loved watching Nick at Nite re-runs of The Munsters, Leave it to Beaver, and I Love Lucy.  None of these shows made it into the top ten longest running sitcoms of all time, but here are some greats.

#10  Everybody Loves Raymond

(9 Seasons, 210 Episodes)

Who didn’t love Raymond?  This show is now in syndicate heaven; Everybody Loves Raymond is actually based on events (somewhat embellished, I’m sure) from Ray Ramano’s life.  Raymond is a smart, funny sitcom, and just made it into the top ten with 9 seasons.

#9  Friends

(10 Seasons, 236 Episodes)

Is anyone willing to say that Friends was their Thursday night guilty pleasure?  No?  Well, given the ratings of this wickedly-funny show, I am inclined not to believe you!  Millions tuned in every Thursday to see, what else?  Would Ross and Rachel finally get together?  Or later, would they get back together?  Or later still, would they get together and stay together for the baby that they made together… while not together???

#8  The Jeffersons

(11 Seasons, 253 Episodes)

Mo..oovin’ on up”  Who can forget the catchy tune at the start of this long-running sitcom?  The show followed the lives of George and Louise Jefferson, an upper middle-class African American couple, and their maid Florence.  The Jeffersons holds the title of longest running sitcom with a predominately African American cast.

#7  Married… With Children

(11 Seasons, 262 Episodes)

This was the first show to air prime-time on then brand-new network, Fox, and has the distinction of being the longest-running live-action sitcom on the Fox network to date.  Married… was about a women’s shoe salesman and his dysfunctional family.  If you’ve seen this show (don’t lie, you have) you might be surprised to know that the show won multiple Emmy and Goldon Globe awards.  Perhaps not surprising, unless you also know that In 1989, Terry Rakolta, a homemaker from Michigan, led a boycott against the show.  Who knew?

#6  Fraiser

(11 Seasons, 264 Episodes)

The only cast member who didn’t remain with the show for the entirety of the series was “Eddie” the dog.  Frasier has the distinction of being the longest-running spin-off series ever.  You may not know that Frasier was originally a character in Cheers; Speaking of which…

#5  Cheers

(11 Seasons, 270 Episodes)

Our number five spot goes to the show that rarely took place outside of the bar, the shows namesake.  Even though each episode was largely similar, there was something really comforting to Cheers’ fans about these people that did, over time, become like friends.  There are, interestingly, 2 pubs in Boston that are set up to mimic the original Cheers bar.  I was lucky to sit on Norm’s stool in 2003; the original bar set (complete with some of the actors names carved on the bar top) was in the Hollywood Entertainment Museum for many years, unfortunately, the museum closed in 2007.

#4  My Three Sons

(12 Seasons, 380 Episodes)

Another of 1980′s Nick at Nite’s lineup, My Three Sons was about the life of a widower and aeronautical engineer named Steven Douglas, raising his three sons.  Sons, like many long-running sitcoms of that era, started out in black and white (the first 36 episodes) and continued on for 11 more seasons in color.  An interesting thing about this show, perhaps it was because of the time it ran, the show remained strong in the ratings department despite the family moving, getting married, remarried, and introducing more children.

#3  South Park

(14 Seasons, 202 Episodes)

South Park is not technically a sitcom, but is truly a long-running comedy.  I am going to say it… Here I go…  I have never watched an episode of South Park.  Wow.  No lightning or anything.  In researching the show, however I found the disclaimer at the beginning of the show to be intriguing:  ”All characters and events in this show—even those based on real people—are entirely fictional.  All celebrity voices are impersonated… poorly.  The following program contains coarse language and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone.”  I found a hilarious clip about FaceBook; and although I am probably the last person on the planet to see it, I nearly snorted beer out of my nose…

#2  The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

(14 Seasons, 435 Episodes)

It was a quaint show, but The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet entertained so many in the 14 years it ran.  This was originally a radio program, coming to TV (black and white, of course) and then ended up in color.  A uniqueness that this show had, possibly an explanation for it’s long success, is that the cast were actual family.  Ozzie and Harriet holds the title of the longest-running “live-action”/non-animated sitcom in US TV history!

#1  The Simpsons

(21 Seasons, 464 Episodes)

Here we are at the coveted number one spot!  Is anyone surprised that it’s an animated program?  Although, as with South Park, The Simpsons are not technically a traditional sitcom.  Bart Simpson has been 8-years-old for 21 years, and everyone is fine with that, and why not?  Big Bird has been 6-years-old since 1969!  I used to watch The Simpsons and enjoy the crass humor; now that I am a parent… I have to watch in secret, and doubly enjoy the crass humor!

Congratulations to the Top Ten Longest Running Sitcoms of All Time!  The research was fun, in fact, Netflix is all queued up with some classics now that my whistle has been whetted for some great laughs!

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    • Edward Saad, 3 years ago Reply

      Yeah you’re all idiots. Simsons isn’t the longest running show in TV history. It’s WWE Raw with 1000 episodes !!!!

      • Harold Mongoose, 3 years ago Reply

        WWE Raw may be hilarious to watch, but it doesn’t really qualify as a sitcom. It really isn’t necessary to call people idiots just because you disagree with them… especially if you’re the one who is wrong.

  1. Chris Clarke, 5 years ago Reply

    Sorry to steal The Simpsons thunder, although it’s episode count may be much lower, British sit-com “Only Fools and Horses” beats its year count by one, lasting 22 years between 1981 and 2003, although as Simpsons is ongoing, they can come back and reclaim the trophy next year.

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  4. Sheldon, 5 years ago Reply

    What about Degrassi and Family Guy??

    • Mongoose, 5 years ago Reply

      What about Degrassi? spin-off / franchises do not count. And Family guy hasn’t broke 200 episodes.

  5. Pat, 5 years ago Reply

    Neighbours is an Australian program, that is also very popular in Britain. It premiered on 18 March, 1985 and is still running. I’d say that makes Neighbours the winner over these short lived American programs? EastEnders started its run on British television on 19 February 1985 and is still going.

    • DAN, 4 years ago Reply


    • Joseph, 3 years ago Reply

      Yeah, Neighbors is definitely a soap and not a sitcom. But if you want to go there, Coronation Street takes the cake starting in 1960.

      Though you’ve got to give General Hospital some credit (starting in ’63). GH has 12,599 episodes to Coronation Street’s 7,900.

  6. Bill, 5 years ago Reply

    Last of the Summer Wine was first broadcast in 1973, and broadcast its last episode last weekend. 37 years, 31 series, 295 episodes.

  7. Tonya, 5 years ago Reply

    wth…where is M*A*S*H*? None of these shows even come close to M*A*S*H in quality entertainment.

  8. Jack, 5 years ago Reply

    Interesting topic, but if you just did a “little” homework you would have found the following should be in your list:
    Leave it to Beaver
    Andy Griffith Show
    I love Lucy
    Make Room for Daddy
    Beverly Hillbillies
    Donna Reed
    Love Boat
    Happy Days
    Murphy Brown
    Real McCoys
    Family Matters

    Really, a pretty poor compilation on your part……

    • Jackie, 4 years ago Reply

      By number of seasons

      22 The Simpsons (Fall 2010)
      14 (The Adventures Of) Ozzie And Harriet, South Park (Fall 2010)
      13 King Of The Hill
      12 My Three Sons
      11 M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Danny Thomas Show / Make Room For Daddy, Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Married … With Children, Frasier
      10 Murphy Brown, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Friends
      9 The Beverly Hillbillies, The Love Boat, Alice, Roseanne, Family Matters, Coach, All In The Family, One Day At A Time, Night Court, The Drew Carey Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King Of Queens

      As Jack said, poor compilation on your part.

  9. Tony, 5 years ago Reply

    Good list, Simpsons & South Park are my favorite shows!!!

  10. sasheel, 4 years ago Reply

    Friends is even funnier dubbed in Japanese :)

  11. Digi, 4 years ago Reply

    You only seem to have American sitcoms on your list.

  12. Erkasaurus, 4 years ago Reply

    Bart Simpson is 10, not 8. Lisa is 8.

  13. Martino, 4 years ago Reply

    Yeah…you guys need better researchers “Last of the Summer Wine” is the longest running Sitcom, ran from 1973 and just finished in 2010 – 37 years!

  14. scott dustin, 4 years ago Reply

    what about gunsmoke that was running over 20 years it should be on this list

  15. emerging tech blogger, 3 years ago Reply

    This article is pretty poorly researched…. you’ve left off “Last of the Summer Wine” which ran for 37 years and had 31 seasons!

    This is the actual list, by seasons:

    #1. “The Last of the Summer Wine” – 31 Seasons (1973 – 2010) 37 Years

    #2 “The Simpsons” – 23 Seasons – (1989 – present) 23 years

    #3 “Only Fools and Horses” 22 Seasons – (1981 – 2003) 22 Years

    #4 “The Jack Benny Show 15 Seasons” (1950 – 1965) 15 Years

    #5 “(The Adventures Of) Ozzie And Harriet” – 14 Seasons (1952 – 1966) 14 years

    #6 “South Park” – 15 Seasons (1997 – Present) 14 years

    #7 “Are you being Served” – 13 Seasons (1972 – 1985) 13 years

    #8 “King of the Hill” – 13 seasons – (1997 – 2010) 13 years

    #9 “My Three Sons” – 12 seasons (1960 – 1972) 12 years

    #10 11 Seasons – “M*A*S*H” “Cheers” “The Danny Thomas Show” / “Make Room For Daddy”, “Happy Days”, “The Jeffersons”, “Married … With Children”, “Frasier”

  16. Harvey, 3 years ago Reply

    The Smurfs is a long running spin-off.

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  18. Moulder, 3 years ago Reply

    the greatest mystery of all is how you forgot to include something with such unfathomable cosmological magnitude as The X-files.

  19. Sean, 3 years ago Reply

    how about seinfeld? easily the greatest sitcom of all time.

  20. InternetArguingIsRetarded, 3 years ago Reply

    You’re all idiots.

  21. Shella, 3 years ago Reply

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  24. Nazel, 3 years ago Reply

    What about The Drew Carey Show? 232 episodes, should’ve been on the list ..

  25. Lewys, 3 years ago Reply

    Murder she wrote should be in here somewhere too, 12 years 264 episodes I’m sure there are others but I just did not see this one posted and it beat out quite a few that are in the list

  26. Cameron, 3 years ago Reply

    The Ref Green show actually has, for a SITCOM and not ANIMATED SKETCH, some of the most seasons. Look up Canadian sitcoms before making a factual list.

  27. Shawn, 3 years ago Reply

    What about GUNSMOKE? It was on television fron 1955 to 1965. So were any of these, besides, the Simpsons on longer than GUNSMOKE? Thank you.

  28. Amanda, 3 years ago Reply

    Wwe is # 1 dumbass….wow u really did ur research :/

  29. Wise Up, 3 years ago Reply

    Sorry folks but Simpsons and Southpark do not belong on the list!!! At all. Period.

  30. Jacqui, 8 months ago Reply

    Two and a Half Men just made the list with 12 seasons.

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