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[[caption-width-right:325:Truly Superman is too super to kill (but it took several decades to change his red underpants).[[note]]Chronologically from top left:''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', ''Film/{{Superman}}'', ''Film/SupermanReturns'', ''Film/ManOfSteel''.[[/note]]]]

Franchises which have somehow passed the test of time. There is a clue in here for what people want to watch and listen to. Some of these shows began with bad ratings or [[SeasonalRot went through creative slumps]], but got here thanks to NetworkToTheRescue (and avoiding being ScrewedByTheNetwork). Some of these shows are even OlderThanTelevision.

See also:
[[index]]
* PrintLongRunners
* VideoGameLongRunners
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn
* LongRunnerLineup
* LongRunnerCastTurnover
* WebcomicsLongRunners.
[[/index]]

Contrast ShortRunners.
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[[folder:At least 10 years]]
* ''The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet'' (1952-66; notable as the longest-running American sitcom until being surpassed by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'')
* ''Manga/AirGear'' by Oh!Great ran for a full decade from 2002 to 2012 and ended with 357 chapters.
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' ran on and off from 1978-90.
* ''Series/AllThat'' ran from 1994 to 2005.
* ''Series/AlloAllo''. Lasted from 1982 to 1992, a full decade.
* ''Series/AlmostLive'': Sketch comedy on NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle from 1984-99, best known for launching the TV career of Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy.
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' first aired in September 2001.
* ''Series/AmericanIdol'' (June 11, 2002-present)
* ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'': began in 2004 and still ongoing with TheMovie released in 2014.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', which started in 2001 (2000 if you count the stealth airing of the first episode) and, despite a few title changes, is still going.
* ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''. Lasted from 1972 to 1985, 13 years.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', a cartoon based on the books by Marc Brown, has been running for 18 years to date.
* ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'' ran from 1992-2002 with a reunion episode in 2005.
* ''Series/TheAtheistExperience''. Started in 1997, still ongoing.
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'' -- the "costumed" series debuted in 1991 and ended in 2002, but a an AllCGICartoon adaptation beginning in 2011 has made the show one of these.
* ''Series/{{Beachcombers}}'' (387 episodes from 1972-91; longest dramatic series in Canada)
* ''Series/BeatTheClock'': Total of 18 years (1950-61, 1969-74, 1979-80, 2002-03).
* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' (2000-2010)
* ''Series/BigBrother'': The show premiered in the Netherlands in 1999. While the original version has ended, several international versions continue to air and would belong here.
* The ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' toy-line released its first sets in the Summer of 2001 and its last sets in the winter of 2010, hitting the 10 year mark on the dot.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' - Youngest of ''Weekly Shonen Jump'''s Big three (see ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' and ''Manga/OnePiece'' below), started 2001 with over 500 chapters.
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' (1996-2006)
* ''Series/{{Break the Bank|1945}}'' (12 years in its original run, 1945-57)
* ''Series/{{Brum}}'' (1991-2002, still in syndication in some territories)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'': (13 years, October 2, 1997-October 3, 2010)
* ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'' (11 years, 1967-78)
* ''Webcomic/CatAndGirl'', a web comic that has been running since 1999.
* ''Series/CatchPhrase'', a British game show that lasted sixteen years. (Not to be confused with the much less successful American version upon which it was based.)
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (11 years, immediately followed by spinoff ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' which went '''another''' 11. As a result, Kelsey Grammer played Frasier Crane from 1984-2004.)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly'' (produced by Creator/WalterLantz) ran from 1953 to 1972. However, the studio only did an average of three cartoons per year with the character. As a result he only has 50 shorts despite being in production for 19 years.
* Sanrio's Cinnamoroll, who would later become a very popular character in Japan, has been winning the hearts of Sanrio fans for 13 years. Which is surprising since Sanrio itself didn't expect a character to come this close to being popular along with [[OnegaiMyMelody My Melody]] and Franchise/HelloKitty.
* ''{{Claymore}}'' (2001-present, with a 26-episode anime)
* ''Comedy Central Presents'' (1998-2011, 14 seasons, over 260 episodes; a show that has about 30 minutes of StandUpComedy by a different comedian each episode)
* ''Countdown'' (Australia; 1974-87)
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' (began in 2000 and still going)
** ''Series/CSIMiami'' (2002-2012)
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' (as its anniversary celebration put it, "10 F$!king Years", although current and best-known host Jon Stewart first showed up in 1999; the show debuted in 1996 with host Craig Kilborn)
* ''Literature/DalzielAndPascoe'' (11+ years)
* ''{{Dallas}}'' (1978-91)
* ''Webcomic/{{Darkbolt}}'' (1999-2011) Long manga-style web comic
* ''Series/DeadliestCatch'' - 10 seasons (2005-), plus a four-episode miniseries called ''America's Deadliest Season'' which served as a pilot in 2004. Still ongoing.
* ''Definitely Not the Opera'' (CBC Radio variety show since 1994, named ''Brand X'' 1994-97; hosted by Sook-Yin Lee since 2002)
* ''Series/{{Definition}}''. Lasted from 1974 to 1989, 15 years.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' (running since 2001, now known as ''Degrassi'', over 200 episodes so far; the very first incarnation of it was actually in 1979 with ''Kids of Degrassi Street'')
* ''The Doctors'' (19 years, 1963-82; 5,280 episodes)
* ''DoraTheExplorer'' (2000-)
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' ([[Manga/DragonBall manga]] started in late 1984, ended in 1995. Anime started in 1986 and ended in 1997 with ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' may or may not count as additional seasons. It is still quite alive in terms of people finding ways to try and make money out of it.
* The ''[=EarthSiege=]/{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}/{{VideoGame/Tribes}}'' series (July 1994-)
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' (15 years, 1994-2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' (premiered on ''OhYeahCartoons'' in September 1998; the show proper debuted in March 2001 and is still ongoing, with a ninth season being produced for 2013)
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (running since January 31, 1999, cancelled in 2000 and 2002, got uncancelled in 2001 and 2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/FatAlbertAndTheCosbyKids ''. Lasted from 1972 to 1984 in the original format, plus 1984 to 1985 in first-run syndication.
* ''Series/FifteenToOne'' (British quiz show, 1988-2003)
* ''Finkleman's 45s'' (CBC radio retro music show; October 5, 1985 -o June 25, 2005)
* ''FiranMUX'' (circa 1997-)
* ''Fred Penner's Place'' (CBC children's show, 1985-97)
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' ran for 11 seasons between September 16, 1993 and May 13, 2004 for a total of 264 episodes.
* ''The French Chef'', a Creator/{{PBS}} {{cooking show}} starring Julia Child, ran for 10 years from 1963 to 1973. It's still being rerun on cable.
* ''FundayPawpetShow'' (November 1999-; 466 [[http://pawpet.tv/episode_guide 4-hour episodes]] as of July 18, 2010)
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Original manga began in 2001 and finished in 2009, has had two anime series the first one of which is approaching its tenth anniversary, 5 OVA's, and 2 movies, one for each respective anime series.
* ''Manga/FutariEcchi'' (1997, still ongoing as of 2012, 15 years), holds the record for the longest running manga with near explicit sex being showcased in every single chapter, in every volume. Something that sounds so bland and lewd has a reason for having more than 50 Volumes published, the series is basically an insightful encyclopedia for sex in manga form, no gratuitous sex scenes for the sake of it, everything being show relates to detailed reseatch on the author's part, something beyond than PlotWithPorn.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' (March 28, 1999-August 10, 2003 [FOX episodes] March 23, 2008-September 4, 2013 [Comedy Central episodes], counting the four made-for-DVD movies[[note]]''Bender's Big Score'', ''The Beast with a Billion Backs'', ''Bender's Game'', and ''Into the Wild Green Yonder''[[/note]])
* ''Series/GoodEats'' (debuted July 7, 1999; Creator/FoodNetwork's longest-running consecutive original program, with 14 seasons and 249 episodes). Ended in 2011.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' (Started in January of 2002)
* ''HanaYoriDango'' (the manga ran for 11 years, and dramas based on it are still in development)
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' (Web Series running December 24, 1999-present)
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' (the original version lasted from 1968-1980)
* ''Hannity and Colmes'' (12 and a half years, plus ''Hannity'')
* ''{{Heartbeat}}'' (1992-2010)
* ''Series/HiFive'' (Started airing in January 1999 and also spawned a ''very'' successful American incarnation.)
* ''History Detectives'' (PBS history show, 2003-12; a revamped version is scheduled for 2014.)
* ''HowItsMade'' (Started in 2001, still ongoing)
* ''Manga/IketeruFutari'' (1997-2010)
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' (although the anime [[CutShort got axed]] when it was going to [[OvertookTheManga overtake the manga]], the manga itself ran from 1996-2008; the anime came back and finished the story in 2009-2010. That's 14 years if you count the anime as part of its run as well)
* ''Series/IronChef'' (started in 1993; between ''Iron Chef Japan'' and ''Iron Chef America'', that's nearly (but not quite) two decades in one form or another.)
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' (1995-2005)
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'' (spinoff of ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', lasted 11 seasons)
* ''TheJokersWild'' (originally ran from 1972-75 on CBS, followed by syndicated revivals from 1977-86 and 1990-91; total of 13 seasons)
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' started in 1995, making it one of the oldest webcomics in existence.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' (13 seasons and survivor of FOX's [[FridayNightDeathSlot Sunday Sports Pre-emption Slot]], 1997-2009, though in 2010, CartoonNetwork aired four [[MissingEpisode episodes that never aired on FOX]] because [[ExecutiveMeddling the executives wanted the show off the air as quickly as possible]] to make room for ''TheClevelandShow'' and, later, ''BobsBurgers'')
* ''KnotsLanding'' (14 seasons, SpinOff of ''Dallas'' that outlasted its already long running parent show, 1979-1993)
* ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' (1954-73)
* ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' (since 1995 on CBS; hosted by Tom Snyder {1995-99}, Craig Kilborn {1999-2005}, Creator/CraigFerguson {2005-})
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' (1999-; 12 years as of 2010, when it also became the longest-running first-run drama series in primetime, carrying on the mantle of its parent series)
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' (2001-11)
* ''Tabletop/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' (1995-present; the longest running CCG after ''MagicTheGathering'' itself)
* ''Webcomic/TheLifeOfNobTMouse'' began in December 1996 and is still going.
* ''Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'' (1984-95)
* ''Series/LondonsBurning'' (1986-2002)
* ''Series/{{Loving}}'' (1983-95)
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' (1972-83; UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar: 3 years)
* ''Series/MADtv'' (1995-2009; is considered ''SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] longest-running rival sketch show, and like ''SNL'' had its share of cast changes, writer changes, and executive producer changes)
* ''{{Major}}'' (15 years; started in 1994 and reached over 700 chapters by the time it finished in 2010)
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' (1987-97; longest-running live-action sitcom on FOX)
* ''MatchGame'' (18 years--1962-69 on NBC, 1973-82 on CBS and syndication, 1983-84 as ''The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour'', 1990-91 on ABC and 1998-99 in syndication)
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' began in August of 2000
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', which has aired on ITV since 1997 and continued even after the main character left in 2011 (replaced by his cousin).
* ''Monitor'' (NBC Radio weekend show ran just shy of 20 years, from June 1955 to January 1975)
* ''The Montel Williams Show'' (1991-2008)
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' (1984-96)
* ''Series/MurphyBrown'' (1988-98)
* ''Series/MyFamily'' (2000-11)
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' (1988-99; originated on KTMA, then moved to ComedyCentral, then SciFiChannel)
* ''{{Series/Mythbusters}}'' (2003-)
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' (first published in 1999 and aired in 2002. Now has 67 volumes, 600 episodes, 5 OVA, 1 novel, numerous games, and 10 movies. The manga officially ended on November 6, 2014, at 700 chapters, and the 10th and final movie was released on December 6th of the same year. As of now, the anime is still ongoing.)
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (2003-)
* ''NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' (first broadcast in 1996. As of latest broadcast season, they now have 227 episodes.)
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''[='=]s manga has been running since February 1995, but only because of ScheduleSlip.
* ''TheNowShow'' (first broadcast in 1998 and still airing)
* ''Series/NYPDBlue'' started in 1993 and ended in 2005 (12 seasons).
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' (started publication in 1997. Over 700 manga chapters in 70+ volumes, more than 600 episodes, twelve movies, and counting.)
** In 2010, the creator announced that the story had reached its halfway point; if this is true, then the series will run for a total of ''26 years.''
** Incredibly ironic given that when Eiichiro Oda initially thought up the plot of the series, he planned to end it after 5 years.
** Keep in mind that while ''Manga/OnePiece'' is slightly past the halfway point, the other members of Weekly Shonen Jump's Big Three and fellow Long Runners, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' and ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', are now in their final arcs. Of course, Bleach's record for ArcFatigue means we can't rule out it lasting for many more years.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' initially ran from 1981-1991 (10 years), and continued for another 7 years with annual Christmas specials.
* ''Series/TheOreillyFactor'' (started in 1996, not going anywhere soon)
* ''Series/{{Parlamentet}}'' (aired on Swedish television from 1999-2011, though the possibility of further episodes has not been ruled out; by contrast, its parent programme, the BBC's ''IfIRuledTheWorld'', only aired for [[BritishBrevity fourteen episodes]] in 1998-99)
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', since 1998.
* ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' has lasted atleast 12 years and is still not finnished.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Pico}}'' flash, ''Pico's School'', was made in 1999. Since then, Pico has been kept alive ([[NegativeContinuity in a]] [[TheyKilledKennyAgain sense]]) as Website/{{Newgrounds}}' SeriesMascot by all sorts of Newgrounders to this day. And to think, ''Pico's School'' was inspired by '''''UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}'''''.
* ''Series/{{Pinwheel}}'' (13 years, 1977-90. Was {{Nickelodeon}}'s biggest show at 260 episodes until ''YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' dethroned it.)
* ''Series/PlayForToday'': Drama anthology series that ran from 1970 to 1984.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' (since 1997, 800+ episodes, and 17+ movies (one per year)).
* ''PoliceCameraAction'' (cop documentary, first broadcast in 1994)
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' (Began running in 2004, and has been doing so every week since airing. Currently in its 10th anniversary)
* The ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' GameShow series: 19 years (27 years worth of episodes due to the overlapping syndicated versions):
** 1973-74, CBS (''The $10,000 Pyramid'')
** 1974-80, ABC (''The $10,000/$20,000 Pyramid'')
** 1974-79, syndicated (''The $25,000 Pyramid'')
** 1981, syndicated (''The $50,000 Pyramid'')
** 1982-88, CBS (''The $25,000 Pyramid''; called ''The New $25,000 Pyramid'' from November 8, 1982 - January 28, 1985)
** 1985-88, syndicated (''The $100,000 Pyramid'')
** 1991, syndicated (''The $100,000 Pyramid'')
** 2002-04, syndicated (''Pyramid'')
** 2012, GSN (''The Pyramid'')
* ''QuestionableContent'' passed this mark on July 31, 2013.
* ''Radio Dead Air'', [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash Bozard's]] internet radio show, has been running weekly since July 2000. It makes his show the longest running entity connected with Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses (even if the show was on for about 8 years before he even began making videos in 2009, let alone getting signed on to TGWTG in 2010.)
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' (1988-1993; 1997-1999; 2009; 2012, ten seasons including the mini-series ''Back To Earth'')
* ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' (1990-2005, 300 episodes and a movie. Could go for almost thirty years if you count the length of time Steve Smith has been playing the Red Green character, having first done it on ''Smith and Smith'' in the late 1970s.)
* ''Series/RetroGameMaster'', known as ''Game Center CX'' in its native Japan. Has been running since 2003, with the 17th season celebrating the tenth anniversary.
* ''Series/RoadRules'' (1995-2007)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (12 years, disregarding its brief cancellation/hiatus period and lackluster spin-offs. 177 aired episodes; however, each episode has [[ThreeShorts two (or three in later seasons) stories.]] When you add them all together, include the pilot, the two "Tales From the Crib" movies, and the three feature films, the approximate number of episodes becomes roughly 351.)
* ''Series/RyansHope'' (13 years, 1975-89)
* ''SallyJessyRaphael'' (ran from 1983-2002; canceled by distributor Studios USA due to the fading popularity of talk shows. And yet Jerry's been on for going on 18 years now...)
* ''Radio/SaysYou'' has been running since 1997, and as of 2012 is in its 15th season.
* ''Saber y Ganar'', a Spanish daily quiz show, started on 17th February, 1997. Since October 2011, it runs all seven days a week. It has consistently been the most viewed show in its channel since 2004.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' (published daily since June 12, 2000...and not missing a single day)
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries'' alone has been going on strong since 1998, releasing a new installment every year, even occasionally fitting two in the same year.
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'' (1998)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheWitchsGhost'' (1999)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheAlienInvaders'' (1999)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'' (2001)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLegendOfTheVampire'' (2003)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheMonsterOfMexico'' (2003)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheLochNessMonster'' (2004)
** ''WesternAnimation/AlohaScoobyDoo'' (2005)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInWheresMyMummy'' (2005)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooPiratesAhoy'' (2006)
** ''WesternAnimation/ChillOutScoobyDoo'' (2007)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing'' (2008)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheSamuraiSword'' (2009)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAbracadabraDoo'' (2010)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooCampScare'' (2010)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooLegendOfThePhantosaur'' (2011)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMusicOfTheVampire'' (2012)
** ''WesternAnimation/BigTopScoobyDoo'' (2012)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMaskOfTheBlueFalcon'' (2013)
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright'' (2013)
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' (11 years, counting a PostScriptSeason)
* ''Series/SilentWitness'' (1996-, 13+ seasons)
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has been daily since August 25, 1997.
* While {{Superman}} has already been mentioned, the TV show ''{{Smallville}}'' stands out on its own with ten seasons and a season 11 ComicBookAdaptation. It's the current (2013) record holder for longest-running American SciFi show.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' ran for three days short of ten years on Creator/AdultSwim alone, and then for 1 day short of two more years on GameTap.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' (May 1, 1999-October 11, 2004/May 6th 2005-present) (Began in 1999, rose in popularity in 2000, widely considered as the most popular cartoon of the decade and rightfully took its place as one of the most successful cartoons of all time. Despite this, it was cancelled in 2004, with the movie set to be the series finale. However, the movie did so well, beyond expectations, that Nickelodeon saw potential in the show, and quickly renewed it for a fourth season. Currently in its 9th Season, and renewed for a 10th.)
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (1997-, 16 seasons, renewed through a 20th)
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' (10 years, longest continuously running SciFi show on U.S. television after ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. Also 5 years for its spinoff, ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. ''Universe'' picking up immediately after ''Atlantis'' ended means that there was a current Franchise/StargateVerse 1997-2011.)
* ''StrikeItRich'' (GameShow, June 29, 1947 – January 3, 1958)
* ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' has been on the air since 2000 and is currently in its 29th season.
* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'', which started as a fan-made TabletopRPG expansion pack in the mid-1990s, still has a couple of people writing short stories set in that universe today.
* ''Series/TheyThinkItsAllOver'' ran from 1995-2006 for 19 full series and two summer specials.
* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' has aired nationally since 1996 (beginning locally one year earlier as ''Your Radio Playhouse''), as well as a Showtime TV series from 2007-09.
* ''Thuis'' (Belgian soap opera, since 1995)
* ''Series/TicTacDough'' (originally ran from 1956-59 on NBC, then in syndication from 1978-86 and 1990-91; total of 12 seasons)
* ''Series/TimeTeam'' (British series, 19 years 1994-2013)
* ''Franchise/ToeiFushigiComedySeries'' (1981 - 1993)
* ''Tokyo Friend Park II'' (Japanese game show, aired nearly every week from April 1994 through March 2011, plus another year prior if you count the original ''Tokyo Friend Park'' which aired from October 1992 through September 1993)
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' : Creator/CartoonNetwork's longest running block at over 11 years, from March 17, 1997 - September 20, 2008. Revived on May 26, 2012.
* ''TrintonChronicles'': (1999-2011 as a web original)
* ''Series/TrueLife'': {{MTV}} documentary series, with topics like, "I Have Schizophrenia", "I'm a Staten Island Girl", "I Don't Like My Small Breasts", "I'm Embarrassed of My Mom", and "I'm Living With My Ex" (among others), running since 1998, 15 seasons so far.
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' has published daily since 1997, with only short hiatus periods lately due to serious losses in the author's family.
* ''Series/VideoAndArcadeTop10'' (Canadian kids game show about video games that aired from 1991-2006, and one of the longest running English language Canadian game shows in history)
* ''Series/TheView'', ABC daytime talk show, 10-plus years (daily since 1997)
* ''[[Radio/TheVinylCafe The Vinyl Café with Stuart Mclean]]'', CBC Radio music-variety show, 15+ years (Summer replacement 1994-97, weekly since 1997)
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' has been running since 1998.
* ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' (first broadcast in 2000, around 1,500 episodes in a decade, not including international versions)
* ''Series/WhatNotToWear'' (2003-2013)
* ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' (27 series over 12 years in its home country; has versions in lots of countries, some of which are Long Runners themselves).
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' started out on BBC Radio 4 in 1988, then moved onto ChannelFour the same year, where it lasted for 10 seasons; the show moved to Hollywood in 1998, when it got picked up by Creator/{{ABC}}. The show was cancelled in 2003 — and by cancelled, we mean it stopped ''filming'' new episodes; new episodes continued to ''air'' on Creator/ABCFamily until November 2006. Several years later, the series was {{uncanceled}} and made a ChannelHop to Creator/TheCW, where new episodes began airing in 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' (2004 to 2014; the show is currently in its sixth season. It was originally supposed to stop after three seasons and a movie. Then, it was scheduled to stop after a third movie, which is to be released during summer of 2014. Now, a seventh season has been announced.)
* ''VideoGame/WorldWarIIOnline'', the massive multiplayer war simulator, went to paid subscription on June 6, 2001 and is still going strong.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Wrestling/{{WWE SmackDown}}'', has been airing regularly since April 29, 1999.
* ''Series/XPlay'' (1998-2012, originally as ''GameSpot TV'' on ZDTV)
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' got its start as a manga by Kazuki Takahashi in 1996. In addition to the original manga, the franchise has developed into five other manga series, six anime series (with a seventh scheduled to debut in spring of 2014), one 30-minute animated movie, and two full-length animated movies. (The CollectibleCardGame that most of the franchise was based on didn't actually debut until 1999; the anime series that most fans are familiar with was sponsored by Konami, revolving around their version of the card game to ensure their domination of the card game license.)
* The following Cirque du Soleil troupes:
** ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'' (1994-98 tent tour, 1999-2000 residency at a casino in Biloxi, MS, 2001-09 tent tour relaunch; 2009-13 arena tour)
** ''Theatre/{{Quidam}}'' (1996-2010 tents, 2010- arenas)
** ''Theatre/{{O}}'' (1998-)
** ''Theatre/LaNouba'' (1998-)
** ''Theatre/{{Dralion}}'' (1999-2010 tents; 2010- arenas)
** ''Theatre/{{Varekai}}'' (2002-2013 tents, 2013- arenas)
** ''Zumanity'' (2003-)
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[[folder:At least 20 years]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''; the manga ran from 1988 to 2014, and it's had several anime adaptations.
* ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' (original pilot aired in November 1989, launched January 1990. From 1999-2000, it ran only as occasional specials, but the Tom Bergeron-hosted revamp returned it to series status)
* ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'' (1987-1996, 1997-2012; longest-running show on FOX. It was actually canceled in Fall 1996 but fans, law enforcement, and the governments of 32 states rallied together to successfully persuade FOX to [[UnCanceled uncancel]] the show a month and a half later. Upon returning, it resumed its regular Saturday-night timeslot and paired with ''Series/{{COPS}}''. This combination ''itself'' was a long runner as one of the longest unchanged primetime schedules in American television history lasting 15th years until it was sent to Lifetime in 2011. They would only air the program for a little under a year, ending in 2012.)
* ''At the Movies'' (''[[SiskelAndEbert Siskel & Ebert]]''): From 1986-99 with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, 1999-2000 with Ebert and guests, 2000-06 with Ebert and Richard Roeper, 2006-08 with Roeper and guests, 2008-09 with Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz, and 2009-10 with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips, for a total of 24 years. Revived on PBS in 2011 as ''Roger Ebert Presents "At the Movies"''.
** If one counts their 1975-82 tenure on ''Opening Soon at a Theater Near You''/''Sneak Previews'' (which ran for another 14 years after they left for a total run of 21 years) and their 1982-86 stint on the original ''At the Movies'', Siskel and Ebert were co-presenting film review programs for 24 years.
* ''Australia's Funniest Home Videos'' (the Australian version of ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' has been running since 1990)
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'': The first videos came out in 1987. The show premiered in 1992 and has been running for well over 20 years (though the 1990s was when it was the subject of a lot of praise, ridicule, and hate).
* ''Manga/{{Bastard}}'': First volume published in 1988 (with a one-shot pilot in 1987 titled ''Wizard!!''). It was serialized irregularly by ''Weekly Jump'' before switching to ''Ultra Jump'' in 2000 (with a seven-year hiatus between 2001 and 2008) and as a result, only a relatively small set of 26 volumes have been published.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' (this futuristic wargame just celebrated its 25th Anniversary)
* ''{{Berserk}}'': First volume published in 1990 (with a one-shot pilot in 1989), and has been serialized in ''Young Animal'' since 1992. However, it's only published bimonthly, so it has the comparatively-small 33 volumes. However, the anime was only 25 episodes and only lasted half a year; the fact that it went through 13 volumes of story in that time is telling as to why.
* ''Series/BestMotoring'', from December 1987 to June 2011 (22 and a half years)
* ''Series/TheBill'' (pilot in 1983, full series in 1984, weekly since 1987. Ended in September 2010.)
* ''The Bold and the Beautiful'' (1987-)
* ''Brookside'', (Channel 4 UK soap opera and one of the channel's first shows, 1982-2003)
* ''Series/CaptainKangaroo'' (29 years, 1955-84)
* The ''Film/CarryOn'' film franchise included at least one film a year every year from 1958-78 (followed by ''Carry On Columbus'' in 1992).
* ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' (20 years, first broadcast 1986)
** Its spinoff ''HolbyCity'' has already had a 10+ year run in its own right (since 1999)
* The ''Manga/ChibiMarukoChan'' franshise has been running for almost 30 years, with the manga running for 23 years before ending and the second anime (over 900 episodes so far) running for almost 19.
* Cirque du Soleil troupes:
** ''Theatre/{{Saltimbanco}}'' opened in 1992, originally closed in February 1997, and was brought back in October 1998. As a tent-based tour it ran until 2006, and relaunched as an arena tour in 2007. In this form it ran until 2012.
** ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'' has been running nonstop in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1993.
* ''{{Concentration}}'' (24 years on NBC and in syndication {1958-78, 1987-91}, minus a five-month hiatus in 1973)
* ''Series/{{COPS}}'' (currently in Season 26; second longest-running show on {{Fox}} and the longest-running RealityShow, currently on Spike TV)
* ''Crossroads'', British soap opera (26 years, 1964-88 and 2001-03).
* ''LARP/TheDarkonWargamingClub'' has been around since 1985.
* ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' (running continuously since 1992)
* The ''Franchise/{{Degrassi}}'' franchise. It has been going off on and on since 1979, with the order like this: ''Series/TheKidsOfDegrassiStreet 1979''-86; ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh 1987''-89; ''Series/DegrassiHigh 1989''-92 (counting [[TheMovie the Made-for-TV-Movie]]), and ''[[Series/{{Degrassi}} Degrassi: The Next Generation]]'' [[note]]([[OfficiallyShortenedTitle now titled simply]] ''Degrassi'')[[/note]] 2001-present.
* Manga/DetectiveConan, also known as Case Closed, in publication since 1994 and on the air since 1996 with 700+ episodes, 18 movies, and 70+ volumes. It's still going in both anime and manga form.
* ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' (21 years, 1955-1976)
* ''Donahue'' (1967-70 as a local series, then nationally until 1996)
* ''[[GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!!]]'' (Japanese comedy/variety show, running since October 1989).
* ''{{Eastenders}}'' (3,300+ episodes since 1985)
* ''Series/TheEdgeOfNight'' (7,420 episodes from 1956-84)
* ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' (1948-71)
* ''Series/FCDeKampioenen'' (1990-2011) Belgian sitcom.
* ''Series/FortBoyard'' (1990-) French summer TV game show.
* ''Series/TheFriendlyGiant'' (Canadian children's show, 1958-85)
* [=FurryMUCK=] 1990-today. May be the oldest text-based virtual reality game still around.
* ''Series/LesGuignolsDeLInfo'' (French satirical {{puppet show|s}}, 1988-)
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' (the manga has been around since 1990)
* ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' (September 10, 1955-March 31, 1975) Famously the longest running drama series in primetime television, a title it now officially shares with ''Law & Order''.
* ''GuteZeitenSchlechteZeiten'' ("Good Times, Bad Times", German soap with 4,000+ episodes, running since 1992; based on a Dutch soap called ''Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden'', which has run for 3,500 episodes since 1990)
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' (manga serialization started in 1989, currently at 1,000 chapters and going strong)
* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' (British satirical panel show, started 1990 and still going despite several libel cases and not having a permanent presenter since sacking Angus Deayton in 2002)
* ''Comicbook/HermanHedning'' 1988-Present.
* ''Series/HeeHaw'' (CBS 1969-71, then in syndication through 1992)
* ''HeyHeyItsSaturday'' (Australian variety show, 1971-99)
* ''Series/HomeAndAway'' (since 1988, 4,500+ Episodes)
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' (1966-81, 1986-89, 1998-2004; total of 24 years, or 25 if you count ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' {1983-84})
* ''In The Life'' (June 1992 - December 2012); the longest-running LGBT newsmagazine
* ''IssuesAndAnswers'' (1960-81) that, along with ''MeetThePress'' and ''FaceTheNation'', represented the height of Sunday- morning political television in the US.
* ''[[JerrySpringer The Jerry Springer Show]]'' (running in syndication since 1991, started as a public-affairs talk show based at WLWT in Cincinnati; its parent company syndicated it nationally as it slowly evolved into its current "freakshow" format. It switched distributors from Multimedia to Universal when Multimedia was bought out by a newspaper company in 1995, along with Sally Jessy Raphael's show)
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (started in 1987 on ''Weekly Jump''; it switched to ''Ultra Jump'' (a monthly publication) in 2004, and is currently far over 100 volumes spanning eight major story arcs)
* ''Series/LaterWithJoolsHolland'' (British variety show, 1992-)
* ''Landline'' (Australian rural issues program, 1992-)
* ''Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'' (1993-; adding the ''Late Night'' years at NBC, 31 years)
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': September 13, 1990 - May 24, 2010. Fell just short of beating ''Gunsmoke''[='s=] record, though at least they're now tied. Was the longest-running first-run drama series in primetime for all of TheNoughties.
* ''Legends in Concert'', a celebrity impersonator revue, has been performing somewhere in Las Vegas, NV since 1983. Sister productions in Atlantic City, NJ, Branson, MO, and Myrtle Beach, SC have all had decade-plus runs; the latter two are still performing.
* ''TheLetterPeople'': First broadcast in 1976, it ran clear into the 1990s.
* The ''Franchise/LittlestPetShop'' toy line has been in continuous production since 1992.
* ''Love of Life'' (7,315 episodes from 1951-80)
* ''Radio/LuxRadioTheatre'', a weekly American radio series which adapted Hollywood films for radio broadcast, ran for 21 years, 1934-1955.
* ''Tabletop/MagicTheGathering'' (1993-present; [[TropeMaker the]] ''[[UrExample original]]'' CollectibleCardGame)
* ''Maury'' (Maury Povich's talk show; started in 1991 and still going strong. Switched distributors from Paramount to Universal in 1998)
* ''Series/MediaWatch'' (Australian media analysis program; first aired in May 1989, isn't going anywhere any time soon)
* ''Franchise/MegaMan'': The [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 first game]] was released to the NES in 1987. The series celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has been running on the West End since 1985.
* ''Morningside'' (CBC Radio morning show, 1976-97)
* ''The Movie Show'' (running since 1986 in Australia; the original hosts switched networks in 2004 and now present ''At The Movies'', which is the same show in all but name).
* ''Series/MrDressup'' (Canadian children's show, 1967-96)
* ''Series/MutualOfOmahasWildKingdom'' (1963-88 [original series], 2002-present [revival])
* ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'' (since 1985, with 5,000+ episodes)
* ''Nick News with Linda Ellerbee'' (1992-present, albeit only bi-monthly now)
* ''Series/OffBeatCinema'' (1993-present)
* ''Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow'' (1986-2011)
* The London production of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has been running since 1986; the Broadway staging since 1988.
* ''The Phil Donahue Show'' (1967-96 on national TV, 3 years on Dayton, Ohio local TV) The show that inspired most {{Talk Show}}s after it, including Oprah and Sally Jessy Raphael.
* ''Play School'' (BBC children's show, 1964-88)
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' (first episode shown in 1989, an occasional break in the 1990s and 2000s and a final episode in 2013)
* ''The Polka Dot Door'' (Canadian children's show, 1971-93)
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (began in 1993 with only a one-year hiatus so far, hit 700 episodes as of the [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Season 17]] finale)
* ''Series/QueenForADay'' (GameShow, 1945-64 and 1969-70; 20 years)
* ''Rage'' (Music Video show, on Australian TV since 1987)
* ''Series/{{Rainbow}}'' (British children's series on Thames TV, 1972-92)
* ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' (16 seasons over 26 years, appears to have been KilledOffForReal in 2009, the third longest-running kids show on Creator/{{PBS}} behind ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' and ''Series/SesameStreet'')
* ''Series/TheRealWorld'' (1992-, over 400 episodes, one of the first successful RealityTV shows and Creator/{{MTV}}'s longest running show.)
* ''The Red Skelton Show'' (1951-71)
* ''Regional Contact'' (CTV Ottawa local newsmagazine, Sunday evenings since 1988)
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' (since 1986)
* ''Series/SamsonEnGert'', has been running since 1990.
* ''The Secret Storm'' (squeaks in at 20 years and 7 days, 1954-74)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' (FASA's premier RPG survived the downfall of its parent company and just celebrated its 20th Anniversary)
* ''Series/ShortlandStreet'' is Television New Zealand's longest-running soap opera, first aired on May 25, 1992 and still going strong.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' started its 25th season in September 2013, and has been renewed for a 26th, so the show will run through at least 2015. While there are rumors that FOX will can the show after season 25 now that a new syndication deal has been made, making it possible for the show to air in reruns on cable TV and on streaming sites like Hulu and Netflix, Al Jean is planning to have the show complete ''30'' seasons, making the show end in 2019. Has been on the air as a series since December 17, 1989 [[note]]with the first episode being the Christmas special, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." The first regular episode is "Bart the Genius," though had it not been for the sloppy animation and behind-the-scenes issues Matt Groening was having with creating the show, "Some Enchanted Evening" -- where Homer and Marge leave the kids with a female fugitive who poses as a babysitter -- would have been the series premiere[[/note]], though the title characters originated in animated shorts on ''The Tracy Ullman Show'' back in 1987.)
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Began in 1989 in a serialized magazine as a novel series; had an anime run (1995-97); had two [=OVAs=] and five movies (1995-2001); anime was UnCancelled in 2008 and released two more seasons. The bulk of the long run was through the novels, which kept running through the new millennium and are still being made.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' (22 years in all its TV incarnations, 1966-69; 1973-74; 1987-2005, plus 24+ on film, not counting the seven-year hiatus between ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'' and ''[[Film/StarTrek Star Trek 2009]]'')
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': The first game debuted in 1987, the more popular sequel, ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII: The World Warrior'', was released in arcades in 1991.
* ''Sunday Night Baseball'' (on ESPN since 1990)
* ''Sunday Night Football'' (on ESPN 1987-2005, NBC 2006-present. TNT split the coverage with ESPN from 1990-97.)
* ''SuperMarioBros'', whose first iconic game was released in 1985, 29 years ago, still has games in development every year. If one counts previous games where Mario has also been a protagonist, it'll be 34 years running.
* ''{{Taggart}}'' (20+ years, longest running cop show on UK TV at the moment)
* ''Talk Soup'' ran from 1991-2002. Its successor, plainly titled ''Series/TheSoup'', has been airing since 2004.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' ([[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage A comic book]] that started in 1984 has spawned [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 three]][[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 animated]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 series,]] [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles a film series]], two other [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures comicbook]] [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW universes,]] and several video games).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', a TV show based on an old series of books, has been going since 1984.
* ''Time Shock'' (Japanese quiz show, aired weekly 1969-1986, 1989-1990, and ''Time Shock 21'' in 2000-2002, plus periodic specials 2002-present)
* ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' (1956-68, 1969-78, 1980-81, 1990-91, 2000-01; total of 24 seasons)
* ''Tournament of Kings'', a Las Vegas dinner theater rival to the ''Medieval Times'' chain, opened with the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in 1990 as ''King Arthur's Tournament''; it was retooled and renamed in 1998 and continues to run today.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has been present in some form, either TV or comics, more or less continuously since September 1984.
* ''TruthOrConsequences'' (1950-51, 1954-75, 1977-78, 1987-88; total of 24 seasons, although it is best known for the 19 years {1956-75} hosted by Bob Barker)
* ''VeggieTales'', which has been running from 1993 and is still going.
* ''WaratteIitomo!'', a live-broadcast Japanese variety show, has been on the air since October, 1982. There has only been one host throughout its entire run, who holds a Guinness world record for longest continued hosting of a live television program.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the first game ''Rogue Trader'', was released in 1986.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the game of fantasy battles, actually appeared first, in 1983.
* ''Wrestling/{{WCW}} Saturday Night'' managed 27 years, with a couple of name changes along the way.
* ''Wrestling/{{WWE}}'' ''[[WWERaw RAW]]'' has been airing since 1993, has aired over 1000 episodes.
* ''Series/WhatsMyLine'' (24 years; 1950-67, then 1968-75)
* ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'' from 1988 in ''Dragon Magazine'' to 2006 in webcomic form.
* ''You've Been Framed'', British home video series, first broadcast in 1989.
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[[folder:At least 30 years]]
* ''Series/TwentyTwenty'' (airing on ABC since 1978)
* ''Series/AmericanBandstand'' (30 years on Creator/{{ABC}}, five years locally in UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}, one year in syndication, one year on USANetwork; 37 total)
* ''Another World'' (35 years, 1964-99; 8,891 episodes)
* ''Series/AntiquesRoadshow'' (started in 1977 and is still ongoing)
* ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan'' (since 1978)
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' (began on WBUR Boston in 1977, and was picked up nationally by NPR in 1987. New episodes stopped being produced in 2012 but the show continues to air in reruns.)
* ''Series/{{Countdown}}'' (Britain; the first programme on Channel 4, started in 1982, with 5,000+ episodes)
* The first ''[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Dark Tower]]'' book was released in 1982. An {{Interquel}} taking place between books four and five was released in 2012.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''; first released in 1983, it has gone on to span almost forty (currently 39) books in the main series as well as numerous short stories, reference books, stage shows, tv adaptations and various different types of games. Even after suffering from Alzheimer's disease Sir Creator/TerryPratchett has still managed to release a new book almost every year. He's even training his daughter to continue the series after he is unable to.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' ran from 1963 to 1989, and again from 2005 to present, for a total of 37 years. It is listed in ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' as both the longest-running, non-consecutive, science fiction television series (when awarded in 2006, the show had 43 years under its belt since the first episode/serial, and a total of 723 episodes), as well as the most successful science fiction series.
** When it was put on hiatus in 1989, it was announced as a temporary measure. During the hiatus, the BBC produced a telemovie, novelizations of the old episodes, and books with new stories, so it was no big stretch that the BBC celebrated the franchise's ''50th anniversary'' in 2013. Also a counter-example to the claim in the introduction that these shows avoided being ScrewedByTheNetwork as the hiatus was instigated by an executive who hated the show.
* ''Don [=McNeill=]'s Breakfast Club'' aired on NBC Blue (later ABC Radio) from 1933-68.
* ''{{Doraemon}}'' (second longest-running anime ever, until 2005 with the same principal voice cast. Aired one season in 1973, then continuously on a different network since 1979. They tried canning it in 2005, an idea which lasted all of a month before it was UnCancelled.)
* ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'' started in 1981 and is still in production.
* ''Evening at Pops'' (PBS Boston Pops concert program, aired 1970-2005)
* ''Series/FamilyFeud'' (airing since 1976 on ABC {1976-85}, CBS {1988-94}, NBC {2008 specials}, and syndication {1977-85, 1988-95, 1999-). The current syndicated version is a long runner in its own right, on its 16th season.
* ''The Fifth Estate'' (CBC-TV newsmagazine program since 1975)
* ''Fresh Air'' (interview show, locally on WHYY Philadelphia since 1975, nationally on NPR since 1987)
* ''Frontline'' (PBS public-affairs program, airing since January 1983)
* ''Front Page Challenge'' (Canadian celebrity panel quiz show that ran from 1957-95)
* ''GlassMask'' (the manga has been running since 1976. Has had several anime adaptations, the oldest ran during 1984 and the newest in 2005. And we're not counting the dorama, the Noh play, etc.)
* ''Good Morning America'' (ABC weekday morning show, airing since 1975)
* ''Series/GrangeHill'' (BBC children's drama, 1978-2008)
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' (16 TV and OAV series', 11+ movies, more manga and video games {separate and original stories, ''not'' just adaptations} than we dare to count, and ''good Lord'', the model kits! If one were to watch every ''Gundam'' animated work continuously, not counting eating, sleeping, or bathroom breaks, the total runtime would last more than '''one week'''. There are over a thousand hours' worth of ''Gundam'' animated work.
* ''Here's Humphrey'' (Australian children's show, 1966-2003, briefly revived in 2007)
* ''The House'' (CBC Radio parliamentary affairs show, year-round since October 1977)
* ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow'' (some incarnation of the show has existed since the late 1970s)
* ''Inside The NFL'' (1977-2008 on HBO, Showtime 2008-)
* ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' (33 years on radio and television, 1932-65)
* ''Series/{{Jackanory}}'' (1965-96, brief relaunch in 2007)
* ''Jubilee!'' (the sole remaining traditional showgirl revue in Las Vegas, has been running at Bally's Hotel and Casino since 1981)
* ''[[Manga/{{Kochikame}} Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kôen Mae Hashutsujo]]'' (called ''Kochikame'' for short, and for good reason — it's the longest continuously-running manga series in terms of number of volumes, though ''Golgo 13'' beats it in years. Started in 1976, with 1,400+ chapters in 162+ tankobon volumes, '''it's still running.''' It ''also'' has a 367-episode anime adaptation and two movies.)
* ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' (British TV SitCom, the world's longest-running): 31 series (1973, 1975-1977, 1979, 1982-1983, 1985, 1987-1993, 1995, 1997-2010) over 37 1/2 years.
* ''LateNight with...'' (1982- on NBC; hosted by Creator/DavidLetterman {1982-93}, Creator/ConanOBrien {1993-2009}, Creator/JimmyFallon {2009-2014}, and SethMeyers {2014-})
* ''[[Music/LawrenceWelk The Lawrence Welk Show]]'' (Locally on KTLA in Los Angeles 1955-1971, then nationally on ABC 1955-1971 and in syndication 1971-1982; reruns still air on some PBS stations)
* ''Live from Lincoln Center'' (PBS classical music program, airing since 1976)
* The talk show now known as ''Live! with Kelly and Michael'' has a continuous history dating back to at least 1983:
** ''The Morning Show'' (1983–1988), initially a local show on WABC-TV in New York City, hosted by Regis Philbin and Cyndy Garvey. That show is the successor to local talk shows in both New York and Los Angeles that date back to 1970 (in NYC) and 1971 (in L.A.), with the L.A. show hosted by Philbin and Garvey for several years. Garvey left in 1984, and after a year with Ann Abernathy in the co-host chair, Kathie Lee Gifford (then Johnson) debuted in 1985. The show went national in 1988 as...
** ''Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee'' (1988–2000). After Gifford left in 2000, then there was...
** ''Live! with Regis'' (2000–2001), when the producers tried out several prospective co-hosts. The hiring of Kelly Ripa brought us to...
** ''Live! with Regis and Kelly'' (2001–2011). Philbin left in early 2011, leading to...
** ''Live! with Kelly'' (2011–2012), with Ripa joined by a revolving cast of guest co-hosts. Eventually, producers settled on former [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] player Michael Strahan, creating...
** ''Live! with Kelly and Michael'' (2012–present)
* ''LookAndRead'' (produced irregularly from 1967-2004)
* The original theatrical ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' series ran from 1930-69. In that period it went through various directors, animators, producers, and characters, and that's not counting the various spinoffs, revivals, and movies.
* ''Lou Dobbs Tonight'', originally titled ''Moneyline'' (aired on CNN from 1980-2009, and on Fox Business Network since 2011)
* ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' (1968-2001, although reruns still air)
* ''Morning Edition'' (airing on NPR since 1979)
* ''Magazine/MotorWeek'' (airing on PBS since October 15, 1981 )
* ''Mr. Squiggle'' (Australian children's show, 1959-95)
* Sanrio's [[OnegaiMyMelody My Melody]] debuted in 1975. She would become one of Sanrio's very beloved characters in the company.
* ''Nature'' (PBS wildlife program, airing since 1982)
* ''{{Newsnight}}'' (broadcast on the same channel since 1980 if you don't count its predecessor)
* ''TheNewsQuiz'' (satirical PanelGame running on BBC Radio Four since 1977)
* ''Nightline'' (ABC prime time news program, airing since 1980)
* ''Manga/OukeNoMonshou'' ({{Shoujo}} manga by Chieko Hosokawa, has been running since 1976 just like ''Manga/GlassMask''. Had a short video drama as well.)
* ''Series/PanelQuizAttack25'' (Japanese quiz show, has been on the air since 1975)
* ''Parkinson'' (British chat show hosted by Michael Parkinson, aired on Creator/TheBBC from 1971-82 and then again in 1987-88 and 1998-2004, then on Creator/{{ITV}} from 2004-07)
* ''PobolYCwm'' (Welsh-language SoapOpera, TheBBC's longest-running television soap began in October 1974 and is still going)
* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' (radio variety show, running since 1974 with two very similar shows running during the breaks from 1987-89 and 1989-92. Garrison Keillor has been hosting this show, but not the very similar ones that ran during its breaks)
* ''Series/QuestionTime'' (British current affairs debate show, running since 1979)
* ''Quirks and Quarks'' (general-interest science program on CBC Radio since 1975)
* ''Quote Unquote'', that innocuous literary quiz that appears at lunchtimes, has been on BBC Radio 4 with the same host (Nigel Rees) since 1976.
* ''Radio/RoyalCanadianAirFarce'' (since 1973 on radio, since 1993 on TV; ended with a New Year's Eve special on December 31, 2008)
* ''SearchForTomorrow'' (35 years and 9,130 episodes, 1951-86)
* ''Series/SoulTrain'' (1971-2006)
* ''SportsCenter'' (celebrated its 30th anniversary September 7, 2009; runs for at least two hours every day {the latter of which is repeated throughout the following morning}, and quite a bit more as of August 2008. According to TheOtherWiki, it currently stands at 31,000+ episodes, usually 60 or 90 minutes each.)
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (1975-77, 1979-current [[note]]{''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' and ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' were not originally considered part of the franchise and were only retroactively recognized years later.}[[/note]]) Whether it counts depends on the definition of a "show", since each year the program in the time slot is set in a different [[TheVerse world]] with a different team of superheroes (or "rangers") in color-coded uniforms who ride giant transforming and combining robots. It does have a series of crossover films between different teams set outside the television continuity (the ''Super Sentai Versus Series'') and the [[MilestoneCelebration 35th series]], ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', was a ''year-long'' crossover involving all the previous teams. If you count it, it's the longest running sci-fi program in the world just by number of years, and the fact that it airs an episode a week with no Summer break (nearly 1,800 episodes and counting) means it vastly exceeds most rivals' lengths in total airtime, including ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ''This Old House'' (PBS home improvement show, airing since 1980. Its spinoff program ''The New Yankee Workshop'' had a 20-year run in its own right, 1989-2009.)
* ''This Week in Baseball'' (in syndication 1977-98, on FOX 2000-11)
* ''Series/TopGear'' (1977-2001, 2002-; if you include ''Wheelbase'', ''Top Gear'' has been running in one form or another since 1964.)
* The comic ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}'', since 1982.
* ''The Victory Garden'' (PBS gardening program, airing since 1975)
* ''Wall Street Week'' (PBS economics program, 1972-2005)
* The WaltDisney anthology series, which aired continuously under various titles from 1954-83 and has been revived several times since.
* ''Wetten, dass...?'' (German language show, broadcast in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 1981)
* ''What? Where? When?'' (the original Russian version of ''Series/MillionDollarMindGame'', 1975-)
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' (1975-1991 on daytime television {NBC from 1975-89, CBS from 1989-91, then a return to NBC in 1991}; 1983-present in nighttime syndication)
* ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' (1961-98)
* ''Wonderama'' (1955-1986), a weekly children's show that ran on New York's WNEW and other stations owned by the Metromedia syndicate.
* ''The Woodwright's Shop'' (1979-), an American woodworking show on PBS.
* WoodyWoodpecker made his first appearance in 1940 (although he wouldn't get his own series until the next year) and his theatrical cartoons lasted all the way up to 1972 (and are still being re-run on television in some parts of South America). He also had a brief revival in the late 1990s.
* ''Series/{{Yeralash}}'' (1975-), a Soviet/Russian comedy show for kids.
* ''Yan Can Cook'' has been on PBS since 1982.
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[[folder:At least 40 years]]
* ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' (continuously on CBS since 1968)
* ''Series/The700Club'': Religious program airing since 1966 on local Portsmouth, Virgina station WYAH (now WGNT), in national syndication since 1974, and on CBN since 1977; well-known as one of two CBN / Family Channel shows remaining on FOX Family / ABC Family (it, ''Living the Life'', the annual day-long CBN telethon, and the channel's "Family" title were all stipulations when Pat Robertson sold the network in 1998). Has been hosted by Robertson since its inception.
* ''Adventures in Good Music'', a daily classical music program that debuted on Detroit station WJR in 1959, was picked up for national syndication in 1970 and ran until 2007.
* ''AllMyChildren'' (10,712 episodes from 1970-2011)
* ''All Things Considered'' (news magazine program airing on NPR since 1971, airing its first installment just months after NPR itself began broadcasting.)
* ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}''. Made for a magazine in 1969, went to picture books from 1973 until 2013, then became big on the anime ''Soreike! Anpanman'' (1988-), plus being the leader in the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters largest number of characters]] in any animated program.
* ''Radio/AsItHappens'' (current events and interviews program on Creator/{{CBC}} Radio since 1968)
* ''Bound for Glory'' is a live folk music radio broadcast that has been presenting 33 concerts a year since 1967.
* ''Country Calendar'' is a New Zealand farming documentary series that has been running since March 1966 - not only is it New Zealand's longest-running television series, it is only five years younger than New Zealand television itself.
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' has been running since 1965.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has been around since 1974.
* ''Emmerdale'' (formerly ''Emmerdale Farm''), British soap opera (began in October 1972)
* ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'': The books began appearing in 1963. New ones were being published as late as 2011.
* ''En Familia con Chabelo'' (''In Family With Chabelo'') is a Mexican GameShow starring Xavier Lopez "Chabelo" that has been running every Sunday since 1968. Chabelo has stated that he intends to present the show until he dies.
* ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' ran off-Broadway from 1960-2002, and was revived in 2006.
* ''Folies Bergere'', one of the original Las Vegas showgirl extravaganzas, opened in 1959 at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino and closed a few months shy of what would have been its 50th anniversary in 2009.
* ''Gardeners' World'' has been broadcast on BBC television since 1968.
* ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'': 142 volumes spread across 40 years; started in 1969.
* ''Great Performances'' (PBS performing arts series, airing since 1972)
* ''Hearts of Space'' (weekly New Age music program on public radio, has aired on Berkeley station KPFA since 1973 and in national syndication since 1983)
* ''Franchise/HelloKitty'' has been around since 1974.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' has been running on BBC Radio 4 since April 1972. Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden have been regular panelists since the very beginning (except for occasional breaks due to medical problems or other commitments), and Barry Cryer has been a regular panelist since the second series after alternating with Humphrey Lyttelton in the moderator's chair for the first series. Lyttelton remained the 'chairman' up until his death in 2008.
* ''Ideas'' (anthology series on CBC Radio since 1965)
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' (12 years with Art Fleming {1964-75 and 1978-79}, 29 years and counting in syndication with AlexTrebek {1984-Present})
* ''Radio/JustAMinute'': Running on BBC Radio 4 since 1967, where it now rotates seasons with ''I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'' (see corresponding entry). Still presented by the original chairman, Nicholas Parsons, although the original regular panelists have all passed away (Kenneth Williams in 1988, Derek Nimmo in 1999, Peter Jones in 2000, and Clement Freud in 2009). The Swedish version of the programme, ''På Minuten'', has aired since 1969 (with a hiatus from 1988-94).
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': The TV series has undergone four different eras ([[Series/KamenRider 1971]]-[[Series/KamenRiderStronger 1975]], [[Series/KamenRiderSkyRider 1979]]-[[Series/KamenRiderSuper1 1981]], [[Series/KamenRiderBlack 1987]]-[[Series/KamenRiderBlackRX 1989]], [[Series/KamenRiderKuuga 2000]]-present) and there have also been several films and a few specials. The [[MilestoneCelebration 1,000th episode]] aired on [[Series/KamenRiderOOO April 3, 2011]].
* The character Kiki & Lala from Sanrio's ''Little Twin Stars'' has been around since 1974.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': The original weekly {{Manga}} stories were published in August of 1967. The serials were soon collected into Manga volumes. Later Manga were published directly to volume form. The first {{Anime}} for Lupin was a pilot film, created in 1969. The first TV serial was aired during 1971-1972. Three more have followed. Creator/HayaoMiyazaki directed ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' in 1979, the third theatrical release of Lupin. Since 1989, TMSEntertainment has been producing the ''Anime/LupinIIIYearlySpecials''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicRoundabout'': The original French version has been running since 1964.
* ''Marketplace'' (consumer advocacy program on CBC-TV since October 1972)
* ''Series/{{Mastermind}}'' (British quiz show airing since September 1972; from 1972-97 on [=BBC1=] with Magnús Magnússon, 1998-2000 on BBC Radio 4 with Peter Snow, 2001-02 on Discovery with Clive Anderson, and 2003-present on [=BBC2=] with John Humphrys)
* ''Masterpiece Theatre'' (has aired on PBS since 1971, although it's just called ''Series/{{Masterpiece}}'' now; its sister program, ''Mystery!'' {now known as ''Masterpiece Mystery''}, has aired since 1980)
* ''MatchOfTheDay'' (UK football highlights and discussion show): started in August 1964, survived in various forms even during periods when highlights rights have gone to other channels, and now has a SpinOff series (''Match of the Day 2'', on air since the 2004-05 season) and magazine.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Manga came around in 1972. An anime show and a second, manga series parallel to the original one were made in that same year, two sequels and several movies in that same decade, a related anime show (GodMazinger) in the eighties, an OVA series and movie in 2001 and a reboot in 2009. And then you have to count several alternate manga versions and one-shots produced throughout four decades. And this year [[GoNagai the creator]] [[WordOfGod has stated]] he intends to make more Mazinger manga and anime.
* ''Series/MondayNightFootball'' (running continuously since September 21, 1970, until 2005 on Creator/{{ABC}}, currently on {{ESPN}})
* ''Series/MrSquiggle'', an Australian children's [[PuppetShows puppet show]] that ran from 1959 to 1999.
* ''Series/{{Nova}}'', a Creator/{{PBS}} TVDocumentary series that has aired continuously since March 3, 1974.
* ''OneLifeToLive'' (11,096 episodes from 1968-2012)
* ''Oriental Heroes'', a Chinese {{manhua}} that debuted in 1970 and still runs as of 2012.
* ''PlaySchool'' (Australian children's show, running since 1966 and isn't going anywhere any time soon)
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (1956-65, then since 1972; originally hosted by Bill Cullen {1956-65}, then Bob Barker {1972-2007}, then Drew Carey {2007-})
* ''Series/AQuestionOfSport'' kicked off in 1968, making it the oldest PanelGame in existence and arguably the longest continually running GameShow (while ''ThePriceIsRight'' has run for five more years overall and started twelve years earlier, it also spent seven years off the air). It has only had four regular presenters (Stuart Hall (1968-69), David Vine (1970-78), David Coleman (1979-97), and Sue Barker (1997-present)).
* ''Romper Room'' (41 years, 1953-94)
* ''{{Sazae-san}}'' (began in 1969, and is the longest-running animated series ever)
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' (45 years, 1969-2014) Multiple series; at least one series was in first-run almost every year from 1969-91 and since 2002, plus one or more direct-to-video movies each year since 1998 and several live-action films. Something of an unusual example, due to the comparatively short nature of each incarnation. So far, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' holds the record at 52 episodes in two seasons. Despite relatively modest episode counts by the standards of most long-runners, they collectively make up a mythology of almost 400 episodes.
* ''Series/DieSendungMitDerMaus'' (German EdutainmentShow for children, airing since 1971)
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (premiered October 11, 1975 and is still going with over 700 episodes and counting {[[ArchivePanic and that's not even counting the clip shows and anniversary episodes]]}, 39 completed seasons, and started its 40th in the fall. In the years it's been on TV, the show has survived:
** Cast changes (starting with Creator/ChevyChase)
** Writing staff changes
** Crew member changes
** Three executive producers (Lorne Michaels, Jean Doumanian, and Dick Ebersol, with Creator/LorneMichaels, who was executive producer from 1975-80, left for five years, then returned in 1985, as the most prominent)
** Four directors (Don Roy King is the current director)
** Four announcers, with Don Pardo as their most used (the other two announcers were Mel Brandt and Bill Hanrahan, both of which worked during the 1981-1982 season [season seven]. Mel Brandt did announcer work for all but two episodes of season seven: one hosted by TimCurry and another hosted by BillMurray). Now that Pardo is dead, Darrell Hammond (former cast member from 1995-2009), who has filled in for Don Pardo whenever Pardo was sick or otherwise unavailable (or if ''SNL'' needed a Pardo-esque announcer for a sketch), has been hired as the new announcer (ironically, not using a Pardo-esque voice),
** SeasonalRot leading to threats of cancellation in its 6th, 11th, and 20th seasons and (re)affirming critics'/detractors' beliefs that the show has hit its peak long ago and is now not worth watching[[note]]which, in some cases, is true, but the show has proven to be very resilient[[/note]],
** Rival sketch shows that aired alongside it (with FOX's ''Series/MADtv'' as the longest running, from 1995-2009, or from ''SNL''[='s=] perspective, from the 1995-96 season [[note]]season 21[[/note]] to the 2008-09 season [[note]]season 34[[/note]])
** Fickle fans and critics who flip-flop between loving the show one season and hating it the next.
** Nine cast member deaths (John Belushi [[note]]Died 1982 of a drug overdose[[/note]], Gilda Radner [[note]]Died 1989 from ovarian cancer[[/note]], Danitra Vance [[note]]Died 1994 from breast cancer[[/note]], Michael O'Donoghue [[note]]Also died in 1994 from a cerebral hemorrhage caused by years of migraine headaches[[/note]], Chris Farley [[note]]Died in late 1997 from a drug overdose, much like Belushi did back in '82[[/note]], Phil Hartman [[note]]Died 1998; was shot and killed by his wife, Brynn, who committed suicide before the police could arrest her[[/note]], Charles Rocket [[note]]Died 2005 from a suicide in which his throat was cut open with a pair of box cutters[[/note]], Tom Davis [[note]]Died 2012 from throat and neck cancer[[/note]], and Jan Hooks[[note]]cause of death unknown, but it's most likely cancer, since she did smoke cigarettes[[/note]]).
** Four writers' strikes (with the 2007-08 one being the most recent as of 2014)
** Seven Presidential administrations (starting with UsefulNotes/GeraldFord)
** Controversial events behind the scenes (Nora Dunn's boycotting the Andrew "Dice" Clay episode, Chevy Chase's fight with Bill Murray backstage, Garrett Morris' cocaine-induced nervous breakdown after being forced to play a monkey in a Canadian ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' parody, accusations that the show is not ethnically diverse),
** Devastating world events that make it hard to laugh at the news, and,
** A boatload of modern historical events and pop culture trends that have changed society for better and worse (some of which were mocked or influenced by ''SNL'').
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (4,000+ episodes since 1969)
* ''Series/{{Tatort}}'' (also known as ''Scene of the Crime'' in the USA) is a German-language detective series which began airing in November 1970 on Das Erste in UsefulNotes/WestGermany, in 1972 on ORF 2 in Austria, and from 1990-2001 and again starting in 2011 on [=SF1=] in Switzerland. Over 800 episodes have been produced, although the regional ARD broadcasters, ORF, and SF all contribute locally-produced episodes to the series, so that rather than having one central cast and location, different episodes will feature different casts and settings. Its UsefulNotes/{{East German|y}} counterpart ''Polizeiruf 110'' has aired over 320 episodes since June 1971, on Fernsehen der DDR until 1990 and on Das Erste following the re-unification. Both shows share a timeslot in UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic.
* ''Series/TopOfThePops'' (UK chart music TV show): started in 1964; weekly show stopped in 2006, but lives on in special editions.
* ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' (on ITV from 1962-87 with Bamber Gascoigne, and on [=BBC2=] since 1994 with Jeremy Paxman; British television's longest-running quiz show)
* ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', a Japanese {{Toku}}satsu series that began in 1966. So far, over 1,200+ episodes and seven movies.
* ''[[http://www.radio.cz/en/article/68527 Vecernicek]]'' is a Czech bedtime story program that has been running every evening since 1965, even with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ni6dIpQ2yM opening]] unchanged for all these years.
* ''W-Five'' (airing since 1966, longest-running newsmagazine program in North America)
* ''The World at Six'' (flagship dinner-hour newscast on CBC Radio One since 1966)
* ''TheYoungAndTheRestless'' (since March 1973, 9,000+ episodes)
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[[folder:At least 50 years]]
* ''Doctor Who'' is in the '30 years' section of this page, as the two runs of the show's consecutive episodes add up to 34 thus far: the original 1963-89 series, followed by a 16-year television hiatus broken only by a 1996 TVMovie, and the revived version, which is a direct continuation and has been on air since 2005. However, the time between the Doctor's debut and the present is altogether more than half a century, and the landmark was [[MilestoneCelebration celebrated on the show]] with [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor a 50th anniversary episode]] in November 2013.
* ''Letter From America'' ran on [[TheBBC BBC Radio]] from 1946-2004, ending when Alastair Cooke retired less than a month before his death.
* ''Come Dancing'', the BBC televised ballroom dancing competition, originally ran from 1949-95, with intermittent specials in 1996 and 1998. Its revival with celebrity contestants as ''StrictlyComeDancing'' has aired since 2004, spawning the worldwide ''DancingWithTheStars'' phenomenon.
* ''Series/TheSootyShow'' ran roughly from 1952-2004 under slightly different title changes and presenters. A new series was broadcast in 2011 with a new presenter and premise but the same core characters with another due in 2013.
* The Major League Baseball ''Game of the Week'' (ran on various networks from 1953-93; has aired on FOX since 1996)
* ''Face the Nation'' (airing weekly on CBS since November 1954)
* ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' (54 years, 1956-2010; 13,858 episodes)
* ''Matysiakowie'' (Polish radio drama airing weekly since 1956)
* ''EurovisionSongContest'' (since 1956)
* The absurdist plays ''La cantatrice chauve (The Bald Soprano)'' and ''La lecon (The Lesson)'' by Eugène Ionesco have been on a permanent double bill at the Théâtre de la Huchette in Paris since February 1957.
* ''The Sky at Night'' (UK astronomy TV show): has aired once a lunar cycle since April 1957; presented by Patrick Moore from the first episode until his death in December 2012, during which he missed a total of ''one'' episode due to food poisoning, making him the world record holder for longest tenure presenting a television programme.
* ''Telediario'' is a Spanish daily news program which started running in September 1957. Nowadays, its title has become synonymous with "TV news" in Spain.
* ''Today'' (AKA ''The Today Programme''), a British news daily on BBC Radio running since October 1957. There is a (probably apocryphal) story that if a British nuclear submarine commander failed to receive the ''Today'' programme three days in a row, they were to assume Britain had been nuked and open their sealed orders.
* ''Series/BluePeter'' (4,000+ episodes since 1958, the longest-running children's show ever)
* Dutch sports program ''Studio Sport'' has aired since April 1959.
* Portuguese daily news show ''Telejornal'' was first broadcast in October 1959; its name is synonymous with "TV news" in Portugal.
* ''Radio Rochela'' was a Venezuelan late-night television sketch comedy and variety show, aired 1959-2010.
* ''Assignment: The World'', a social studies instructional show presented as a NewsBroadcast, was produced by Rochester (N.Y.) Area Educational Television Association (1959-1966) and its successsor WXXI Rochester (1966-2013) and a favorite of {{PBS}} stations in the Northeast.
* ''The Nature of Things'' (science documentary series on CBC since November 1960; hosted continuously by zoologist and environmentalist David Suzuki since 1979)
* ''CoronationStreet'' (~7,500 episodes since December 1960)
* ''It's Academic'' (Washington, D.C. televised academic game show): debuted October 7, 1961 and has been going ever since; listed in the ''Guinness Book of World Records'' as the longest running quiz show in television history, and almost certainly the longest-running game show '''ever'''.
** The show's creator, Sophie Altman, remained as executive producer until her death on May 24, 2008, shortly after production wrapped on Season 47.
** Mac [=McGarry=] hosted for ''the first 50 years'', through June 25, 2011. When Season 51 began, Hillary Howard filled in for an ill [=McGarry=] but became permanent after he announced his retirement in November, although he appeared one last time to officially hand off the show to her.
* ''Four Corners'' (Australian current-affairs show, running since August 1961)
* ''Sabado Gigante'' (started in June 1962 (as ''Gran Show Dominical'' before moving from Sunday to Saturday in 1966), {{Channel Hop}}ped from Chile's Canal 13 to Univision in 1986; longest-running variety show in the world, still presented by its original presenter, "Don Francisco" (Mario Kreutzberger))
* Ireland's ''The Late Late Show'' (since July 1962, has only had three regular presenters (Gay Byrne (1962-99), Pat Kenny (1999-2009), Ryan Tubridy (since 2009)). Not to be confused with the American ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', which has "only" been running since 1995.)
* The Film/JamesBond film series began with ''Film/DrNo'' in 1962; the twenty-third film, ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', was released to mark the series' fiftieth anniversary in 2012.
* German broadcaster [[UsefulNotes/GermanTVStations ZDF]]'s flagship news programme ''heute'' began airing on the channel's launch date, 1 April 1963. It has occupied its current 19:00 timeslot since 1973.
* ''GeneralHospital'' (over 10,000 episodes since April 1963)
* The BBC pop-science programme ''Horizon'' has been running since May 1964.
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[[folder:At least 60 years]]
* ''Arbeidsvitaminen'' (''Work vitamins''), a music programme on AVRO in the Netherlands, is the longest running daily radio show in the world, having started in February 1946.
* ''Gardeners' Question Time'' has broadcast since April 1947 on [[TheBBC BBC Radio]], keeping pretty much the same format (a chaired panel of horticultural experts answers questions posed by the audience or posted in by listeners) ever since, nowadays augmented by cutaways to additional recorded features.
* ''Series/MeetThePress'' (weekly on television since November 6, 1947; debuted on radio in 1945 as ''American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press'')
* ''Sports Report'' has been running on [[TheBBC BBC Radio]] since 1948, and still uses its original EarWorm of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv_idtcK1-E theme tune.]]
* ''Giro 413'' has aired weekly on Danmarks Radio (DR) since January 8, 1950. This is a family program to which people donate money collected at celebrations such as wedding anniversaries and 50th birthdays. Listeners also request songs. DR in turn donates the money collected to a variety of charities.
** Danmarks Radio is also responsible for ''Julehilsen til Grønland'' (Christmas greetings to Greenland), which first aired in 1932 as a way for people in Denmark to send greetings to friends and family in Greenland and vice versa.
* ''{{Unshackled}}''; a [[TheMoralSubstitute Christian]] RadioDrama produced by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} rescue mission Pacific Garden Mission, has been continuously produced since 1950 and is (along with the CBS World News Roundup) one of the lone remaining shows still airing on radio from the Golden Age Of Radio.
* ''TheArchers'' (radio soap set in a rural farming community) has run since 1951 on [[TheBBC BBC radio]], and is now the world's longest-running extant SoapOpera in any medium (since the cancellation of ''GuidingLight'').
* ''Series/HallmarkHallOfFame'' (airing on various networks since December 1951)
* ''Series/{{Today}}'' (American morning news show, running daily since January 1952)
* A theater example is Creator/AgathaChristie's play ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', which has been running on the West End since November 1952.
* The news programme ''Tagesschau'' was first aired on NWDR in Germany on Boxing Day 1952 and went to being broadcast seven days a week in 1961. The programme now serves as ARD's flagship news brand and still occupies the same 20:00 time slot as it did in 1952.
* ''Series/TheTonightShow'' (airing on NBC since September 1954)
* Current affairs show ''Series/{{Panorama}}'' has been airing on the BBC since November 1953 and is presently the longest-running programme in the history of British television. Across the Channel, the German version of the programme, produced by NDR and also called ''Panorama'', has aired on ARD since June 1961.
* ''Brain of Britain'', Britain's longest-running quiz programme in any medium, began as a segment of ''What Do You Know?'' on BBC Radio in 1953, and has been a standalone programme on Radio 4 since 1967. It has only had three regular presenters: Franklin Engelmann from 1953-72, Robert Robinson from 1973-2008, and Russell Davies since 2009.
* The longest-running film franchise ever, the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series, has released films at varying intervals since 1954. Toho celebrated the 60th anniversary of everyone's favorite ''{{kaiju}}'' with an American [[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} reboot]] in 2014.
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[[folder:At least 70 years]]
* ''Series/GuidingLight'': 72 years, 7 months, 26 days (57 of those on television), from January 25, 1937 to September 19, 2009. It ''was'' listed in the ''Guinness Book of World Records'' as the longest continuously-running program on any medium, in any genre, until the ''CBS World News Roundup'' broke its record in November of 2010. It would take a listener [[ArchivePanic over 18 months, 24 hours a day, to listen to it from beginning to end]] (although the large number of {{Missing Episode}}s from the first 40 years would make such an archive binge impossible). It may be the largest single work of fiction in human history.
* ''CBS World News Roundup'' made its first broadcast on March 13, 1938 as a special report on the Anschluss; still runs every day at 8:00 AM EST. It surpassed ''Guiding Light''[='s=] record on November 8, 2010, and is now listed as the longest continuously-running program in ''any'' medium.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, as shown in the picture above. First appeared in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' in 1938. Many years, radio, TV and film spinoffs later... To put this into perspective, Superman debuted in an era closer to the days of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar legalized slavery]] than to the present.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} was created in May 1939, and has been powering on ever since.
* ''The National Research Council Time Signal'', heard at 1:00 PM EST every day since November 5, 1939 on the CBC radio network.
* ''Radio/DesertIslandDiscs'' has been airing on BBC Radio since 29 January 1942, making it the longest-running programme in the history of British broadcasting. It still uses the original theme tune, Eric Coates' "By the Sleepy Lagoon" (with overdubbed seagull noises), and has only had four regular presenters (Roy Plomley (1942-85), Michael Parkinson (1985-88), Sue Lawley (1988-2006), Kirsty Young (since 2006)).
* ''Composer of the Week'', British broadcasting's longest-running classical music programme, began airing five times a week on the BBC Home Service on 2 August 1943 as ''This Week's Composer'', then transferred in 1964 to the newly-created Third Programme (now known as Radio 3). The first featured composer was Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, who has featured almost annually ever since (as have Creator/JohannSebastianBach, Music/GeorgeFredericHandel, Music/JosephHaydn, and Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven).
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[[folder:''Literally'' Older Than Television]]
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katzenjammer_Kids The Katzenjammer Kids]]'' is a comic strip that debuted December 1897, and has been published ever since, with [[http://comicskingdom.com/katzenjammer-kids#about new strips]] still appearing regularly today. This makes it most likely the longest-running piece of serial fiction in any medium or format.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Becassine}}'' was in continuous publication from 1905-62. The character is still used in advertising.
* ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'' debuted on November 25th, 1918. The original protagonist, Walt Wallet, is still alive, and is now 115 years old due to Frank King's insistence that the characters be allowed to age, even though his wife Phyllis died of old age in 2004 and his adopted son Skeezix now has ambiguous age, despite clearly being elderly. Walt is so old, in fact, that they had a story arc involving him being investigated for social security fraud, since the government just couldn't believe he could be ''that'' old.
* WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is the longest-lasting animated cartoon character in history, making his debut in ''[[TheSilentAgeOfAnimation 1919]]'' (and if we count an even earlier prototype short, it may even be ''1917'') having appeared in over 150 theatrical cartoons, decades worth of comics, hundreds of TV cartoons, two movies, and the two TV revivals ''TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' and ''Baby Felix'', and he is still appearing in merchandise to this day. And he even has a new cartoon series on the way for 2013. In fact, one of the [[http://www.felixthecat.com/history.htm very first TV broadcasts]] featured Felix way back in 1928. Meow!
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} was first introduced in 1929, in the comic strip ''Thimble Theater'', which was later renamed after him. (But Olive Oyl appeared in the strip ''ten years'' earlier in 1919.)
* The ''Grand Ole Opry'': Airing weekly on Nashville radio station WSM-AM since 1925, with an edited version of the program being carried on national radio and television outlets since the 1940s.
* ''Radioavisen'': Daily news broadcast on Danmarks Radio (DR) starting August 1, 1926. At first with two daily programs, gradually with more. Now there is a ''Radioavis'' every hour. Aired nationwide since 1927.
* ''MickeyMouse'' is one of the world's most beloved cartoon characters. Making his debut in 1928, he has appeared in over 130 theatrical cartoons, 7 movies (soon to be 8, as Mickey will have his first theatrical film in his career), hundreds of comics, 4 TV shows, and many video games.
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon: Its first entry was ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' in 1937, and it continues to this day.
* ''Hamburger Hafenkonzert'' (''Hamburg harbor concert''): Broadcast weekly on NDR in Germany since June 1929 — even through WWII.
* ''Music and the Spoken Word'': Weekly broadcast of music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (and a short sermon), which started in 1929.
* ''Pause Signal'' Danmarks Radio (DR). This little tune first aired on August 28, 1931 and has since been used to fill up short spaces between programs. The tune is a melody from the 1300s, the oldest known Danish folk melody. Irregular scheduling, yet frequently heard for decades. Nowadays used as regular broadcast only on one channel (P5), the tune has become waiting music on DR's telephone system, and since early 2009 the signal that calls the audience to the second half of concerts in the broadcaster's new concert hall.
* ''HockeyNightInCanada'' began airing on radio in November 1931 and moved to television in November 1952 (the first year of regular television broadcasts in Canada), and is the world's longest-running sports show.
* The Metropolitan Opera airs a radio broadcast season each year. Although going since Christmas of 1931 (and broadcast in January 1910 over experimental radio broadcasts), unlike ''The Guiding Light'' it only airs episodes during a season and is not continuous.
* Last but not least, the champion of them all, RealLife. Chief among TheOldestOnesInTheBook. OlderThanDirt on account of having been around for billions of years before dirt formed. At least locally, however, it has only gotten interesting relatively recently. Entire professions have cropped up around attempts to ArchiveBinge despite the notorious absence of an easily accessible archive.
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'''Waldorf''': It's impressive this show lasted more than one!\\
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