List of longest-running television shows by category

This is a list of the 30 longest-running television shows by category. The criterion for being the longest-running show is by the number of years the show has been on the air and not the number of episodes produced.

The Brazilian show Programa Silvio Santos is the longest-running television show of all time hosted by the same person.

Rank Years Category Show name Country Duration Channel/Network Episodes
1 77 Sports outside broadcast The Championships, Wimbledon[1] United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937,[2] 1939, 1946–present BBC Television Service, BBC One/Two
2 76 Outside broadcast Lord Mayor's Show United Kingdom United Kingdom 1937–1938, 1946–present (not broadcast during WW2 1939–1945)[3] BBC Television Service, BBC One
3 74 News show Meet the Press United States United States 1947–present NBC 4,946+
4 73 Newscast CBS Evening News United States United States 1948–present CBS 16,400+
5 72 Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949–present TF1 (1949-87)
France 2 (since 1987)
6 69 Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada 1952–present CBC, City/Sportsnet, CTV
7 68 Sports magazine show La Domenica Sportiva Italy Italy 1953–present RAI 3318 (as of 10 May 2020)
Music talent show NHK Nodo Jiman Japan Japan 1953–present NHK 2,900 (as of 2012)
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom 1953–present BBC One
8 67 Talk show The Tonight Show United States United States 1954–present
9 66 Song contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1955–present RAI (radio broadcast since 1951, TV broadcast since 1955)
Annual live international beauty pageant Miss Universe United States United States 1955–present CBS, NBC, FOX 64
Annual live national beauty pageant Miss America United States United States 1955–present ABC, CBS, NBC 63
10 64 Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom 1957–present BBC One, BBC Four 804 (as of September 2020)
Cooking show Today's Cooking Japan Japan 1957–present NHK
11 63 Historical drama Zenigata Heiji Japan Japan 1958–present
Children's show Blue Peter United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–present BBC One, CBBC 5,000 (as of 1 February 2018)
12 62 Animated Sandmännchen Germany Germany 1959–present Deutscher Fernsehfunk 22,200
13 61 Soap opera Coronation Street United Kingdom United Kingdom 1960–present ITV 10000+
14 60 Comedy KVN Russia Russia 1961–present Channel One Russia, KVN TV
TV feedback show Points of View United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961–present BBC One, BBC Two
Quiz show It's Academic United States United States 1961–present[4]
15 59 Medicine talk show Trupi dhe Shëndeti Albania Albania 1962–present RTSH 1000+
Variety show Sábado Gigante Chile Chile
United States United States
1962–1986; Univision: 1986–2015 Canal 13 2,800+
16 58 Variety Show Programa Silvio Santos Brazil Brazil 1963–present SBT 3000+
17 59 Music chart show Top of the Pops United Kingdom United Kingdom 1964–2006; Christmas shows only 2006–present BBC One, BBC Two 2,219
17 59 Documentary Four_Corners_(Australian_TV_program)) Australia Australia 1961–present Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Game show Des chiffres et des lettres France France 1965–present France 2 (1965-2006)
France 3 (since 2006)
20,000 (as of October 2012)
19 55 Agriculture Information Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand 1966–present [5] TVNZ 1 1,100+
Children's show (preschool) Play School Australia Australia 1966–present Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 4,500+
20 54 Agriculture Information Krishi Darshan[6] India India 1967-present DD National
DD Kisan
21 52 Anime for kids Sazae-san Japan Japan 1969–present Fuji Television 2,500+[7]
22 51 Police procedural Tatort Germany Germany 1970–present Das Erste 1,136 (as of 6 September 2020)[8]
23 49 Sketch comedy show Sábados Felices Colombia Colombia 1972–present
Charity show The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon United States United States 1966–2014 Various 48
Sports variety Grandstand United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958–2007 BBC One, BBC Two 3500
24 47 Film review Film United Kingdom United Kingdom 1971–2018 BBC One
25 45 Satire Extra 3 Germany Germany 1976–present Das Erste
25 45 Automotive Top Gear United Kingdom United Kingdom 1976–present BBC One
28 35 music video show Rage Australia Australia 1986–present Australian Broadcasting Corporation 1986-present
26 42 Science Fiction Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom 1963–1989, 2005–present BBC One
30 30 Teen Drama Grange Hill United Kingdom United Kingdom 1978 - 2008, BBC One
27 37 Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom 1973 - 2010, BBC One
29 33 Reality Show America's Funniest Home Videos United States United States 1989 - Present American Broadcasting Company

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Wimbledon and the BBC 1927 to 2017". History of the BBC. 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ "The Lord Mayor's Show dates". BBC Genome. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "Mac McGarry, 'It's Academic' host, dies at 87". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  5. ^ "1966 – key events – The 1960s | NZHistory, New Zealand history online". Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  6. ^ "Doordarshan turns 60: Here is a nostalgic look at the broadcaster's milestones". The Economic Times.
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  8. ^ "Die Fälle – Tatort – ARD | Das Erste".