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