List of Longest-running TV Shows by Category
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List of Longest-running TV Shows by Category

This is a list of the 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.

Category Show name Country Duration No. of episodes
Animated Sazae-san Japan Japan Fuji Television: 1969-present 7400+[1]
Anthology series Maalaala Mo Kaya Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1991-present 1000+
Automotive Top Gear United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1977-2001, 2002-present 515; 161+9 specials
Charity show The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon United States United States Various/Love Network: 1966-2014 48
Didactic Mosaico na TV Brazil Brazil Vivo TV: 1961-present
Documentary Teleenciclopedia Romania Romania TVR1: 1965-present, 100+
Children's show Blue Peter United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC: 1958-2012, CBBC: 2012-present 5,000 (as of 1 February 2018)
Comedy Yoshimoto Shinkigeki Japan Japan MBS: 1962-present
Comic Science Fiction Red Dwarf United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC and Dave 1988-1999, 2009, 2012-present 73
Cooking show Today's Cooking Japan Japan NHK: 1957-present
Current affairs series Panorama United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1953-present
Educational show Teleclub Costa Rica Costa Rica 1963-present[2]
Espionage thriller Spooks United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One, BBC Three: 2002-2011 86
Fantasy Wansapanataym Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1997-2005; 2010-present 734
Female ensemble The Liver Birds United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC1: 1969-1978, 1996 86
Finance show The Money Programme United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1966-2010
Game Show Des chiffres et des lettres France France France 3: 19 September 1965-Present 20,000 (as of October 2012)
Historical drama Zenigata Heiji Japan Japan 1952-present
History series Timewatch United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC Two: 1963-present
Home renovation/architecture This Old House United States United States WGBH: 1979-present 900+
Medical drama Casualty United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1986-present 1,083 (as of 5 May 2018)
Magazine show Ittyadi  Bangladesh Bangladesh Television 1994-present 300+ (as of 2016)
Chart music show Top of the Pops United Kingdom United Kingdom 1964-2006; Christmas shows only 2007-present 2,219
Music talent show NHK Nodo Jiman Japan Japan NHK: 1953-present 2,900 (as of 2012)
Music video show Rage Australia Australia ABC1: 1987-present, ABC2: 2005-2009, Fly TV: 2001-2003
News show Meet the Press United States United States NBC: 1947-present 4,946+
Newscast Tagesschau Germany Germany Das Erste: 1952-present 20,000 (as of 2009)
Noontime-variety show Eat Bulaga Philippines Philippines RPN-9: 1979-1989; ABS-CBN: 1989-1995, GMA-7: 1995-present 11,216
Police procedural Tatort Germany Germany Das Erste: 1970-present 1,060 (as of 27 May 2018)[3]
Quiz show It's Academic United States United States 1961-present[4]
Reality show 71 grader nord Norway Norway TV Norge: 1999-present
Religious program Le Jour du Seigneur France France 1949-present
Religious Q&A program Ang Dating Daan Philippines Philippines 1983-present
Rural documentary Country Calendar New Zealand New Zealand TVNZ 1: 1966-present 1,100+
Science fiction series Doctor Who United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1963 - 1989, 1996 & 2005 - present[5] 840 (as of 25 December 2017)
Science show The Sky at Night United Kingdom United Kingdom BBC One: 1957-present 705+
Sing-along show Allsång på Skansen Sweden Sweden 1979-present
Sitcom Last of the Summer Wine United Kingdom United Kingdom 1973-2010 295
Soap opera Coronation Street United Kingdom United Kingdom 1960-present 9000+
Song contest Sanremo Music Festival Italy Italy 1951-present
Sports show Hockey Night in Canada Canada Canada CBC: 1952-present; City/Sportsnet: 2014-present; CTV: 1965-1975 Unknown; Began as radio broadcast in 1931
Sports magazine show Trans World Sport United Kingdom United Kingdom 1987-present 1500 (as of 27 January 2016)
Sports variety Grandstand United Kingdom United Kingdom 1958-2007 3500 (estimated)
Tabloid newscast TV Patrol Philippines Philippines ABS-CBN: 1987-present
Talk/chat show The Tonight Show United States United States 1954-present 11,462 (as of 6 November 2015)
Teen drama Grange Hill United Kingdom United Kingdom 1978-2008 605
Telenovela Anna Liza Philippines Philippines GMA Network: 1980-1985 1,317
Travel show Holiday United Kingdom United Kingdom 1969-2007 622
TV feedback show Points of View United Kingdom United Kingdom 1961-present Unknown
Variety show Sábado Gigante Chile Chile
United States United States
Canal 13: 1962-1986; Univision: 1986-2015 2,800+
Western Gunsmoke United States United States 1955-1975 635
War drama Un village français France France 2009-2016 152
Medicine Talk Show Trupi dhe Shëndeti Albania Albania RTSH: 1962-present 1000+

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