Longest-Running Prime-Time Shows in History

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35. The New Yankee Workshop (1988-2009)
> Series run: 21 years
> Network: PBS
> Genre: Woodworking
> IMDb user rating: 8.8

Hosted by carpenter Norm Abram, this instructional series featured step-by-step construction of a wide variety of wood projects including vanities, garden benches, cupboards, desks, and tables.

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34. Survivor (2000-present)
> Series run: 21 years
> Network: CBS
> Genre: Reality competition
> IMDb user rating: 7.2

This survival elimination competition features contestants who are isolated on an island and must undergo physical and mental challenges and avoid being voted off the island by their fellow contestants.

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33. Family Guy (1999-present)
> Series run: 22 years
> Network: Fox
> Genre: Animated sitcom
> IMDb user rating: 8.1

An animated sitcom for adults, “Family Guy” is based around a suburban family in Rhode Island that includes a conniving toddler with a British accent and adult sense of humor and an intelligent dog who can drive cars and outwit humans.

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32. SpongeBob SquarePants (1999-present)
> Series run: 22 years
> Network: Nickelodeon
> Genre: Children’s cartoon
> IMDb user rating: 8.2

Although “SpongeBob” is an animated comedy for kids, more adults than children watch the show. It features an underwater cast of anthropomorphic sea creatures including the title character, a sea sponge who works at a fast food restaurant called the Krusty Krab.

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31. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-present)
> Series run: 22 years
> Network: NBC
> Genre: Crime drama
> IMDb user rating: 8

The first spinoff of “Law and Order,” “SVU” follows a fictional Special Victims Unit in the NYPD whose focus is investigating sex-related crimes, child and elder abuse, and crimes against people with disabilities.