Longest-Running Prime-Time Shows in History

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20. Dateline NBC (1992-present)
> Series run: 29 years
> Network: NBC
> Genre: News magazine
> IMDb user rating: 6.9

While originally a general news program that sensationalized dramatic news stories, “Dateline” now focuses almost entirely on true crime stories, offering in-depth investigations of criminals and mysteries.

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19. E! News (1991-present)
> Series run: 30 years
> Network: E!
> Genre: Entertainment newscast
> IMDb user rating: 4.4

“E! News” is concerned primarily with celebrity gossip and stories from the entertainment industry, including coverage of upcoming films and television shows as well as featured recording artists.

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18. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1989-present)
> Series run: 32 years
> Network: ABC
> Genre: Reality, comedy
> IMDb user rating: 6.2

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” broadcasts the home recordings of everyday Americans who have captured a hilarious event on video cameras or smartphones. Common submissions include stunt fails, pets and childrens being clumsy, and pranks on people who are unaware they’re being filmed.

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17. The Simpsons (1989-present)
> Series run: 32 years
> Network: Fox
> Genre: Animated sitcom
> IMDb user rating: 8.6

An adult animated sitcom featuring a working-class suburban family, “The Simpsons” satirizes American life, family dynamics, and current events. It is commonly cited as one of the best TV shows in history.

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16. Concentration (1958-1991)
> Series run: 33 years
> Network: NBC
> Genre: Game
> IMDb user rating: 7.5

This game show was based on a children’s memory card game. Two contestants would attempt to eliminate matching pairs of cards on a board, to reveal a puzzle that each would then need to solve before the other contestant.