Longest-Running Prime-Time Shows in History

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15. POV (1988-present)
> Series run: 33 years
> Network: PBS
> Genre: Documentary
> IMDb user rating: 7.8

The critically acclaimed “POV” is a showcase for independent documentaries, mostly highlighting stories that utilize a first person focus on a particular social issue.

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14. American Experience (1988-present)
> Series run: 33 years
> Network: PBS
> Genre: Documentary
> IMDb user rating: 8.6

This documentary series airs stories that highlight significant events or people in American history. Topics have included civil rights, Native American history, technology, biographies, and the environment.

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13. Firing Line (1966-1999)
> Series run: 33 years
> Network: PBS
> Genre: Public affairs
> IMDb user rating: 8.2

A public affairs show with a conservative slant, “Firing Line” consisted mostly of interviews with a featured guest conducted by conservative host William F. Buckley, followed by questions from a liberal cross-examiner.

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12. 48 Hours (1988-present)
> Series run: 33 years
> Network: CBS
> Genre: Documentary
> IMDb user rating: 7.4

“48 Hours” is a documentary news show that originally reported on dramatic events that happened to regular people within a 48-hour time span. In recent years, its focus has shifted primarily to true crime stories.

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11. Wall Street Week (1970-2005)
> Series run: 35 years
> Network: PBS
> Genre: News
> IMDb user rating: 8.2

An investment news show, “Wall Street Week” featured panel discussions and interviews with expert guests who would elaborate on various aspects of the financial markets.