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Longest-Running U.S. Sitcoms

Updated! Name the American sitcoms that have run at least 160 episodes on network TV.
Animated shows marked in orange
Through April 2023
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Last updated: April 13, 2023
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First submittedSeptember 4, 2011
Times taken68,229
Average score22.2%
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Years
Sitcom
745
1989–
The Simpsons
435
1952–1966
Ozzie and Harriet
404
1999–
Family Guy
380
1960–1972
My Three Sons
347
2005–
American Dad!
343
1953–1964
The Danny Thomas Show
279
2007–2019
The Big Bang Theory
275
1982–1993
Cheers
275
1956–1966
The Donna Reed Show
274
1962–1971
The Beverly Hillbillies
264
1994–2005
Frasier
262
2003–2015
Two and a Half Men
260
1988–1998
2018
Murphy Brown
259
1997–2009
King of the Hill
259
1987–1997
Married... with Children
256
1972–1983
M*A*S*H
255
1974–1984
Happy Days
254
1964–1972
Bewitched
253
1975–1985
The Jeffersons
250
2009–2020
Modern Family
249
1960–1968
Andy Griffith Show
246
1998–2006
2017–2020
Will & Grace
238
2011–
Bob's Burgers
236
1994–2004
Friends
234
1957–1963
Leave it to Beaver
233
1995–2004
The Drew Carey Show
231
1988–1997
2018
Roseanne
226
2013–
The Goldbergs
222
1963–1970
Petticoat Junction
215
1989–1998
Family Matters
210
1996–2005
Everybody Loves Raymond
209
1975–1984
One Day at a Time
208
2005–2014
How I Met Your Mother
207
1998–2007
The King of Queens
205
1971–1979
All in the Family
204
1991–1999
Home Improvement
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Years
Sitcom
203
1954–1962
Father Knows Best
202
1976–1985
Alice
201
1979–1988
The Facts of Life
201
2005–2013
The Office
201
1984–1992
The Cosby Show
200
1989–1997
Coach
200
1998–2006
That 70's Show
196
1984–1992
Who's the Boss
193
1984–1992
Night Court
194
2011–2021
Last Man Standing
192
1987–1995
Full House
189
1978–1986
Diff'rent Strokes
184
1982–1990
Newhart
182
2001–2010
Scrubs
182
2001–2009
According to Jim
180
1989–1998
Seinfeld
180
1985–1992
The Golden Girls
180
1951–1957
I Love Lucy
178
1976–1983
Laverne & Shirley
176
1982–1989
Family Ties
176
1992–1999
Mad About You
173
1955–1959
The Bob Cummings Show
172
1977–1984
Three's Company
172
1990–1997
Wings
172
2000–2008
Girlfriends
170
1975–1982
Barney Miller
170
1988–1995
Empty Nest
170
1965–1971
Green Acres
170
2013–2021
Mom
168
1970–1977
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
168
1965–1971
Hogan's Heroes
168
1960–1966
The Flintstones
166
1985–1992
Growing Pains
163
1986–1993
Designing Women
163
1996–2003
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
160
1991–1998
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102 Recent Comments
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Level 47
Feb 21, 2015
Its always sunny in philedelphia???? they're on season 10 right now
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Level 34
Apr 29, 2015
But only 114 episodes per Wikipedia.
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Level 62
Oct 26, 2015
They only have a small number of episodes per season compared to most American shows.
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Level 57
Mar 20, 2015
I think it's time to update this quiz. Some of the shows that are still running would be further up the list now and Two and a Half Men has since been cancelled.
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Level 34
Apr 29, 2015
This is picky, but Frasier ran from 1993-2004, not 1994-2005.
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Level 62
Oct 26, 2015
"Sabrina" should work for "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".
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Level 72
Jan 3, 2016
Any chance of accepting "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," since that was the full title?
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2016
Ok
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Level 44
Apr 20, 2016
I was really disappointed with only getting 21, but somehow still beat 73.7%???
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Level 62
Jul 13, 2016
Not enough time.
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Level 69
Oct 30, 2016
Interesting
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Level 67
Nov 21, 2016
Like a lot of people before me, I missed a lot of shows that I knew and have watched. Also, for 'Mary Tyler Moore', I wrote 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and it wasn't accepted, but this is the correct full title. Maybe this can be changed?
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Level 60
Nov 21, 2016
Not many quizzes where you can miss 31 and still get full points.
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Level 75
Nov 21, 2016
When I watched The Bob Cummings Show in the early '60s it was called "Love That Bob" but it was the same show.
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Level 65
Nov 21, 2016
So I missed Seinfeld...
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Level 43
Nov 21, 2016
The Middle has now cracked its way onto this list.
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Level 73
Nov 21, 2016
I think The Middle had about 168 episodes as of July 2016. IMDB credits the cast with 174 episodes (including the 6 so far in season 8).
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Level 69
May 13, 2021
According to Wikipedia, The Middle ended with 215 episodes from 2009-2018
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Level 49
Nov 21, 2016
Boy meets world? 7 years
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Level 47
Sep 28, 2017
Only 158 episodes
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Level 70
Nov 21, 2016
Part of me is pleased I don't know this much about TV.
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Level 70
Oct 6, 2018
The people who brag about their ignorance on this site as some kind of badge of honor is ridiculous. Being aware of something doesn't need to mean a personal endorsement of it. There's a lot more to pop culture than it gets credit for.
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2016
Was hoping to score with 'Alf', 'Third rock from the sun' and 'Saved by the bell' but apparently they never made it into that high a number of episodes... #ninetiesteenager
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Level 75
Mar 16, 2023
Tried all those too. And a bunch of others that didn't make the cut.

Benson - 158

Alf - 102

3rd Rock - 139

Saved by the Bell - 120

Parks and Rec - 125

Webster - 100

Charles in Charge - 126

Mr. Belvedere - 117

Dharma and Greg - 119

I Dream of Jeannie - 139

Mama's Family - 130

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Level 51
Apr 12, 2018
Friends might be the worst show on TV...so overrated
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Level 89
Jul 8, 2018
Looking at Jennifer Anniston might have been some ratings boost, but I can't fathom whatever else.
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Level 70
Oct 6, 2018
Every girl I've ever dated would disagree with you. I even have one friend who credits the show for her fluency in English. It's definitely not a favorite show of mine but I even find myself quoting in certain situations.
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Level 90
Feb 19, 2019
I'll never forget walking the streets of Killarney in 2007 while on my honeymoon. It was about 3 o'clock and the high school let out as we were walking by.Nothing like hundreds of teenagers speaking with an Irish accent and then hearing someone say "How you doing" in a Joey Tribiani voice that Matt LeBlanc would have a hard time telling from his.
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Level 82
May 9, 2019
I never cared for the show and I'd agree that it's overrated, and I've never once quoted it, but it's far from the worst.
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Level 82
Aug 27, 2020
I mean, have you ever seen Small Wonder, Last Man Standing, or the later seasons of Family Matters? And that's only when considering scripted sit-coms. There's also "reality" TV, 90% of which is worse than the worst scripted shows.
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Level 67
May 13, 2021
The first season of Friends was very good. Then it got steadily worse, and once Chandler and Monica paired up (maybe Season Four?), it turned into an outright dumpster fire.
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Level 52
May 15, 2021
It jumped the shark during its run, but some of the episodes were pretty funny. More funny than what's on TV today.
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Level 89
Jul 8, 2018
Sanford and Son, you missed eternal trivia quiz answerdom with only 136. Go back and get to work.
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Level 47
Jan 14, 2019
Lamont, you big dummy!
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Level 57
Feb 14, 2019
Strange that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia isn't on here
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Level 90
Feb 19, 2019
The Middle ended at 215 and still isn't on the list. With all the reboots, its going to be an ugly update.
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Level 73
Jan 8, 2020
Interesting that the update says July 2018 after The Middle ended its run with 215 episodes and it's still not on the list. My guess is the master list for this source hasn't been updated.
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Level 90
Feb 19, 2019
Also what about Donna Reed, Burns and Gracie. Both well over 200 and Burns and Gracie was definitely a sitcom.
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Level 51
Feb 19, 2019
4 points for 30%, all righty then! Can't believe Taxi wasn't on here.
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Level 47
Jul 4, 2019
The Big Bang Theory needs to be updated to 2007-2019 with 279 episodes and moved up below South Park. Also, Two and a Half Men is out of order, needs to be moved up below Frasier.
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Level ∞
Jul 4, 2019
Will be updated in mid-2020.
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Level 84
Feb 10, 2021
Postponed due to COVID. Can it be updated in early 2021?
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Level 22
Aug 6, 2019
might have been commented before but Spongebob is missing
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2021
It was commented before and most people agreed that Spongebob is not a sitcom. It might be a sitcom based on a loose definition, but it's definitely not on network TV like the caveat says.
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Level 73
Aug 19, 2019
I usually say things need less time, but on this one I could have used more time, I was still dredging up new answers from the murky recesses of my brain.
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Level 68
Sep 7, 2019
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia?
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Level 68
Dec 10, 2019
The Donna Reed show had 275 episodes. It should be on this list.
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Level 76
Jul 13, 2020
An update would be nice.

Bob's Burgers now makes the list with 190 episodes

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Level 38
Aug 14, 2020
You forgot The Middle
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Level 55
Aug 21, 2020
Modern Family ended in April of this year.
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Level 55
Apr 5, 2021
Also, the dates for Frasier are wrong, it started in 1993 and ended in 2004.
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2020
I have every season on DVD, and I have watched every episode of this show at least 5 times, and I can't believe I forgot "Hogan's Heroes"!
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Level 68
Sep 21, 2020
This quiz needs to be updated. Some of these shows are no longer on for example and others may have surpassed them.
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Level 26
Sep 24, 2020
You need to add more time. 69 answers and a million options. Plus it's slightly outdated
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Level 68
Mar 21, 2021
Again, please update this quiz.
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Level 90
Apr 21, 2021
Is South Park not considered a sitcom? I'm pretty sure they have over 300 episodes now.
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Level 82
Nov 20, 2022
317, not including some streaming specials.
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Level 74
Apr 22, 2021
What happened to South Park? It was on the quiz before the update.
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2021
Took it off because it is a cable show.
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Level 89
Apr 22, 2021
Who watches just network broadcast TV?
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Level 64
Apr 27, 2021
What's the reason for excluding cable shows?
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Level 82
Apr 27, 2021
Damang... if I had to guess it might be the extreme overgrowth of media lately with the proliferation of all these streaming services and online content providers. It would get confusing trying to figure out what counted and what didn't. The biggest home entertainment provider in the world right now is probably Netflix and they produce shows now all over the world not just in the USA. And then you've got other services like Hulu, Acorn, etc which have picked up tons of old American and international shows and packaged them all together. The enormous number of cable and satellite TV channels, now coupled with YouTube, Disney +, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on and so on.... plus the blending of genres that often takes place in shows on these more non-traditional media platforms where more quirky stuff that never would have been on network TV is given a chance. Limiting what's included to four American TV networks I guess makes it much simpler.
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Level 84
Apr 22, 2021
147 more episodes, and Mel Brooks' "When Things Were Rotten" would've made the cut. Hilarious Robin Hood spoof from the mid-70s.
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Level 68
Apr 22, 2021
Futurama?
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Level 88
Apr 22, 2021
I thought Malcolm in the Middle, Always Sunny, Brooklyn 99 and Futurama. But they all fell a bit short.
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Level 73
May 13, 2021
I tried those, and also 30 rock which apparently had 149 episodes.
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Level 67
May 13, 2021
Always Sunny only does like ten episodes a season, so it has fewer episodes than you'd probably expect, given that it has been on the air for like 15 years.
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Level 57
Jun 16, 2021
IASIP will be at over 160 once season 15 airs this year.
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Level 72
Apr 24, 2021
As a Brit who took this quiz not expecting to do very well, I was still surprised at how many of the shows I had never heard of. Over 40 are new to me, and some like “I love Lucy” I had never heard of before coming on Jetpunk. I guess we don’t get as much American TV as I thought.

Also some programmes on here that are as funny as a root canal, but I guess comedy is like beauty.

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Level 82
Apr 27, 2021
If something didn't take place inside the living room of the house you grew up in you seem to not know about it and claim that it's impossible for anyone to know. This is pretty much what 80% of your comments on the site are.

Agreed that many of these shows are terrible. American network TV sitcoms usually are. Americans produce more quality TV than anyone, and on the networks some good stuff occasionally slips through, but most of it is aired different places.

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Level 74
May 13, 2021
Dude, maybe that's true, but Algernon didn't "claim that it's impossible for anyone to know" in this comment so there's no need to bring it up here.
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Level 82
May 15, 2021
He brings it up on every quiz that he comments on so why are we not allowed to?
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Level 79
May 10, 2024
Well, he didn't on this occasion.

In the UK we do get lots of these and some of them are great, others less so. I Love Lucy was definitely aired on UK TV and Mary Tyler Moore, plus we had endless reruns of them, as well as MASH, Cheers, Friends, Bewitched, Beverley Hillbillies, you name it. Of the really long-running ones in the top 10 the only ones I've never seen on UK TV are My Three Sons, Danny Thomas, Ozzie and Harriet, Donna Reed, Murphy Brown. Maybe they were and I just missed them, but none of these made it big time here.

Anyway, vive la différence and all that.

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Level 82
Apr 27, 2021
South Park is still going strong after nearly 25 years... was this recently changed to only count network TV shows? I thought I remembered them being on here before.
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Level 82
Apr 27, 2021
P.S. my dad was binge watching every season of Ozzie and Harriet for several months... as blinded by nostalgia as he often is, even he eventually got tired of it. My god that show was awful. And not just because shows in general have gotten so, so much better over the years, but even for its time it just was completely terrible. I Love Lucy and Andy Griffith, for instance, were far superior. At least they had scripts.
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2021
Shows improved between the start of TV and the 90s/early 00s but have taken a nose-dive ever since. I would rather watch anything between the 50s-00 (including Ozzie and Harriet) than shows in the last 20 years. I think sitcoms reached their peak in the 70s and 80s.
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Level 82
May 13, 2021
You think Ozzie and Harriet was a better show than Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Westworld, The Spy, WandaVision, South Park, The Wire, The Boys, etc etc? What are you even talking about...

or was the only time you turned on the television in the past 20 years a day when they had scheduled a Jersey Shore marathon?

Even if you're only just talking about sitcoms in the past 20 years you've got The Simpsons (didn't premiere, but still going), Arrested Development, The Office (both versions, take your pick), etc on the networks, and quirkier stuff other places like Jean Claude van Johnson, Living With Yourself, and the Santa Clarita Diet... I do lament the extreme proliferation of extremely bad "reality" television the past couple of decades, but, just flat out saying everything since 2000 is bad makes you sound like Mickey Rooney.

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Level 82
May 13, 2021
and I'd have to respectfully disagree that sitcoms reached their peak in the 70s and 80s. What was even good in the 70s? Three's Company and the Brady Bunch? ugh. I don't think I could even sit through a full show anymore. I used to watch stuff like Saved by the Bell and Full House or reruns of the Beverly Hillbillies or The Golden Girls when I got home from school in the 90s, and I remember our family used to love ALF, but I tried rewatching some of those shows on Hulu recently and they are just terrible. Not Ozzie and Harriet bad, but, still, terrible... I don't know how I ever could stand it.
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Level 67
May 13, 2021
I think Happy Days was from the 70s. That show was pretty sweet. But I agree, the sophistication of some more recent comedy sets it far above its predecessors. After Seinfeld, which is the consensus #1, I'd submit Arrested Development and 30 Rock are the next two best sitcoms ever. Parks & Rec, the Office, It's Always Sunny, You're the Worst were all just much more interesting than the rote fare being produced in the 70s and 80s. It's hard to gauge "sitcoms" now because everything is scattered among so many different platforms. Network TV sitcoms are mostly unwatchable, but there is a lot of great stuff elsewhere. I just watched Frank From Ireland on Amazon Prime. Funniest show I have discovered in years.
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Level 32
Nov 21, 2021
If people talk about sitcoms being good in the 70s, they're likely thinking of Mary Tyler Moore, All in the Family, Bob Newhart, M*A*S*H, Barney Miller....
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Level 82
Dec 1, 2021
Those shows were better than the ones I mentioned from the 70s, but still inferior to the ones I mentioned from the last 2 decades.
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Level 55
May 13, 2021
Sitcoms without laugh track are better than those with it (usually, there are some exceptions)
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Level 69
May 13, 2021
South park has 309 episodes so...yeah.
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Level 91
May 13, 2021
What about South Park?? It's been on since the 90's.
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Level 55
May 13, 2021
The Middle ran for 215 episodes on ABC.
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Level 43
May 13, 2021
Damn, no Malcolm in the Middle. That makes me sad. Loved that show
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Level 79
May 13, 2021
South Park deserves to be on this list. I don't care that it is a cable show and technically not prime time or whatever. Come on. That makes its run even more impressive. How can you have American Dad, the Simpsons, and Family Guy on there but leave off South Park? It's one of the longest running shows EVER.
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Level 67
May 13, 2021
Seems like this site does not respect your authoritah. I'd say being on Comedy Central for 20 years is less impressive than being on network TV for 20 years because Comedy Central has so few major properties. They pretty much have the Daily Show and South Park, then a revolving door of weird sketch shows and vehicles for offbeat comedians that get canceled after a few seasons (with the notable and brilliant exceptions of Key & Peele and Chappelle's Show). Comedy Central will never let South Park or the Daily Show go. Season 42 of South Park would draw probably twice as many viewers as whatever the network would replace it with. That's not a knock on the show. It's one of my favorites ever. I think it's brilliant.
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Level 82
May 15, 2021
Chappelle's Show was canceled after a few seasons, too... but only because Dave had a crisis of conscience and ran off to Africa...
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Level 68
Jun 27, 2021
South Park was initially on the list for this quiz but removed when the quiz was updated. Too bad.
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Level 90
May 13, 2021
The Middle is still missing 5 years after the fact it was brought up.
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Level 58
May 13, 2021
Can we get an every American TV show list and not just sitcoms?
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Level 46
May 14, 2021
Sanford and Son, Get Smart, The Wonder Years, Taxi all missed the cut.
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Level 29
May 14, 2021
No South Park?

Kyle: Shenanigans

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Level 68
Jun 27, 2021
In a previous version of this quiz, South Park was there. I wonder if they took it off as it is a paid cable show not regular network? It has run longer than many other shows listed here.
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Level 57
May 14, 2021
There are some very ordinary shows here.
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Level 82
May 15, 2021
well what are the majority of television viewers if not ordinary?
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Level 15
May 19, 2021
Dang! It sucks that boy meets world missed the cut by 2 episodes. (Also this is my first comment on this site!)
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Level 61
Mar 7, 2022
Wouldn't the Simpsons start be 1987 and not 1989 because they were started on the Tracy Ullman show as short stories?
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Level 67
Jul 19, 2023
23
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Level 82
Sep 24, 2023
oh man I should've got full house! that's the show that taught me how to tie my shoes :-)
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Level 67
Jan 2, 2024
Cartoons don't belong on this list.