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Longest-Running U.S. Sitcoms Quiz

Name the American sitcoms that have run at least 160 episodes.
Animated shows marked in orange
As of July, 2018
Last updated: August 30, 2018
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Years
Sitcom
639
1989-
The Simpsons
435
1952-1966
Ozzie and Harriet
369
1960-1972
My Three Sons
351
1953-1964
The Danny Thomas Show
309
1999-
Family Guy
287
1997-
South Park
275
1982-1993
Cheers
274
1962-1971
The Beverly Hillbillies
264
1994-2005
Frasier
259
1987-1997
Married... with Children
255
1974-1984
Happy Days
255
1997-2009
King of the Hill
255
2007-
The Big Bang Theory
254
1964-1972
Bewitched
253
1975-1985
The Jeffersons
251
1972-1983
M*A*S*H
249
1960-1968
Andy Griffith Show
247
2005-
American Dad!
247
1988-1998
Murphy Brown
262
2003-2015
Two and a Half Men
236
1994-2004
Friends
234
1957-1963
Leave it to Beaver
233
1995-2004
The Drew Carey Show
222
1963-1970
Petticoat Junction
220
1988-1997
Roseanne
215
1989-1998
Family Matters
212
1953-1958
The Life of Riley
210
1971-1979
All in the Family
210
1996-2005
Everybody Loves Raymond
210
2009-
Modern Family
210
1998-2006
2017-
Will & Grace
209
1975-1984
One Day at a Time
209
1979-1988
The Facts of Life
208
2005-2014
How I Met Your Mother
207
1998-2007
The King of Queens
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Years
Sitcom
203
1954-1962
Father Knows Best
201
1976-1985
Alice
201
1991-1999
Home Improvement
201
2005-2013
The Office
200
1989-1997
Coach
200
1998-2006
That 70's Show
197
1984-1992
The Cosby Show
196
1984-1992
Who's the Boss
193
1984-1992
Night Court
192
1987-1995
Full House
189
1978-1986
Diff'rent Strokes
184
1982-1990
Newhart
182
2001-2010
Scrubs
181
2001-2009
According to Jim
180
1985-1992
Golden Girls
180
1989-1998
Seinfeld
179
1951-1957
I Love Lucy
178
1976-1983
Laverne & Shirley
176
1982-1989
Family Ties
173
1955-1959
The Bob Cummings Show
172
2000-2008
Girlfriends
172
1977-1984
Three's Company
172
1990-1997
Wings
170
1988-1995
Empty Nest
170
1965-1971
Green Acres
168
1965-1971
Hogan's Heroes
168
1970-1977
Mary Tyler Moore
167
1975-1982
Barney Miller
166
1985-1992
Growing Pains
166
1960-1966
The Flintstones
164
1992-1999
Mad About You
163
1986-1993
Designing Women
163
1996-2003
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
161
1991-1998
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level 32
Mar 13, 2013
Hm, The Simpsons... imo they kind of deserve their place for all their previous episodes, but since 1-3 seasons the quality and originality of the episodes is decreasing intensely :(
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level 75
Mar 16, 2013
how could they not deserve their place? Even if the show was terrible, and it's never been terrible, they still have a commanding lead over everybody else in terms of the number of episodes produced. Quite an accomplishment, especially given that it's an animated show.
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level 68
Nov 21, 2016
A lot of people would disagree with you on the "it's never been terrible " claim. I used to LOVE The Simpsons, but everything I've seen from it from the past 10 years just makes me cringe.
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level 68
Nov 21, 2016
We tend to remember the good things and forget the bad, boring things. Then we compare the new episodes with the idealized pictures we have in our head.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2016
I don't know. I'm not a huge fan. Sister's husband is and he still watches and loves the show. I never watched it regularly but every time I see an episode it's at least fairly funny. Never terrible. Same with Futurama. I'm surprised that one's not on here.
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level 72
Nov 21, 2016
140 episodes, just 19 short
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level 75
Aug 20, 2017
Simpsons doesn't have the edge and relevance that it once had, but, it's still never been as bad as, say... 2 1/2 Men, or The Big Bang Theory, or other laugh-track shows that are like them.
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level 66
Aug 19, 2014
My favorite episodes are in the Season 4-6 range. After Homer became the main focus of the show but before a lot of the behind the scenes bickering forced some of the best writers/directors out. But, like kalbahamut said, it's never been terrible. I'm a HUGE Simpsons fan!
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level 58
Nov 21, 2016
I'm a pretty hardcore Simpsons fan, and you are definitely the first person I've ever heard suggest that Seasons 1-3 are the best. It's a largely settled question that Seasons 3-9 are the prime years, and if you're the kind of fan who really gets into it (which, admittedly, I am), the first "great" episode is generally agreed to be "Homer at the Bat" from Season 3 (when Mr. Burns hires the ringers for the company softball team), and the end of the Golden Age was "the Principal and the Pauper" (when we discover, bizarrely, that Principal Skinner is not really Principal Skinner). Nonetheless, I think people are too hard on everything post-Season 9. There were some down years, but it's still reliably funny and clever, and it's still better than most comedy currently on TV.
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level 57
Nov 22, 2016
Agreed. The ones I usually hear are seasons 2-8, though 9 and 1 still have some pretty great moments. Anyone who thinks they were better in season one than 4, 5 or 8 isn't paying attention.
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level 63
Nov 21, 2016
I love the Simpsons, but season 1 was downright bad. "Primitive" is the most accurate term for it. They're still churning out great episodes, but the high point was probably in around season 8.
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level 75
Aug 20, 2017
South Park peaked around the same time. Season 1 was brilliant. Seasons 3-6 were brillianter. But seasons 7-11 or so were simply some of the best stuff that's ever been on TV. They still do good work sometimes and I know there are people who think it's better than ever but last season was probably the weakest in the show's history IMO.

I sort of wish they had ended the show with the poignant and bittersweet two-parter "You're Getting Old" and "Assburgers"... which felt so much like an ending that many fans after watching it thought that the show was over and Matt & Trey had decided to pull the plug without warning us. They could have gone out while they were still near the top of their game back then. In the five years since they've only made 6 or 7 brilliant episodes and it often feels like they're just phoning it in.
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level 33
Mar 13, 2013
I can't believe how poorly I did, considering how much tv I've watched my entire life. I guess maybe it's a good sign that I didn't do so well.
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level 76
Aug 19, 2014
I think it's just really hard to think of them with only the dates. The slightest clue would trigger 80% of these with me (like a single character name) but it's tough with a blank slate.
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level 44
Sep 19, 2014
Try this one. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/114622/old-sitcoms-by-lead-character
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level 61
Nov 11, 2016
Agreed. I just blanked. As I read over the list, I kept saying "of course! Of course! Of course! Of course!"
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level 70
Sep 19, 2014
No, it just means that much tv has rotted your mind. But take heart--there will always be more soma.
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level 40
Mar 13, 2013
Awesome quiz! I'm kind of kicking myself for forgetting the Beverly Hillbillies, M*A*S*H, and That 70's Show... I only got 28. And just an idea, but if you make it to be the longest running NORTH American sitcoms, The Red Green Show (300 episodes, 1990-2005) could also be included!
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level 76
Aug 19, 2014
I LOVE Red Green, but I'm not sure it's a "sitcom". More like a themed sketch comedy show.
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level 45
Sep 5, 2013
I typed in 'The Danny Thomas Show' several times, not believing that it wasn't on the list. After I finished the quiz I went and looked it up. If 11 seasons and 351 episodes over 11 years (1953-1964) doesn't make the grade there's something wrong here! I remembered afterward that it was also known as 'Make Room for Daddy' but I don't see that on the list either.
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level ∞
Aug 7, 2014
Added that one, thanks!
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level 71
Mar 10, 2014
no Taxi?
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level 72
Apr 14, 2014
That surprises me.
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level 66
Feb 9, 2018
I know, for some reason I thought it was on longer than five years. Looking it up, though, it apparently only had 114 episodes.
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level 64
Jul 8, 2018
That's the one thing I was going to comment on. Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd were all household names for years afterward. It seemed a huge show, hard to think it came and went so quickly.
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level 75
May 8, 2014
I tried running through the gamut of show from ABC's "TGIF" line up. I'm shocked how few of them made this list.
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level 75
Jun 7, 2014
The Flintstones is a sitcom???
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level 75
Sep 19, 2014
I got all of the animated ones first. Those are easiest.
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level 59
Oct 26, 2015
It had canned laughter.
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level 39
Jun 18, 2014
Spongebob should be on here, it had 178 episodes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpongeBob_SquarePants
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level 76
Aug 19, 2014
Are children's shows considered "sitcoms"? I don't think so.
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level 42
Nov 25, 2014
The Flintstones?
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level 76
Nov 21, 2016
The Flintstones were a prime-time show, and deliberately designed to appeal to adult audiences. I grew up watching it in the 70s as an after-school show, so I thought for a long time that it was a kids show, but it really is suitable to consider it a sitcom.
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level 75
Dec 7, 2014
The Flintstones was on prime time. Though I like Spongebob. It's got a lot of jokes in it that surely go over the head of the average child.
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level 81
Aug 13, 2014
Number of episodes has no correlation whatsoever to quality of viewing experience. Some of these were just AWFUL.
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level 66
Aug 19, 2014
Never heard of "Girlfriends" and it was on the air in this century (2000-2008). Was it on some obscure channel or something?
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level 76
Nov 21, 2016
I had heard of it but had to look it up. Played on UPN and CW, aimed at African-American audiences.
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level 75
Sep 19, 2014
You ought to change the thumbnail to one of dan castellaneta
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level 59
Oct 26, 2015
He's not exactly recognisable to the average person.
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level 75
Nov 21, 2016
So?
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level 77
Nov 21, 2016
If not him, at least do Harry Shearer from This Is Spinal Tap. Real life version or Simpsons version doesn't matter.
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level 59
Sep 19, 2014
I remember what a landmark it was (even in the UK) for the 200th episodes of M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Simpsons and Frasier. What? They made more than 200 of King of Queens?!
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level 21
Sep 19, 2014
Gunsmoke definitely should be on here.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2014
Gunsmoke wasn't a sitcom.
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level 75
Sep 20, 2014
I missed Ozzie and Harriet because I tried to use an ampersand...
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level 42
Sep 23, 2014
"Loading results"....let the facepalming begin! Gargh!
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level 72
Feb 16, 2015
I feel like Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman should be on this list. I don't think it's a stretch to call it a sitcom, and it had over 400 episodes.
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level 33
Feb 21, 2015
Its always sunny in philedelphia???? they're on season 10 right now
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level 40
Apr 29, 2015
But only 114 episodes per Wikipedia.
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level 59
Oct 26, 2015
They only have a small number of episodes per season compared to most American shows.
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level 53
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 40
Apr 29, 2015
This is picky, but Frasier ran from 1993-2004, not 1994-2005.
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level 59
Oct 26, 2015
"Sabrina" should work for "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch".
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level 67
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 54
Apr 20, 2016
I was really disappointed with only getting 21, but somehow still beat 73.7%???
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level 59
Jul 13, 2016
Not enough time.
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level 64
Oct 30, 2016
Interesting
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level 57
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 67
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 27
Nov 21, 2016
I was very shocked that ER and Grey's Anatomy did not make the list.
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level 71
Nov 21, 2016
They would make the list of tv dramas but not sitcoms.
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level 60
Nov 21, 2016
So I missed Seinfeld...
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level 48
Nov 21, 2016
The Middle has now cracked its way onto this list.
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level 65
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 46
Nov 21, 2016
Boy meets world? 7 years
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level 49
Sep 28, 2017
Only 158 episodes
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level 57
Nov 21, 2016
Part of me is pleased I don't know this much about TV.
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level 58
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 46
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 36
Apr 12, 2018
Friends might be the worst show on TV...so overrated
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level 64
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 58
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 76
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 64
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 46
Jan 14, 2019
Lamont, you big dummy!
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level 43
Feb 14, 2019
Strange that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia isn't on here
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level 76
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 76
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 40
Feb 19, 2019
4 points for 30%, all righty then! Can't believe Taxi wasn't on here.