Top 10 Longest Running US TV Shows

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How long has your favorite TV series been on the air? Compare it to these record-breaking list of Top 10 longest-running television show in history.

10. The Open Mind

Network: Syndicated

The Open Mind is a nationally broadcast public affairs interview program. First broadcast in 1956, The Open Mind was designed to elicit insights into the challenges Americans face in contemporary areas of national concern.

The Open Mind is the longest-running public broadcast in the history of American television. Beginning in 2014, the program continued with a new host, Alexander Heffner.

9. It is Written

Network: Syndicated

It is Written is the longest-running religious television program to broadcast in color. Fir broadcast in 1956, It Is Written is also the first program to be broadcasted through satellite uplink technology, and is currently viewed in more than 140 countries.

8. Face the Nation

Network: CBS

Face the Nation is weekly American news, political affairs and public affairs program airing Sundays on the CBS radio and television network.

The program was created by Frank Stanton in 1954 and is one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television.

Margaret Brennan is the current moderator of Face the Nation.

7. The Tonight Show

Network: NBC

The Tonight Show is an American late-night talk show and airing on NBC since 1954. The program is hosted and presented by Jimmy Fallon.

The Tonight Show is the world’s longest-running talk show and the longest-running, regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States.

It is the third-longest-running show on NBC after the news-and-talk shows Today (NBC) and Meet the Press (NBC).

6. ABC News/World News Tonight

Network: ABC

ABC World News Tonight is the flagship daily evening television news program of ABC News, first broadcast in 1953.

Since 2014, the program’s weekday broadcasts have been anchored by David Muir. The program original theme music was composed by Robert A. Israel (1978–1990).

5. Today

Network: NBC

Today, also called The Today Show, is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952.

It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and after 67 years of broadcasting, it is the fifth-longest-running American television series.

4. Hallmark Hall of Fame

Network: Hallmark/NBC/CBS/PBS and ABC

The Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television and the longest-running primetime series in the history of television. It first aired in 1951 and continues into the present day. From 1954 onward, all of its productions have been broadcast in color.

3. Music & The Spoken Word

Networks: KSL/Syndicated

The Music & The Spoken Word is a religious radio and television series and is the longest-running non-news television program. The program was first broadcast in 1949.

Lloyd D. Newell has been the announcer from 1990 to the present.

2. CBS Evening News

Network: CBS

CBS Evening News is the second-longest-running TV series in the US (71 years). It offers information on breaking national and international news as well as various news features and human interest segments.

Norah O’Donnell is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News anchor. Opening and closing theme “CBS News Theme”, is composed by Man Made Music.

1. Meet the Press

Network: NBC

For almost as long as there has been television, there’s been “Meet the Press.” The 52 minutes long Sunday morning public affairs program has featured interviews with countless U.S. and world leaders.

The current presenter is Chuck Todd, who began hosting the show in 2014. The person responsible for the theme music “The Mission” for Meet the Press is John Williams, the composer behind the likes of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies.