'Simpsons' Did It: The 10 Longest Running Primetime TV Shows Still On The Air

By: 10.06.13

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They’ll never stop The Simpsons. Have no fear, they haven’t had stories in years, but as long as Fox keeps locking 100 monkeys using 100 typewriters in a windowless room to churn out scripts, The Simpsons will keep getting renewed, as it did on Friday for a record 26th season. That would put the longest-running scripted show of all-time at 574 episodes, or more than South Park and King of the Hill‘s episode count COMBINED.

The Simpsons is older than I am, so I literally can’t imagine a world without Moleman in it. Neither can a lot of people, apparently: according to EW, last Sunday’s premiere “was the top-rated broadcast network entertainment program on Sept. 29 among 18-to-49-year-olds and grew 12 percent from the season 24 debut.” Those ratings are more than perfectly cromulent, and it’s unlikely any show will ever approach The Simpsons‘ episode-count number. You’ll see why when you look at the 10 other longest running primetime shows currently on TV.

1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: 322 episodes

2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: 297 episodes

3. South Park: 239 episodes

4. NCIS: 236 episodes

5. Two and a Half Men: 226 episodes

6. Family Guy: 211 episodes

7. Grey’s Anatomy: 199 episodes

8. Criminal Minds: 188 episodes

9. How I Met Your Mother: 187 episodes

10. Supernatural: 172 episodes

JUST outside of the top-10 is American Dad!, which gives me an excuse to embed this.

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