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

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.