Top 5 Longest Running TV Shows
Television has been an important part of modern culture since it’s invention in the 1930s. Some TV shows have been a big part of that culture and have lasted a long time. So here are the top 5 longest lasting shows on American Television!
#5 – Today
This morning show has been on the air for NBC since January of 1952. A mix of serious news with some more light-hearted and fluff stories to keep audiences both entertained and informed. It has become the standard to which most other morning shows are held.
#4 – Hallmark Hall of Fame
Originally debuting in December of 1951 for NBC, this show has had turns on multiple networks including ABC, CBS, PBS, and it’s current home on the Hallmark Channel cable network. It is an anthology series telling short stories instead of running episodes and storylines.
#3 – Music And The Spoken Word
A religious program that airs in syndication stations all over the United States. It debuted in October of 1949 and features a mix of religious passages and words along with music from Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Along with television, it has been heard on numerous radio stations and now airs in over 2,000 television and radio stations around the United States.
#2 – CBS Evening News
The iconic news program has been on the air since May of 1948. While many news shows of the era had more of an entertainment aspect to them, CBS kept it mostly to the news and information. This show aired it in a 30-minute format while many others were still doing 15-minute shows. Many have taken turns at the Newsdesk including Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, and have become iconic faces in American history.
#1 – Meet The Press
The oldest show on American television that is still on the air is Meet The Press. It first aired for NBC back in November of 1947. It features a guest of some political noteworthiness (senators, politicians, even sitting American Presidents) in an interview type show with the moderator asking the questions. It was hosted originally by Martha Roundtree who helped create the show and it is now hosted by Chuck Todd.