The 1000-Episode Club: When TV Shows Make It Through the Long Haul

TV fans unite! This one is for the fans who not only love to watch a good show but also appreciate longevity. As you know, tons of shows don’t even make it past the pilot, let alone the first season. So, when you hear of a series that made it past the 1,000 mark, then you gotta at least give them a nod.

'The Jerry Springer Show' TV, Picture shows - Jerry Springer / Chelsea Handler / Ryan's Hope - 1979-1989, Grant Show, Yasmine Bleeth / Sesame Street - 1969-, Liam Neeson
‘The Jerry Springer Show’ TV, Picture shows – Jerry Springer / Chelsea Handler / Ryan’s Hope – 1979-1989, Grant Show, Yasmine Bleeth / Sesame Street – 1969-, Liam Neeson. Photo By ITV/Shutterstock / Matt Baron/Shutterstock / Abc/Kobal/Shutterstock / Ctw/Jim Henson Prod/Kobal/Shutterstock

That said, this is a nod to all those series – soap operas, talk shows, game shows, etc. – that not only hit 1,000 episodes but went beyond. Some even have over 15,000 episodes! Talk about longevity. So, go ahead, see if your favorite nostalgic shows are on this list! Who knows, maybe you’ll wanna check out some old episodes for old times’ sake.

The Guiding Light

June 30, 1952 – September 18, 2009 (15,762 episodes)

Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light before 1975) is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running TV drama in American history. It was broadcast on CBS for 57 years, from June 30, 1952, until September 18, 2009.

The Guiding Light cast, group photo.

Before the TV series, it was broadcast on radio for 19 years from 1937 to 1956. 72 years of radio and TV runs makes (The) Guiding Light the longest running soap opera, ahead of General Hospital. It’s also the fourth-longest running program in the history of broadcasts. Guiding Light was created by Irna Phillips and Emmons Carlson. On April 1, 2009, CBS announced its cancellation due to low ratings.

The Price Is Right

September 4, 1972 – Present (9,600 and counting)

The Price Is Right was created by Bob Stewart, Mark Goodson, and Bill Todman. It premiered on September 4, 1972, on CBS. Bob Barker was the show’s longest-running host from its debut until his retirement in 2007, after which Drew Carey took over.

Bob Barker at the Price is Right 3112th Show Celebration 1987
Bob Barker at the Price is Right 3112th Show Celebration 1987. Photo By Globe Photos/Mediapunch/Shutterstock

The game show is one of the longest-running network series in American TV history. In 2007, TV Guide named The Price Is Right the “greatest game show of all time.” On October 27, 2020, the 49th season started. The show received eight Daytime Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show” in 1988, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2016, and 2018.

Access Hollywood

September 6, 1996 – Present (6,467 episodes and counting)

Access Hollywood (known as Access from 2017 to 2019) is a weekday entertainment news show that premiered on September 9, 1996. It was created by Entertainment Tonight executive producer Jim Van Messel.

'Access Hollywood Live' TV show, New York, USA - 25 Jan 2017, Kit Hoover, Dennis Quaid
‘Access Hollywood Live’ TV show, New York, USA – 25 Jan 2017, Kit Hoover, Dennis Quaid. Photo By Mediapunch/Shutterstock

In 2019, it was announced that Access and Access Live will get an on-air refresh for their 24th and 10th seasons with new names, logos, graphics and theme music. Access returned to being titled Access Hollywood, with Access Live, also rebranded as Access Daily. Its spin-off All Access features long-form reports on true-crime and human interest stories. Mario Lopez joined all three programs as co-host.

As the World Turns

April 2, 1956 – September 17, 2010 (13,858 episodes)

As the World Turns (ATWT) is a soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years and was created by Irna Phillips (who also created Guiding Light). Running for five decades, As the World Turns is the fourth-longest continuously run daytime network soap opera on American TV.

Christopher Goutman, Don Hastings, Austin Peck, Kathryn Hays, Trent Dawson, Eileen Fulton, Van Hansis, Colleen Zenk, Terri Colombino, Jean Passanante, 18 Aug 2010.
Christopher Goutman, Don Hastings, Austin Peck, Kathryn Hays, Trent Dawson, Eileen Fulton, Van Hansis, Colleen Zenk, Terri Colombino, Jean Passanante, 18 Aug 2010. Photo By Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

Set in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois, As the World Turns was the most-watched daytime drama between 1958 and 1978, with 10 million viewers tuning in each day. The soap opera passed its 10,000th episode on May 12, 1995. In 2009, CBS announced the show’s cancellation due to low ratings.


September 10, 1984 – Present (8,000 episodes and counting)

The game show was created by Merv Griffin and debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964, running until January 3, 1975. The All-New Jeopardy! ran from October 1978 to March 1979. The version we know now premiered on September 10, 1984.

A general view on the set of the "Jeopardy!"
Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Jeopardy! has won a record number of Daytime Emmy Awards: 39. In 2013, it was ranked No. 45 on TV Guide’s list of the 60 greatest shows in U.S. television history. The 37th season premiered on September 14, 2020. RIP Alex Trebek.

General Hospital

April 1, 1963 – Present (14,000 episodes and counting)

General Hospital is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running soap opera in the U.S. in production. It’s also the world’s third longest-running scripted drama series. General Hospital premiered on ABC on April 1, 1963.

General Hospital – 1999, Rebecca Herbst, Jason Thompson
General Hospital – 1999, Rebecca Herbst, Jason Thompson. Photo By Adam Larkey/Abc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

General Hospital holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins. It was created by husband-and-wife writers Frank and Doris Hursley. The show became the oldest soap opera on September 17, 2010, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013.

Judge Judy

September 16, 1996 – Present (5,909 episodes and counting)

The arbitration reality court show is hosted by Judy Sheindlin, who hears real-life small claim disputes in a simulated courtroom set. Before the proceedings begin, all involved parties must sign arbitration contracts agreeing to Judge Judy’s ruling, handling, and production staff management.

Judge Judy Sheindlin Receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, America - 14 Feb 2006
Judge Judy Sheindlin Receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, America – 14 Feb 2006. Photo By Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

First broadcast in 1996, the show won three Emmy awards. Sheindlin and CBS renewed the contract through the 25th season (2020–21), which has been announced as the last. Some fun Judge Judy’s sayings are: “This is my playpen,” and “I’m the boss, applesauce!”

Wheel of Fortune

September 19, 1983 – Present (7,000 episodes and counting)

Wheel of Fortune is another game show created by Merv Griffin that debuted in 1975. The current version, which airs in nightly syndication, debuted on September 19, 1983. Pat Sajak and Vanna White have been the host and co-host ever since.

PaleyLive NY: Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years of America's Game, New York, USA - 15 Nov 2017, Vanna White, Pat Sajak.
PaleyLive NY: Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years of America’s Game, New York, USA – 15 Nov 2017, Vanna White, Pat Sajak. Photo By Patrick Lewis/Starpix/Shutterstock

Wheel of Fortune is the longest-running syndicated game show in America, with over 7,000 episodes. TV Guide named it the “top-rated syndicated series” in 2008, and in 2013 it hit No. 2 on the list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

Days of Our Lives

November 8, 1965 – Present (14,000 episodes and counting)

Days of Our Lives (DAYS or DOOL) is one of the longest-running scripted programs in the world, airing every weekday since November 8, 1965. It was created by husband-and-wife team Ted Corday and Betty Corday.

Days Of Our Lives – 1965, Lisa Rinna
Days Of Our Lives – 1965, Lisa Rinna. Photo By Paul Drinkwater/Nbc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

Irna Phillips (creator of Another World, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light) served as the story editor for the show’s earliest storylines. After the 2007 cancellation of the soap opera Passions, Days of Our Lives is the only soap opera airing on NBC. In January 2020, Days of Our Lives was renewed for 2021.

The Doctors

April 1, 1963 – December 31, 1982 (5,155 episodes)

The Doctors was a soap opera that aired on NBC from April 1, 1963, to December 31, 1982. It was set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional town of Madison. In 1972 and 1974, it received a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Drama.

James Pritchett and Elizabeth Hubbard in the 1973 soap series The Doctors.
James Pritchett and Elizabeth Hubbard in the 1973 soap series The Doctors. Source: Wikipedia

The iconic theme song was composed by in-house musician Bob Israel. In the show’s early years, The Doctors was more risqué in its storyline choices. The Doctors incorporated incidental humor and realism into the plotlines. (By contrast, General Hospital was much more conventional).

The Jerry Springer Show

September 30, 1991 – Present (approximately 5,084 episodes)

The Jerry Springer Show aired from September 30, 1991, to July 26, 2018, for 28 seasons. The show was unsuccessful in its first few seasons due to a focus on more political issues. This led to a re-structuring in the mid – ‘90s to the show as it’s known now, filled with controversial topics.

'The Jerry Springer Show' TV, Picture shows - Jerry Springer
‘The Jerry Springer Show’ TV, Picture shows – Jerry Springer. Photo By ITV/Shutterstock

Many political leaders and critics have condemned the show as “trash TV.” There have also been allegations that the program was staged. After the cancellation, it was announced that Jerry Springer would host a courtroom show called Judge Jerry, which debuted on September 9, 2019.

One Life to Live

July 15, 1968 – January 13, 2012 (11,136 episodes)

One Life to Live (OLTL) was a soap opera broadcast on ABC for more than 43 years, from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012. It then came on the internet as a web series on Hulu until 2013. Created by Agnes Nixon, it was the first daytime drama to feature ethnically and socio-economically-diverse characters.

Cast of On life to live
Cast of On life to live. Source: Pinterest

In 2002, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. It was also the last American daytime soap opera to be taped in New York City. ABC canceled the show on April 14, 2011, ending with a cliffhanger.

The Merv Griffin Show

October 6, 1962 – June 6, 1986 (4,855 episodes)

After a short daytime run on NBC from 1962 to 1963, Merv Griffin launched a syndicated version by Westinghouse (Group W) Broadcasting, which debuted in 1965. It was intended to be a nighttime companion to The Mike Douglas Show.

Sophia Loren and Merv Griffin On Stage in 1980 at the Merv Griffin Show
Sophia Loren and Merv Griffin On Stage in 1980 at the Merv Griffin Show. Photo By Mediapunch/Shutterstock

Griffin’s announcer/sidekick was the British actor Arthur Treacher, who had also served as his mentor. Treacher would introduce Griffin with: “…and now, here’s the dear boy himself, Meeeer-vyn!” Griffin had a conversational style that created the perfect atmosphere for intelligent interviews that were either serious or light-hearted.

The Oprah Winfrey Show

September 8, 1986 – May 25, 2011 (4,561 episodes)

The Oprah Winfrey Show aired for 25 seasons in Chicago, Illinois. Oprah remains one of the highest-rated daytime talk shows in American TV history. It was highly influential for young stars and regular folk alike. Winfrey used her show as an educational and self-improvement platform, with philanthropic forays, book clubs, and interviews about world events.

Oprah Winfrey shares the stage with Olympic athletes Oprah Winfrey during the live taping of Oprah Winfrey's 23rd season at the Jay Prizker Pavillion
Oprah Winfrey shares the stage with Olympic athletes Oprah Winfrey during the live taping of Oprah Winfrey’s 23rd season at the Jay Prizker Pavillion in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois USA on September 3, 2008. Photo By Alexandra Buxbaum/Shutterstock

For the premiere, producers tried to book Miami Vice’s Don Johnson as the first guest, even bribing him. All attempts failed, and Winfrey decided to “do what we do best, and that is a show about and with everyday people.” The premiere show was titled “How to Marry the Man or Woman of Your Choice.”

The Young and the Restless

March 26, 1973 – Present (12,000 episodes and counting)

The Young and the Restless (Y&R) is a CBS soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The show is set in the fictionalized Genoa City, Wisconsin. It originally focused on two core families: the Brooks and the Foster family.

'The Young and the Restless' 40th anniversary party, Los Angeles, America - 26 Mar 2013. Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, and Jeanne Cooper
‘The Young and the Restless’ 40th anniversary party, Los Angeles, America – 26 Mar 2013. Peter Bergman, Melody Thomas Scott, Eric Braeden, and Jeanne Cooper. Photo By Broadimage/Shutterstock

After departures in the early ‘80s and recasting, all original characters, except Jill Foster, were written out. The new core families became the Abbotts and the Williamses. Since its debut, it has won 11 Daytime Emmy Award for Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series. It’s currently the highest-rated daytime drama on television in the U.S.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

October 1, 1962 – May 22, 1992 (6,614 episodes)

The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson, was hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise. In its first decade, the show was based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City. In 1972, it moved to Burbank, California.

The Tonight Show, Bette Midler, Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show, Bette Midler, Johnny Carson. Photo By Nbc Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

In 2002, the show was ranked No. 12 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The series’ announcer was Ed McMahon, who made the famous introduction of “Heeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” The catchphrase was heard every night for 30 years, ranking at the top of the TV Land poll.

Sesame Street

November 10, 1969 – Present (4,561 episodes and counting)

Sesame Street combined live-action, sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry in an educational format. It was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett and uses Jim Henson’s Muppets. The series started on November 10, 1969, to a positive reception as well as some controversy.

Sesame Street - 1969-, Liam Neeson
Sesame Street – 1969-, Liam Neeson. Photo By Ctw/Jim Henson Prod/Kobal/Shutterstock

Shortly after its creation, the producers developed the “CTW model,” which is a system of TV show planning, production, and evaluation. In 2001, there were over 120 million viewers of Sesame Street, and by the 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in over 140 countries.

All My Children

January 5, 1970 – September 23, 2011 (10,755 episodes)

All My Children (AMC) was a soap opera created by Agnes Nixon and set in the fictional suburb of Pine Valley, Philadelphia. The title refers to the bonds of humanity. All My Children became the third soap to be made in high definition.

The cast of "All My Children"
The cast of “All My Children” congratulate the shows’ creator and writer Agnes Nixon at the “All My Children” 10,000 episode celebration at 320 West 66th Street on October 16, 2008 in New York City. Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images

There was a time when AMC was the most widely recorded show in the United States. In the mid – ‘70s, it had an audience estimated to be 30% male. By the 2010s, the show had become one of the least watched soap operas in daytime TV.

Late Show with David Letterman

August 30, 1993 – May 20, 2015 (4,261 episodes)

The Late Show with David Letterman was the first reiteration of the Late Show franchise after Carson. Of all the major U.S. late-night programs, this one ranked second in average viewers over time and third in the number of episodes over time.

The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, David Letterman
The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, David Letterman. Photo By Nbc Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

In 2002, it was ranked No. 7 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Letterman even surpassed Carson as the longest running late-night talk show host in 2013. The show was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Series 16 times and winning six of them.

The View

August 11, 1997 – Present (5,000 episodes and counting)

The View was conceived by Barbara Walters, featuring a multi-generational panel of women discussing the “Hot Topics” of the day. In addition to conversation segments, the panel also interviews prominent figures.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Mitchell, Barbara Walters, and Sherri Shepherd
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Mitchell, Barbara Walters, and Sherri Shepherd. Photo By Henry Lamb/BEI/Shutterstock

Throughout its run, The View had 22 permanent co-hosts, ranging between four and eight women per season. The original panel consisted of Walters, Meredith Vieira, lawyer Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, and Joy Behar. The current lineup is made up of Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, and Sara Haines. The show won 31 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show, Outstanding Informative Talk Show, and Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Search for Tomorrow

September 3, 1951 – December 26 1986 (9,130 episodes)

Search for Tomorrow was a soap opera that was set in the fictional town of Henderson in an unspecified state. It was created by Roy Winsor and one of several series packaged from the ‘50s through the ‘80s by Procter & Gamble Productions.

Search for Tomorrow Cast
Search for Tomorrow Cast. Source:

Procter & Gamble used the soap opera to advertise their products, such as Joy dishwashing liquid and Spic and Span household cleaner. As the ratings increased, other sponsors started buying commercial time. Search for Tomorrow was canceled due to low ratings next to both The Young and the Restless and Loving.

Another World

May 4, 1964 – June 25, 1999 (8,891 episodes)

Another World (AW) is a soap opera created by Irna Phillips and William J. Bell. Set in the fictional town of Bay City, the series opened with its saying, “We do not live in this world alone, but in a thousand other worlds.” Another World focused more on exotic melodrama between families.

Another World Cast
Another World Cast. Source:

In 1964, it was the first soap opera to talk about abortion. It was also the first soap opera to do a crossover with Mike Bauer of Guiding Light. Its theme song, “(You Take Me Away To) Another World” by Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris, charted on the Billboard record charts in 1987.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

May 25, 1992 – February 6, 2014 (4, 610 episodes)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is the fourth reincarnation of the Tonight Show franchise. Unlike Carson or Jack Paar, Leno used a guest host only once, preferring to host the series alone.

The Tonight Show, Julianne Hough, Jay Leno
The Tonight Show, Julianne Hough, Jay Leno. Photo By Nbc Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

The series ran until May 29, 2009, after which Conan O’Brien came onboard. Then, The Jay Leno Show debuted on September 14, 2009. Neither O’Brien’s version nor The Jay Leno Show generated the kind of ratings that NBC expected. Leno left The Tonight Show for good in 2014, to be succeeded by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.

The Bold and the Beautiful

March 23, 1987 – Present (8,000 episodes and counting)

The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) is a CBS soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. It premiered as a sister show to The Young and the Restless, with several characters crossing over since the early 1990s.

The Bold and The Beautiful - 1987-
The Bold and The Beautiful – 1987-. Photo By Bell-Phillip Tv Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

The show centers on the Forrester family and their haute couture business in L.A. Since its premiere, it’s become the most-watched soap in the world. Its audience is estimated at 36.2 million. As of 2010, it holds on to second place in weekly Nielsen Ratings for daytime dramas.

Late Night with Conan O’Brien

September 13, 1993 – February 20, 2009 (2,725 episodes)

Late Night with Conan O’Brien features comedic material, celebrity interviews, and musical and comedy performances. From 1993 until 2000, Andy Richter was O’Brien’s sidekick, after which O’Brien was the show’s sole performer.

Late Night With Conan O'Brien - 1993-2009
Late Night With Conan O’Brien – 1993-2009. Photo By Nbc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

It debuted in 1993 after David Letterman as the second reincarnation of Late Night. The show was known for its absurd comedic sensibility that was a lot edgier than most other talk shows. According to Robert Smigel, the head writer in 1993, the comedic approach focused on being different from David Letterman.

The Edge of Night

April 2, 1956 – December 28, 1984 (7,420 episodes)

The Edge of Night was a mystery crime drama series and a soap opera created by Irving Vendig and produced by Procter & Gamble. Some notable and devoted fans included writer P.G. Wodehouse, actress Bette Davis, actress Tallulah Bankhead, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, impressionist Rich Little, and songwriter Cole Porter.

The Edge of Night 1966 Laurence Hugo, Barry Newman
The Edge of Night 1966 Laurence Hugo, Barry Newman. Source: Wikipedia

The cancellation of The Edge of Night and ABC’s ending of what had become a “death slot” had a major impact on the first-run syndication market. ABC affiliates needed to fill the open time slot in the middle of the 1984-85 season.

Love of Life

September 24, 1951 – February 1, 1980 (7,316 episodes)

Love of Life was a soap opera on CBS created by Roy Winsor, whose other show, Search for Tomorrow, premiered three weeks prior. He also created The Secret Storm two years later. Unlike most soap operas, Love of Life wasn’t split up into segments dictated by commercial breaks.

Sammy Davis, Jr., in a guest-starring role on the Love of Life show, 1975
Sammy Davis, Jr., in a guest-starring role on the Love of Life show, 1975. Source: Wikipedia

The show was owned by packaged-goods company American Home Products, so all commercials were for AH products. In the ‘60s, one commercial break was put around the middle of the show. By 1980, a new 4:00 p.m. time slot ended up leading to the cancellation of the show.

The Daily Show

July 22, 1996 – Present (3,515 episodes and counting)

The Daily Show describes itself as a fake news program, drawing comedy and satire from recent news, politics, media, and self-referential humor. The show premiered first with host Craig Kilborn.

The Daily Show – 1996: Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, John Bloom, Jessica Williams
The Daily Show – 1996: Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, John Bloom, Jessica Williams. Photo By Comedy Cent/Mad Cow Prod/Kobal/Shutterstock

In 1999, Jon Stewart took over. In 2015, Trevor Noah took the reins. The Daily Show is the longest-running program on Comedy Central, and it has won 24 Primetime Emmy Awards. The Pew Research Center suggested that 74% of regular viewers were between 18 and 49. 10% watched the show for its news headlines and 43% for entertainment.

The Secret Storm

February 1, 1954 – February 8, 1974 (5,195 episodes)

The Secret Storm was created by Roy Winsor, and Gloria Monty (of General Hospital) was a longtime director of the series. Like most CBS soap operas of the time, The Secret Storm was broadcast live.

The Secret Storm Cast
The Secret Storm Cast. Source: IMDB

In 1968, actress Joan Crawford, who was at the time over 60, filled in for her ailing daughter Christina, who played Joan Borman Kane, a character who was supposed to be 24 years old. Although no full shows with Crawford are known to exist, clips from those episodes have appeared on YouTube.


September 9, 1991 – Present (3,500 episodes and counting)

Maury premiered in 1991 as The Maury Povich Show. It began unofficially using the title Maury in 1995. Maury deals with various issues, including teenage pregnancy, sexual infidelity, paternity tests, uncommon illnesses, makeovers, wild teenagers, transgender individuals, obese children, domestic violence, little people, bullying, and unusual phobias.

The Maury Show
Source: YouTube

Guests are often tracked for progress. Episodes with updates on past guests are aired throughout the year. Guests will either appear in person or via video message. At the end of every season, Maury counts down the top 10 most memorable guests of the year.


March 26, 1973 – January 10, 2013 (4,532 episodes)

Pyramid is the name for a series of game shows that aired domestically and internationally. The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted in 1973. The game features two contestants, each of them paired with a celebrity.

Pyramid publicity Card

The various Pyramid shows have won a total of nine Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Game Show. Dick Clark is the most commonly associated host, having hosted from 1973 to 1980. The revival of The $100,000 Pyramid premiered in 2016 with Michael Strahan as host.

Dr. Phil

September 16, 2002 – Present (2,625 episodes and counting)

Dr. Phil was created by Oprah Winfrey and Phil McGraw. After McGraw’s success on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted in 2002. The program has been nominated for an Emmy Award every year since 2004.

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil
Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil. Photo By Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock

McGraw’s advice and his methods have drawn criticism from psychotherapists and laypersons. McGraw said that he never liked traditional one-on-one counseling. He’s “not the Hush-Puppies, pipe and ‘Let’s talk about your mother’ kind of psychologist.” In 2004, the National Alliance on Mental Illness called his conduct in one episode “unethical” and “incredibly irresponsible.”

Ryan’s Hope

July 7, 1975 – January 13, 1989 (3,515 episodes)

Ryan’s Hope was created by Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer, and it aired for 13 years. It revolved around the trials and tribulations of an Irish-American family in Manhattan, New York City. ABC Daytime approached Claire Labine and Paul Avila Mayer (the writers of CBS’ Love of Life) about creating a new soap opera that was like General Hospital.

Ryan's Hope - 1979-1989, Grant Show, Yasmine Bleeth
Ryan’s Hope – 1979-1989, Grant Show, Yasmine Bleeth. Photo By Abc/Kobal/Shutterstock

Labine and Mayer added the Ryan family to what ABC initially called City Hospital. Another working title was A Rage to Love. But that title was changed rather quickly.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

January 26, 2003 – Present (2,979 episodes and counting)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! was created by Jimmy Kimmel and debuted as part of ABC’s lead-out programming for Super Bowl XXXVII. Having aired for more than twice as long as The Dick Cavett Show (1969–1975) and Politically Incorrect (1997–2002), it’s the longest running late-night talk show on ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel Live – 2003, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel Live – 2003, Antonio Banderas, Jimmy Kimmel. Photo By Carin Baer/Abc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

On June 18, 2020, Kimmel announced that he was taking a hiatus from his show, after which guest hosts filled in until the show returned. On September 21, Kimmel returned and resumed taping from the studio without a studio audience.


June 26, 1983 – November 10, 1995 (3,169 episodes)

Loving is a soap opera that ran on ABC and was set in the fictional town of Corinth, Pennsylvania. It was created by Agnes Nixon and former actor Douglas Marland, who sought to create a new series that would be introduced as a traditional soap opera for the 1980s.

Loving soap opera
Source: YouTube

Romance was the show’s centerpiece with its original working title Love Without End. By 1983, it was developed as Loving. ABC eventually canceled Loving due to its low ratings.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

September 16, 2002 – Present (2,401 episodes and counting)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was adapted from the same-titled British program. The show endured as one of the longest-running and most successful variants in the franchise. The show’s 22nd season premiered on October 18, 2020.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – 1999, Meredith Vieira, Regis Philbin
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Meredith Vieira, Regis Philbin. Photo By Steve Fenn/Abc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

It was the first U.S. network game show to offer a million-dollar top prize and made TV history by becoming one of the highest-rated game shows in the U.S. Millionaire won seven Daytime Emmy Awards. With few exceptions, any resident of the U.S. 18 years or older had the potential of becoming a contestant.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

September 8, 2003 – Present (2,700 episodes and counting)

The show has received a whopping 171 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, winning 61 and surpassing the record held by The Oprah Winfrey Show, which won nine. The show won 17 People’s Choice Awards.

Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Degeneres
Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Degeneres. Photo By Nbc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

DeGeneres announced that the show will run through 2022 at least. The 18th season premiered on September 21, 2020. In July 2020, anonymous former employees accused DeGeneres and the show of being toxic and the producers of harassment. DeGeneres apologized to her staff, writing that she “intended for her show to be a place where “no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.”


July 5, 1999 – August 7, 2008 (2,231 episodes)

Passions is a soap opera that was created by screenwriter James E. Reilly. It followed the lives, loves, and romantic and paranormal adventures of the people of Harmony. NBC canceled Passions in 2007, and the series was picked up by DirecTV.

Passions (1999-2002)
Passions Cast. Photo By James Sorenson/Nbc Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock

That year, just months after picking up the series, DirecTV chose not to renew its contract for Passions. The studio was unable to sell it elsewhere. The final episode aired in August 2008. Passions was the last daytime TV soap opera created for American network television.

What’s My Line?

February 2, 1950 – September 3, 1975 (2,191 episodes)

What’s My Line? is a game show that originally ran in black and white. The game involves celebrity panelists questioning contestants to determine their occupation or “line of work.” Panelists are called on to question and identify the celebrity “mystery guest” while blindfolded.

What's My Line. Picture Shows
What’s My Line. The Panel L-r: Ghislaine Alexandra Jerry Desmonde Barbara Kelly And Gilbert Harding. Photo By Reg Warhurst/ANL/Shutterstock

Originally hosted by John Charles Daly, What’s My Line? won three Emmy Awards for “Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show” in 1952, 1953, and 1958. It then won the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.

Santa Barbara

July 30th, 1984 – January 15, 1993 (2,137 episodes)

Santa Barbara is a soap opera that revolved around the eventful lives of the Capwell family in Santa Barbara, California. Santa Barbara aired in over 40 countries and became the longest-running series in Russia, airing from 1992 to 2002.

Santa Barbara , Marcy Walker, A Martinez
Santa Barbara , Marcy Walker, A Martinez. Photo By Moviestore/Shutterstock

The show won 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, nominated 30 times. The show also won 18 Soap Opera Digest Awards, among others. In 1988, creators and executive producers Bridget and Jerome Dobson were locked out of NBC studios after trying to fire the head writer. They sued, however, and were eventually allowed to return to the program.

Love Connection

September 19, 1983 – July 1, 1994 (2,148 episodes)

Love Connection is a dating game show where singles try to connect with a compatible partner. Originally hosted by Chuck Woolery, the show ended in 1994, after 2,120 shows. The series was then relaunched for a single season in 1998 with Pat Bullard as host.

Love Connection TV Show
Love Connection. Source: Twitter

In 2017, it returned with Andy Cohen hosting, lasting for two seasons. Love Connection was one of the biggest game shows of the ‘80s and early ‘90s and revived Chuck Woolery’s hosting career. For many years, it was third, after Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, which was formerly hosted by Woolery himself.

Attack of the Show

March 28, 2005 – January 23, 2013 (1,941 episodes)

Attack of the Show! (AOTS) was a live program that reviewed new technology, showed parodies, and discussed pop culture and general news. Its 1,000thepisode was aired on July 9, 2009.

Attack of the Show
Attack of the Show. Source: Pinterest

In 2012, G4 canceled Attack of the Show! due to low ratings, which came five months after Kevin Pereira (one of the hosts) canceled his contract. The final episode aired on January 23, 2013. Some of the video clips can still be seen on YouTube, although their YouTube account is no longer visible.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

January 3, 2005 – December 19, 2014 (2,058 episodes)

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson was hosted by Scottish-born American comedian Craig Ferguson. It was also the third reiteration of the Late Late Show franchise, which followed the Late Show with David Letterman.

Craig Ferguson
Craig Ferguson. Photo By J Sutton Hibbert/Shutterstock

Ferguson achieved the highest ratings since the late show’s inception in 1995. He also addressed difficult subject matters, like the deaths of his parents and his struggles with alcoholism, as well as commenting on national tragedies. Ferguson’s serious interviews, like the one with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, earned the show a 2009 Peabody Award.

Last Call with Carson Daly

January 8, 2002 – May 24, 2019 (2,000 episodes)

Last Call with Carson Daly was hosted by former MTV personality Carson Daly and was initially formatted as a studio-based late-night talk show. But in 2009, Last Call dropped the traditional talk show format and began to do interviews and performance segments filmed on-location.

'Last Call With Carson Daly' TV Show, New York, America - 29 Sep 2003, Carson Daly and Vanessa Marcil
Carson Daly and Vanessa Marcil. Photo By Startraks/Shutterstock

In 2013, Daly left Last Call to become a correspondent for the Today show. In February 2019, NBC announced that the show would be ending after its 2,000th and final episode, which aired on May 25, 2019. The replacement was A Little Late with Lilly Singh, which debuted on September 16, 2019.

Port Charles

June 2, 1997 – October 3, 2003 (1,537 episodes)

Port Charles is a soap opera that was created as a spin-off of General Hospital, which took place in the fictional city of Port Charles, New York. The show featured General Hospital characters Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, Scott Baldwin, and Karen Wexler.

Erin Hershey Presley met real-life husband, Brian Presley
Erin Hershey Presley met real-life husband Brian Presley (Jack) on the show. Source:

In its later years, the show shifted towards supernatural themes and stories, deemphasizing the hospital setting. In 2000, Port Charles abandoned the traditional open-ended storytelling for a 13-week story arc similar to Latin telenovelas. Port Charles was then canceled by ABC after six years due to its low ratings and financial concerns.

Rachael Ray

September 18, 2006 – Present (1,500 episodes and counting)

Rachael Ray is a talk show that debuted in syndication in the United States and other countries. The program showcases Ray’s culinary skills. She also brings celebrities on to discuss entertainment, sports, and media.

'The Book of Burger' book signing, New Jersey, America - 06 Jun 2012, Rachael Ray
‘The Book of Burger’ book signing, New Jersey, America – 06 Jun 2012, Rachael Ray. Photo By Mediapunch/Shutterstock

Ray interviews them all while cooking. According to Ray, “People know me for my love of food, but I have so much more I want to share.” The set has the audience placed on a large turntable that rotates so they can always see the “action.”

The Colbert Report

October 17, 2005 – December 18, 2014 (1,447 episodes)

The Colbert Report focused on a fictional anchorman named Stephen Colbert, who was played by his real-life namesake. The character was described as a “well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot” by Colbert himself.

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert. Source: Shutterstock

It was a spin-off of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, where Colbert was a correspondent for the program. The Colbert Report was created by Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Ben Karlin, and the writing was grounded in improvisation. It saw immediate critical and rating successes, leading to awards, including two Peabody Awards.

The Wendy Williams Show

July 14, 2008 – Present (1,500 episodes and counting)

The Wendy Williams Show (shortened to Wendy) is a talk show created and hosted by Wendy Williams. It competes with The Ellen DeGeneres Show as being the top-ranked talk show with a single female host in the demographic of women between 25 and 54 in the United States.

The Wendy Williams Show
The Wendy Williams Show. Source:

The program largely focuses on celebrity news and gossip, as well as lifestyle features. Each episode begins with “Hot Topics,” involving current issues and offbeat news items.

The Talk

October 18, 2010 – Present (2,033 episodes and counting)

The Talk was developed by actress and host Sara Gilbert and currently features Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne, Eve and Sheryl Underwood. Like The View, they discuss the latest headlines, current events, and human interest stories.

The Talk Cast
The Talk cast. Source:

The original theme was focused on motherhood, and over time it evolved into a broader platform. Gilbert approached CBS about a pilot that would feature six women talking about things through “the eyes of mothers.” In November 2020, Eve announced that she’s leaving the show in December 2020 due to travel restrictions and an impending lockdown in London.


July 4, 1998 – January 23, 2013 (1,378 episodes)

X-Play (previously called GameSpot TV and Extended Play) was a program about the video, which is known for its reviews and comedy skits. The show was hosted by Morgan Webb and Blair Herter, with Kristin Adams and Jessica Chobot as special correspondents/co-hosts.

X-Play publicity photo

On February 1, 2010, the 1,000th episode aired, and to commemorate this TV milestone, G4TV featured a 6-hour marathon with favorite episodes of the series. The program reviewed 2,705 games based on graphics, sound, gameplay, and playability (i.e., replay value).


March 29, 1982 – March 20, 1987 (1,293 episodes)

Capitol is a soap opera that aired on CBS, which usually revolved around the political intrigues of people in Washington, D.C.

Capitol soap opera

In 1981, CBS asked producer John Conboy (of The Young and the Restless) to produce a daytime equivalent to compete with the more youth-oriented soap operas like All My Children and General Hospital. Capitol became the first one to be produced in Los Angeles since The Young, and the Restless began in 1973.


January 11, 1993 – Present (1,438 episodes and counting)

WWE Raw (also known as Monday Night Raw or Raw) is a professional wrestling program that features characters from the Raw brand. WWE Raw is the longest-running weekly episodic program.

Mike The Miz Mizanin, Alex Riley and Pee Wee Herman
Mike The Miz Mizanin, Alex Riley, and Pee Wee Herman. Photo By Picture Perfect/Shutterstock

Since its first episode, the show has been broadcast live from 208 arenas, 171 cities and towns, and 11 nations. Throughout its broadcast history, the show aired episodes with different themes. They hold yearly events such as the Slammy Awards or tributes to professional wrestlers who have recently died or retired to commemorate show milestones or anniversaries.

Dark Shadows

June 27, 1966 – April 2, 1971 (1,225 episodes)

Dark Shadows was a gothic soap opera that depicted the lives and loves, trials of the wealthy and psychotic Collins family in Collinsport, Maine, which is where all kinds of supernatural occurrences took place.

Dark Shadows - 1966-71, Jonathan Frid
Dark Shadows – 1966-71, Jonathan Frid. Photo By Dan Curtis Prod/Kobal/Shutterstock

This series only became popular once the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) appeared 10 months into its run. The soap opera was distinguished by its melodramatic performances, interiors, storylines, and dramatic plot twists. Not to mention the adventurous score, characters, and heroic adventures.

The Rosie O’Donnell show

June 10, 1996 – June 27, 2002 (1,193 episodes)

The Rosie O’Donnell Show was a television talk show created, hosted, and produced by comedian Rosie O’Donnell. It concluded after six seasons in 2002. The Rosie O’Donnell Show was a replacement for Carnie! and won five Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show.

Rosie O'Donnell With Jimmy Johnson
Rosie O’Donnell With Jimmy Johnson. Photo By Richard Graulich/Shutterstock

After a 6-year run, the show ended because Rosie chose to spend more time with her children. The final live episode featured an opening musical ensemble number from Broadway, with Vanessa Williams and John Lithgow. Nathan Lane and Christine Ebersole were the guests.

Soul Train

October 2, 1971 – March 25, 2006 (1,117 episodes)

Soul Train is a music-dance program, and in its 35-year history, it has featured performances by R&B, soul, dance/pop, and hip hop artists mostly, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel have also appeared. The show was created by Don Cornelius, who was the first host and executive producer.

Three Degrees in Dressing Room
Various Pop Appearing on American TV Show ‘Soul Train’ – 1985, Three Degrees in Dressing Room. Photo By Herbie Knott/Shutterstock

It was the longest-running first-run, nationally syndicated program in American television history. The origin of Soul Train can be traced to 1965 when WCIU-TV in Chicago began airing youth-oriented dance programs, Kiddie-a-Go-Go and Red Hot and Blues.

Supermarket Sweep

December 20, 1965 – Present (1,119 episodes)

Supermarket Sweep is a game show that combines an ordinary team-based quiz show with a live, timed race through a supermarket. Cameras follow the teams with shopping carts through a supermarket with several aisles.

'Dales Supermarket Sweep' - Dale Winton
‘Dales Supermarket Sweep’ – Dale Winton. Photo By Fremantle Media/Shutterstock

The host for the ‘60s version was Bill Malone. Then David Ruprecht took over. And now the new version is hosted by Leslie Jones. The new incarnation incorporates modern technology into the program to reflect 21st-century shopping habits. Many people don’t know that there’s also a board game version of the supermarket game show.

Space Patrol

March 9, 1950 – February 26, 1955 (1,110 episodes)

Space Patrol was a science fiction adventure series set in the far 30th century that was originally aimed at young audiences via television, radio, and comic books. It was broadcast on ABC and developed a large adult audience.

Space Patrol

By 1954, the show consistently ranked in the top 10 shows aired on a Saturday. The stories followed the adventures of Commander-in-Chief Buzz Corry (played by Ed Kemmer) of the United Planets Space Patrol and his sidekick Cadet Happy (played by Lyn Osborn).

Chelsea Lately

July 16, 2007 – August 26, 2014 (1,048 episodes)

Chelsea Lately was a late-night comedy talk show created by Steven Brody Stevens and hosted by Chelsea Handler. Six months after the show ended, Handler made negative comments about her time at E! during an interview with Netflix.

Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler. Photo By Matt Baron/Shutterstock

“It’s such a different relationship than with E!” she said, referring to Netflix. “It’s nice to be involved in a show where I do respect their opinions. It’s like going out with a guy that you’re proud to be seen with.”


March 11, 1989 – 2020 (1,014 episodes and counting)

Cops is a television documentary reality program that ran for 32 seasons and is now coming back. The series followed city cops and sheriff’s deputies during a patrol, calls for service, and other police activities.

Cops Promo Shot

It was one of the longest-running shows in the U.S. and, in May 2011, became the longest-running one on Fox (which has since been surpassed by The Simpsons). The program’s latest episode aired on May 11, 2020, but in June 2020, Paramount Network pulled the program after the George Floyd protests.

The Dr. Oz Show

September 14, 2009 – Present (approximately 1,950 episodes and counting)

The Dr. Oz Show has segments on health, wellness, and medical information and is co-produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

Dr. Mehmet Oz - Outstanding Talk Show/Informative - 'The Dr. Oz Show'
Dr. Mehmet Oz – Outstanding Talk Show/Informative – ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ Photo By Stewart Cook/Shutterstock

The Dr. Oz Show received nine Daytime Emmy Awards. The New Yorker said the series is “among the most highly rated daily television programs” in the U.S. The show and other similar talk shows have been criticized for subject matter that hasn’t been supported by published studies. Producers stated that the series gives viewers “the most information and the greatest number of tools they can use to make their own choices.”