List of longest-running TV shows by category

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This is a list of the longest-running television shows by category. The criterion for being the longest-running show is by the number of years the show has been on the air and not the number of episodes produced.

CategoryShow NameCountryDurationNo. of episodes
AnimatedSazae-sanJapan JapanFuji Television:1969–present6,429+
AutomotiveTop GearUnited Kingdom United KingdomBBC Two:1977–2001, 2002–present515; 133+6 specials
Children's showBlue PeterUnited Kingdom United KingdomBBC One, BBC Two:1958–present CBBC:2002–present4,578+
ComedyRadio RochelaVenezuela VenezuelaRCTV:1960–20102,652
Cooking showHasta La CocinaMexico Mexico1960–present11,232+[1]
Current affairs seriesPanoramaUnited Kingdom United KingdomBBC One:1953–present
Educational ShowTeleclub[2]Costa Rica Costa Rica1963–present[3]
Espionage thrillerSpooksUnited Kingdom United KingdomBBC One, BBC Three:2002–201186
FantasyTouched By An AngelUnited States United States1994–2003211
Finance showThe Money ProgrammeUnited Kingdom United KingdomBBC Two:1966–present
Game showThe Price Is RightUnited States United StatesCBS1956–65, 1972–present7,302 as of 19 August 2010
Historical dramaZenigata HeijiJapan Japan1952–present
History seriesTimewatchUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1963–present
International broadcastEurovision Song ContestEurope European Broadcasting Area/World1956–present
Legal dramaC.I.D. (TV series)India India1998–present858 as on 5th August 2012
Medical dramaCasualtyUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1986–present778 (as of end of Series 25)
Music showNHK Nodo JimanJapan Japan1953–present~2,900 as of 2012[4]
Music video showRageAustralia Australia1987–present
News showMeet the PressUnited States United States1947–present4,946+
NewscastTagesschauGermany Germany1952–present~20,000 by late 2009
Noontime ShowEat BulagaPhilippines PhilippinesGMA 7:1978–present9,797
Police dramaTatortGermany Germany1970–present
Reality showThe Real WorldUnited States United States1992–present435+
Religious programIt Is WrittenUnited States United States1956–present
Rural documentaryCountry CalendarNew Zealand New Zealand1966–present
Science fiction seriesDoctor WhoUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1963–1989, 1996, 2005–Present788 as of 22nd September 2012
Science showThe Sky at NightUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1957–present700
SitcomLast of the Summer Wine[5]United Kingdom United Kingdom1973–2010295
Soap operaGuiding LightUnited States United States1952–200915,762
Song ContestSanremo Music FestivalItaly Italy1951–present
Sports showHockey Night in CanadaCanada Canada1952–present
Talk / chat showThe Tonight ShowUnited States United States1954–present~10,680 as of 9 March 2012
TelenovelaMundo de jugueteMexico Mexico1974–1977605
Travel showHolidayUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1969–2007
TV feedback showPoints of ViewUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1961–presentUnknown
Variety showRoyal Variety PerformanceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom1957–present81
WesternGunsmokeUnited States United States1955–1975635
Quiz ShowUniversity ChallengeUnited Kingdom United KingdomITV:1962–1987, BBC:1994–present

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