Imagine a frantic Hollywood producer: his child is halfway through fencing academy, and he has to pay a mortgage on his third pool, filled with caviar and Latvian prostitutes. To make ends meet, he delivers the following pitch: “A certain number of males and females live in an adjacent apartment, with hilarious results.” Now that you hate everything about Hollywood, you can see why not too many TV shows last that long. To quote Smash Mouth, “Only shooting stars break the mold.” And standard sitcoms have gotten pretty moldy. Instead, we show you the paragons, the innovators, the zeniths on our list of top 5 longest running TV series. Trust us, you’re male and female roommates will agree.
And, just so you know, we’re going to skip news, music, sports, soap opera and trivia shows. Is it impressive that CBS Evening News has run for over 60 years? Yes. Is it particularly interesting? No, not really. We’ll also limit it to currently running shows to keep it fresh.