Every television viewer has probably watched at least one of the 10 longest running sitcoms. A sitcom is defined as a situation comedy that features recurring characters in a common environment, like home or work. The following list will provide the top 10 longest running sitcoms in television history.

  1. "The Simpsons" This animated prime-time sitcom has been on the air since 1987. The Simpsons are very dysfunctional suburban family, and the show has shed humor on issues such as politics, environment, and religion.

  2. "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" This live-action family sitcom ran from 1952 to 1966, for a total of 465 episodes. The sitcom was a depiction of the typica white collar American family during that time. 

  3. "My Three Sons" This sitcom ran from 1960 to 1972, and featured a widower continuing to raise his three sons alone. The story lines always revolved around the boys and their growing pains.

  4. "The Danny Thomas Show" This family sitcom ran from 1953 to 1964. The story line revolved around an Entertainer's home life with his wife and two children.

  5. "The Donna Reed Show" This sitcom was a depiction of a small town American family during the late 1950s and 1960s. The show was on the air from 1958 to 1966.

  6. "The Beverly Hillbillies" This sitcom follows a hillbilly family's move to Beverly Hills after finding crude oil on their farmland. The story line is fixed on the family's determination to continue living by their old ways in spite of being filthy rich, and living in Beverly Hills. It ran from 1962 to 1971.

  7. "Cheers" Cheers is a situation comedy that is set in a Boston bar; its story line varied greatly. Cheers was one of America's most popular TV shows; it ran from 1982 to 1993.

  8. "Frasier" This sitcom ran from 1993 to 2004. The story line follows the twice divorced psychiatrist Frasier, who only wants to be left alone in his peaceful apartment, but finds himself playing nursemaid to his quirky home-care provider, his father, and his neurotic brother.

  9. "Married With Children" This sitcom ran from 1987 to 1997. The long running show follows an untidy dysfunctional suburban family with endless insults that come from an outspoken wife, her chauvinistic husband, their juvenile delinquent son, and dimwitted daughter.

  10. "King Of The Hill" Hailed as of of the greatest sitcoms of all time. this animated TV ran from 1997 to 2009. It is set in a small Texas town, and its humor is based on real life situations.