You know the ones we are talking about.
The series on television that, when you see a commercial for or someone mentions catching an episode of you have a moment of "Wait, is that STILL on?"
Shows like MTV's "Made" that just got picked up for its 12th season. Honestly, did you know that series was continuing to transform geeks into prom kings and cheerleaders?
There's not as much longevity on the small screen these days as their used to be (especially now that we've lost a few daytime dramas like "Guiding Light" which ran for a staggering 57 years) so in honor of those that remain, we've picked a few prime time gems that you can still check out.
The hit animated series is quickly approaching 22 years on the screen.
Life in Springfield has changed with the times, though the mischievous Bart and his family and friends have not aged a day. And with the plethora of reruns and DVDs available, you need never crave a fix like Homer desires donuts.
"Bad boys! Whatcha want, whatcha want, whatcha gonna do?"
Ahh yes, people have been breaking laws since the beginning of time and it seems almost that long since the Fox series has been documenting the men and women in blue bringing them to justice.
In truth, the reality show has been on the air for 22 years.
"America's Funniest Home Videos"
You would think that there would only be so many videos of people falling into Christmas trees and babies laughing that the public could take, but viewers still seem to love the ABC show.
"AFHV" first premiered as a special in 1989.
"The Real World"
They were the original "Jersey Shore."
No one had ever conceived of a show where a group of strangers would be "picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real."
Looking back 19 years later, life in that New York loft with Andre, Becky, Eric, Heather, Julie, Kevin and Norman just seems so tame and quaint.
"The Real World" continues to be MTV's longest-running reality show. On Thursday, the network announced that for its 26th season the show will be returning to one of its former cities with "The Real World: San Diego."
The tribe has spoken.
And the verdict is viewers still love to watch people starving and scheming in a remote destination.
CBS struck ratings gold when it premiered "Survivor" in the summer of 2000 and changed the dynamic of a TV industry which prior to subscribed to the belief that summer months were only for reruns.
The game continues on and has spawned franchises around the world.
I like your post and I like Simpson tv show too. This is the only show which going really well from starting till now. And still I watch this show with same interest and excitement.
I think Mythbusters is the only show that must go on........
How 'bout ALL the stinkin' reality TV shows? I don't pay for cable to be entertained by untrained amateurs who are not funny, and not entertaining. I want to watch tv shows actually written by writers for actors. I would love to see a variety show again like Carol Burnett or Flip Wilson. Enough of the gore and more gore CSI shows. How 'about a mystery show like Columbo? Monk was wonderful, but he went off the air.
Perhaps if the author knew the difference between "their" and "there", I would have continued reading past the fourth paragraph. If you don't care about the English language, please stop writing.
The reason these shows are still on is because they don't have human casts. Cheap to produce, and no cast member leaving to do other things. Longevity doesn't make them good, just as long as they still turn a profit, might as well keep it on the air.
Cops doesn't have a host and AFHV has had a few, but doesn't need the host to carry the show, and the youngest of all these is hosted by Jeff Probst, who doesn't care as long as he gets to travel to exotic places and live for free.
Cops is a terrible show because it basically has the same story lines over and over, the Simpsons just isn't entertaining except to lonely 40 something geeks, AFHV isn't funny, Survivor isnt entertaining anymore, and anything on MTV is horrible and caters to people with a very low intellect.
why isn't spongebob on the list????
What about Manswers or 1000 Ways to die...those shows are Awesome!!! The Sopranos definately should still be running...greatest show of all time!!!!
I hope that Family Guy never dies.....
As far as shows needing to go, American Idol has definitely run it's course. Jumped the shark when they brought in Kara as a 4th judge and really went downhill when Paula left. The final nail in the coffin was Simon leaving.
And sorry to say, I really enjoyed the first 3 seasons of Family Guy before it was originally cancelled, but the reincarnation just wasn't the same.
Hopefully Beavis and Butthead don't suffer the same fate when they come back. Please Mike, stay true to the original show.
Notice that the reality shows survive because the neilsen ratings are cooked. The only one on the list that takes real writers and talent is the Simpsons. Suvivor is a joke, the new expedition series is a bit more realistic. Come on people wake up. the non "major" channels have great shows like Burn notice, Royal pains,WHite collar, Covert Affairs etc that deserve more support .The majors are just commercial producers looking for biggest bucks.
Agreed – Burn Notice, Royal Pains, etc are all good and are all on USA. The major networks are a joke. On ABC, I only like The Middle. Reality shows have ruined primetime viewing because they are all crap.
The reality shows need to go away. First off, they are hardly reality and very staged. Those that watch it probably think that professional wrestling is real also. Those with lower intelligence watch that garbage. Barney is less annoying.
just because you outgrow a show doesnt give you the right to be naive about its existence. MTV's MADE has new episodes that are original and unique and today's teens are very much in the loop about the series.
How about Sesame Street. Had a kid...just couldn't bring myself to force that crap on her, especially since they added Elmo and made Snuffy real so everybody else could see him instead of just Big Bird. Just wayyyy too PC of a show and not a shadow of what it was in the 70's.
I have been watching the Real World since 2004, I would have to say it is one of my favorite shows on Mtv. I hope that they continue to do more seasons, but instead of going back to locations that they have done before they need to go to new locations. Such as Nashville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; places like that. That is just my opinion but it would be awesome if they did.
i agree....as a nevadan, imagine how offended i was that they've done 2 seasons in vegas, but have yet to do one in reno.
"There's not as much longevity on the small screen these days as their used to be..."
As their used to be? There's not as much grammar competency as there used to be.
good catch pete! author lost credibility
Saturday Night Live needs to go. That show has not been funny for years. The only part of it that is watchable are the musical guests. Saturday Night Live is similar to a person that is dead, execpt they are hooked up to tubes from a machine and No one wants to pull the plug.
SNL – time for all its actors to come out already... absolutely unfunny and irritating.
Dancing with the stars ... ewwww
Desperate housewives – Nooooooooooooo enuff
No mention of South Park, which is on its 15th season and is far more entertaining than the Simpsons?
AFV shouldn't count, since half the show is comprised of video montages from earlier shows, VHS camcorders with bad tracking, date stamps and all. The most unfunny show on TV, now that "Everybody Loves Raymond" bit the dust.
South Park needs to get off Comedy Central..ever since those cowards refused to show the uncensored Mohammed episode i have refused to watch anything on Comedy Central.
American Idol need to goooooooo
America's Funniest Home Videos has turned in Tosh.0. Tosh is way funnier in my opinion. AFHV is trying to be too cute.
You forget 60 Minutes. That show will never end.
Need to go....
1. Family Guy – Got cancelled and it came back but now it's not funny and some stuff on the show is a little too creepy.
2. Reality TV – enough of the Real Housewives – at first it was interesting but now it's all catfights on every spinoff and blatant spending, spending and spending like there's no tomorrow.
3. The Simpsons – I liked the show for the 1st ten years and loved the Treehouse of Horror every year but geez ! 22 years with the world changing but the citizens of Springfield being the same ? Maybe they should age normally like "For Better or Worse" comic strip. At least we don't have to hear "Don't have a cow, Man !" on every episode for 2 decades.
That's it....by the way, Simpsons is way better than Family Guy, the dad on Family Guy is like brain-dead compared to Homer Simpson (hard to imagine, I know).
Other than ncis and law and order svu, there are not a lot of scripted shows i watch. Warehouse 13 would be another. As far as game shows, jeopardy is the only one i watch. When it comes to reality shows, i stick with cooking shows or cop shows like cops, steven seagal lawman, and one or two others. And, of course, Mythbusters. Everything else bores me.
Don't insult Mythbusters by calling it a reality show. :-P
And yet no mention of a show that started in 1988 – America's Most Wanted.
"...America's Most Wanted is not only the longest-running TV series in the history of the FOX network but the eighth-longest running prime time network show ever and credited for bringing reality television to mainstream..."
So let's see – The Simpsons premiered (with their own show) on December 17, 1989
AMW premiered on February 7, 1988.
This was a list of shows still on the air. "America's Most Wanted" recently ended its run and will now appear only periodically on Fox.
What about "The Price is Right" (running for 37 years), "Wheel of Fortune" (running for 36 years), "Jeopardy" (running for 28 years)? All these are much longer-standing than the ones mentioned in the article.
But this are actually good especially jeopardy.
Who cares? TV is for 10 Watts anyway...
cBS is known for kicking a dead horse till a pony comes out then start kicking it. & repeat.
Survivor, The Amazing Race & Big Brother need to die.
Especially BB. considering they dont even follow traditional Big Brother rules. Or at least name it something else.
Canada had a show like BB called the lofters. They just now last year decided to take up the name of Big Brother.
with TAR its gotten to the point where All international versions are much better. & Survivor. How many times can you see the same people on each series?
OMG if they take off all of the Law And Orders my dad would actually come visit me every once in while, I hope thet get taken off.
There's only one left; L&O:SVU. Maybe your Dad just doesn't like you?*
*Disclaimer: I am completely kidding. Please don't take this as a serious attack on you.
Slow entertainment news day. Why post this filler story now? It's so random. Did the Simpsons just get renewed or something? I seriously hope no one got paid to publish this article.
lol. MADE just got renewed
COPS is great, its like the gladiator games of olden times, except with crack and tasers.
*ROFL* Nice, dude. Nice.
Is this the best the writer of this article could come up with???
It appears to have been enough to make you want to not only read it, but comment on it.
You forgot the worst one of all – The Bachellor/Bachelorette...enough already!
The Simpsons lost its edge in the 90's. There was a time when it was actually controversial and its satire was biting (you Gen Y's may not even remember such a time). Today it's more a vanilla, middle-of-the-road platform for the celebrity-voice-of-the-week, with the occasional bland chuckle. It hasn't offended anyone since grunge was still in style.
I disagree. I think the dynamics of satire have changed. In the 90's, Simpsons was a cutting edge show that parents shouldn't let their children watch. With the advent of more shocking TV and children who managed to watch the simpsons growing up, it became more of a funny family show. To keep up with the times and stay as satirically relevant as you would like, The Simpson's would give up the qualities that made them great. It's like King of the Hill moving to fart jokes (Hank would have none of it). It would give up, at least in my opinion, the essence of the Simpsons.
darn..I was hoping to see every garbage reality show...American Idol, Bachelor/ette, Amazing Race, Survivor, Voice, etc...sigh...I guess I'll have keep hoping for quality scripted television to come back
For the most part, I don't like "reality" tv. However, there are a couple of shows I enjoy. But I think the "reality" shows need to go back to their original home; the summer. Instead of screwing with the scripted shows between Sep and May, shows like AI, Survivor, et al need to be consigned to Jun through Aug.
I tuned out after "24" and "The Shield" went off. I just watch Sports or DVD's, last night, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". I need to get out more.
Amen to that. Ever try reading? Or would that be too much effort?
I think Big Brother started in 2000 also.
Big Brother is a GREAT show! Very addicting. New season starts July 7 and I can't wait.
You left out Jeopardy!
Simpsons is still more consitently funny then Family Guy. FG is either really good or incredibly unfunny, Show that needs to be cancelled is any show where Ann Coulter spews her hatried!!!!!
How can you say that "The Simpsons" is still funny? I haven't seen anything worthy in the show for the past 10 years! Homer keeps getting dumber, and the rest of the characters seem to be more out of it in each episode. "Family Guy" (on the other hand) had that great tribute to "The Incredible Hulk" that the executive producer of "Hulk" LOVED! Also the "Star Wars" tributes are way up on any guest stars "The Simpsons" have had over that time. The only GOOD episode of "The Simpsons" last season was the repeat with Elizabeth Taylor saying Maggie's first word.
Let me get this straight, DE, you "haven't seen anything worthy in the show for the past 10 years!" Yet you continue to watch? For 10 years?? And you call Homer dumb???
Shut up, CNN. COPS is awesome.
Haha, I don't know why I find this funny
HAHA i LOVE cops. Never gets old!
Suspect: I didnt do anything!
Cop: then why did you run??
Suspect: You were chasing me!
Cop: I wouldnt have had to chase you if you didnt run!
Seriously though, this dialogue happens in real life every day. The joys of having worked a "mall cop" gig haha
Cops is the reason I get all sweaty.
I'm on the internet! Grouch grouch grouch
Get ride of American Idol.
I think one of the upcoming TreeHousesOHorror on the Simpsons should be "What if The Simpsons actually aged?" like those For Better Or For Worse comics. How old would Lisa, Bart and Maggie be if they had aged a year for each season on the show.
Well, if you go back to when they first appeared in The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, then look up what age they're supposed to be (Homer & Marge's ages have changed between seasons)...
Homer – between 60 & 64
Marge – between 60 & 64
Bart – 34
Lisa – 32
Maggie – 25
Subtract 2 if you want to count from when they had their own show.
Simpsons have done a number of episodes where they age – especially the kids. Lisa's always a perfect political woman, Bart's a deadbeat with scruff, Maggie is a rebellious, hip college graduate.
I'm actually more annoyed with South Park at this point than Family Guy. That show is so unfunny at this point and the creators don't even care about it anymore.
It's interesting to see that perspective. I still find South Park hilarious, but I think Family Guy has really gone downhill. How many incest joke does one show need to make?
I'm not saying Family Guy is top notch, but at least I laugh more than once an episode with Family Guy. Family Guy's format lets it hurl jokes at you all the time. The jokes are varied so if you don't laugh at one thing, you might laugh at the next joke. With South Park however, they base the WHOLE episode on ONE joke and if you don't think that one joke is funny, you're out of luck because they're LITARALLY gonna run that one joke into the ground for the rest of the show. I mean c'mon, the Jersey Shore episode of South Park is a perfect example. I get it "Jersey Shore is stupid" I don't need 30 minutes explaining to me why Jersey Shore is stupid. At least with Family Guy if they make a bad joke, it's gone in 2 minutes and you're on to the next joke. South Park just lingers
"The Simpsons" and "Cops" are what put the Fox Network on the map in the first place.
I wish they would cancel "South Park"!
Before The Simpsons and COPS...there was Married With Children. Fox's first big hit. If they're going to get rid of any animated series, I wish they'd finally do the merciful thing and a bullet into Family Guy.
South Park is only contracted for the last part of this season which airs in the fall. With the hints given in the Spring finale this will be their last season
yeah family guy is getting really bad. All seth seems to do is write his opinions into the show. At least south park is a great satirical take on the dumb things that happen in this country.
Apparently you didn't watch one of the last episodes about growing up and getting older which I thought was a really well written episode. I'm not the biggest fan of South Park, my husband is but even I had to say it was a great episode. We have a friend that is an atheist and he completely dismisses anyone with religious beliefs as stupid. I doubt he understood that this episode was for him. Who cares what everyone believes, it doesn't mean you can't appreciate them and be friends with them. Why does anyone have to be right when it comes to religion? Good episode, you should watch it more often and not dismiss it.
who wants to be a millionaire is still on in the afternoons, that started in like 99, before surivor i think...
Add to the list –
One Tree Hill
No, we should just end the CW altogether. Desperate Housewives is a plague that I don't think we'll be stopping anytime soon... just look at all those "REAL Housewives" shows... ugh.
One Tree Hill, astounding that show is still on, but kids like my daughter still watch. Nothing actually happens and it is beyond boring for the last six seasons. It just won't go away.
power rangers, anyone? scooby doo, definitely...
100% agree. I enjoyed the cardboard buildings and poor animation of the original power rangers... all these new shows that showcase their heavy use of visual effects lose the story in the process... and yea... keep scooby doo in the 60s/70s... these remakes appear to have been dumbed down for the masses.
I'd suggest you leave Scooby and Scrappy out of this, buddy haha
Survivor is still incredible.
Survivor became boring years ago. I watched the first couple seasons but it's all just the same thing over and over and over and over – the only things ever different are locations and players. i just don't see why shows like that keep running for so long as they're no longer fresh concepts and not entertaining. you might as well record one season and replay it over and over and over and over again – it would save a lot of the wasted money that's still being put into the shows and save the rest of us the misery of nothing decent being on tv because all there is listed on the tv guides are mostly shows that ran their courses a long time ago and should have been pulled.
If immature people scheming and back stabbing is your thing. Hopefully today's young people don't think that "reality" television somehow actually depicts mature adults acting as such.
I like the variety of challenges, but that's it. The people, the alliances, the backstabbing... couldn't care less.
Survivor survives because the ratings are good. Reality tv is indeed fascinating. Oh, btw, scheming and backstabbing are part of life. It's called the business world.
Reality TV is not reality...it's poorly scripted television with a lot of wanna be stars trying to get as much attention as possible. Reminds me of my 2 and 3 year old kids when they get into the pots and pans cupboard :-)
Survivor does change things up quite a bit from season to season, jurby, in terms of rules, which is why it stays interesting. Immunity idols, redemption island, going from two to three finalists, exile island, etc. - all quite a bit different from the original seasons. Not everybody likes the changes but it does keep it fresh.
And enough about the whining about this being a reality show. It's not. It's a game show. A really well produced, well shot, well cast, well hosted 39 day game show. Anyone who reads anything more into it, or cries foul because it isn't "real" enough is really missing the point.
The Simpsons needs to go. That show hasn't been funny for 10 years.
Simpson's did it.
Ah yes the Simpsons....the show that single handedly dropped the collective American IQ by 30 points. I have never found it funny, but then again I rarely find stupid funny.
Dropped the COLLECTIVE American IQ by 30 points?? I can't stop laughing. Please sir, go look up "collective" and then tell me how much each individual IQ dropped.
That show is Hilarious.. I still watch it from time to time, and it has BOOSTED some of my IQ.....
Simpsons is not just stupid humor, but I must say that it seems to have revived itself in recent years. Everytime I watch new episodes they're really quite entertaining. There was quite a lull in there, though, when everybody started saying it used to be funny.
Surprising but true: I have never seen the Simpsons. Don't know how I managed that in the 20-some years that show's been on. I have always imagined it was somewhat like Married With Children (don't know why).
Now Survivor...can't get enough of that show.
I love the simpsons. Now South Park, there's a show that needs to go. The first 4-5 seasons or so were pretty funny, nothing since has been. Now they're just...weird. I gave up on it a long time ago.
I'd rather watch The Simpsons than half of the junk out there. Still find the episodes funny and yes, heart-warming. Gotta love those Homer/Lisa moments.
No doubt it droped your IQ
My cat's breath (say it with me?) ...smells like cat food.
i love the simpsons. great cultural satire. and, yes, you have to love those tender homer/lisa moments
homer: lisa, i'm sorry about getting drunk at your parent/teacher conference
lisa: dad, that's not until tuesday
homer; you can't change the future, honey9
homer: lisa, i'm sorry about getting drunk at your parent/teacher conference
lisa: dad, that's not until tuesday
homer; you can't change the future, honey
sorry about the multiple posts. i stutter
Survivor started in 2000, not 1992. They must have been thinking "Barney and Friends"... a show that actually started in 1992 that needs to die.
Just curious... why the heck would you be watching that channel in the first place... you know, the one with Barney and Friends? That's like saying Teletubbies should be cancelled... I mean yes they should, but why are you watching those channels?
Just had a kid last year, and I refuse to have it on when I'm around. I was as surprised as you to find that it was still on the air.
That show should be discontinued.... Although the songs do get stuck in my head, and gets very annoying...
Seriously – Barney's still on?!?
Who said Survivor started in 1992? The articles says 2000. Survivor is awesome! I love that even after all this time, it is still a top ranked show.
too bad funniest home videos aren't funny. They should switch to naughtiest home videos, then I'd watch.
Pure genius. I would totally watch that show.
Actually, that show does exist - it is a regularly schedueld show that has ran for several years on the Playboy network.
Does anyone know if you can watch anyone of these shows through the TVDevo website?
I know they stream a lot of shows but not sure about these??
AFHV has been replaced by YouTube. Simpsons isn't funny anymore ( the newer seasons suck.) cops is the true reality show. The real world should be called "the fake world".
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