June 23rd, 2011
11:55 AM ET
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.
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