Not all shows are built to last, but these comedy series have lasted for many years— and some are still on the air today.
Here are just 22 of the longest-running comedies on television.
“Coach” ran for nine seasons with Craig T. Nelson at its helm.
The ABC comedy “Coach” ran for nine seasons from 1989 to 1997. It followed Craig T. Nelson (“Parenthood”, “The Incredibles”) as Hayden Fox, the head coach of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles football team. Shelley Fabares played his wife, a television anchor, and Jerry Van Dyke and Bill Fagerbakke played assistant coaches.
In 1992, Nelson won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role.
“[It’s] not exactly the freshest premise for a comedy,” wrote critic David Friedman for Newsday in 1989. “But what ‘Coach’ lacks in flash or originality, it makes up in steady execution. A winning cast and decent writing will do that.”
“All in the Family” was a nine-season show that centered on clashing cultures.
The sitcom “All in the Family” ran for nine seasons from 1971 to 1979. It followed the lives of the Bunker family as two generations — the G.I. Generation and Baby Boomers — clashed on contemporary controversies and political issues.
Though the show ran for a long time, it’s been widely criticized for its handling of controversial issues.
Hollywood Reporter writer Sue Cameron described her first impression of the show when it premiered in 1971: “The main problem with this show is that in order to achieve laughs in a family satire, there must first be an underlying feeling of love among all parties. Without that foundation, all that comes out is just plain hate.”
“Murphy Brown” was recently revived for a new season.
“Murphy Brown” initially ran for 10 seasons on CBS from 1988 to 1998. The show starred Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”). The series followed Bergen as a journalist and news anchor for the fictional news network, FYI.
In the current trend of rebooting old shows like “Will and Grace” and “The X-Files,” “Murphy Brown” was recently revived for season 11, with Bergen now working as an anchor for a morning show called “Murphy in the Morning.”
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