From daytime soaps to late night comedy programs, these are the longest running TV shows in history. The list of longest-running TV shows also includes several comedies. The longest-running scripted comedy is The Simpsons, which has aired an impressive 32 seasons since it premiered in 1989. You check out the list of longest-running programs in TV history below. If you're looking for something more bingeable, here's how long it takes to watch more than 50 popular shows.