You won't believe how long these TV shows have been running for

Grey's Anatomy has been entertaining fans for over 12 seasons spanning over 12 years. The long-running show even celebrated a huge milestone with Thursday night's episode Who Lives, Who Dies, Who tells Your Story.

As of now, Grey's Anatomy has aired 300 episodes, but the ABC show is in no rush to wrap it up. In fact, the show's creator Shonda Rhimes has said that it will only end when star Ellen Pompeo decides to quit.

Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo attend the celebration of ABC's TGIT Line-up

Shonda told E!, "Ellen and I have a pact that I'm going to do the show as long as she's going to do the show. So the show will exist as long as both of us want to do it. If she wants to stop, we're stopping."

Grey's Anatomy is far from the first show to keep things running as long as "there are fresh stories to tell." Here is a list of some of the longest-running English shows ever: 

1. The Simpsons


The animated sitcom that satirically narrates the lives of the working-class family has been on the air since December 17, 1989. Over nearly three decades, the show has aired 623 episodes distributed over 29 seasons. 

2. General Hospital

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This medical drama is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production. The daytime soap opera has aired upwards of 13,000 episodes since its debut on ABC back in 1963.

The show's popularity over the years has also inspired one sister seral, one spinoff and two primetime spinoffs, one of which is aired in the UK.

3. Days of Our Lives

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One of the most popular soap operas of all time, Days of Our Lives, is also one of the longest-running scripted TV programs in the world. As of November 10, 2017, 13,213 episodes of DOOL have been aired.

4. Saturday Night Live

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The late-night variety show has launched the careers of some of the best actors and comedians over the last four decades, including Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The still-popular political satirical show has aired over 833 episodes over the course of 43 seasons.

5. Doctor Who

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This beloved British sci-fi series was aired by BBC from 1963 through 1989 and made a comeback to the channel after a break of 16 years in 2005. Although the show has aired a total of 839 episodes, 97 of them are missing, as BBC routinely deleted archive programmes between 1967 and 1978. 

The time-travelling doctor has even had a makeover after 44 years of televised existence. The new doctor for the new series is going to be a woman for the first time and the role will be taken over from Peter Capaldi by Jodie Whittaker.

6. Sesame Street


This educational program for children that combines, live action, animation and puppetry to enhance the sketch comedy pattern of the show has been around since 1969. The show was aired on the national public television provider PBS until January 2016 and has been broadcast on HBO since then. Over the course of 47 seasons, 4,384 episodes of the show have been aired. 

7. Law & Order


The police procedural and legal drama, despite getting cancelled on May 24, 2010, continues to be the longest-running scripted hour-long prime-time TV series. With 20 seasons in its arsenal, Law & Order has aired 456 episodes in total.

However, the show was so popular that it got a sister seires in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (416 episodes), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (195 episodes), Law & Order: Trial by Jury (13 episodes), Law & Order: LA (22 episodes) and Law & Order: True Crime, which is yet to premiere.

8. The Young and the Restless


This soap opera set in the fictional Wisconsin town of Genoa City first broadcast on March 26, 1973, on CBS, but was moved to SOAPnet in 2006 and later its found its current home in TVGN (now Pop). The show has aired north of 11,000 episodes over the course of 49 years.

9. Coronation Street


The British soap opera which has been broadcast on ITV since 9 December 1960 centres on Coronation Street in the fictional Salford town of Weatherfield. The show, which became a significant part of the British culture within the first six months of its debut, has since aired over 9,200 episodes.

10. Gunsmoke


The highly-acclaimed TV series inspired by the classic radio drama, Gunsmoke, depicted life and settlement in the American West. The CBS show was broadcast from 1955 to 1975, ran for 20 seasons during which an astounding 635 episodes were aired. This makes Gunsmoke the longest-running scripted prime-time series ever.

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