According to one of my news feeds, The Simpsons has just blown by Gunsmoke as the longest running scripted TV show. What show is in 3rd place? Lassie.
I was a fervent Lassie fan growing up, and I watched Gunsmoke too. I’ve seen The Simpsons occasionally and think it’s funny, but I’ve never become a regular watcher.
I was a devoted fan of TV series ER, Hill Street Blues, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order and the spinoff Law & Order Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife. Now I pay a monthly fee for CBS All Access to be able to see The Good Fight, a spinoff of the latter. I watched all of The Sopranos on HBO, and Nurse Jackie on Showtime, and the short but pithy series Getting On starring Laurie Metcalf. That one was a brutally funny take-down of life in a long term care facility. You had to have a dark sense of humor to call the half hour show comedy, and I do.
I never got into shows like Downton Abby, although I know how popular it was.
I wonder if a very long running series in this day and age, like The Simpsons, keeps the same audience, or attracts a rolling audience that keeps it high enough in the ratings to stay on the air. I have no idea.
Do you have a favorite series that you are devoted to watching? And if you are a certain age, were you a fan of Lassie? How about Gunsmoke?