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Poll: Long Time US TV Characters

Pick your favorite US TV Series main character(s) who has played that same role the longest number of seasons?

Note: 11 Seasons or more. No Soap Operas or cartoons. Highest number of episode appearances from their respective roles. Only one actor per series, unless the top two billed actors are tied. Then both are included as a single choice.

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  1. Vote!

    Lassie (1954)

    Aw....Lassie. And yes, there are several. But who noticed? Special canine poll dispensation exemption is granted. We love our best friends!
  2. Vote!

    James Arness in Gunsmoke (1955)

    Matt Dillon
  3. Vote!

    Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy (2005)

    Dr Meredith Grey
  4. Vote!

    S. Epatha Merkerson in Law & Order (1990)

    Lt Anita Van Buren
  5. Vote!

    Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman in Cheers (1982)

    Tied at 271 episodes

    Sam Malone and Carla Tortelli; suggested by Peter

  6. Vote!

    Noah Wyle in ER (1994)

    Dr John Carter
  7. Vote!

    Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

    Olivia Benson
  8. Vote!

    Katey Sagal and Ed O'Neill in Married... with Children (1987)

    Tied at 262 episodes.

    Al and Peg Bundy, suggested by Zlogorek

  9. Vote!

    Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford in The Jeffersons (1975)

    Tied at 253 episodes, George and Louise Jefferson
  10. Vote!

    Mark Harmon in NCIS (2003)

    Leroy Jethro Gibbs
  11. Vote!

    George Eads in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

    Nick Stokes
  12. Vote!

    Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in Supernatural (2005)

    Tied at 327 episodes, Sam & Dean Winchester
  13. Vote!

    Matthew Gray Gubler in Criminal Minds (2005)

    Dr. Spencer Reid
  14. Vote!

    Harriet Nelson and Ozzie Nelson in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952)

    Tied at 435 episodes, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson
  15. Vote!

    Lorne Greene in Bonanza (1959)

    Ben Cartwright
  16. Vote!

    Larry Hagman in Dallas (1978)

    J.R. Ewing
  17. Vote!

    Kevin Dobson and Michele Lee in Knots Landing (1979)

    Tied at 344 episodes, Gary Ewing & Karen MacKenzie
  18. Vote!

    Jack Lord in Hawaii Five-O (1968)

    Det. Steve McGarrett
  19. Vote!

    Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory (2007)

    Tied at 281 episodes, Leonard Hofstadter & Sheldon Cooper
  20. Vote!

    Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote (1984)

    Jessica Fletcher
  21. Vote!

    Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men (2003)

    Alan Harper
  22. Vote!

    Dennis Franz in NYPD Blue (1993)

    Det. Andy Sipowicz
  23. Vote!

    David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)

    Tied at 245 episodes, Temperance Brennan & Seely Booth
  24. Vote!

    Sofía Vergara and Ed O'Neill in Modern Family (2009)

    Tied at 250 episodes (as of 12-19-19)

    Jay Pritchett & Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

  25. Vote!

    Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce in Frasier (1993)

    The Doctors Crane (Frasier and Niles)
  26. Vote!

    Gillian Anderson in The X-Files (1993)

    Dana Scully
  27. Vote!

    Alan Alda and Loretta Swit in M*A*S*H (1972)

    Tied at 251 episodes,

    Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce and Maj. Margaret Houlihan

  28. Vote!

    Candice Bergen in Murphy Brown (1988)

    Murphy Brown
  29. Vote!

    Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks in 7th Heaven (1996)

    Tied at 243 episodes.

    Eric and Annie Camden, suggested by Zlogorek

  30. Vote!

    Henry Winkler and Marion Ross in Happy Days (1974)

    Tied at 255 episodes.

    Mrs Cunningham and Arthur Fonzarelli, suggested by Zlogorek

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