In fall 2021, The Simpsons is ‘tooning up Season 33, SVU will solve a 23rd season of crimes, and NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy are entering their 19th and 18th seasons, respectively.
But once you get past those and a few other warhorses, there’s a sharp drop in longevity. A lot of single-digit runs. The fact is, it has gotten harder and harder to launch a certifiable “breakout hit” amid so much competition. (There are now 500+ scripted shows!) And as the TV landscape grows even more cutthroat — with broadcast and cable struggling to compete with streamers, and the streamers themselves coming to realize that sometimes less (episodes) is more (cost-efficient) — you have to wonder:
Is the prospect of any show, on any outlet, running for 10 seasons becoming increasingly improbable?
FX’s American Horror Story hits the decade mark this month (and is already renewed through Season 13), while NBC’s Chicago Fire does same in September. And Fire‘s first offshoot, Chicago P.D. is entering Season 9 this fall but is already renewed through Season 10.
But might Chicago P.D. and AHS in fact be the very last scripted series — at least of those that are currently active but maybe ever — to get 10 seasons?
Below, TVLine takes a look at the seven best candidates to maybe (but quite possibly not!) also hit the decade mark.