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The Today Show (NBC, 1952 to today)

The Today Show began its 65 year run (and is still going strong, by the way) in January 1952. It was the first of its kind in the U.S. and the world actually. Currently, it sits as the fifth-longest running American TV series. It started as a two-hour weekday program, adding a Sunday show (for an hour) in 1987, a Saturday program (for two hours) in 1992. The weekday shows expanded to three hours in 2000 and then to four hours in 2007. The Today Show dominated the genre until the late 1980s when Good Morning America took over the top spot. Both shows have been battling it out ever since. (Currently, and since the summer of 2012, GMA remains the top news and talk morning show with Today at number two.)