1. Sazae-san with 2444+ Episodes
Meet the longest running anime in history! Though not the most appealing to Western anime fans, this old-fashioned family show has been a prominent figure in Japanese television for decades and holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated series in the world! From the strict parents to the clumsy big sister and her husband (who she married through an arranged marriage) and their young baby boy (who is pretty much the same age as his aunt)… this family most certainly has its quirks! But as do most families in real life, this disfunctionality is easy to relate with for tons of viewers. Wouldn’t you rather watch an episode of King of the Hill than sit through the showcase of “perfect-ness” in the Brady Brunch? I know I would.
Sazae-san’s longevity is also probably partially due to its catchy opening (video below), which has grown to become one of the most renowned songs in anime history!