“The Simpsons” is about to make history, again, with Fox renewing the animated sitcom for two more seasons, bringing the total to 30.
The renewal will bring the total number of episodes to 669, surpassing the previous record, held by “Gunsmoke” at 635, for the most ever by a scripted program.
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Fox Co-Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman in a statement. “‘The Simpsons’ has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at Fox, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt (Groening), Jim (James L. Brooks) and Al (Jean). Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series — from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team — you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of ‘Simpsons’ fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”
“The Simpsons” already has “Gunsmoke” beat on season count: The CBS Western aired for 20 seasons while Fox’s animated series has been televised for 28 seasons — the most by far of any primetime show.
It recently aired its landmark 600th episode, which was a new Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror” installment.
“The Simpsons” is a Gracie Films Production in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Brooks, Groening and Jean are the executive producers. The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division develops and produces the licensed content for the series.