The long running animated TV show “The Simpsons” has made history after getting renewed for two more seasons. These will be seasons 29 and 30, bringing The Simpsons to an unprecedented 30 years on television. This makes it the longest-running TV show that is scripted to ever exist.
During its 30th season, it will end up reaching 669 episodes. This is more episodes than any other scripted TV show ever had, whether it was live-action or animated. The previous record for the most TV show episodes was held by “Gunsmoke,” which aired between the years 1955 and 1975. After 20 years on the air, it had reached 635 episodes. It will take The Simpsons about 30 years to reach 669 episodes but once they do, they will take the record away from Gunsmoke.
The Simpsons first aired in 1989 on the Fox Network, which was a relatively new TV network at that time. The Simpsons has continued to air on Fox after all of these years. Not only that, there have been many video games and products made which are based on The Simpsons TV series. In fact, there was even a Simpsons movie made in 2007.
So, what has kept The Simpsons on the air for all these years? Many critics say the show has become part of our pop culture. Those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s saw the show when they were kids and then introduced it to their kids. On top of that, The Simpsons have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and their own Universal Studios Theme park ride.
As of now, there are about 7.2 million people watching the The Simpsons when it airs new episodes on Sunday nights. On October 16th, it aired its 600th episode which attracted a wider audience than normal. Chances are it will continue to air until the voice actors retire or Fox decides not to renew it anymore.