FOX has announced that the long running animated series The Simpsons will live on through its unbelievable 30th season. This will bring the total number of episodes up to 669. That would be a new record which would surpass the series Gunsmoke which closed out at 635.
“Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!” said Homer Simpson. “This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “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 [exec producers] Matt, Jim and Al.”
It’s hard to believe how long it has been since The Simpsons debuted with its own series back in 1989. And new generations of fans come to the party each and every year. For those who don’t know, this long-running animated comedy focuses on the eponymous family in the town of Springfield in an unnamed U.S. state. The head of the Simpson family, Homer, is not a typical family man. A nuclear-plant employee, he does his best to lead his family but often finds that they are leading him. The family includes loving, blue-haired matriarch Marge, troublemaking son Bart, overachieving daughter Lisa and baby Maggie. Other Springfield residents include the family’s religious neighbor, Ned Flanders, family physician Dr. Hibbert, Moe the bartender and police chief Clancy Wiggum.