November 4, 2016
FOX announced a renewal for The Simpsons today that takes it into even more record-breaking territory. The network has ordered Seasons 29 and 30 of the landmark animated series, which already holds the distinction of being TV's longest-running animated series, sitcom, and prime time scripted series.
Today's two-season order takes The Simpsons to a whopping 669 episodes, which surpasses Gunsmoke (at 635) for the largest number of episodes for any scripted TV series in history. The impressive feat adds yet another entry in the show's growing list of records that will quite possibly never be broken. And with the Sunday night staple continuing to pull in healthy ratings, there are no indications that its run will stop at 30 seasons.
On the air since 1989, The Simpsons franchise is truly is juggernaut in so many ways. The series boasts generations of loyal fans, has won scores of awards - including over 30 Emmys, has countless amounts of merchandise, a hit movie, video games, and so much more. As far as critical praise, it has received top recognition from numerous outlets, including being named the greatest TV show ever in the 2016 book "TV (The Book)" and Best Show of the 20th Century by Time Magazine.