February 6, 2019

FOX announced another multi-year pickup for The Simpsons today, renewing the veteran sitcom for Seasons 31 and 32. The animated comedy is already the longest-running scripted series on prime time television, and today's news further extends its already-impressive record.

Today's two-season order will take The Simpsons to over 700 episodes by the end of Season 32 in 2021. Since its last pickup, the show has surpassed Gunsmoke's count of 635 episodes to hold another record of having 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 accomplishments that will quite possibly never be surpassed. And with the Sunday night staple continuing to pull in healthy ratings, there are no indications that its run will stop at 32 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 types of merchandise, video games, and even a hit movie. 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.