“The Simpsons” Renewed For Record 29th, 30th Season
The Simpsons has made TV history, after FOX renewed the series for a record 29th and 30th season, making it the longest-running scripted show ever.
According to Variety, the show will reach 669 episodes in its 30th season, breaking the record for most episodes of any scripted show.
The record was previously held by Gunsmoke, the Western drama that aired from 1955 to 1975 and reached 635 episodes.
"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, Jim and Al," said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. "Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series."
Over the past 26 years, The Simpsons has become a pop culture phenomenon. It has won a number of accolades, including 32 Emmys, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People’s Choice Award, a 2016 Environmental Media Award, was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award, and nabbed an Academy Award nomination in 2012.
The series also has a ride at Universal Studios, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a box office hit with the 2007 theatrical film, The Simpsons Movie.