As ‘The Simpsons’ Approaches a Milestone, Only Two Shows in TV History Have Produced More Episodes

Nov 11, 2010  •  Post A Comment

News that Fox has renewed “The Simpsons” for a 23rd season means that the animated hit will surpass the 500-episode mark during 2011-12 and is scheduled to finish that season with 515 episodes, New York Magazine reports. Only two shows have produced more episodes than that, the story says: “Lassie,” with 588 episodes, and “Gunsmoke,” with 635.

Fox announced its one-year renewal of the show Thursday. The 500th episode of “The Simpsons” is expected to air in February 2012.

The show remains among Fox’s best-rated series, averaging a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, the story says.

Veteran “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean hinted that the show’s future could extend beyond the latest renewal. “We’ll actually have nough episodes to go into a 24th season” even if Fox doesn’t reorder, he said.


  1. Hasn’t Dr. Who produced more episodes then The Simpsons as well?

  2. It depends on how you define “record.” Dr. Who is a BBC production, WWE RAW is scripted but not with dialogue, Tonight show is more than once a week, Saturday Night Live is a variety show, etc.

  3. Liang Huoqiao, a 22-year-old plastics worker, said in an interview earlier this year in Guangzhou in southern China that his pay was rising 10 percent a year, to around $300 a month. But his entire annual pay would be enough to buy only about two square meters of an apartment, or 21.5 square feet.

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