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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.

3 Comments

  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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