A long-running show that just received a renewal for two seasons will become the series with the most episodes of any prime-time scripted series in TV history. Fox announced the renewal today of “The Simpsons” for its 29th and 30th seasons, which will take the show to a record 669 episodes.
The show will surpass the current record holder, “Gunsmoke,” which aired 635 episodes during its 20 seasons, running from 1955-1975.
Fox’s announcement quotes Homer Simpson saying: “Take that ‘Gunsmoke!’ You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”
The announcement also includes a statement from Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group: “This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series. ‘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 [Groening], Jim [James L. Brooks] and Al [Jean]. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series — from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team — you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of ‘Simpsons’ fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”
The announcement notes that “The Simpsons,” which debuted in 1990, aired its 600th episode on Oct. 16, adding that the show “has won 32 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People’s Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award. It was the first animated series to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short ‘The Longest Daycare.'”
The announcement also notes: “‘The Simpsons Movie’ was a hit feature film, the mega-attraction The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios has received historic expansion updates with the addition of ‘Springfield’ and the show was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000. It has been named the ‘Best Show of the 20th Century’ by Time magazine, and called the ‘Best TV Show Ever’ by Vulture in 2016.”
A new episode, “There Will Be Buds,” is on tap for this Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. The series has been averaging 7.2 million total multiplatform views this season.