The Simpsons is getting renewed for two more seasons. This will make the long-running animation become the longest-running television series ever.
The Simpsons is currently in its 28th season, with just over 600 episodes aired. By 2019, it will have outpaced western TV drama Gunsmoke, which concluded after 635 episodes in 1975.
Matt Groening’s series began in late 1989 and has long been considered a cultural phenomenon cementing itself as the most successful animated series of all time.
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “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. 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.”
Homer’s catchphrase “D’oh” and Bart’s “Ay Caramba” are part of the zeitgeist and the fictional family from Springfield even have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
So grab some Duff beers and Celebrate! because the Simpsons family is here to stay.