The Simpsons just received a renewal that will send it into the record books.
On Friday, Fox ordered two more seasons of the animated comedy — yes, 29th and 30th season — which will bring the tally of episodes to a whopping 669. That will propel The Simpsons past Gunsmoke — which stands at 635 — as the prime time scripted series boasting the largest number of episodes.
The series will have all six main voice actors aboard for these coming seasons. Last year, they signed a four-season deal that ran through season 30, with a network option for seasons 29 and 30.
The show, which boasts 32 Emmys on its mantle, kicked off its run in December 1989 after beginning as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. The Simpsons celebrated the 600-episode milestone last month with its annual Halloween installment, Treehouse of Horror.
In a statement, Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said: “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, Jim and Al [Groening, Brooks, and Jean, the show’s executive producers]. 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.”
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