The Simpsons has just broken another record with the announcement from Fox that the animated series has been renewed for seasons 29 and 30. The two season renewal of the half-hour animated comedy will bring the show’s total number of episodes to 669, much more than Gunsmoke‘s 635 total. As Home Simpson put it, “Take that Gunsmoke! You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”
“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” stated Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “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.”
The Simpsons holds the title as the longest-running scripted series in history and has earned more 32 Emmy Awards and 34 Annie Awards. The current season is averaging 7.2 million viewers and recently aired its 600th episode.
The voice cast includes Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Krusty, Barney), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson, Patty, Selma), Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Nelson), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Hank Azaria (Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders).