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The Simpsons To Return For 23rd Season, Pass 500th-Episode Mark

The Simpsons has been renewed for a 23rd season, Fox announced today, which will bring the animated series to a staggering 515 episodes. Lassie and Gunsmoke are the only primetime shows to have produced more episodes.

“Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on FOX, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come,” Executive Producer Al Jean said in a statement.

Debuting in December 1989 after appearing as a series of popular shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show, The Simpsons is the longest-running American sitcom and in 2009 surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running primetime series. The show has spawned a feature film, comics, books, albums, video games, a theme-park ride and endless merchandise.

News of the renewal comes during a 22nd season that Vulture calls “particularly buzzworthy,” thanks to cameos by the likes of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, and an upcoming appearance by Katy Perry in a send-up of her cut Sesame Street duet.


  • Randy

    Simpsons, you used be great, but now you just need to go away. you’re just pathetic and tired.

  • the guy who never lies

    The Simpsons is better now than Family Guy is now.

    Seth McFarlane and the writers of Family Guy always talk about how the Simpsons has past its prime, but they haven’t even realized that Family Guy has past its prime. The first 3 seasons of Family Guy were great, the next 3 were hit and miss, and now the show is terrible. The new writers never use charaters like Kevin Swanson, Brian’s therapist, the nudists, and changed cleveland jr. into an unfunny character.


  • Prinnywesker

    The writers of Simpsons understand that it is the characters that make the story. Each Simpson has their own distinct personality and you can easily say how each of them would react to a given situation. And over the years the characters evolved and grew. Different events changed them and left lasting impressions.

    This absolutely does not happen with Family Guy. Every Family Guy character serves as an empty shell to be force fed whatever line serves to push the story along. Characters fluctuate from being smart, competent, to completely useless, and then become political soapboxes for McFarlane’s political agenda the next. There is no character development, barely any continuity, and any of those characters can be replaced with another and it wouldn’t change the story one bit.

    Say what you will about Simpsons, but it took a lot longer for it to grow stale than it did Family Guy. Three seasons in and the show peaked. That’s not even in the same league as the Simpsons.

  • demoncat_4

    this just proves. that the simpsons may never die. in fact the rate fox keeps renewing them the show may wind up taking both gun smokes. and dr. who’s longevity records. even though really all things must end and the simpson’s need to have an ending .

  • Bob

    Groening and co. never knew when to call it a day and never heard the phrase “always leave the wanting more.”
    Had the show ended in ’99 or so, it would have had a perfect run. Instead, FOX kept it running after a lot of the good writers left for Futurama.
    The creators who stayed were deaf to the fans who saw a shocking drop in quality after season 10. A lot of folks stayed in denial, always claiming “it’s still better than anything else on TV.” But, eventually, the show could no longer coast on its good name and all the bad writing, gimmicky celebrity cameos, over-the-top slapstick and shock plotlines (Maude dies, Barney quits drinking, etc.) that marked the Scully era on caught up to it.
    It’s been a long time since the show was relevant. And for something that was once the gold standard of television, it’s truly sad. It’s no longer just past its prime. It’s a bad show, these days.
    We’ve reached the point where the schlock seasons now outnumber the good ones, and all they’ve done with the past decade is taint the rerun pool. They’ve really pissed away their legacy with the continued mediocrity, and it’s easy to forget just how big the show’s impact on TV, comedy and animation was.
    I keep hoping they’ll clean house and get better writers, but based on how oblivious Groening seems to the problem in interviews, it’s unlikely to happen

  • Bob

    oh, and let’s not bother bringing up Family Guy. It was always a mediocre show.

  • Jackking

    The past 3 seasons have been great, love live The Simpsons!

  • Eric

    Even at it’s lowest and worst, the Simpsons is still better than most things on network television, particularly comedic shows.